John A. Lomax Gathering
The Bosque Museum is proud to announce our John A. Lomax Gathering on September 25, at 5:30 pm in the John A. Lomax Musical Amphitheater in Meridian, Texas. John Avery Lomax, raised in Meridian, was a folklorist and musicologist of note in the early 20th century. In his work with Harvard University, he documented the burgeoning music scene of the American South, focusing on folk music that ranges from prison work songs to cowboy trail songs. The Lomax Gathering will honor his work through an evening of entertainment from Pipp Gillette, Kristyn Harris, and Andy Wilkinson.
Join us for an evening of music and fun!
About the Musicians
Pipp Gillette lives and works on the family ranch near Lovelady, Texas, where his grandfather started raising cattle and cotton in 1912. Pipp and his late brother Guy received the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Traditional Western Album of 2011 and the 2013 Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Original Western Composition for their performance of the Waddie Mitchell song "Trade Off.”
Drawing on a lifelong interest in Western history and music, Pipp plays traditional cowboy music on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and bones. Pipp’s first solo CD, Singing Songs by Waddie and Pipp received the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Traditional Western Album of 2016. His newest CD, Pipp Gillette with Lloyd Wright was released fall 2018.
To learn more about Pipp, head to http://CampStreetCafe.com
Kristyn Harris, a Texas-bred musical powerhouse, is the 4-time currently reigning International Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year, and the youngest person to have received this honor. She is known for her powerful vocals and energetic stage presence, which are complimented on stage by her swing guitar playing, yodeling, and songwriting.
Now 27, Kristyn tours across the U.S. and internationally. When she’s not playing music, her passions find her training horses, raising cattle and trick riding. She was most recently awarded the highly prestigious 2021 Best Western Album from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for her latest release, “A Place to Land”.
Hailey Sandoz is the 2-time IWMA Instrumentalist of the Year known for her exceptional fiddling and jazzy vocals. While currently studying at Texas A&M, Hailey is a highly sought after touring musician, and at age 18 was hired full-time with Grammy-Award Winner, Bobby Flores and the Yellow Rose Band.
Combined, Kristyn & Hailey make the perfect complement to each other’s talents. Although both are award winning, energetic, and unique individual performers, they create musical magic when they hit the stage together. With an impressive repertoire of both classic and original western and western swing tunes, these gals prove to be dynamic, engaging and encore worthy.
To learn more about Kristyn, head to http://KristynHarris.com
Andy and Emily Wilkinson
A poet, song writer, singer, and playwright whose particular interest is the history and peoples of the Great Plains, Andy Wilkinson has recorded a dozen albums of original music and has written seven plays, among them “Charlie Goodnight’s Last Night,” a one-man show performed by Mr. Barry Corbin, and the musical drama “My Cowboy’s Gift”. His work has received several awards, including the Texas Historical Foundation’s John Ben Shepperd Jr. Craftsmanship Award, and six National Western Heritage “Wrangler” Awards in five different categories (original music, traditional music, poetry, prose, and as a record producer). Since 2001, he has been affiliated with Texas Tech University, having served as Artist in Residence at the Southwest Collection, as a songwriting instructor in the School of Music, and currently teaches creative process in the Honors College
and directs special projects for the Office of Outreach and Engagement.
Emily Wilkinson’s first performance came on her father’s album and stage show, “Charlie Goodnight: His Life in Poetry and Song”, when she was only 13. Emily has three degrees from Texas Tech University, is busy at work on her doctorate, and serves as the Director of the Public Art Collection for the Texas Tech University System. She often joins her father on stage and in the studio in both lead and harmony vocals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What kind of seating is available?
A: The Amphitheater has plenty of seating on limestone rocks. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or stadium seat cushions if you need more support.
Q: What will happen if it rains?
A: The event will happen rain or shine! If it is raining, we will move the venue across the street to the Meridian Civic Center.
Q: Where do we park?
A: Parking is available at the Meridian Civic Center.
Q: How much are the tickets?
A: Individual tickets are available for $50 each. Tickets can be purchased at the museum, the day of the event, or online (see the link above)!
Q: Can I bring food?
A: Yes!! Bring all of your favorite snacks because you're not going to want to miss a minute of the show.
Q: Do I need to print off a ticket?
A: Nope! We'll have a list of all purchased tickets at the gate. Just check-in with us, and you're all set to pick your seat!
We are so grateful to our event sponsors. Their generosity allows us to bring these performers to y'all and still raise money for the museum's mission of protecting and preserving Bosque County's history.
Cheryl & Rick Lundberg
Sue & W.H. Watson
First Securities State Bank
Leslie & B.C. Bennett
Joanne & Tom Blossom
Jeff & Janice Conner
Phyllis Gamble & Mechelle Slaughter
Kathy & Steve Harr