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John A. Lomax Gathering

The Bosque Museum is proud to announce our John A. Lomax Gathering on November 18, at 5:30 pm in the John A. Lomax 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 2023 Lomax Gathering will honor his work through an evening of entertainment from Pipp Gillette,  Kristyn Harris, and special guest John Lomax III. 

Join us for an evening of music and fun!

About the Musicians

Pipp Gillette

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

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Kristyn Harris

John Lomax, III

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”.

To learn more about Kristyn, head to



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John Lomax, III

Grandson, son, nephew, respectively of pioneering folklorists/authors John Avery Sr & Jr, Alan and Bess Hawes, John is carrying on a family music tradition dating from 1876, on a farm on the banks of the Bosque seven miles from Meridian. Last year, at  78, John III created the LOMAX ON LOMAX SHOW, a lecture/performance based on his family’s work finding, recording, preserving, and presenting unique American music and musicians over four generations.

Beginning as Music Editor for Houston’s pioneering SPACE CITY, John relocated to Nashville in 1973. He soon was writing regularly, for magazines across the globe, penning three books as well.  His artist management career included stints with Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Australian Kasey Chambers, and “America’s Dulcimer Champion” David Schnaufer. From 1996 on, John was a music distributor, selling recordings to importers worldwide. 

John is happily married to retired nurse, Melanie Wells. John’s son, esteemed Texas writer/author John Nova, wrote for Texas Highways and Texas Monthly and is the subject/author of THE SOLE OF HOUSTON. His daughter Amanda Margaret, is an artistic photographer whose work has already been exhibited in the U.S. and England.

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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 (light) rain or shine! If it is pouring, we will reschedule as far in advance as possible.

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, on the day of the event, or online (see the link above)!

Q: Can I bring food?

A: Yes. We'll also have a few food trucks on-site to keep your tummy full, and toes tapping. Keep checking in here to see any food-related updates.

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!

Q: What time should I arrive?

A:  Gates open at 5:00 pm and the show will begin at 5:30 pm.  We anticipate the show will end around 8:30 pm. The John A. Lomax Amphitheater has added lighting so you will be able to find your way to your car after a wonderful evening of songs.

Event Sponsors

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. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Reach out to us at info @

Gold Sponsors

Tom & Patricia Chambers

Silver Sponsors

First Securities State Bank

PETOL-Posey Giving Fund

Rick & Cheryll Lundberg

Bronze Sponsors

Patricia Ferguson

Stuart & Jennie Reeves

Bill Watson


Friend Sponsors

Seth & Jane Witcher

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