Hamley welcomes western singers

Brenn Hill will perform Saturday at Hamley Slickfork Saloon in Pendleton.

A pair of award-winning western singers will perform Saturday at Hamley Slickfork Saloon.

Brenn Hill and Mary Kay will play during the all-ages show beginning at 8 p.m. at 30 S.E. Court Ave., Pendleton.

“They are both exceptional artists,” said Hamley owner Parley Pearce. “It will be the first time they will appear on the stage together.”

Hill, who was raised in Utah where he still resides with his wife and three children, released “Equine” last year.

The album’s broad theme features horses — the cowboy’s working partner. Hill also draws creativity from people.

“My friends, my foes, my heroes — they are all sources of great inspiration for writing,” his website biography says.

Billboard Magazine has called Hill “one of the western community’s most promising stars.”

In 2001 he was the recipient of the Western Music Association’s Crescendo Award for being the year’s biggest rising star in western music. Then three years later, he was named the male vocalist of the year by the Academy of Western Artists.

Kaye, on her blog on American Cowboy, calls herself a western singer, rather than a country singer.

The Texas-born artist, who now resides in Utah, clarifies the difference after working in Nashville.

“The most noticeable and superficial difference is in the fact that I did not see a decent cowboy hat in all of Tennessee,” she writes. “I own several nice cowboy hats and know how to wear ’em.”

Country music, she said, is the music of the South, while western music is the music of the West. She also notes country music does a better job of speaking to the heart and western music keeps the music raw and traditional.

Pearce is excited about the upcoming show.

“We’re really fortunate to get such quality performers,” he said.

Tickets are $25 or $35 per person and can be purchased at Hamley and Co. or at www.hamleyco.com/webstore by clicking on “concert tickets.”

For more information, call 541-278-1100.

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