The Bosque Museum has planned a special musical event Sasturday, September 25, at the John A. Lomax Amphitheater in Meridian. The Lomax Gathering will be an evening filled with music in the style that Meridian resident John A. Lomax documented.
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Gates open at 5 pm, and the fun begins at 5:30 pm. Tickets cost $50, and funds benefit the Bosque Museum. Tickets are available for online purchase by clicking here. Pipp Gilette, Kristyn Harris, and Andy Wilkenson are the musical entertainers for the evening.
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 Pippreceived the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Traditional Western Album of 2016. His newest CD, PippGillette with Lloyd Wright was released fall 2018.
Texas-bred musical powerhouse, Kristyn Harris, is noted for her shimmering vocals, solid swing rhythm guitar style, unique songwriting, award winning yodel, and captivating stage presence. At 26 years, she is the youngest person in history to be awarded the International Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year, which she has received 4 years in a row (2016-2019), and her latest album was most recently awarded the prestigious Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. She is also a 4-time recipient of the IWMA Female Performer of the Year (2014, 2015, 2018, 2019), and was named the Ameripolitan Music Awards Western Swing Female Artist of the Year (2017) and the Pro Cowboy Country Artist Association’s 2017 Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. Her singing has been praised as “timeless” with “the warmth and power of Texas sunshine”. Most recently you might have seen Kristyn featured on ABC’s American Idol, where she performed a traditional western yodeling song for the judges and was granted a ticket to Hollywood.
Andy realized at the tender age of six that he wanted to be a poet. He also realized that the way to become a good poet was to live a life of variety, so he set about building an eclectic resume that includes time spent as a police officer, financial planner, commodities broker, and a formative stint as a bag-boy and cashier at Piggly-Wiggly.
Andy wrote songs and poetry all along, releasing albums and gaining a reputation a well-researched and well-liked personality on the national cowboy poetry stage.
Andy currently serves as the Artist-in-Residence at Texas Tech University’s Southwest Collection and continues writing and making music as a way of life.