“The Cowboy Ain’t Dead Yet!” Well, he ain’t! El Paseo Arts Foundation brings R.J. Vandygriff, an award winning singer/songwriter, playwright and actor -not to mention a pretty darn good cowboy – to the SPI Convention Center stage on September 6, 7, and 8, 2018, to tell the story of Joe Texas, the most inspiring character to ride across the pages of history, the American Cowboy – someone who is still very much a part of Texas life and heritage..
R. J. is at home on stage, in front of a camera, or on horseback in the big pasture. He grew up ridin’ horses and strumming an ol’ guitar, competed in Saddlebronc and Bareback, and worked as a rodeo clown and bullfighter. Some performers sing the songs, but R.J. has lived the songs and he has the scars to prove it. Plus he is pure Texas and tells its story as only a Texan can..
Whether he’s performing as a solo artist or starring in the highly acclaimed musical “The Cowboy Ain’t Dead Yet!” R.J. has the God-given talent to walk on a stage in front of any audience and connect with them. He is one of those performers who “creates” a moment when he steps to the microphone, a moment remembered by all. The set is simple – a campfire, saddle, coral fence, and a couple of steer heads – but it’s effective in creating the scene of a warm summer night on a trail drive listening to the old cowboys tell tales – some very tall, indeed. Some of his stories will have you laughing hysterically and some will touch your heart.
“The Cowboy Ain’t Dead Yet!” is the most successful cowboy show touring! R.J.’s extraordinary talent has also been widely recognized in the field by his peers and he has received some very notable honors for his work. He is a 2014 CMA of Texas Hall of Fame Inductee, was named the 2014 Academy of Western Music “Best Western Male Vocalist”, was honored with the 2013 Cowboy Keeper Award, and won the 2012 Award for Outstanding Original Composition. Plus, he consistently rates in the top 15 of The Most Heard Artists Top 100 List. He has appeared on stage with George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alabama, the Judds, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Moe Bandy, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats, Domino, Andy Williams, The Sons of the Pioneers, Michael Martin Murphy, Baxter Black, and the San Antonio Symphony, just to name a few.
It is a show not to be missed! Joe sings, twirls a rope, plays harmonica, banjo, and guitar, and throws in a few dance steps. His expressions have been compared to the legendary comic, Red Skelton, his wit to Will Rogers, and his soulful vocal delivery is pure joy to the ear.
The cash bar in the lobby opens at 6:30 p.m., and curtain goes up on the performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $30 per person, $25 for El Paseo Arts members, and because this is a family show, there is a special ticket price of $10 for children 16 and younger (only at Paragraphs or at the door). Tickets are available for purchase at Paragraphs Book Store, S.O.S., the Art Gallery in Lighthouse Square, and online at http://www.elpaseoarts.org.