The Cowboy Christmas band will include Bobby Black on the steel guitar, Jimmy Collier on the banjo, guitarist Arnie Johnson, melody by Hues, Cliff Neufeld on the keyboard, Eddie Guzman on the drums and harmonica, Kirk Moulin on the bass guitar, Rudy Helm on the synthesizer guitar, and Tim Johnson on the violin, guitar, and mandolin.
Tim Johnson played with the Sons of the San Joaquin – Jack, Joe, Lon and Bill Thornbury – as fiddler from 2000 to 2007.
During this period, they performed to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall, collected many awards such as induction into the Western Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Western Music Associations Group of the Year in 2007. Tim received the WMA Instrumentalist of the Year award in 2007 upon the release of his solo fiddle album, “American Fiddler.”
Bobby Black is a world renowned master of the pedal steel and lap steel guitar who was inducted into The Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2004. Over the years he has performed with Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen, Asleep at the Wheel, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornadoes, Doug Sahm, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, David Allan Coe, Norton Buffalo, Bill Kirchen, Kitaro, David Gans, Robert Gordon, Ray Price, Webb Pierce, Merle Travis, Rusty Draper, Jim Reeves, Tommy Duncan, Sue Thompson, Tommy Sands, Joan Blackman, Eddie and Hank Cochran, Cal Smith, Spade Cooley, Pee Wee Whitewing, Louis Tierney, Gene Vincent, Dobie Gray, The Coasters, Mel Carter, Dick and Dee Dee, Grand Ole Opry, The Wilburn Brothers Show, Linda Hargrove, Lattislaw, Stolen Roses and David Gans.
Jimmy Collier’s repertoire blending folk, blues, gospel, country and soul has electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Sesame Street to President Carter’s Inaugural Program. Collier’s experiences as a performer echo some of the most important events of our culture. These include working as staff entertainer for Dr. Martin Luther King, crewing on Pete Seeger’s musical sloop Clearwater, and portraying the role of African Americans in the Old West. He currently performs in Northern California including workshops in the State University’s system, Stanford University, and various organizations. He also performs as an historical figure for events and business openings. His latest recording, “Everybody’s Somebody,” reflects his musical past as well as hope for the future.
There will be a performance at 3 p.m. as well as 6 p.m. The maximum seating for each performance is 140, with pre-sold tickets at a suggested $20 donation. For information call Oakhurst Lutheran at 559-683-4673. For tickets mail a check to the church at 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst CA 93644.