2017 Spring & Summer Roundup Of Performances & News
Let the sun shine in! Thank you to all who came out to our late winter and early spring shows. We enjoyed seeing you all and sharing some good times together. Our late spring and summer is filled with exciting events we are really looking forward to and hope to see you at as well.
May finds the Slimster out in the Missouri Ozarks at the annual Spring Planting Festival. An heirloom gardener's dream festival and a line up of fantastic acoustic entertainment. Back in California the middle of the month to perform in the East Bay for the Newark Arts Council's Sunday afternoon concert series. It's free and a great little venue.
And talking about great venues, June 10th will find Slim & Robert at the elegant Woodland Opera House for an evening concert after an afternoon entertaining in Durham, CA at the Patrick Ranch Museum for there annual Country Faire & Threshing Bee. The historic Pioneer Hall in Wheatland, CA will be hosting a Sourdough Slim concert on June 22nd. Join Slim and some very special guests for
a fun evening of Western style entertainment. Gourmet chili and free ice cream for all! June ends on a very adventurous note headlining the Friday night concert in Frances, WA at Schwingfest! The Swiss Society's big Swiss wrestling festival. Wrestlers, yodeling and accordion music, what more could you want? Slim and his wife Rocki will be in Phoenix, AZ in early July to spend time with there son Carson as he graduates from the Motorcycle Mechanic's Institute. A proud moment indeed.
July ends with a three day tour of Northern California where Slim & Robert dish out the goods to happy summer music lovers with concerts at the Berryessa Brewery in Winters, Scofield's Cowboy Campfire Chuckwagon Concerts at the Red Mule Ranch in Fiddletown and a new concert series at the Community Playhouse in Morgan Hill. In August Slim will be in the studio recording a new album of mostly original music and some great traditional cowboy songs. The end of the month beckons with a return to the 2nd annual Durham Cowboy Poetry & Music Roundup with Dave Stamey and more.
Saturday of Labor Day weekend a new festival will be happening at the fairgrounds in Quincy, CA. The Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival! Sourdough & Robert will be there along with some great acoustic music acts including the headliner Peter Rowen. Not to be missed. Whatever you end up doing this summer have a good one and we hope you keep our shows in mind.
A lot of fun stuff coming up. Please join us! Check out the "Tour Dates" page of this website for a complete listing and details of all the exciting up coming performances. And check back from time to time as new shows are being added weekly. We look forward to seeing you soon and sharing some good times, laughs and a song.
Big 2014 Release, "Best Of - Vol. 2"
27 Whopping Favorites from 2004-2013!
Go to CD's & Sound Clips page
The Western Folklife Center's Tamara Kubaki interviewed Sourdough recently in anticipation of February's National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Read all about it by going to the following website and scrolling down to "Interview with Sourdough Slim":
LucasFilms Skywalker Ranch calling
In early October, Sourdough had the opportunity of a lifetime, working with legendary four time academy award winning sound designer Ben Burtt. (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Wall-E) Ben is working on a project at Lucas Films Skywalker Ranch that needed some singing and yodeling.
Naturally, only the best would do, so he immediately set up a recording session with the Slimster. Working with Ben was a wonderful experience. After recording mega yodels and song in the Skywalker Sound Studios, Ben took Sourdough and his son Carson on a personal tour of the ranch. Spectacular! What a great guy that Ben is.
More on this history making session as it develops.
Entertainer Of The Year 2011!
Sourdough Slim has been nominated once again by the Western Music Association as "2011 Entertainer Of The Year." When asked what it all means, our hero once more replied, "It is an honor to be held in such high regard by ones contemporaries. I am indeed humbled."
Check it all out at: www.westernmusic.org
What the heck is The Old Sheepherders Party?
It doesn't get more Americana than this. There was no pulling the wool over the eyes of these folks, they know what real entertainment is. Sourdough Slim gave
'em the goods as he headlined January 15 & 16 for the second year in a row at this time-warp in the American outback. Check out Nevada Travel's report on this unique event.
"LIVE" From Strawberry CD!
Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong were a big hit at the 2009 Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite. So much so that they
released a "Live" CD of the show from main stage. Thrill to the exciting pulse of the blues accordion, hot steel guitar and stratospheric yodels. Swoon with the lilting swell of the musical saw.
Laugh along with the happy festival goers to the hilarious side of these two jolly troubadours.
This is indeed a wonderfully wacky musical moment. Caught for all posterity on this amazing CD. You got to experience this one for yourself. Available Now! Send $15 ppd., check or money order to:
Sourdough Slim, PO Box 2021, Paradise, CA 95967
Cowboy Train 2009
September 18th through the 24th roots music and legendary steam trains joined forces for an incredible adventure through America's scenic Southwest. With top songwriters Tom Russell and Gretchen Peters, cowboy crooner Wylie Gustafson, famed Cowboy poet Paul Zarzyski and
the hilariously entertaining vaudevillian Sourdough Slim the adventure was filled with music, trains and fun! The trip took them through the magnificent San Juan mountains of Southwestern Colorado and New Mexico on a trip no one aboard will ever forget. The legendary narrow-gauge trains of the Durango & Silverton and the Cumbres & Toltec, North America's longest, highest and most remote narrow-gauge railroad. Concerts and jam sessions, open mics and picking parties filled the days and nights.
For more on future Cowboy Trains go to: www.rootsontherails.com
Canadian TV sitcom features Sourdough Slim music
The wildly popular and hip Canadian sitcom "House Party" has contracted with Sourdough Slim to use his fabulous, self-penned classic "I Just Yodel My Troubles Away" in they're upcoming season.
The song is scheduled to be featured in at least one episode and in the end credits of five more. Also scheduled to be featured in one episode is his fantastic yodeling tribute "Yodelin' Bill." Those Canadians are obviously at the forefront of cool new trends. In any case we're happy to add a new dimension of fun.
Stay tuned for more.
On the heels of 2007's tremendously popular "Classics" CD comes "Classics II". 15 epic renditions of some of the greatest cowboy songs of all time. "Classics II" features more of the classic cowboy hits that made the first one such a must have CD. Song titles include; "Rawhide", "Chime Bells Yodel", "Ridin' Down The Canyon",
"Mule Train", "Silver On The Sage", "The Strawberry Roan", "Twilight On The Trail" and 8 more. These gems come alive again with the unique treatment of the Doughmeister backed by some of the best cowboy musicians in the West. Order yours today. Send $15 ppd. check or M.O. to: Sourdough Slim, PO Box 2021, Paradise, CA 95967. More details
about this great new CD on the CD page of this website.
Shot By World Famous Photographer
In November, Sourdough Slim found himself in Death Valley where he was performing at the annual Death Valley 49ers Encampment. While there he met up with world famous celebrity photographer Vern Evans for a masterfull photo shoot. Evans has been the artist behind the camera in photo shoots with some of the biggest celebrities and stars of Hollywood and beyond. Some of his clients include
Forbes Magazine, Disney, Sony, Turner Broadcasting and HBO to name a few. Check out these exciting new photos on the "Photo Page" of this website.
Here's Sourdough performing the classic "Casting My Lasso" on YouTube:
And doing a fabulous rendition of "Barnacle Bill" at:
The Happy Go Lucky Sound Of Sourdough Slim
"Classics" CD, Huge Hit!
"A masterpiece" - Wylie Gustafson, Wylie & The Wild West
"There's just no way to listen to this one without enjoying yourself" - Cowboy Magazine
This CD is breaking all other sales records 10 to one. For years folks have been asking Sourdough to record a CD of the classic cowboy and hobo songs in his unique
vocal style. Now that it is out and selling like hotcakes, we wonder why we waited so long. This fabulous new CD is a collection of the classic songs you have been clamoring for including:
"High Noon", "Cool Water", "Don't Fence Me In", "You Are My Sunshine", "I'm An Old Cowhand", "The Big Rock Candy Mountain",
"Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "Back In The Saddle Again" and 8 more. Order yours by sending $15 postpaid,
check or M. O. to: Sourdough Slim, PO Box 2021, Paradise, CA 95967
You'll be glad you did!
Plus Two Other Wonderful Releases
Sourdough Slim's 2006 CD of songs from the "traveling tent show" days of the '20's and '30's.
This great CD includes 17 original and classic songs that reflect the impact of the cowboy and the West on the vaudeville and tent shows stages of yore.
Inspired by the likes of Jimmie Rodgers and other traveling minstrels
of the nineteen twenties and depression years to follow, Sourdough paints a musical picture of these early days of country blues and traveling music.
Order yours today! Send $15 postpaid to: Sourdough Slim, PO Box 2021, Paradise, CA 95967
"The title says it all. There is no one today more versed in the great tradition of old time vaudeville and the tent shows that toured throughout the country in the 1920's and 30's then Sourdough Slim.
- Don Edwards
"Like the forgotten vaudeville entertainers, Slim brings a high-level of showmanship to the proceedings. . . . all of this is Slim's interpretation of a colorful era, but it takes a mastermind to pull all this together and wrap it up in a coherent, if not immensely enjoyable, presentation."
- Dan Willging, Dirty Linen Magazine
Six-Guns 'n Sage CD, popular 2004 release
Sourdough's 2004 release received high marks from fans and reviewers alike. Steeped in the traditions of such early country music pioneers as Jimmie Rodgers, Tex Ritter, Frankie Marvin and Carson J. Robison,
Sourdough Slim puts his own unique brand on 16 classic and original songs on this new recording. Accompanying himself on accordion, guitar, harmonica and baritone ukulele, the lively tracks on this CD bring back
the romance and feel of an era when cowboy music was in it's heyday. Top it all off with the award winning yodeling that earned him the Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers award for "Yodeler of the Year" and you have
one great tribute to the wild and woolly West. Sourdough is joined on several tracks by John Girton of "Dan Hicks Hot Licks" fame and long time cohort Pam Laughlin on clarinet. The album is dedicated to legendary border radio pitchman and
yodeling cowboy, Dallas Turner (Nevada Slim), who starts the whole thing off with one of his famous carnival pitches and closes the CD with a side show bark he used while working 1940"s carnivals.
"An excellent album. . . . he's perfected the craft of delivering an authentic old time cowboy sound. His songwriting is first-rate and his performances have delighted audiences from coast to coast."
- O. J. Sikes, The Western Way magazine
"Six-Guns 'n Sage is a thoroughly entertaining collection of cowboy songs, many of them originals. . . . enchanting here, with his humor, fine musicianship and award-winning yodeling. Slim's version of "Barnacle Bill" is
a complete scream."
- Christine LaPado, Chico News & Review
"This album is a pure delight. Loads of fun. Sourdough Slim is always Sourdough Slim, but this album is a refreshingly shinier version. Really top notch."
- Darrell Arnold, Cowboy Magazine
"The album's strength lies in how fun and non-typical Slim's versions of songs are....much more invigorating than 9/10ths
of the stuff you hear from the current cadre of western revivalists."
-Ronald Lankford Jr., Sing Out! magazine
Order yours today. Check the CD page for details.
Plains to Pampas - Sourdough in South America, December 2006
In early December Sourdough Slim joined the Western Folklife Center in an exchange of cowboy culture with the Gauchos of Brazil and Argentina. Sharing the stage with Wylie & The Wild West and famous Gaucho musicians, he entertained at sold out shows in Porto Alegre and Buenos Aires. In Porto Alegre, Sourdough and Wylie were crowned honorary Gauchos as the enthusiastic Brazilian audience went wild with a standing ovation. The language barrier was further broken down by the dynamic yodeling of both performers and the uproarious physical comedy of the "Doughmeister." All told, it was a proud moment of respect, appreciation and understanding between two like cultures from opposite hemispheres. Hats off to The Western Folklife Center, Boojum Expeditions, our South American hosts and translators, including Sr. Luiz Carlos Borges and the Institute of Gaucho Traditions & Folklore, Armando DeFerrari, Sr. Pablo Loranzo, Country2.com, Gabriel Gratzer and the wonderful entourage of traveling companions that made this cultural exchange possible. For more info check out: www.westernfolklife.org, www.boojum.com & www.wyliewebsite.com.
Make plans to attend the fabulous National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada January 26 through February 2, 2008. Sourdough Slim will be there entertaining as well as many of the top cowboy poets & musicians from around the country.
Go to: www.westernfolklife.org
Cowboy Train Conquers Canada, November 2006
For four days and three nights in November, Tom Russells' Cowboy Train barreled across Canada from Vancouver to Toronto. 75 passengers on this "festival on wheels" were royally entertained by the likes of Tom Russell, Michael Martin, Sourdough Slim, Wylie & The Wild West, Rosalie Sorrels and Stephanie Davis. Aboard the vintage 1950's streamliner passenger train the good times never let up as the entourage rattled up and over the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains and across the vast prairies, lakes and woodlands of our neighbor to the north all to the accompaniment of some of the greatest roots music of our time. A grand adventure like none other. Thanks to Tom Russell and Charlie Hunter, the mastermind behind Roots On The Rails. For more info go to www.rootsontherails.com & www.tomrussell.com.