The OLD WEST is not a certain place in a certain time...it's a state of mind! It's whatever you want it to be. ---Tom Mix
Bio - Jim Garling
Jim Garling can't change the cattle market, but his music can sure enough make you take your mind off of it.
Boots tap, hands clap, and grins grow like new spring grass when the
native Oklahoman begins to play. If it's live music you're seeking for
your event, there are few performers who bring more life to a room than
the talented, personable Jim Garling of Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Jim loves reaching into the past not to imitate Gene Autry, Roy
Rogers, the Sons of the Pioneers or Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys,
but to combine their sounds for just the right mix of old-style,
acoustic western cowboy music and western swing. With guitar
strap on shoulder, pick in hand and a bushy mustache bordering that
genuine smile, he'll bring you and yours cowboy-era music, classics
from Saturday matinee silver screen heroes, and some favorites tunes
from contemporary artists who reflect on the cowboy life. In fact, Jim
has recorded three CDs, reflecting each of those very styles in
addition to one cowboy gospel CD.
Ask yourself the following...How would you like to bring someone to
your gathering who has entertained at: The National Cowboy and Western
Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City; the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival at Guthrie, OK; Western
Heritage Days--Tom Mix Festival, Dewey, Oklahoma; Cherokee Strip
Celebration, Perry, Oklahoma; Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City; Pawnee Bill Museum, Wild West Show, Pawnee, Oklahoma; Chisholm Trail Museum, Kingfisher, OK; Kolache Festival, Prague, OK; Cheyenne
Cowboy Symposium, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Western Music Association Annual
Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Jim is past President of the
Oklahoma Chapter of the WMA); and the Gene Autry Oklahoma Film &
Music Festival, Gene Autry, Oklahoma.
And you can rest assured, audiences young and old enjoy Jim's
incredible vocal style, his remarkable and long-proven guitar skills
and the little dose of short histories and interesting anecdotes he
gladly shares about the songs he sings.
Jim doesn't just talk about the past, which includes his great
grandfather making the land run in 1889, and the family settling for
generations around Norman. He takes listeners back to those days of
pioneers. Jim's a neighbor, whether
you live by him, or make your home 500 miles away. Everyone soon feels
like they've known him for years, not hours.
Several Oklahoma schools, libraries and museum have selected Jim to do
programs that incorporate western cowboy music and the history of the
State of Oklahoma and traditions of our country. He is continually
promoting and performing cowboy/western music to preserve it
for generations to come. So, if you are wanting to celebrate the
present or maybe escape it for a just a little while, give Jim Garling a
call. Most likely, after calling him one time, you'll be getting in
touch with him for future events as well So, book right now to secure Jim Garling for your upcoming gathering!
NOTE: Jim is available for any variety of
performances or workshops at festivals, schools, libraries, private
functions, public concerts or house concerts. He is an Oklahoma
Performing Artist on the Oklahoma Arts Council which can provide funding
for 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. Check their website (or call 405-521-2931) for information about Jim and if you qualify for funding: Arts.Ok.Gov