Arizona singer/songwriter Jon Messenger sports an impressive list of credentials. An accomplished songwriter, with an extensive musical background, Jon's original Folk and Western tunes have been well received by audiences at festivals and gatherings throughout the West, and these songs reflect Jon's love of the West and the American Cowboy. Bringing a unique approach to today's Cowboy and Western Music, Jon's vocal and acoustic guitar stylings blend together to bring to all his audiences a haunting and authentic portrait of cowboy life, past and present. Interspersed with the fine Western Music are some wonderful selections of Cowboy Poetry, some by traditional authors, and some original poems from Jon's pen. Jon's writing has been favorably compared to the outstanding works of several remarkable contemporary Western singer/songwriters, such as: Don Edwards, Jack Hannah, Michael Fleming, Dave Stamey, Curly Musgrave, Bob Wagoner, and Douglas Green of Riders in the Sky. Jon has been playing at gatherings, festivals, churches for a long time...almost exclusively performing Western Music around the southwest and points east, west and north of Sierra Vista, Arizona for nearly fifteen years with a smattering of bluegrass and western swing in the between spots. He was a founding member of the Western trio, Rimfire, and played guitar for the very popular Raw Deal Bluegrass Band. An ongoing collaboration with Jeanne Cahill and Jerome Campbell ... they of Oklahoma's Call of the West, recently produced the recording Ponydance...the recording features ten original tunes and and two treatments of old and new classics. 'Ponydance', the title tune, was recently nominated as Song of the Year for 2005 by the Western Music Association. The love and appreciation of the Western way of life is in every tune he writes; Jon has earned his spurs among true cowboy poets and musician. He writes some of the most hauntingly beautiful songs of our time and has found a way to express insights into the livestock community that most people simply overlook. He's become an integral part of the Western Music community, and is well respected as a performer and songwriter by all. Jon served four years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Western Music Association; three years of which were served as the President of the Board of Directors. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of that organization. With an eye on the future, Jon's presentations of Western song and verse are dedicated to the fierce spirit of liberty exemplified by the ranching community and the love of self-sufficient freedom.
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