The Rodeo Opry  -  June 29, 2019

Cowboy Jim Garling

Jim Garling is a native Oklahoman whose roots were established by his great grandfather in the land run of 1889 near Norman. Jim has the work ethic, tenacity, and commitment of those early pioneers and incorporates it into his teaching and performing.

He lives in historic Guthrie, the first territorial capitol of Oklahoma, and teaches fiddle and guitar lessons at the Double Stop Fiddle Shop. He has approximately 54 students ranging in ages from 5 to 70.

Audiences young and old enjoy Jim's incredible vocal style, his remarkable guitar skills, and the short histories and interesting anecdotes he often tells about the songs he sings.

His songs have a just right combination of old-style, acoustic western cowboy and western swing merging the sounds of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Sons of the Pioneers with the swinging feel of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys while retaining the cowboy flavor. He performs cowboy-era music and music of the cowboy movie stars as well as music of more contemporary artists who reflect on the cowboy life. He has recorded three CDs, each reflecting those styles.

Jim has performed at numerous venues around the country: The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City; Cheyenne Cowboy Symposium, Wyoming; Western Music Association Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico (in May 2007 Jim was elected President of the Oklahoma Chapter of the WMA); Cedar Depot Memorial Celebration, Cedar, Kansas; Gene Autry Oklahoma Film & Music Festival, Gene Autry, Oklahoma; Western Heritage Days-Tom Mix Festival, Dewey, Oklahoma; Miles of Memories Country Music Festival, Hastings, Nebraska; Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Several Oklahoma schools and libraries 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.

$7.50 - $15.00


Adults - $15.00

Children 7 -12 years - $7.50

Children 6 years & younger - FREE


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