Martin Murphey out, Dave Stamey and others step in
May 26, 2016
Mule Days scrambles to fill void.
Comedian Frankie “Punkintown” Smith will open.
Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott, Neil Gelvin and Pete Charles will perform.
Dave Stamey will close tonight’s show.
Statement from Mule Days:
Michael Martin Murphey, country music headliner for Bishop Mule Days Celebration, has had to cancel his appearance tonight due to an unexpected and possibly devastating family emergency.
“I have cancelled my show in Bishop, CA for Mule Days on May 26, 2016 because of a family emergency. My precious mother is critically ill and I am rushing to be by her side. I have been looking forward to performing at Mule Days again with great anticipation; I wish I could be there, but I will return to Bishop as soon as possible.
Just so you know, my mother sewed me Western shirts and kept me in jeans, boots and cowboy hats from the time I was a child. My Mom and Dad sent me to family ranches every summer so I could learn cowboy skills, even though we lived in the big city of Dallas, Texas. They encouraged me to work at a Christian youth camp called Sky Ranch in Lewisville, Texas when I was a teen, and there I first had a job singing cowboy songs around a campfire and teaching kids to ride a horse and outdoor skills. They believed that the Western Way of Life is a great way to bring up kids. I owe my career as a singing cowboy from Texas to my mother and father, who loved the Lone Star State and what it stands for. They loved the cattle ranching culture. Dad is gone now but Mom still encourages me to “keep it Western.” What America needs now, more than ever, is people like my Mom and Dad- city people who support country people in their stewardship of the world’s grasslands through responsible ranching. I know the show in Bishop is sold out; my deepest thanks to all my supporters. You can count on me to return to Bishop as soon as possible. As my Dad, who was my business manager used to say, “We’ll make it work, son!” I know my Mom agrees.”
Our hearts and prayers go out to Mr. Murphey and his family in his hour of need.
However, the show must go on!
We have put together an equally entertaining and incredible concert tonight. Warming up tonight’s concert audience with laughter is stand-up comedian Frankie “Punkintown” Smith, Christian Country Music Association Comedian of the Year. You may know Frankie as Bishop Mule Days Arena Clown with his trick pony “Turbo” and his mule “Minnie Pearl”. A highly sought after entertainer Bishop Mule Days is excited to present!
Bishop Local legend Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott, 2014 Best Friend of the Packers, will be performing with fellow local musicians Neil Gelvin and Pete Charles. They will be playing foot-stomping fiddle-tunes along with heart moving ballads, set to American Poet Curly Fletcher, such as “Strawberry Roan”. Fiddlin’ Pete is a world-class fiddler who has played along with Michael Martin Murphey and Ian Tyson. This is sure to be a toe tapping, two-stepping good time!
Dave Stamey, 2015 Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year, will be delighting tonight’s crowd with soulful vocals and guitar strumming to all his famous melodies, as well as more favorites from his newly released album “Western Stories”. Dave Stamey, a past Best Friend of Mule Days recipient, is a phenomenal performer who will entertain tonight’s audience with his upbeat performance of music that transcends all generations of music lovers!
Any questions please visit the front gate ticket booth, thank you!