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Friday, August 11, 2006

Western Legends Roundup Aug 24-26

The 8th annual Western Legends Roundup will be held Aug 24-26, in Kanab, Utah. It features Western vendors and exhibits, Western entertainment and concerts, Cowboy Poetry, Cowboy cookin' and autograph sessions with some of your favorite stars of classic Westerns.

This event was created to honor the rich Western movie history, with over 70 classic Western movies being filmed in Kane County over the years. The Gunsmoke television series was also filmed here for over 20 years.

The roundup has been named #1 Western Event by True West Magazine!

See the event’s website for more info.

Cowboy Ted Hallisey, Kane County Office of Tourism, provided this news release:
Utah’s native son to perform at Western Legends in Kanab

Brenn Hill of Hooper, Utah, will headline during America's top Western event

Brenn Hill has been called “the future of Western music.” The 30-year-old singer-songwriter from Hooper, Utah will be the headline performer during three concerts held at the Crescent Moon Theater in Kanab, Utah Aug. 24-26 during the Western Legends Roundup & Film Festival, which, was named as the top Western event in the nation by True West Magazine.

Hill has five albums under his belt and a growing string of awards. The Utah native draws his inspiration from the lifestyle of the modern west. His songs celebrate the land and the hard-bitten beauty of cowboy life from a firsthand perspective. The Red Rocks surrounding Kanab are featured in Hill’s song called The Last of the Red Rock Riders.

Billboard Magazine tabbed Hill as the future of Western music by writing, “Hill is a bridge between western music's best traditions and the future of the genre as cowboys and cowboy singers evolve with the changing times. Hill’s music echoes the integrity, morality, and character associated with legends like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry while also exploring contemporary themes.”

Hill was named the Academy of Western Artists’ Male Vocalist of the Year in 2005. He is no stranger to Kanab and feels at home among the red rocks he sings about in a couple of his songs. Kanab residents have embraced this up-and-coming Western legend.

“Brenn Hill is all-cowboy and he knows what its like to live in rural America and he brings that forward in the lyrics of his songs, reported “Cowboy Ted” Hallisey, executive director of the Kane County Office of Tourism. I consider Brenn Hill to be one of my very close friends. He is sincere and Brenn is proud of the cowboy lifestyle and work ethic, as well as, our Western heritage and the traditions we still value in rural America. Brenn’s songs help us to step back and remember that some of us are still fortunate to enjoy that wholesome and hardworking lifestyle today that is portrayed in his songs.”

Well known Western musicians have praised Hill and his potential as a superstar in the Western music category. Ian Tyson said, "Every time I see and hear Brenn Hill, he just keeps getting better and better. His love of the West shines through in his music."

Hill made his singing debut at age four. With a natural love of the western outdoors and summers spent working at his grandparents' farms, he ventured into traditional western music. At the age of 16, he performed at the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV. Hill was chosen to participate in the "Best of the Cowboy Music Jamboree" jam session at the end of the festival. The audience warmly accepted this new spokesman for rural Western America.

The 30-year-old singer will walk through the town of Kanab in the footsteps of some of the icons of Western movies and those who created the theme for the Western Legends event. John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Ronald Reagan made films in Kanab and have been honored with plaques on the “Little Hollywood” Walk of Fame. Hill’s signature song “Call You Cowboy” serves as a tribute to all of our cowboy heroes of the past.

Tickets for Brenn Hill’s Western Legends concerts at the Crescent Moon Theater In Kanab on Aug. 24-26 are priced at $10 and are available on-line at or by calling the Western Legends office at 435-644-3444. A limited number of tickets will be set aside for purchase at the Crescent Moon Theater ticket office on the night of each show.


  • At 4:29 PM, Blogger wadehhelm said…

    will there be a rpound up this yr (200(0 and will Clint Walker be there

  • At 9:26 AM, Blogger Utah Blog Admin said…

    They have yet to release details about the 2009 event.

    The three-day festival is held in downtown Kanab every year the weekend before Labor Day Weekend


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