Award Winning Honky Tonk- Creole Fiddler and Vocalist
2015 OldTime Fiddlers Hall of Fame Inductee
"Thanks Dennis for helping me relive the memories of working with the
greatest band ever...The Cherokee Cowboys"
Buddy Spicher 2014
(photo courtesy of Buddy Spicher)
One More Time:
A Tribute to Ray Price's Cherokee Cowboys
An exciting 2 hour show celebrating the music of one of the greatest bands and singer's of all time when fiddles, steel guitar, and a good song was the backbone of Country music. A journey from the influences of Bob Wills and Hank Williams to the alumni of the Cherokee Cowboys including Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Roger Miller, and Buddy Spicher. In this action packed show of narration and music filled with fiddles and steel guitar, audiences are not only entertained but educated on Western Swing and the real tradition of Honkytonk Music. Featuring songs like One More Time, Heartaches By The Number, Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me, Invitation to the Blues, Crazy Arms, San Antonio Rose, Danny Boy and For the Good Times, Dennis is backed by a great band of musicians which can include former members of The Cherokee Cowboys based on availability.
After studying fiddling for three years with one of the greatest of the Cherokee Cowboys, Buddy Spicher, it was decided by Buddy himself that Dennis should do an album of music made great by Ray Price and the Cherokee Cowboys. So several former members of the Cherokee Cowboys gathered in a Nashville studio in the late summer of 2013 to recreate the magic that millions have come to love. The release of that CD and Dennis's work with these retired Cherokee Cowboys, done before the passing of the great Ray Price, actually inspired him to keep the music going after the loss of The Chief. The result has been another release in 2016, with five original Cherokee Cowboys entitled "One More Time" to showcase even more of what the music meant to millions of fans. There will never be another Ray Price, but millions love the music that he and the Cherokee Cowboys created and Dennis Stroughmatt's love for the music has driven him since he was a small boy. This show intends to keep the music and memories alive.
This family friendly show is perfect for your fair, festival, and theater concert series. If your audiences love and support traditional Western Swing and Honkytonk Music, then they will love this show. Go to the Contact Me page for further information.
Recent Performances Include
Wabash Valley College, Mt. Carmel IL
Midwest Country on RFD-TV, Sandstone MN
Boot City Opry, Terre Haute IN
Genuine Country Music Association Jamboree, Lake of Ozarks MO
The Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, Nashville TN
The Philo Country Opry, Philo IL
The Harrisburg Opera House, Harrisburg IL
The Sesser Opera House, Sesser IL
Outsiders Playhouse, Kansas City MO
Cousin Carl's Christmas, Cape Girardeau MO
Western Swing Festival of the Southwest, Wagoner OK
Branson Country USA, Branson MO
The Espeschied Chapel Theater, Mascoutah IL
In the studio Fall of 2013 with a "who's who" of classic Nashville musicians including three original Cherokee Cowboys and one "Buckaroo": L-R Mr. Nashville Lloyd Green, Willie Cantu, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Pete Wade, Buddy Spicher, Wade Bernard, and Dennis Stroughmatt. Not seen at this session, former Cherokee Cowboys Mike Sweeney and Jim Loessberg