Singer/songwriter and novelist Mike Blakely teams up with his internationally known humorist father, Doc Blakely, for the "Swing Riders Texas Show," a musical-comedy, Old-West style.
During the trail drives of the Old West, the most respected positions were those of the Swing Riders. They turned the herd in the right directions, crossed obstacles, and reached destinations others dared not even imagine. Doc and Mike Blakely join forces to produce a memorable show full of inspirational tales of leadership in their foot-stompin,’ barn-burnin’ style. Their old trail drive songs and fiddle tunes have entertained crowds at corporate conferences, community fundraisers and places between. Called everything from “Motivational Musicians” to “Inspirational Historians” to “Corporate Cowboys,” The Swing Riders are every bit as much fun as they are inspiring.
Mike, an accomplished musician, conceived the idea of The Swing Riders more than 20 years ago and enlisted the services of his father, Doc, who learned the skills and music of working cowboys from growing up around the real thing in South Texas. A multi-instrument musician, Doc specializes in the mandolin and fiddle, though he plays other instruments as well. Together, the duo takes listeners on a figurative trail ride, telling tales with humor, songs and tunes that characterized the trail drive era, 1866 to 1885, when 3 million longhorns were driven up the Chisolm and Goodnight-Loving trails. The Swing Riders' world premiere in 1992 drew over 600 fans and raised $30,000 for charity. Don’t miss these new pioneers as they honor our legendary ones!
The Swing Riders Texas Package is a one of a kind 3-program show for the price of one! Doc and Mike are always available on their own – Mike with his one-of-a-kind musical performances and Doc with his humorous and inspiring keynotes – but the real value added is with The Swing Riders Texas Package. Along with the foot stompin’ fun of their Old West revue – Doc and Mike include their own inspiring and motivating programs.
For more about Doc Blakely, visit www.docblakely.com.
Photo by Sharon Joines, www.sharonjoines.com.