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Old Town Temecula Cowboy Poetry Evening



Cowboy poet and musician TJ Casey of Billings, Montana will co-headline an evening of western music and cowboy poetry Saturday, November 4, 2006 at the Temecula Mercantile.  The event titled "Around Uncle Erle's Campfire," is part of the Erle Stanley Gardner Mystery Weekend in Old Town Temecula. The campfire portion includes The Lost Canyon Rangers, Ken Graydon and Phee Sherline and cowboy poet Joe Sullivan.


Erle Stanley Gardner’s camping adventures and explorations throughout California and Baja are the inspiration to an evening of cowboy poetry and western music, Saturday, November 4, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Temecula Mercantile Bistro, 42051 Main Street, in Temecula.


Casey is nationally recognized western, swing, singer/songwriter and cowboy poet. He has shared the stage with Ian Tyson, Merle Haggard and Dierks Bentley, and tours with the Rough Rider Band. He's produced music for the RD-TV network shows "Horse Sense" and "The Cattle Show. "


Anchoring the event is the western music of The Lost Canyon Rangers. This band's lively interpretations of tunes made famous by Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Audie Murphy earned the group the 2005 Rising Star Award by the Academy of Western Artists and were one of the top five finalists in the WMA for the 2005 Crescendo Award. The band has recently been nominated by the Academy of Western Artists in five separate award categories including “Entertainer of the Year,” and “Western Group of the Year.”


Around Uncle Erle's Campfire also features cowboy poets Ken Graydon and Joe Sullivan. Songwriter Graydon emcees the evening. The local poet and musician is known for his original material including one song written about Gardner and his Baja adventures titled "Desert Whale."


Sullivan, an Oklahoma native, has recited at Big Bear Miners Days, Descanso Vaquero Days, Brawly Cattle Call and numerous other events.

The creator of the Perry Mason mysteries, Gardner was an avid adventurer who spent several years exploring Baja California in makeshift dune buggies. His travels explored and charted pictographs, unexplored caves, archaeological sites, and the rugged terrain of Baja.  Included in his travels was the discovery of the California gray whale migration along the Baja coastline. Campfires with songs and tales of the Old West were said to be the conclusion of many Gardner expeditions.


Around Uncle Erle's Campfire is $10 per person and space is limited in the Mercantile Bistro. Tickets are available at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater Box Office.  It is the only event of the weekend with a fee. Writer's workshops with publishers and authors, a forensic forum for mystery writers and the Mystery Solving Contest are all free.


The Temecula Museum will have a special Erle Stanley Gardner exhibit and a classic Recreational Vehicle show with perfectly restored early model trailers and RV's. A one-act mystery festival will be conducted throughout Sunday, November 5 and a final performance of the Court of Last Resort is Sunday, at 3 p.m. at Old Town Temecula's Community Theater. Awards for the writing contest and the winner of the mystery contest will be announced during the performance.


For information and a complete schedule visit www.esgmysteryweekend.com.

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