Juni Fisher & Mike Blakely in Concert | July 6

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Juni Fisher & Mike Blakely in Concert

Saturday, July 6 | 7pm | Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center

All seats general admission | No paper tickets issued | Will call at the door

No refunds or exchanges, please!

A great night of true western music and stories from two great singer/songwriter/authors!

Juni Fisher

Fisher was raised in a San Joaquin Valley, CA farming family, and was active in 4-H and FFA. While studying Equine Science at the College of the Sequoias she rode horses for customers and was captain of the college horse show team. She rode sale pens for extra money at a local livestock sale and earned honors at Intercollegiate and Quarter Horse shows. During college she began singing big band standards in a dance orchestra to pay for horse show entries.
 
After college she apprenticed training cow horses, preparing snaffle bitters, hackamore and bridle horses, and won the IARCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Championship in 1981. She followed up with Reserve Champion in the Hackamore in ’82. In 1983 she topped the Monterey Classic Bridle horse Sweepstakes while working on a cow calf operation and running a roping arena. If there was a campfire gathering with music, Juni was there with her guitar. In 1984 she moved to Santa Ynez, CA, to train cutting horses.
 
A Santa Ynez area band asked her to play rhythm guitar and sing, and in time she was playing L.A. area clubs with a country dance band that also played western and cowboy music. Juni’s ability to ride at speed across the hills landed her with a position as a professional “whipper-in” with a foxhunt club in Tennessee. After that, point to point racing, steeplechasing, and horse trials took the place of cow horses, while she honed her songwriting skills among some Nashville’s finest writers. 
Her first Western release, “Tumbleweed Letters” (1999) reached Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival director Gary Brown in 2003. With his encouragement and endorsement, Juni shifted to music full time. 
 
In 2012 she returned to the cow horse world by winning the NRCHA Celebrity Cow Horse Challenge at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity in Reno, NV, and began successfully showing a cutting horse reclaimed from another trainer’s throwaways. Fisher purchased a weaning Quarter Horse filly to raise in 2014 and is preparing to show that young horse at cow horse events when she’s not on the road.
Fisher has penned songs recorded by Rex Allen Jr., Joe Hannah (Sons of the San Joaquin,) Ranger Doug (Riders in the Sky,) Kristyn Harris, Devon Dawson, Judy Coder, Notable Exceptions, 43 Miles North, and others, and her songs have been in award winning film soundtracks. She added “published author” to achievements with her debut novel, Girls from Centro in late 2018.

As a singer/songwriter, Mike Blakely has released 13 albums, performed all over the U.S. and has made 16 tours to Europe. His songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson, Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, john Arthur martinez, Randy Brown, Geronimo Trevino III and JohnnyRodriguez, Johnny Bush, Jon Chandler, Bill Barwick and others.

As an author, he has published 19 books with major New York City publishers. His upcoming novel, A SINISTER SPLENDOR, will be released in February of 2019. It is a historical novel about the Mexican War.He is currently at work on Part Two.

Mike’s latest album, THE OUTSIDE CIRCLE, features ten songs about the wild west and cowboy life, past and present. It was released in June 2018 and was co-produced by Walt Wilkins and Ron Flynt (of Jumping Dog Studio in Austin, TX.) Find it (and past albums) on CD Baby for download or buy a physical copy directly from Mike here.

A native Texan, Mike served in the U.S. Air Force in Albuquerque, N.M., and later earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He released his first novel 1988 and his first CD in 1995. One of his co-written tunes landed on a Grammy Award-winning album by Flaco Jimenez in 1995. Another was played on the orbiting International Space Station in 2007.

Mike is a two-time winner of Western Writers of America’s Spur Award – once for best western novel of the year, and once for best western song of the year. Mike spent many years touring with his dancehall band, but now plays more shows as a solo artist, or in a duo or trio configuration at listening rooms, house concerts, festivals, and private parties. His career as a novelist leads to many non-traditional concerts at book stores, libraries, writers conferences, and book clubs.

"Having celebrated our house concert anniversary with the seventh show by Mike, we can only attest that it just keeps getting better and better! I'll personally guarantee it to be one of the musical highlights of your life!" ~ Paula Reynolds, Hilltop House Concerts, Kerrville, TX.