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Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2011 1:30 pm

Now in its 11th season, the Webb Center is presenting some of the top performing artists in western, country and bluegrass music.

For more than 40 years, the Bar D Wranglers have entertained audiences with traditional down-home western music and their special brand of cowboy humor. Based out of Durango, Colo., the four troubadours pair tight harmonies with guitar and banjo picking on classic cowhand ballads, like “Ghost Riders in the Sky” and “Rawhide.” The group performs at 3 p.m. Nov. 6.

“The King of Country Soul” Gene Watson and the “Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent combine two of the greatest voices in country and bluegrass for one performance at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. The dynamic duo will be presenting songs from their best-selling new traditional country album. Featuring fiddles, steel guitars and vocals, Watson and Vincent blend new songs, traditional country classics and Christmas favorites for this concert.

Country fans will kick off the 63rd annual Gold Rush Days at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17 with one of the premiere bands in contemporary country, Emerson Drive.  Known for their high-octane energy, layered harmonies and musicianship, the band will be performing their chart-topping hits, “Moments” and “I Should Be Sleeping,” all combined with expert guitar and fiddle playing.

At 7:30 p.m. March 3, Dailey & Vincent are bringing authentic bluegrass interpretations of The Statler Brothers’ notable hits to the Webb Center stage. IBMA’s “Entertainer” and “Vocal Group of the Year” for 2008, 2009 and 2010, Dailey & Vincent stay true to the original songs and harmonies while adding their own touch to classics like “Flowers on the Wall” and “Class of ’57”.

At 7:30 p.m. March 22, platinum-selling singer and songwriter Suzy Bogguss and her band will be performing traditional folk songs from her new album, “American Folk Songbook.” Bogguss originally shot to the top of the country music charts with hits “Aces” and “Someday Soon” but is now showcasing the American experience with fresh takes on old favorites like “Shenandoah” and “Red River Valley.”  

All Webb Center tickets are on sale; call the Box Office at 928-684-6624 or visit www.delewebbcenter.org for a full schedule of events, information on artists and to watch video previews. The Webb Center is at 1090 S. Vulture Mine Road, Wickenburg.

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