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Waddie Mitchell & Pipp Gillette

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Texas country music will be well represented at the annual Western Days festival Sept. 26-27 in Old Town Lewisville, featuring the sounds of Kevin Fowler, Thompson Square, Robert Earl Keen, Cory Morrow, Reckless Kelly, The Wind & The Wave, Luke Wade, and The King Bucks.

Waddie Mitchell with special guest Pipp Gillette, is scheduled to perform Friday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

Mitchell is a spinner of tales in rhyme and meter, telling stories of the lessons he learned in a life lived as a buckaroo. He worked as a full-time cowboy until 1984, when he helped organize the world famous Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Since then, he has performed internationally and appeared on the Tonight Show, The History Channel, PBS and BBC.

Gillette plays traditional cowboy music on guitar, banjo, harmonica and bones. Pipp and his late brother, Guy Gillette, recorded eight albums of cowboy music and were recipients of the Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Best Traditional Album of 2010 from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Robert Earl Keen will be the featured act on Friday night, taking the Toyota of Lewisville Main Stage at 10 p.m. The King Bucks lead off the night at 7 p.m., with Cory Morrow following at 8:10 p.m.

Saturday music leads off with Luke Wade at 2 p.m., The Wind and the Wave at 4 p.m., Reckless Kelly at 6 p.m. and Thompson Square presented by Bud Light at 8 p.m. The headliner for Saturday is Kevin Fowler, presented by Waste Management, taking the stage at 10 p.m.

In addition to the best of Texas country music and local performers on two live stages, Lewisville’s Western Days festival offers two days of great family fun including the return of the Cattle Drive Parade through Old Town, arts and crafts vendors, gunfight re-enactments, Native American dancers, trick ropers, cooking demonstrations, car show, the tenth annual World Tamale Eating Championship presented by Market Street, children’s fishing area, a Stickhorse Rodeo for kids, and a special exhibit of rarely seen photos of Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker in the art gallery at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

The festival is free, but a ticket is required. Free tickets are available at the festival website, LewisvilleWesternDays.com, and through entertainment sponsor 99.5 The Wolf. Festival schedule is 7-11:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.

Sponsors for Western Days 2014 include City of Lewisville, Lewisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, 99.5 The Wolf, Waste Management, Toyota of Lewisville, Resource One Credit Union, JP Morgan Chase, Orthofix, Bud Light, Direct Energy, Southern Comfort Mechanical Heating and Air, Market Street, Castle Hills, The Apparel Group, Blue Lynx Media, Prime Controls, Hampton Inn and Suites, Armfield Blue, Vinson Process Controls, Texas New Mexico Power, Southwest Displays, Cobra Brewing, Witherspoon Distillery, Gilley's of Dallas, DCTA, Vista Ridge Village Shopping Center, and Star Local Media.

For the latest information on Western Days 2014 or to enter the parade, visit LewisvilleWesternDays.com or call 972.219.3401.

Festival Musical Lineup

Friday, September 26
7 p.m. The King Bucks
7 p.m. Chaz Marie
7:30 p.m. Waddie Mitchell w/ Special Guest Pipp Gillette
8:10 p.m.Cory Morrow
8:30 p.m. Roadside Libby
10 p.m. Robert Earl Keen
10 p.m. Somebody's Darling

Saturday, September 27
10 a.m.K3 Sisters
1:30 p.m. K3 Sisters
2 p.m. Luke Wade
3 p.m. Zach Coffey
4 p.m. The Wind and The Wave
5 p.m. Jerry K. Green
6 p.m. Reckless Kelly
6:30 p.m. Roadside Libby
8 p.m.Thompson Square
9 p.m. Mark Allan Atwood & Brimstone
10 p.m. Kevin Fowler
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