Bakersfield Community Concert Association

2012-2013 Concert Season

Cody Bryant with the Riders of the Purple Sage - Monday, January 14, 2013 7:30 p.m.
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Celebrate the music of the West performed by Cody Bryant with the Riders of the Purple Sage. Welcome Cody Bryant with the Riders of the Purple Sage back to Bakersfield and the Rabobank Theater. Cody Bryant with the Riders of the Purple Sage performed with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra at the Taft High Auditorium on Sunday, October 17, 2010. Join the Bakersfield Community Concert Association as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary Season.

Pre-concert music will be performed by the Taft Union High School Jazz Band under the direction of Ms. Amanda Posey.

Unforgettable melodies, tight harmonies, red-hot musicianship, and a fast-paced show are trademarks of Cody Bryant with the Riders of the Purple Sage.

To quote John Farrer, Music Director of the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra: “Excellent musicians who have fun, engage the audience, and present a very entertaining show!”

Under the leadership of Foy Willing in the 40s and Cody Bryant today, they still go their own musical way with a sound that is uniquely their own. With deep roots in many American folk styles, they blend elements of the classic sound of Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers with bluegrass, Cajun, and Bob Wills-style western swing into their own musical vision.

Enjoy selections like Happy Roving Cowboy, Cool Water, Ghost Riders in the Sky, Back in the Saddle Again, Nobody Kisses their Horse Anymore, and Tumbling Tumbleweeds.

While Cody and the Riders draw on their rich history, theirs is not a nostalgia show. Their musical vision looks the future straight in the eye, with an energetic, driving delivery, and fresh new material that make them crossover crowd pleasers, delighting newcomers as well as their legion of long-time fans. They are as comfortable at a cowboy gathering as they are in the concert hall. The Riders recently created arrangements for full orchestra and have performed with numerous symphonies in the Southwest.

Multi-talented musicians, the Riders’ show features vocals, fiddles, banjo, mandolins, guitars, harmonicas, bass and drums. The Riders are active songwriters in the classic cowboy/western music scene, and television music field.

Cody Bryant with the Riders of the Purple Sage are redefining classic western music for a whole new generation of fans. Saddle up and enjoy the ride!

Cody Bryant | Leader, Vocals, Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin Cody is the leader and musical director of the Riders. Singer, songwriter, and award winning multi-instrumentalist, he lives and breathes western music. TV, movie and soundtrack credits include Relative Strangers, WB's 7th Heaven, High School Reunion, Back to the Future II, and The Legend of the Durango Kid. He recently recorded banjo and mandolin for Englebert Humperdink’s upcoming album of swing standards.

Cowboy Mike Ley | Bass, Harmonicas Since the ripe old age of four, Mike has been playing bass, guitar, banjo and mandolin. As a staff musician at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Hollywood in the sixties he performed with Sonny and Cher, the Coasters, Ike and Tina Turner and many more rock acts of the sixties. He also worked with country greats Eddie Dean, Molly Bee, Hank Penny, and Cliffie Stone. He is an accomplished songwriter with several songs on Riders recordings.

Evan “Relaxin Jackson” Marshall | Mandolin, Fiddle Evan Marshall is widely regarded as one of the world's premier mandolinists. Chet Atkins called him "one of the few great musicians of our time.” Evan performed over 10,000 shows as featured soloist at the world's favorite theme park. Evan brings his own brand of virtuosity and showmanship to the Riders.

Doug Livingston | Steel, Trumpet You have heard Doug on many recordings, television shows, and movies. He is a first-call session musician with diverse projects including the original Dukes of Hazard, George Strait’s Pure Country, American Idol, Carrie Underwood’s Holiday Special, Juice Newton, Loggins and Messina, and many more!

Landon McCoy | Drums and Percussion A native of Horseheads, New York, Landon has performed all over the United States. He also traveled to Japan and Korea for USO tours. Recording credits include 7th Heaven, Relative Strangers, South Park, and Red Simpson’s CD, “The Bard of Bakersfield”. Landon studied music performance at Fayetteville State University and earned his degree from Cal State Fullerton.


“Hollywood polish with Western soul…” Greg Gamble, Desert Foothills Land Trust

“Excellent musicians who have fun, engage the audience, and present a very entertaining show!” Maestro John Farrer, Bakersfield and Roswell Symphonies

“Ten minutes into the concert and you’ll want to embrace the consummate musicians that create this musical style that is a part of not only our western culture but a part of our national musical history. The Riders are a dream to work with.” Eric Pearson, Victory Valley Ca Concerts

“We were all astounded at the musicianship of the individual members of the group. It was one of the very best concerts provided in recent years.” David Kanowski, Verde Az Independent

“Takes me back to a yesterday when Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys reigned supreme. Listening to this band fills me with pleasures of bygone times.” Fess Parker

“Hearing the Riders of the Purple Sage is like riding past old campfires where you were once warmed and fed.” Denver Pyle

“Great harmonies, wonderful music. Nobody takes the time to sound like that anymore.” Beau Bridges

“Great music, I’m glad I’m not paying by the note!” Singer Songwriter Carole King



Do you have a favorite tune? Make your selection:

Texas Plains ~ Stewart Hamlin

Detour ~ Paul Westmoreland

Cowboy Rides Away/Amarillo by Morning Kelly Throckmorton/Fraser Stafford

Leavin’ in the Mornin’ ~ Mike Ley

Ring of Fire ~ Merle Kilgore/June Carter

Tumbling Tumbleweeds ~ Bob Nolan

Nobody Kisses Their Horse Anymore Les Buffham/Mike Ley

Gambler and Rosette ~ Mike Ley

Woman of the Wind ~ Les Buffman/Mike Ley

No One To Cry To ~ Foy Willing

King of the Road ~ Roger Miller

Just Another Cowboy ~ Mike Ley

Teardrops in My Heart ~ Vaughn Horton

Banjo Medley

Twisted ~ Cody Bryant

Foggy Mountain Breakdown ~ Earl Scruggs

Pony Express ~ Mike Ley/Cody Bryant

Dueling Banjos ~ Don Reno

Purple Sage ~ Barbara Ruff/Cody Bryant

Cool Water ~ Bob Nolan

Out California Way/Timber Trail Jack Meakin, Foster Carling, Tim Spencer

Antionette ~ Cody Bryant/Mike Ley

Orange Blossom Special ~ Ervin T. Rouse

Ghost Riders in the Sky ~ Stan Jones

Happy Trails ~ Dale Evans


Welcome to the Rabobank Theater   Cody Bryant with The Riders of the Purple Sage for a delightful evening of  Western music.



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