Cowboy gathering on tap April 12-14

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerApril 12, 2013 

The annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering & Music Festival will liven up the Benton County Fairgrounds on April 12-14 in Kennewick.

Returning headliners to this year's event will be T. Graham and Helen Cornelius. Also appearing will be the twin sister act of Moore & Moore and funnyman musician Sourdough Slim.

The fun starts at noon April 12 and at 9 a.m. April 13. A sunrise breakfast is scheduled for 7 a.m. April 14.

Graham headlines the April 13 evening concert. His more notable songs include Darlene, Put a Little Love In Your Heart and Wine Into Water. During the last decade or two, he has penned a boatload of songs that have made the Top 10 country music charts. His latest release is The Next Right Thing, rated in the Top 5 in country music CD favorites by USA Today.

Cornelius is always a hit with Tri-City music lovers, organizers said. She made her singing debut at age 5, which set her on her life's path of making music. She won several music competitions growing up and appeared on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour three times in 1970.

Cornelius' songwriting is as popular as her stage presence. Several of her songs have been recorded by major country artists like The Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire and Jeannie C. Riley.

Debbie and Carrie Moore are twins who not only look alike but are equally talented as well, each having the ability to harmonize and get an audience involved with a song.

They've toured with the Statler Brothers, Bellamy Brothers and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and have performed with Marty Stuart, Jerry Reed, Smokey Robinson, Donny Osmond and The Temptations.

Sourdough Slim, aka Rick Crowder, is making his third appearance at the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering. Organizers say there is as much laughter as music in a Slim concert. But you'll have to attend the shindig to find what all the commotion is about.

Cowboy Magazine editor Darrell Arnold refers to Slim as an irresistible and uplifting yodeling musician with a wild sense of humor.

General admission to the three-day event is $5 for daytime festivities only, or $15 for all daytime and evening concerts each day. VIP seating for either concert is $20. Tickets are available at the gate or by calling 509-851-4287.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;; Twitter: @dorioneal

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