'Eclectic cowboy' to present honky tonk history


PENDLETON -- Lonnie Shurtleff, "the eclectic cowboy," will present The History of Honky Tonk from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Tam?°stslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Boulevard. This is a free public program presented in conjunction with Tam?°stslikt's current exhibit, "Cowgirls: Contemporary Portraits of the American West."

Honky tonk music is related to western swing and swing-influenced country music. Shurtleff will perform cowboy and country honky tonk music of the eastern Oregon region as it was once performed in places like the Stirrup Room, the Old Corral, and the Silver Saddle in the 1950s..

Shurtleff grew up in the Owyhee Desert running wild horses and in Eastern Oregon's Blue Mountains running cattle. His life's work revolved around wild horses, saddles and rawhide riatas, then he discovered guitars. As a guitarist and singer, Lonnie Shurtleff is well known around Eastern Oregon. For more information, call 541-966-9748.


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