Hutchinson Homestead hosts heritage music event

Liz Masterson is a performer who loves connecting with an audience to answer questions and engage audience members in her show. She is not a background singer. With 32 years in the Western music scene, Masterson is known for her energetic, fun shows. “I was in on the beginning of the big Western music revival (in 1982) – oh, you haven’t heard of it?” She explained Western music has been an “underground” scene for years because it’s not widely played on commercial radio or TV. But she’s working on changing that.

Growing up with Roy Rogers on TV, Masterson said everyone knew Western songs because they were on the TV in their homes. “I’m trying to get the word out,” said Masterson, who has released nine CDs and in 1998 won Western Music Female Performer of the Year.

Masterson said one of her favorite songs to perform was written by a friend of hers. “I really like ‘Roads to Colorado.’ It’s about traveling and coming back home. Two things I like to do.”

Dailey, better known as Cinnamon Sue, is a talented mandolin player and harmony singer. She is also a fine artist and muralist. The Western duo will present two shows during the Cowboy Music Event at the Hutchinson Homestead and Learning Center at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25. Willie McDonald of the band Bluegrass Patriots will perform with Masterson and Dailey. McDonald is Dailey’s husband, and the trio is currently working on a album of historic Western songs.

Andrea Early Coen, director of operations at the Homestead, said last year’s Western heritage music event was so successful they decided to make it an annual event celebrating traditional music specific to ranching culture and cowboy history. “We felt the Homestead is a perfect location. It’s a celebration of heritage and an agricultural way of life.” Choosing a musician this year was easy, as both Masterson and Dailey came “highly recommended.”

New this year is an early show designed for families with younger children. It will be more interactive with sing-alongs. The later show, while still well-suited for families, is more of a traditional concert. A picnic will be held between the shows, and families are invited to pack a meal or purchase one from Wallbanger’s Sports Bar and Grill, which will sell food on site. Ice cream and pie will also be available. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the second show.

Advance tickets can be purchased online from HutchinsonHomestead.org or GuidestoneColorado.org and are $20 per family for the early show and $15 for the evening show. You can also email Coen at andrea@guidestonecolorado.org. Tickets, if still available, will be sold at the door for $25 and $20, respectively. Coen said space is limited and suggested people buy their tickets in advance.