Alan and Martin will headline Friday’s music lineup in Buena Vista, so pull on your cowboy boots and head over to The Lariat around 8:30 p.m. to kick up your heels to original country songs and country classics. Blue Rooster Trio from Crestone will kick off the music Friday, performing at 5 p.m. to accompany a Boulder Beer tasting. Blue Rooster’s high-energy sets will feature roots music, funk, rock and rhythm and blues, leading up to Alan and Martin’s original country music.
Alan and Martin’s history dates back to the days when the Jackson Hotel still operated in Poncha Springs. Alan Pursell said he was covering some country songs there one night when local drummer Dan Shuford heard him. Shuford liked what he heard and introduced Pursell to local guitarist and bass player Martin Epp. In short order Alan Pursell and The Pale Riders was born.
“Then Danny left town,” Pursell said, and as he and Epp discussed what to do next, they realized they each had enough original songs to produce a couple of albums. “I countrified some of Martin’s old hair band tunes, and he worked up my songs. We ended up with about 30 originals and started performing them locally. … For our shows, we’ll throw in some classic rock covers along with classic country hits from artists like Alan Jackson, Waylon Jennings, Willie (Nelson), Dwight Yoakam ….”
The duo generally play with a four- to six-piece band featuring musicians like John Lusk on lead guitar, George Mossman on drums, George Sypert on pedal steel and Ernie Hatfield on keys. With two original albums under their belts – “Only Boys Back Then” and “Second Chance” – the band has developed a loyal following and packs in crowds of fans when they perform at the Chaffee County and Collegiate Peaks rodeos, where they’ve now played for several consecutive years.
To listen to the band’s first two albums, visit alanandmartin.com, and look for them to release a third album of original music in 2017.