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3/16/2017 Rancher turned troubadour to perform at Hillside Hall
Willow Vale Events proudly presents R. L. Hayden at the Hillside Hall on Saturday, April 1. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and showtime is at 7. Tickets for the performance are $20; call Lori Short at 719/371-4601 to reserve seats. Tickets are also available at Candy’s Coffee in Westcliffe. Hayden, 36, is a purveyor of traditional American cowboy music. With a colorful career that has gained him notoriety among critics and respect from some of the biggest names in country music, he has decided to walk away from record labels and touring with a full band to return to his roots as a solo acoustic performer. Although he was raised on the family ranch, he began playing music at the age of 14 around the Pleasanton, Texas area and by the time he graduated from high school he was playing and touring professionally. “I was fortunate enough to hear Don Edwards play a campfire concert on a ranch outside of Ft. Worth one night when I was 13,” Hayden recalls “and it changed my life. The next week I borrowed a guitar from my uncle and taught myself to play using a songbook written by Don Edwards called Saddle Songs. Red River Valley was the first song that I ever played in public and now here we are 20 years later and it’s on my album Western Troubadour.” Over the course of his career, Hayden has built a loyal following and has opened for such acts as Chris Ledoux, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Robert Earl Keen. He has performed on some of the biggest stages in America including Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, Austin City Limits Festival, Grand Ole Opry, Billy Bob’s Texas and The Fillmore as well as numerous European tours. Hayden has also been recognized as a prominent songwriter and has earned praises from some of the nation’s top-selling publications such as USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and People Magazine. With the release of his 11th album the Western Troubadour, Hayden will be hitting the road with a full tour schedule in 2017 along with Shenna, his wife of 10 years and Wyatt, their 3 year old son. Learn more at: http://rlhayden.com/