Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Western music is easy listening and easy to connect with for Crossroads Cowboy Church Pastor Joey Owen.
“It’s very peaceful and tells the story of somebody’s life or events in someone’s life and how they dealt with them and moved on,” Owen said. “A lot of those stories are things I’ve experienced in my life.”
One of his favorite storytellers and Western artist, R.W. Hampton, will bring his hits to Owen’s congregation at the Crossroads Cowboy Church on Sunday. Church services will start at 10 a.m. with a carry-in dinner right after. Hampton’s performance will start at 6 p.m.
Owen first came across Hampton’s work in a Western tack shop in Reno, Nev. about six years ago. It was there that he purchased Hampton’s 1998 album, “Then Sings My Soul”.
Hampton has released 12 albums, appeared in 13 movies and played shows in the United Kingdom, Brazil and Australia. Right now, Hampton — a 2011 Western Music Association Hall of Fame Inductee — is touring in support of his latest album, 2010’s “Austin to Boston”.
Hampton sings a lot of gospel with a cowboy feel, but his latest effort is a compilation of popular secular love songs with a Western flavor.
“He’s very much in love with his wife and from what I’ve heard, she’s a fan of the old rock and roll love songs,” Owen said. “So he covered some of those and I think they’re great.”