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Cowboy and Western Swing Concert Coming to Belle Isle Library

There’s a world of difference between country songs and cowboy songs.  Country music has been defined as songs about either lying, dying, crying, or going somewhere, and much of it has been run so many times through the blender of the big time music industry, it’s become downright urban. 

But that’s not what you’ll hear at the Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, on Sunday, September 28, when Cowboy Jim Garling and Prairie Moon take the stage from 2:00 to 3:00pm.  Their sound is old-fashioned Roy Rogers/Sons of the Pioneers, with a pinch of contemporary cowboy and western swing tossed in for flavoring.

“We’re really excited about having Jim and Prairie Moon visit Belle Isle,” said librarian Ann Meeks.  “Young people who have grown up listening to Reba, Garth and Keith may never have heard the movie singing cowboys of the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, and will be pleasantly surprised to hear the kind of music so many of our modern country singers loved when they were young.”

No one reproduces that sound better than Jim Garling and Prairie Moon.  Garling, who lives in Guthrie, is a native Oklahoman whose run of 1889 near Norman. Jim has the work ethic, tenacity, and commitment of those early pioneers and puts it to good use in teaching and performing.  

Prairie Moon is Dennis and Sally Gilstrap, of Oklahoma City.  They sing harmony with Garling and accompany his acoustic guitar with the upright bass and the mandolin.  Garling sings lead and tells the short histories and interesting anecdotes about the songs they perform.

“Jim, Sally and Dennis,” Meeks added, “get you feeling all nostalgic for Gene Autry and then slip into a number that seems to have Bob Wills written all over it.”
               Jim has performed at numerous venues around the country: The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Cheyenne Cowboy Symposium in Wyoming, for the Western Music Association Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Gene Autry Oklahoma Film & Music Festival in Gene Autry, Oklahoma, and for the Western Heritage Days-Tom Mix Festival in Dewey.   
                   For more information about the Jim Garling and Prairie Moon, log on to the Metropolitan Library System’s website at www.metrolibrary.org, or call the Belle Isle Library at 843-9601.

The concert is suitable for all ages and is free of charge.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org