Yampa Valley Boys
     Steve Jones & John Fisher
Yampa Valley Boys:  Steve Jones, John Fisher, cowboy music
Steve Jones and John Fisher     

PRESS KIT

Here is a complete press kit for your use. It contains high resolution photos, a short biography, links to audio clips from some of our CD’s, and links to some “home movie” videos. There are also some interesting facts, quotes and CD reviews that will assist you in creating news releases, newsletters and other promotional materials for your venue before a show by the Yampa Valley Boys.
 

BIOGRAPHY:

Steve Jones and John Fisher are now in their fifteenth year of performing as the YAMPA VALLEY BOYS. They have performed over 2,000 shows together. Their most recent CD album, New Home On The Range, was #11 during the summer and #23 for all 2014, per the western music chart as published in The Western Way, the trade magazine of the Western Music Association.

THE BOYS were finalists for several WMA awards, including “best duo” in 2010. Great songs and stories—from the classics to contemporary—plus a good dose of humor is the formula that makes them a success with audiences of all ages. John plays banjo, guitar and assorted instruments. Steve plays guitar, sings many of the lead parts, and is the group's primary songwriter.

THE BOYS have eight CD albums containing original and classic western material and Steve has a solo CD of all Irish songs. Also in 2014, THE BOYS were chosen by the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation to travel with a marketing group promoting the ski area.

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PHOTOS:
Click on any of the photos below for a higher resolution JPG. More photos can be viewed on our News Page.

 
sepia / horsedrive:  Yampa Valley Boys
(photo by Susan Southerland)
  Steve Jones  & John Fisher:  Yampa Valley Boyx
Yampa Valley Boys press photo
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AUDIO SAMPLES:

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VIDEOS:

 

An interview and presentation of “Second Guard” on Steamboat local channel TV18

Second Guard

 

A video with photos from the Great American Horse Drive sponsored by the Sombrero Ranch as well as the audio of “Ponies”.

 
Check out the YAMPA VALLEY BOYS on YouTube. Home videos from Westcliffe, CO and Sierra Vista, AZ taken by Rick Thompson.
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FACTS, QUOTES AND REVIEWS:

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE WORD, "YAMPA", WAS ORIGINALLY THOUGHT TO MEAN "BEAR"? HOWEVER, IT ACTUALLY MEANS "CARROT".

 

THE YAMPA VALLEY BOYS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 15 years performing together.
  • Over 2,000 appearances together.
  • CD album, New Home on the Range, #11 album during summer, #27 during the fall and #23 for the year of 2014.
  • Finalist for 2010 Western Music Association Outstanding Entertainer - Duo Award
  • Finalist for 2007 & 2009 Western Music Association Crescendo Award
  • Colorado Association of Fairs 2007 Associate Member of the Year
  • 8 CD recordings. 111 recorded songs, stories and poems.
  • 3 CD albums that charted in the Academy of Western Artists Top Ten Ratings Chart for western music album
  • 2 songs that have charted in the Top Ten for western song
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QUOTES FROM PROMOTERS/VENUES:

"Anyone who has ever owned a horse or enjoyed an old-time cowboy movie loves these guys. They have an easy, down home cowboy humor that really connected with our audience".
— Arty Smith, Promoter, Coyote Creek Concerts. Elizabeth, CO. September 9, 2006

"The Washington County Fair could not have asked for a more perfect ending. The Boys were real, their stories were real, and their music was real. For a county fair focused and run on the essence of real farm and ranch living, the Yampa Valley Boys fit in as snug and comfortably as a broken in boot. Come back next year, Boys".
— Trevor Sides, Editor, Akron (CO) News Reporter, August 2005

“We will have another sell out tonight. What date do you want next year?”
— Misty Dawn, Booking Representative for the Canon Rose Acoustic Society, Canon City, Colorado (2004 - 2012 and booked again in 2013. Many shows have been SRO!).

“This house concert [Aug. 13, 2009, Sutherland, NE] got the best attendance of any that we have hosted.”
— Muriel Clark

"I have skied throughout the west and heard many entertainers--you are the best, by far."
— George, Atlanta Ski Club (2005)

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CD REVIEWS:
 

NEW HOME ON THE RANGE

     The Boys return with their eighth album, delivered as always with their popular brand of Line Camp Gusto!!
     Doc Stovall gave the title track song to Steve Jones and John Fisher to record, knowing they would do it justice. Doc passed away before hearing their arrangement, but maybe he’s listening even now. I’m pretty sure he’d be delighted! Including the Stovall track, the Yampa’s customary healthy splash of heartfelt and jovial Irish is present. Elsewhere are novelty tracks like “Cow- boys & Horses” (A trivia nut’s dream! It’s just what it says...pairing up big and small screen cowboys with the correct horse names).
     Messrs. Jones & Fisher are aided and abetted by Michael Jonas (mandolin), Al “Doc” Mehl (cello) and multi-instrumentalist/recording engineer Steve Boynton. Strong one!! Fourteen tracks.
Rick Huff, The Western Way Magazine

 

SECOND GUARD

     Once again the Yampa Valley Boys ride in with a rustic, folksy winner! Warm as a wood fire, the CD starts off with Sandra Reay's WMA nominated Song Of The Year "Already Gone" (also present is her creation "One Lonely Rider"). For the title track the Yampa's Steve Jones has given Bruce Kiskaddon's poem "Second Guard" an appropriate musical setting.
     Other Jones originals on the CD "Colors Of The Fall" and "Callin Of The Pipes" should find favor with their fans. He and partner John Fisher are joined by Leon Littlebird on his "House Of Light," inspired by a Navajo poem. This particular track marks an interesting stylistic departure for the Yampas, who say they feel this disc represents some of their best work to date. I concur!
Rick Huff, The Western Way Magazine

 

THAT IRISH KID

      Steve Jones of the Yampa Valley Boys has gone solo!! Only for this one, he hastens to tell us! But with this one he becomes the latest Western artist to stitch using those strong Irish Cowboy threads, and the result is a heap o'music!
      Here we find lilting ballads, spritely jigs and a couple of deceptively uptempo tracks dealing with ugly social underpinnings…such as signs bearing the dread letters "NINA" (No Irish Need Apply)…and the confusion that ensues when our young Irish friend encounters the Mexican lassie called "Niña!"
      The CD is a mix of new originals, appropriate previously released but newly recorded Yampa tracks and some auld-ies but goodies! Five additional musicians create with Jones a suitable canvas on which to paint the green. One of them is John Fisher, the other Yampa Valley Boy. See? 'Told you they're not breaking up!
Rick Huff, The Western Way Magazine, Summer 2012

 

PLAYIN' COWBOY MUSIC

"The Boys have done it again! 'Playin' Cowboy Music' is among my favorites this year, and it's a pleasure to add it to our playlists on The Western Music Channel."
George Fair, President/Director of Programming, Heartland Public Radio.

"The Yampa Valley Boys' experience is an authentic pickin' & grinnin' fest. Their string of CD's are good rides with a certain neighborly nostalgic quality and this one will slip in comfortably into an adjoining stall with them!"
Rick Huff, "Best of the West Reviews" Rope Burns, Sept-Oct 2008 Issue.

 

CLOSE TO HOME

"Steve Jones and John Fisher have teamed up again to produce yet another intriguing collection of cowboy/western songs. Steve's tenor leads are terrific, and John's harmonies, banjo pickin' and mandolin strummin' are superb... [T]hese guys are good. Their harmonies are melodious and tight, and their musicianship is impeccable. They deserve a serious listen."
Cowboy Magazine, Spring 2007

 

BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN

"You'll like it. 'On The Run' is an excellent Steve Jonesoriginal.... Among the other great songs...are Jeffrey Bullock's 'Ponies', an instrumental version of 'Ol' Joe Clark', fabulously frailed on the banjo...by Fisher...."
Cowboy Magazine, Summer 2005

"...one of my favorites is a traditional banjo instrumental, but there are also 4 vocals that particularly impressed me. The one I liked best was a song by Andy Wilkinson,'The River That Never Runs Dry', and the others were the Boys' renditions of Steve's 'On The Run', Brenn Hill's 'Burnin' Hair' and the traditional, 'Streets Of Laredo' ".
O.J. Sikes, The Western Way Magazine, Summer 2005

 

TALES OF THE TRAIL

John Fisher and Steve Jones say 'We are dedicated to preserving the cowboy way in song, story, and poem.' "They've done it. This is a very 'cowboy-sounding' CD that is worth listening to. It is loaded with traditional songs and poems as well as quality contemporary cowboy songs, including some original material."
Cowboy Magazine, Fall 2004

"...a fitting tribute to western music and the art of cowboy storytelling."
The Western Horseman, May 2004

 
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