ALAMOSA — Society Hall, at 400 Ross Avenue in Alamosa, is proud to present nationally known western singer-songwriter Mike Blakely in concert Thursday July 13th at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door, and are available online at www.societyhall.org, or in Alamosa at the Green Spot.
Mike Blakely is as fine a singer, songwriter and performer as there is playing in the world of western music today, having released 11 CDs, performed all over the U.S., and making 16 tours to Europe. His songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson, Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, John Arthur Martinez, Randy Brown, Geronimo Trevino III and Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Bush, Pauline Reese, Debbi Walton and others. He is currently working in the studio on his next CD.
Mike is also a very successful western author, having published 17 books released by major New York City publishers. His last two books were co-writes, one with Willie Nelson, the other with Kenny Rogers.
A native Texan, Mike served in the U.S. Air Force and later earned a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. He released his first novel 1988 and his first CD in 1995. One of his co-written tunes landed on a Grammy Award-winning album by Flaco Jimenez in 1995. Another was played on the orbiting International Space Station in 2007. Mike is also a two-time winner of Western Writers of America’s Spur Award – once for best western novel of the year, and once for best western song of the year.
Speaking of a Mike Blakely performance, Paula Reynolds of Hilltop House Concerts in Kerrville, Texas says, “Having celebrated our house concert anniversary with the seventh show by Mike, we can only attest that it just keeps getting better and better! I’ll personally guarantee it to be one of the musical highlights of your life!”