Prairie Rose Wranglers

Years at Winfield: 

2003 - The Prairie Rose Wranglers, formed in 1999 to entertain at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, offer the best in cowboy entertainment. They perform Western Music of the silver-screen era, and their tight harmonies and sidesplitting humor make for a show that the whole family will enjoy . . . good clean entertainment, the way it should be . . . the Cowboy Way!

“Ultra Slim” Orin Friesen grew up riding horses on a Nebraska farm where he fell in love with the cowboy songs of Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and the sons of the Pioneers. Since 1977, his voice has been heard on one of America’s premier country music radio stations, KFDI in Wichita, KS. He’s been named “Broadcaster of the Year” by IBMA and “Western DJ of the Year” by the Academy of Western Artists. Orin was recently inducted into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame. He’s played in bands over 30 years and performed on the Nashville Network, in concerts and at festivals. As a boy, “Cyclone” Stu Stuart worked around a lot of cowboys, helping with the chores. His love of western music was passed down to him from his grandfather, Hal O’Halloran. Stu began his musical career in Wichita, KS in 1966. He has performed as a singer, guitarist, and fiddler all over the US and Canada with greats like Conway Twitty, Patsy Montana, Merle Haggard and more. Stu enjoys singing the ‘ol cowboy classics as well as many of his own songs. “Tennessee” Jim Farrell joined the Wranglers late in the summer of 1999. His voice and guitar have graced hundreds of recordings. Jim has performed several times on the Grand Ole Opry, and produced several albums at the famous Homeplace Studios in Nashville. He now arranges the harmonies for the Prairie Rose Wranglers.

The Prairie Rose Wranglers just recently performed at Carnegie Hall in NYC for an evening of cowboy entertainment. It was the first cowboy gathering in the 112-year history of Carnegie Hall.

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