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home : arts & entertainment : arts & entertainment August 20, 2017

8/8/2017 11:55:00 AM
Honky Tonk band to play Sisters
Halden Wofford and the Hi Beams will close out the Sisters Folk Festivalís free Summer Concert Series at Fir Street Park on Thursday evening. photo provided
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Halden Wofford and the Hi Beams will close out the Sisters Folk Festivalís free Summer Concert Series at Fir Street Park on Thursday evening.

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By Ceili Cornelius

Old-style honky tonk band Halden Wofford and the Hi Beams are returning to play the Sisters Folk Festival Summer Concert Series. Wofford and the band have been playing music together for 14 years with all the same people touring, playing old-school country music. Wofford calls it "Rocky Mountain Honky Tonk Music."

Wofford started playing music in college on the side as a hobby.

"I was actually in art school at the time, I wanted to become a painter," said Wofford. "I just got sucked into the music world; I couldn't get enough of it."

Wofford grew up in Texas and listened to honky tonk, bluegrass and country music - and it just sunk into his young brain.

"I was of course forced to listen to the classic rock and roll stuff, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, but I really enjoyed listening to Hank Williams especially," Wofford told The Nugget.

His web site describes his music this way: "Equal parts Hank Williams and Johnny Depp, front man Halden Wofford pours forth a potent mix of rocked-up honky tonk, Western swing, Dylanesque originals and Spaghetti Western epics. There is no creative limit to the songwriter, illustrator, author, storyteller and singer. But Halden has met his match in the Hi Beams. Each outrageous tale he spins is met by the whine and wail of the steel guitar, the furious double-neck electric guitar and mandolin, and the relentless thump of the upright bass and drums."

Halden Wofford and the Hi Beams have been to Sisters before. They were asked to play the Sisters Folk Festival for the 20th anniversary show in 2015. They are looking forward to returning to Sisters for the summer concert.

The band just put out a new album called Missing Link. They have been touring the music in southern Colorado. With Wofford as the front man, he writes most of the songs and gets the sparks of inspiration from what he listened to as a child. This album contains more cover songs, some of Wofford's favorite old-time tunes. The album will be available for purchase when they play in Sisters.

Halden Wofford and the Hi Beams will be playing Fir Street Park as part of the free Summer Concert Series on Thursday, August 10, at 6:30 p.m.

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