Historic Jacksonville Inn with special guest artists Hollis and Haworth.
The time traveling documentary concert Romancing the West comes to Historic Jacksonville Inn, Sunday, April 7th at 6:00 pm, the first stop of a 10 -state annual tour. In April of 2013, singer/songwriter Christina Lynn Martin and Cowboy Poet and Balladeer Butch Martin co-produced Romancing the West and set out to tell the human story of over 250 years of the people of the American west. The show now in it’s sixth year features the music of every era from the old West, to jazz, big band, and at this years Butch and Christina will be joined by Hollis and Haworth (the duo of singer/songwriter John Hollis and Bob Haworth (The Brothers Four and Kingston Trio), who will bring to life the music of the 1950’s and 60’s. Rock Legend Martin Gerschwitz (Iron Butterfly and The Animals) music will be featured in the tribute to National Parks. Martin who is currently on tour with Iron Butterfly joins Romancing the West for CA shows this year.
The show takes the audience on an epic journey through the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the people of the West and celebrates their diverse cultures, lives and legacy. The story is told in historic photographs, rare film, video, live poetry and original music written by Christina, songs about the West including “City of Roses” (Portland), “Columbia” (Columbia River) and “Oh Oregon” written for the 150th birthday of Oregon. Butch recites master poems like “The Ballad of William Sycamore” and Lasca. Within the show is a moving tribute to veterans, a majestic musical tribute to National Parks, and to hometown America.
This April marks the sixth consecutive year of touring with the show in National Trail Centers, concert series, and theaters often joined by Gerschwitz. In addition, Butch and Christina bring the highlights version of the show “Time Travels through the American West” into rural communities and schools.
The Martin’s Mission continues to be “to foster love and respect for our fellow man and the love of this land by telling the sometimes painful story of Western Expansionism and celebrating the diverse cultures whose stories continue to inform and inspire our Nation and our world.” The couple make their home in a log cabin in Applegate Valley at Cougar Mountain Ranch surrounded by kids and grandkids, where they also record their weekly radio show Whittler’s Corner and it’s history radio show within a show “Time Travels through the American West”, airing throughout Oregon and Wyoming.