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Gordon Center to host a ‘Very Cowboy Christmas’

Dec. 2, 2008

THURBER, TEXAS—Andy Wilkinson and special guest Andy Hedges will perform in a free concert featuring cowboy music at Tarleton State University’s W.K. Gordon Center in Thurber on Dec. 13. The evening will begin with refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Wilkinson is a poet, song writer, singer, playwright and Thurber descendant, who has recorded seven albums and written five plays. He often draws inspiration from Texas historical sources. His work has received several awards, including the Texas Historical Foundation’s John Ben Shepperd Jr. Craftsmanship Award and three National Western Heritage “Wrangler” awards. He is the artist in residence at the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University, where he is also a visiting assistant professor in music. In addition to writing and teaching, Wilkinson performs extensively throughout the United States and abroad.

Hailing from Lubbock, Texas, Hedges is a singer and guitarist who has entertained audiences throughout the West. He is known for his classic cowboy recitations and folk music, which feature cowboy, Scottish and bluegrass influences. Hedges has performed at national and statewide cowboy poetry gatherings. Hedges released two albums of cowboy poetry and debuted his first music album in 2004.

For those wanting to attend, the Gordon Center is located about halfway between Fort Worth and Abilene at exit 367 on Interstate 20. The Gordon Center is a museum and research facility devoted to the Texas industrial past.

The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Monday. For more information, call (254) 968-1886.

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