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Flaming Gorge Days Stage
Stratton Myers Park
Green River, WY
Friday, June 24th, 2016
Chancey Williams & The Younger Brothers Band
This spring Chancey Williams is set to release "Silhouette," the second single release from the forthcoming album, Down With That, the much-anticipated follow-up to the Billboard Heatseekers Charting album, Echo. The Wyoming native and his Younger Brothers Band, have relentlessly toured the Western United States, developing a rabid fan base not seen from the Cowboy State since Chris LeDoux. In fact, Chancey Williams and LeDoux are the only two people to ride in the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Rodeo (one of the most famous in the world, the touted Daddy of 'Em All™) and play its main stage as a major entertainer. The band has shared the stage with dozens of artists, including Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Craig Morgan, Rodney Atkins, Brantley Gilbert, Gary Allan, Trace Adkins, Billy Currington, Craig Campbell, Travis Tritt and Thompson Square. They've also enjoyed bills with Texas contemporaries Casey Donahew and Stoney LaRue. But, Williams says, nothing beats the opportunity to have occasionally been direct support for their heroes: legends like LeDoux, Alabama, Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam.
Chancey Williams was raised on a ranch near the small town of Moorcroft, Wyoming where his mom is a recently retired school teacher, his dad and brother ranch, and his other brother is the head coach of a notable high school wrestling dynasty. The beautiful family ranch is adjoined on one side by Keyhole Reservoir, a regional tourist attraction. "But we hardly knew it," joked Williams, "we really couldn't afford a boat, and my dad had us working all the time anyway, so we hardly ever went over there!" It was a strong family background and work ethic that Chancey Williams credits with pretty much everything he has. Chancey and his father, Dennis, were both state champion wrestlers in High School; Chancey for two years in a row. He also followed his dad as a saddle bronc rider, going to the National High School Rodeo Finals, the College National Finals and even winning a couple of rounds at Cheyenne. While avidly supporting his musical dream, his parents also put great emphasis on education. In fact, Chancey Williams has a total of four degrees, including a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Wyoming.
Chancey and his drummer, lifelong friend Travis DeWitt, started the Younger Brothers Band with the humble, initial goal of entering a high school talent contest. The pair had no idea it would lead to wedding receptions, small fairs (then big fairs), small bars (then large clubs) and become a full-time career. In 2008 they were joined by the amazing vocals and lead guitar of Wyatt Springsteen; and Brooke Latka added a stunning fiddle and a third part to their harmonies. More recently, Jack Robbins joined the band on bass. The result is Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band, a rowdy, raucous, unapologetic, memorable stage show that is on the road almost all the time. Somewhere along the way, playing for friends became playing for wild fans. The studio album, Honky Tonk Road, was released in 2008, Highway Junkie in 2011, and the Billboard Heatseeker Charting, Echo in 2013. Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers have sold, between digital downloads and CD sales, more than 40,000 records, almost unheard of for an independent artist without the aid of a major record label.
2015 included Chancey and country legend Toby Keith singing "Should've Been a Cowboy" together on stage at Cheyenne Frontier Days®, the fabled Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally and, the band-fitting National Finals Rodeo®. Now, for 2016, the band plans to release their new single "Silhouette," which is set to follow the success of "Down with That" which registered more than 135,000 views on YouTube less than three weeks after its release. A vigorous spring and summer tour will include multiple dates with Aaron Watson, Tracey Lawrence and many others. "We just love to play, travel, record our music and represent the great state of Wyoming," said Williams, "It's just in our blood, I can't imagine doing anything else."
with Special Guests
Westbound 40 is a country rock band founded in Laramie, Wyoming by Ben Jones, Josh Fredrickson, Tim Hawkins, and Reid Buckley in 2008. What started as a college band has turned into a regionally touring act. The band performs as a 4 to 5 piece band depending on the venue. We would also like to welcome our newest members Joe Andrus and Dive Wiley from North Dakota; playing with us on the road! Westbound 40 mixes country, rock, bluegrass, and folk with a fun energetic stage scene. The band features southern rock and classic country guitar with fiddle, pedal steel and often an upright bass. Some of the band's major influences are Lynyrd Skynyrd, Chris LeDoux, Dwight Yoakam, Garth Brooks, Marshall Tucker Band, George Strait, and Merle Haggard. Traveling with a complete PA and lighting system, the band performs at country dance halls, street dances, private banquets, to weddings.