History of Line Dancing

History of Line Dancing

One of the most iconic parts of any proper country hoedown is the line dance. From the activity itself, to the music that accompanies it, it has been a staple in many country festivities for decades. Even if you’re a big fan of line dancing already, you may not be familiar with the history and evolution of these keystone country dances. We’ve gone ahead and created a rough summary of important moments in line dancing history for those interested in learning more about both the type of dance itself and it’s origins.

The Origins of Line Dancing

History of Line Dancing

Like many things, the evolution of dance is not always clear-cut. While traditional country dances have been around since the pioneers of the West, the history of line dancing as it is known today are widely contested.

While many believe that the start of line dancing can be traced back to the round and square dances of Europe, others would argue that it is a contemporary phenomenon only starting as early as the 1970s. For the sake of completeness, we would be remiss not to discuss early traditional dances for the impact that they would eventually have upon line dancing.

The origins of country music were rooted in the regional folk songs of the American settlers. Each state, county, and town would have their own songs, instrumentation, and sounds. The folk dancing associated with this music was likewise unique to its’ locality. As the diverse sounds of American folk music evolved and coalesced into the genre of country music, so too would folk dances turn into country dances. These dances would over time form the base for what would eventually come to be line dancing.

Line Dancing in the 1970’s

Line Dancing History

While forms of dancing which informally and vaguely resembled line dancing were around for a while as a part of the DNA of country dances, it wouldn’t be until the 1970’s that line dancing would solidify as a genre in and of itself.

Famously known as the disco era, the 1970’s were a period defined by a number of dance crazes which swept America. From discos to dance halls, dancing was an incredibly popular social activity at the time. While many people are quick to associate the 1970’s with disco and disco alone, the era also saw huge changes to the country music scene. It was during this time that many popular country line dances were created one right after another, such as the “Cowboy Boogie” and the “Walking Wazi’.”

Achy Breaky Heart and Mainstream Rise of Line Dancing

While already firmly established as a trend at this point, the arrival of 1992’s country Western hit, “Achy Breaky Heart,” launched the dance format into the wide spread public consciousness. While still primarily centered around Western songs, it’s newfound mainstream appeal would see the dance format spread out to other more pop-centric musical genres as well. This would lead to the creation of a flurry of popular songs made with line dancing in mind such as the Macarena, “Swamp Thang”, and “5,6,7,8.”

Where Is Line Dancing Today?

Much like disco, the massive popularity of line dancing has declined in the eyes of the public as the years went on. Despite this, the line dancing as an activity is still alive and well within country circles. While there isn’t a consistent stream of new line dancing music being produced, the old classics are still danced to in country music halls around the world.

Many bars, ballrooms, and community centers still offer line dancing classes and meetups, such as our very own Grizzly Rose.

Country Pick Up Lines

Country Pick Up Lines

In the appropriate context, the word “Country” describes a specific sub-culture within the US. Such a culture is a way of life for many people, not just a mere passing interest. From music, to bars, and even to households, the label Country describes an authentic and important aspect of many people’s lives.

Meeting Other People In A Country Environment

In order to meet people who share a similar culture or lifestyle as you, it helps to attend events or go to locations which are shared in common by that group. Such examples would be say, a concert hall or a bar known for a specific crowd. We here at Grizzly Rose provide both of those things, as on top of being a country bar we also regularly host live country music and other events such as dance classes, family night, and ladies night. Meeting people on common ground is only the first half of the battle however, you’ll need to figure out what to say to them as well.

The first impression one leaves of themselves is often one of the most important. You’ll want to make sure that you’re able to break the ice with a witty and energetic opening line which grabs the attention.

Country Bar Pickup Lines

Country Themed Pick Up Lines

It is important to note that these lines are no substitute for deep, meaningful connections and conversations. We’ve arranged this list as introductory suggestions, just make sure to follow up on them.

Are you currently looking for a stable relationship, or just horsing around?

This one’s a bit more subtle and relies on the dual meaning of the word stable, in this case being used in the context of a barn.

Country boys don’t need pick up lines, cause we’ve got pick-up trucks.

The anti-pick up line. There’s a certain level of irony and self awareness here that just might provide the level of charm needed to get someone’s attention.

You’re hotter than a tin roof in August.

If there’s anything country folk are known for, it’s their similes. Compare the person you’re interested in to a contrived yet clever analogue to work that Southern charm.

Are you from Tennessee? Because baby you’re the only 10 I see.

While not used exclusively by good ol’ Country boys, this line certainly won’t feel out of place at a country bar.

On a scale of one to America how free are you after the show tonight?

Everyone loves a patriot and this question shows it while finding out if they would like to hang out.

Pick Up Lines Country Bar

With A Little Help From My Friends

Sometimes people just need a little bit of motivation to push them over the edge, whether that be in the form of a friend or alcohol.

You know where to go, you know what to say- all that’s left is to actually do it. This isn’t always as easy as it sounds though. If you’re looking to loosen up before you go ahead and start chatting up your crush, then you’re in luck. We offer several specials on drinks and cocktails which will get the job done without breaking your bank.

Top 15 Country Drinking Songs

Drinking is an experience which can be greatly varied depending on the context surrounding it. The location you are in and the people you are with will make all the difference. Some people drink when they are happy, some when they are sad, some when they are social, and some just because they feel like it! We’ve come up with a list of our favorite country drinking songs with a variety of different styles. From melancholy to old-school to sing-alongs, these songs all pair well with alcohol.

Garth Brooks
Friends in Lows Places

Of course this is the first song on the list. The ultimate country drinking song and when combined with alcohol it’s nearly guaranteed to create a bar wide sing along.


Luke Bryan
Drinkin’ Beer and Wastin Bullets

Not every drinking environment is a bar or a party. Sometimes you just want to hang out with your friends nowhere in particular just talking and killing time. This song is about a similar situation, with the singer just kind of bored and passing time.


Alan Jackson
It’s Five O’ Clock Somewhere

Drinking is always better when you have a good excuse, err- good reason. A good starting song to kick off the night, or afternoon, and say goodbye to the tedium of the workday that came before.


Toby Keith
I Love This Bar

While definitely a lot more mellow than some of the other selections on this list, the same “feel good” vibe is still here. This song is a celebration of all of the little things, good and bad, that can be found within Western bars and bar culture.


Merle Haggard
I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink

There’s something about Merle Haggard’s voice that just pairs well with alcohol. Most of us have felt exactly how Merle does in this song and no matter what’s happening in the world around us, we’d rather ‘just stay here and drink.’


Kenny Chesney
You and Tequila

‘You and Tequila make me crazy’. A romantic, drinking ballad from Kenny Chesney that puts people in a good mood, especially when they are with good friends and significant others. Kenny teamed up with Grace Potter for this country drinking song.


Dierks Bentley
Drunk on a Plane

Who has never wanted to have a big ol’ part on an airplane? This is a great country drinking song about lost love. The video is also hilarious with cameo’s from Bentley as two difference characters.


Brad Paisley
Alcohol

Drinking does things to people, both good and bad. This song is all about the things possible with alcohol and how it can affect people’s judgement.


Blake Shelton
The More I Drink

This song is both a country drinking song and a warning about how the more you drink, well the more you drink. It’s a very honest song that probably hits home with a lot of drinkers for the better or worse. That being said, it’s a fun, catchy tune that also goes great with good friends and booze!


Little Big Town
Day Drinking

A classic country drinking song, especially if the sun hasn’t set yet! This fun video and great sing along song is perfect for when you get off work early. It’s a happy hour favorite for country music fans.


Willie Nelson
Whiskey River

Country drinking songs are not limited to more recent hits. Whiskey River is an old school country drinking classic by none other than the legend that is Willie Nelson. If you’re drinking Whiskey with some buddies this is a fantastic song to listen more than once.


Hank Williams Jr.
Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound

Love and Whiskey are both complicated things for many people and Hank does a great job of describing why. This is one of those songs that needs a bottle of Jim Beam sitting on the table while you are enjoying it.


Billy Currington
Pretty Good at Drinking Beer

Not everyone is cut out for digging holes or working in a bank. Some of us are just pretty good at drinking beer. This is a nice country drinking song for those who like to drink beer with their buddies in their free time.


Waylon Jennings
I’ve Always Been Crazy

Following up on the theme of drinking songs on the sad side, Waylon Jennings’ I’ve Always Been Crazy is a song of self-reflection. The audience and singer looks back on their mistakes and regrets, something that is usually done with the aid of liquor.


Roy Rogers
Happy Trails

If you really want to hit someone in the nostalgia, this song will do the trick. Just imagine it- you’ve been out all night drinking with your closest friends, the bar’s about to close, you guys are downing your last drink, and this song comes up on the jukebox. A bittersweet ending to a fantastic night.

Want to list to some more good country drinking songs? Check out our Country Drinking Music Playlist on Spotify.

Country Music Evolution

The Evolution of Country Music

Artistic inspiration is like a giant river- ever changing, but ultimately comprised of what came before it. Whether the medium is film, art, or music, the ideas of the past influence and inform the content of the future. The same of course is true for country music as well. Let us take a look into this transformative process to better understand country music as a genre.

The Evolution of Country Music

The Songs of the People: Early Country (1920’s)

Originally country music shared structural similarities with folk tales. The performances were usually live and the songs and instrumentation would vary depending on the geographical location. Listening to traditional country music allowed one to learn about the history and culture of that area, making it a very personal genre that proved hard to make accessible on a large scale.

Musicians who studied and drew upon these traditional tunes began to pop-up over time, creating fusions between the styles of different regions. It wasn’t until the 1920’s these musicians such as Fiddlin’ John Carson and Jimmie Rodgers were given an opportunity to record their music.

The resulting success of this music would lay the groundwork for popular country music as it is known today.

Gene Autry Country Music History

The Legends of the West: Singing Cowboys (1930’s)

Westerns used to be one of the most popular film genres in Hollywood. In fact, the only individual to have been awarded a Hollywood star in every category- film, music, television, radio, and live, was known for his roles as a kindly singing cowboy. Autry and peers such as Roy Rogers ended up creating a strong romanticized vision of the wild west which captured the imagination of America for decades to come.

The history of country at this point sees it tied very closely to film. Not only did country music take influences from these Western flicks, it scored many of them.

Popular country music songs of this era not from television and film were usually ballads which would tell their own stories of heroic cowboys.

Hank Williams Country Music

Country vs Rock’n’Roll: Honky Tonk (1940’s)

As rock’n’roll exploded in popularity, even country music began to take inspiration from high energy rock riffs. The style of country known as “Honky Tonk” was a lot more rough and raw than it’s predecessors. Despite the new direction in country music, it was unfortunately still unable to compete with the growing genre of rock’n’roll and many music executives began to see country music as being less commercially viable than previously.

Ironically enough, Honky Tonk would end up inspiring future generations of rock’n’roll artists as well as country artists.

Country may have been in a rough spot during this period, but the works of Honky Tonk artists such as Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, and Kitty Wells are still thought of fondly to this day.

Evolution of Country Music

Country’s Return: The Rise of the Nashville Sound (1950’s)

Despite the difficulties country music faces in the 40’s, there were those that saw an opportunity to reinvent the genre. A collection of producers and records companies out of Nashville, including Columbia Records, RCA Records, and Decca Records, ended up taking America by storm with a new style of country music which focused on smoothness and polish. The performers that these companies paired up with, such as Chet Atkins and Patsy Cline, excelled in helping create this new, more mellow sound.

Instead of trying to compete with rock’n’roll at its own game like Honky Tonk tried, the sophisticated sound coming out of the Nashville labels was unique and stood out on it’s own.

Nashville Country Music Origins

Rebelling Against The Past: The Bakersfield Sound (1960’s)

While many were taken with the slick songs coming out of Nashville, it had also gathered its own fair share of detractors who felt the style was too commercialized and didn’t have enough artistic range. Much like the punk rockers that would eventually try and put rock’n’roll back into the hands of the people, the Bakersfield Sound was an attempt to bring more humanity and passion back into country. Ordinary guys facing ordinary problems were the focus of many of these songs making them much more relatable and down to earth.

The poster child for the sound was none other than Bakersfield’s Buck Owens, whose breakout hit single, “The Streets of Bakersfield,” would define the sub-genre.

Johnny Cash Country Music

Classic Style With A Modern Twist: Outlaw Country (1970’s)

Interestingly enough, many comparisons can be made between outlaw country and the singing cowboys of the 1920’s. The sound and instrumentation of this genre can definitely be seen as a clear evolution of the Bakersfield sound- but the themes and lyrical concepts inverted old school cowboy ballads.

The “story” songs recalling tall tales were back, but the protagonist of such songs were usually stark anti-heroes. They weren’t outright bad guys, but they also weren’t the friendly cowboys with the white hats and sheriff badges of the 1920’s.

Probably the most famous performer of this style of country music was “the man in black,” Johnny Cash, however Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard were also important musicians during this time.

Behind The Rose: Press Release

New “Behind the Rose” Podcast Launched

New series features intimate interviews with country artists at Denver’s world famous Grizzly Rose

[Listen to all the new interviews here! ]

(Denver, CO) Country music fans now have a new way to get to know their favorite artists as Flying Penguin Productions today announced the launch of the “Behind the Rose” podcast series.

“Behind the Rose” is hosted and produced by long-time country radio Program Director and talent Eddie Haskell in partnership with Executive Producer Nate Lundy, whose Flying Penguin Productions is overseeing the distribution and sales efforts.

“ Country artists are the best storytellers, “ said Haskell. “I look forward to sharing those stories that go beyond the three minute radio interview. Playing the Grizzly Rose is a rite of passage and nearly every country star has or will. Our goal is to talk to them all – Behind the Rose.”

Based on a concept created by Lundy, the podcast series is designed to go beyond the typical radio interview with artists and provide a more intimate, in depth, extended conversation that allows fans to truly get to know their favorite artists.

“There is so much more to each of these artists than we can discover in just a three minute song or a quick sound bite on a radio show,” said Lundy. “What Eddie and I wanted to created was something that allowed fans to really get to know the artists including the stories of their lives and their songs.”

Opened in 1989, The Grizzly Rose has long been considered one of the great honky tonks in the world. The 40,000 square foot venue has hosted some of the biggest names in country music, including Garth Brooks, Chris Ledoux, Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, Faith Hill, Taylor Swift, Waylon Jennings and countless others.

“I am thrilled that music fans will get a chance to experience the stories from ‘Behind the Rose’,” said Grizzly Rose owner Scott Durland. “Eddie and Nate are the perfect partners for us and we’re excited to give fans locally and around the country this exclusive access to their favorite signers and bands.”

“Behind the Rose” has launched with three initial episodes, including Chase Bryant, Eli Young Band, and Kelsea Ballerini. Fans can find the podcast on iTunes, Audioboom.com, and GrizzlyRose.com.

 

Nathan Dean Grizzly Rose

An Interview with Nathan Dean & The Damn Band

We had the pleasure of hosting Nathan Dean & The Damn Band for our New Years Eve show last year, which was a really fun time! These guys have been playing at the Rose for years and always put on a roaring good time, so we decided to ask them a few questions to get to know the band a little better.

Tell us about the NYE show at the Rose. How did you enjoy the night and what was your favorite part of the show?

It was our first time playing at The Rose for NYE and the crowd did not disappoint! We had a blast from start to finish and when the clock struck midnight it was fun watching the mad dash for cash from the stage.

You’ve played at the Rose many times before. When was your first show with us?

We first started playing at the Grizzly Rose in June of 2008.

How did you guys all meet and start playing music together?

I met Bill on a Nashville craigslist ad when I was looking for a drummer to go on the road full time back in 2008. I met Jason and Nick on the road. They were both playing in other bands at the time. Over the years lineups and situations changed for those bands so I was able to get them to come and play with me.

Nathan Dean Grizzly Rose Show

Who are your top 3 favorite country artists out there at the moment
(besides yourselves)?

  1. Stoney Larue
  2. Eric Church
  3. Randy Rogers

What about other genres? Do you guys listen to other genres of music,
and if so who are some of your favorites?

We all listen to pretty much every type of music. Everything from Pink Floyd to Motley Crue to the Gaithers to Snoop Dogg.

If you had to pick a ‘favorite show you ever played’ whether it was when you were just starting out or if it was recently, is there a specific one that sticks out?

One of my favorites was opening for Diamond Rio when I first started in a theatre in AZ. But, more recently the shows when we opened for Cody Johnson, Randy Rogers and David Nail at the Rose were all incredible nights.

Nathan Dean Damn Band Grizzly Rose

Which song are you most proud of that you’ve written?

I’m proud of most all of the songs that I’ve written. I don’t think I could pick just one. I could narrow it down to ‘Lonely Bed’ from the Addicted to a Good Time Album. And ‘From Me to You’ that will be on our upcoming album.

When you guys aren’t touring the country playing music, what do you like to do?

When aren’t we touring the country playing music? LOL… A couple of us like to golf. We also like hiking and other outdoor activities.

What’s the best part about being a musician?

I think the best part is getting to do what you love and seeing people enjoy listening to your music.

What is the most difficult part about being a musician?

Being on the road for long stretches at a time is probably the most difficult.

Best Fishing Near Denver

Best Fishing Near Denver

There’s nothing quite like sitting down with the guys and cracking open a couple of nice cold beers over a bit of fishing. Sometimes, one of the biggest problems is finding the right spot for your tastes. Looking for that quiet, undisturbed spot with all of the biggest catches? Or perhaps you don’t mind the crowds and just want somewhere close to town and convenient to get to? We’ve compiled a list of the best fishing near Denver to help you find the best place suited to your own needs.

1. Cherry Creek Reservoir, Aurora

Fishing Cherry Creek Resevoir

  • Fish: Walleye, Wipers, Crappie, Rainbow Trout, Perch, Largemouth Bass
  • Distance From Denver: 19 Miles

Found within the Cherry Creek state park, the size of this lake and it’s location in the middle of the park make for some of the best fishing spots available. Because it is one of the most well known and popular fishing locations in Denver, you’ll be sure to see many other anglers there to try and catch a bite. Despite this there’s still plenty of opportunity to find and claim a good peaceful spot of your own if you are willing to walk around for a bit first.

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2. Sloan’s Lake

Sloans Lake Fishing

  • Fish: Northern Pike, Bluegill, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout
  • Distance From Denver: 4 Miles

A popular spot for recreational activities of all types, Sloan’s lake is surrounded by a number of popular restaurants for a bite to eat before or after a long day of fishing. While being smack dab in the middle of an urban environment means that it’s not densely packed with large fish, it also means that this spot is incredibly convenient and accessible.

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3. Bear Creek Lake Park, Lakewood

Bear Creek Fishing

  • Fish: Trout, Bass, Bluegill, Perch
  • Distance From Denver: 19.6 Miles

Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life in Denver without going too far from home? Bear Creek Lake Park straddles the outer edges of the city, being just far enough to make the perfect fishing retreat without being too far away.

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4. Grand Lake, Granby

Grand Lake Fishing

  • Fish: Kokanee, Mackinaw, Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout
  • Distance From Denver: 102 Miles

Those looking for a true get away should give Grand Lake some consideration. Nestled in the heart of the famous Colorado Rocky Mountains, Grand Lake is perfect for a multi-day trip. Rent a cabin and head on down with the guys to enjoy some peace and hopefully land a few catches.

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5. Westminster City Park Pond

Westminister City Park

  • Fish: Bluegill, Black Crappie, Channel Catfish
  • Distance From Denver: 14.2 Miles

The best spots often don’t remain a secret for long- locations with optimal conditions and a variety of fish often inevitably end up seeing higher traffic. Westminster City Park Pond for whatever reason is an exception to this rule however, as the traffic here never gets too out of hand despite it’s amazing fishing conditions.

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6. Cheesman Lake, Sedalia

Fishing Cheesman Lake Colorado

  • Fish: Bluegill, Yellow Perch, Sucker, Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass
  • Distance From Denver: 83 Miles

Despite having undergone some serious damage in the past on behalf of a fire, restoration efforts have made this park once again a lively and beautiful fishing location.

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7.Chipeta Lake, Montrose

Chipeta Lake Fishing Colorado

  • Fish: Trout, Sunfish, Bass, Catfish
  • Distance From Denver: 299 Miles

One of the furthest spots on this list is Chipeta Lake, located right at the base of the San Juan mountains. While not the biggest lake, Chipeta still sports a varied selection of fish available to catch. It’s relatively low elevation compared to some of the other mountain parks makes it easy to reach by car.

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8. Corn Lake, Grand Junction

Corn Lake Fishing Colorado

  • Fish: Bass, Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Crappie
  • Distance From Denver: 240 Miles

Sometimes it’s all about the amenities. Corn lake has plenty of fishing spots with nearby picnic and hiking areas. This means you can settle down and get to fishing while allowing the rest of the family to set-up nearby. Looking for clean and well stocked bathrooms? Corn Lake’s also got you covered there as well.

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9. Georgetown Lake, Georgetown

Fishing Georgetown Lake Colorado

  • Fish: Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Brown Trout
  • Distance From Denver: 43 Miles

Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter, you’ll find Georgetown Lake to be a popular fishing location all year round. While lively and energetic during the Spring as one would expect, once Winter rolls around ice fishing keeps the lake as interesting and full of potential as it was during warmer seasons.

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10. Waterton Canyon

Waterton Canyon Fishing

  • Fish: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout
    Distance From Denver: 39 Miles

While not a lake like the other entries, Waterton Canyon is still a fantastic spot absolutely rife with aquatic wildlife. Those looking for running water will find what they’re looking for here. The hiking trail which runs along the canyon also makes this location a great choice to get in a walk among the beautiful scenery on your way out.

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Cowboy Boot History

Cowboy Boot History

The cowboy boot is more than just a shoe.  It’s part of a lifestyle, and it’s one of the key pieces of clothing that transform a person into something new.  Even with a horse, a cowboy hat, a six-shooter, a lasso, and a dusty street at high noon, no cowboy would be complete without the boots. That goes the same for a country music fan.  Try going out dancing or hitting a concert without your favorite boots.  It just wouldn’t work.

But, what’s the history behind cowboy boots?

Riding Boots Aren’t New

First off, the concept of having special footwear to wear while on the back of a horse isn’t anything new.  Some sort of equestrian boots have been around for hundreds of years.  They have been very different in every culture, but they usually managed to be unique and distinct.

What Makes a Modern Cowboy Boot

There are a few rules that are needed before something qualifies as a cowboy boot, and each feature was given for a reason.  They always have a rounded to pointed toe, and this helps the foot to get into the stirrup.  Next, they have a Cuban heel (the fancy name for the big heel on the back), and it’s there to give the boot an easier hold in the stirrup.  They never have laces because those only serve to catch on things and cause harm to the wearer.  A real cowboy pulls on his boots.  Also, they have a high shaft, and this means that they go pretty far up the leg.  Finally, they’re made from tough material, usually leather, to protect the wearer from stirrups, horses, snakes, barbed wire, and other nasty things.

Hessian Boots

Hessian Boots

And Now, the Roper Boot

The story continues into today with the more modern roper boot.  Our rodeos have more demands on the cowboys, and the biggest is that they often have to run on foot, not just on a horse.  This led to the creation roper boot, and it solves that problem by having a lower heel and not going as high up the leg.

The Inventor of the Cowboy Boot

No one really knows who made the first pair.  But, with all the different types in the evolution of the boot, maybe there wasn’t a true first pair.  Some rumors say the original was in Texas or Kansas, and that’s likely because of the location, but it’s impossible to prove.

Descendant of the Hessian Boot

Another boot that had a big influence was the Hessian boot.  This was a popular part of the cavalry uniforms during the big military period in Europe in the 19th century.  These boots had a rounded toe and slight heel, so they weren’t as extreme as cowboy boots.  But, they reached nearly to the knee to really protect the rider.

Wellington Boot

Wellington Boot

Next Came the Wellington

Wellington boots are still around as those clunky, rubber monsters that people wear when splashing through puddles, but they’re different from the original version.  They were named by an English nobleman, the Duke of Wellington, who decided to modify his Hessian’s.  Basically, they made them a little softer and significantly cut down length of the side.  This made them more comfortable and fashionable, so they weren’t unbearable to wear around during city life.

Influence by the Spanish Vaqueros

The closest ancestor of the cowboy boot was the footwear worn by the Spanish vaqueros.  These were basically cowboys from Spain, and they were around before the Wild West grew up.  They came into Mexico and Texas to herd cattle, and a lot of their traditions and methods spread north.  They wore some footwear similar to the cowboy boot.

Needed to be Affordable

One issue with making cowboy boots is that they had to be able to be sold at a fairly cheap price. Equestrian boots for militaries and high-class riding competitions could be more expensive because the buyers had deeper pockets.  But, the cowboys were farmers and country folk, so they generally had a tighter budget.  So, a big influence on the design was they had to be strong and sturdy, but for the least amount of money possible.

Cowboy Boot HistoryEven Hollywood Had a Hand in It

By the 1930s and 1940s, the Wild West had died out, but Hollywood was resurrecting it in the form of Western movies.  However, they really didn’t value functionality as much as they did appearance, and they started making costumes a lot more colorful and noticeable.  They wanted things like bright leather and patterns of flowers stitched on the outside.  It’s more than likely that a few old gunslingers were rolling over in their graves as they realized they were being portrayed with such flashy footwear.

Function vs. Beauty

Today, real cowboys still wear their boots, but they’ve become an icon for many others.  The debate between having a practical boot or a fancy pair will never end, but the best solution is probably just to get multiple pairs.  How many do you have?

Be honest…

Gruene Hall Kevin Fowler

Happy Places, Naps and Mexican Beer: An Interview with Kevin Fowler

Kevin Fowler is an iconic Texas Country musician who we are extremely excited to welcome back to the Grizzly Rose. We had a fruitful conversation with Kevin over the phone while he was on his way to his happy place. From sushi to pre-show naps to Mexican beer we covered a range of topics to learn more about this man.

If you still haven’t bought tickets you definitely should. Kevin puts on a really energetic and fun show!

Talking About the Grizzly Rose….

Any fans reading this interview right now give themselves a pat on the back, because the way Kevin shared his affection of our venue is largely because of you! Kevin calls the Grizzly Rose ‘A Little Piece of Texas in the Rocky Mountains’ and even referred to it as the ‘Gruene Hall of the West.’ Anyone who knows a little bit about country venues in Texas should be proud of that, especially coming from Kevin Fowler. The way he described the Rose is a place where real people like to go and have a good time. They dance, drink beer, and enjoy music, not like a big, plastic venue where people are just spectators to a show.

We also had the chance to ask him what his favorite venue was either in Texas or otherwise. He couldn’t really choose one as there were so many he liked, but like the Rose he said he much prefers the more intimate dancehalls that have a real country, honky-tonk vibe. He likes when there’s people right up in his face when he’s performing, drinking beer and having fun.

Gruene Hall Kevin Fowler

On the Subject of Beer…

Kevin proclaims to have quite possibly the most songs about beer than any artist out there. That’s a fair assessment and clearly it’s a subject in which he’s passionate about, not just for himself, but also for his friends and fans. We had to ask Kevin what his favorite beer is and he had quite a good answer to this question. He said is favorite beer is…. Cold and Free!

He also said he’s become quite fond of some Mexican beers from time to time. He said they are much easier to get in the border states like Texas, but they go down well!

Kevin Fowler Beer

Where is Kevin Fowler’s Happy Place?

Many artists we’ve talked to have a ‘happy place’ where they like to relax when they are not on tour. We inquired with Kevin about where his was and coincidentally he was on his way to it as we spoke! Kevin owns a ranch outside Austin where whenever he goes he likes to leave the stress outside. He likes to drink beer, hangout with his deer he has on the property, and relax with family and friends. While many people choose to collect things like guitars, Kevin collects something a bit different at his ranch. He loves old structures! From log cabins, to farmhouses, to barns he has bought old structure and set them up on his ranch property. He hosts weddings and other events there, if you’re interested you can check them out on his Rustic Ranch Texas Website.

Rustic Ranch Texas

What is his Pre-Show Ritual?

Whether it’s a certain meal or routine of actions, many artists create pre-show rituals for good luck or just out of habit. We asked Kevin if he had one and it was a bit different than we expected. For this beer drinking, hooting and hollering, Texas Country Star, what he likes to do before each show is… take a nap.

While this might not be what you we’re expecting, it makes sense. He likes to save as much energy as possible for his shows to share with his fans. If pre-show naps are what make his shows so fun and energized then we are all for it!

What’s Different About Texas Country Music?

The sub-genre of Texas Country has spread all over the USA and has become very popular. As Kevin Fowler is synonymous with this style of music we asked for his two cents on why it’s different than country music as a whole. For Kevin, the primary difference is that Texas Country is more personal. The objective is to create a close relationship between the fans and the artists. He also said the Texas Country scene is a very tight knit community. All the artists are on a group text together and friends both inside and outside of music. In his opinion Texas Country is a bit more honest than a lot of other genres of music. There’s no smoke and mirrors of artists trying to portray something they are not, it’s more of a what you see is what you get.

Fish and Kevin Fowler

What’s his Favorite Song that he’s Written?

Kevin had a hard time choosing which song he thinks is the best he’s ever written. He likes to perform a lot of his songs and there are many fan favorites. If he was hard-pressed to choose he would probably say ‘Long Line of Losers‘ or one of his many songs about beer. He said that his songs are like his children. It’s very difficult to pick a favorite!

How did Kevin Get Started in Music?

Kevin Fowler was a self-proclaimed band geek up through high school. He took business classes in College, but always continued to play music on the side. At some point during his eduction he came to the realization that he would rather be broke and doing what he loves, than be riche doing what he hates. It took him nearly a decade to earn a single penny from playing music and he spent long hours working side jobs to fuel his passion to play music.

When he envisioned being a country musician he thought it was going to be all about playing songs, drinking beer, and having fun. Once he started to get deeper into it he came to the hard realization that it’s actually a ton of hard work and long hours. He found out the hard way that the life of a musician is not an easy lifestyle. He often struggles with juggling family life and road life. He said many professional musicians have relationships that end in divorce and he understand how it could happen. He often wishes he could spend more time with his wife and daughters.

Kevin Fowler Family

Sushi isn’t Country.

We always want to try and find out something new about artists when we get a chance to interview them. While we didn’t break the news by any means, Kevin told us that one thing most people didn’t realize about him is that he loves Sushi. He said after a recent Facebook post of his Sushi dinner he got a lot of backlash from true country fans who said Sushi isn’t part of the country lifestyle. While this is probably true, Kevin doesn’t seem to mind…

Kevin Fowler Sushi

 

 

 

 

 

Denver Western Wear

Top Western Wear Stores in Denver

From the cowboy boot to the ten gallon hat, the iconic trappings of Western apparel were shaped by the day to day needs of the frontier lifestyle. Even now, Western apparel is about more than just style, it’s about practicality and durability. This cowboy style is still alive Colorado with plenty of establishments dedicated to Western apparel to be found in Denver and beyond.

Denver Western Wear

Roper

Location: 14100 E 35th Pl, Aurora, CO 80011
Selection: Boots, Workwear, Men and Women’s Apparel, Accessories, Ranch Gear
Price Range: Affordable

The name says it all- Roper is a true cowboy’s brand. While you don’t have to work on a ranch in order to wear their fine selection of rugged western clothing, you can rest assured that Roper is the real deal. They understand the unique needs of the hardworking ranch hand.

Grizzly Rose Gear

Location: 5450 N Valley Hwy, Denver, CO 80216
Selection: Country Music Merchandise
Price Range: Affordable

In addition to live music and line dancing, the Grizzly Rose concert hall also is home to a fine selection of western themed apparel. Pick up some Grizzly Rose merchandise and show off to your friends.

Boot Barn

Location: 4 Locations

  • 8500 E Orchard Rd. Greenwood Village, CO 80111
  • 6360 S Parker Rd. Aurora, CO 80016
  • 10300 Bannock St. Northglenn, CO 80260
  • 14384 Lincoln St. Thornton, CO 80023

Selection: Boots, Workwear, Men and Women’s Apparel, Accessories, Ranch Gear
Price Range: Varies

Boot Barn is a part of a larger chain franchise also found throughout California and Texas. While connoisseurs of local mom and pop places might be turned off by this, the trade off is that Boot Barn sports a larger selection of inventory that is shared across stores. If you are unable to find what you’re looking for at the time of your visit, you can always have them order it from one of their other stores.

Denver Western Clothes

Panhandle Slim Western Wear

Location: 451 E 58th Ave. Denver, CO 80216
Selection: Men and Women’s Apparel, Accessories
Price Range: Varies

The gear of choice for rodeo enthusiasts, this brand has been worn by champion barrel racers, bull riders, and tie down ropers. Mixing comfort with performance, Panhandle brand western apparel won’t let the fashion get in the way of the function.

Rockmount Ranch Wear

Location: 1626 Wazee St. Denver, CO 80202
Selection: Boots, Workwear, Men and Women’s Apparel, Accessories
Price Range: Varies

The legacy of this brand can be seen still to this day, with many modern staples of Western apparel such as snap buttons having been first pioneered by Rockmount. Their timeless designs have been present in popular media such as movies and television shows for about as long as the brand has been around.

El Forastero

Location: 2 Locations

  • 8346 Northfield Blvd #1415, Denver, CO 80238
  • 4391 N Federal Blvd Unit B, Denver, CO 80211

Selection: Boots, Accessories
Price Range: High-End

Many of the ranchers and farmers that settled the West were Mexican or of Mexican descent. Because of this, the culture and aesthetic of Western apparel has been greatly influenced by the stylings of classic Mexican apparel. The brands found at El Forastero are beautiful examples of this fusion style as they are designed by Mexican artisans.

Denver Cowboy Hats

Hill Brothers Boots

Location: 1901 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210, USA
Selection: Men’s Boots, Workwear
Price Range: Affordable

Locally owned and operated, the personalized touch and great service found at Hill Brothers makes them stand out. Whether you’re not sure what you’re looking for or you’ve got just the thing in mind, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Hill Bros will help you find what you’re looking for. It must be noted though that while their selection is wide and varied, they only carry men’s boots.

Botas Lucero

Location: 1550 S Federal Blvd # E, Denver, CO 80219
Selection: Cowboy Boots
Price Range: High-End

The most iconic and recognizable piece of western apparel is of course the cowboy boot. A good boot can last years and will provide support and comfort through even some of the most rigorous conditions. Because of this, it pays to not skimp when it comes to high quality boots.

Goldmine Vintage

Location: 227 N Broadway Ste 102, Denver, CO 80203
Selection: Secondhand Apparel, Authentic Vintage Clothing, Country Music LPs
Price Range: Affordable

Looking for more unusual finds? Then head on down to Goldmine Vintage and spend the day digging through a treasure trove of rare and unique collector’s items and apparel. There is no knowing just what might turn up among Goldmine’s eclectic stock.