Rodeo Festival fast approaching

Cowboy of the Year, Hall of Fame announced - plus Mark Chesnutt headlines on Saturday

Natalie Rose Friday, August 15

Natalie Rose Friday, August 15

The Young Farmers are getting ready for the Pleasanton Young Farmers’ Cowboy of the Year Open Rodeo Festival. Natalie Rose will perform after the Cowboy of the Year, South Texas Hall of Fame presentations and rodeo on Friday, August 15. Mark Chesnutt will headline on Saturday.

Planned again for this year is an IBCA sanctioned BBQ cook-off and washer contest.

Barbeque cookers should contact Randy Rice at 830-534-0131 or go by Southern Signs at 620 West Oaklawn to sign up.


With $15,000 added, this is pegged as the richest open rodeo in Texas.

Books will open Monday, August 11 with R/S 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with limited entries. T/E is 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Slack will be held Thursday night, August 14 7:30 (only timed events). Fees range from $75-$100.

Events will include: Ranch Bronc Riding – (Saddle), Team Roping, Calf Roping, Breakaway Ladies, Barrel Race Ladies, Bull riding and Open Breakaway (All Buckles).

Call 830-281-5650 to sign up or for more information.

Natalie Rose

Natalie Rose will be the Friday night entertainment after the rodeo.

Area folks may recognize the name as she has been heard at Kadobe’s Restaurant.

According to her bio, at just 18 years of age, Seguin songstress Natalie, has already been backstage at the legendary Grand Ole Opry, is making a name for herself in the world of Country music.

Natalie, whose highpowered mature voice, with a rich full range, has been compared to that of Martina McBride and Adele, is a fast rising star on the Nashville Country Music scene, where she interestingly records her music.

She has two songs released on the radio, including the Country pop song “You Can Hear My Heartbeat”, and the Christian song, “Two Hearts”.

At the age of 5, Natalie launched her singing career while performing at a rodeo, and at the age of 8, she began singing at her family’s restaurant.

She says in the past few years she’s begun to sing more professionally with a backup band in various venues.

Singing comes natural for her, she says, and she never contends with stage fright. She emphasizes that she feels comfortable, poised and relaxed on stage when performing in front of a large audience.

“I love getting up on the stage and singing,” Natalie said. “I feel like I’ve sung in another life because my mom will say “You’re going to Nashville!” and I say “OK.” I’m not the kind who will jump up and down, screaming and happy. I feel like I’ve done this before.”

Through hard work and sheer determination, she continues to have more singing engagements booked. Sure, she’s been discriminated against and had doors slammed in her face because of her age, but after people hear her music, they are sold on her vocal talent.

“They think that just because I’m young, I can’t sing or be professional.” Natalie said. Natalie’s mom, Tina Capparelli, quickly adds, “But now that they’ve heard her, they’re calling her now to sing with them.”

She’s performed at the San Antonio Folk Life Festival with the Rick Cavender Band. She’s performed at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. She’s performed with Roy Head’s Band, the Traits, and at the B.B. King Theatre in Nashville.

A huge credit to her name, she’s opened for Roy Clark, Ray Price, Charley Pride, Ronnie Milsap, Clay Walker and Kevin Fowler.

She sings the National Anthem at miscellaneous venues such as the Spurs Playoffs, and private corporate events.

She is managed by her mom, Tina Capparelli, and recalls her singing Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline songs to her as a child.

She would then emulate her mother in singing those same songs, using the family’s coffee table as her stage. At the time, her audience was her adoring mom and her aunts who immediately recognized Natalie’s innate talent for singing.

“I saw a video of Dolly Parton singing “Coat of Many Colors” on the Grand Ole Opry when I was about 2 years old. Ever since then, my dream was to sing, and sing on that stage myself. She and Patsy Cline were my idols growing up, and still are.”

Natalie has sung everywhere from churches and schools to rodeos and restaurants. These days, Natalie’s audience has grown dramatically in size as she gains a stronger fan base.

Mark Chesnutt

Headlining after the Saturday night rodeo performance will be Mark Chesnutt.

His bio chronicles his career:

Mark Chesnutt is one of Country’s true musical treasures. Critics have hailed him as a classic Country singer of the first order and some of Country music’s most elite entertainers, from George Jones to George Strait, echo the sentiment.

Mark Chesnutt’s stature is easily gauged. He has 14 No. 1 hits, 23 top ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records to his credit; he maintains a front-andcenter presence with a hefty tour schedule year after year.

In a creative forum that sometimes confuses style with substance, Mark Chesnutt possesses both. Remaining true to himself as a traditional country artist, while keeping the pace with the ever-changing country recording landscape, Mark Chesnutt has a knack for picking great songs, delivering them with world- class style and a heart-felt emotion that’s lived-in.

With a trademarked voice, Chesnutt has set the bar for his generation and those that follow in his footsteps shaping the music of today’s country music newcomers and the new country music format.

Now, some twentyodd years later, Mark Chesnutt marches on to preserve and honor the splendid works of the sculpturing forefathers, George Jones and Waylon Jennings, to bring music from the honky tonks right back to where country music began.

Chesnutt got his start in the honky-tonks of Beaumont, Texas, learning from his father, Bob Chesnutt, a singer, record collector and major fan of classic country music. Playing alongside his dad, Mark embraced his father’s influence one set at a time and to begin making a name for himself. Mark sang covers by Lefty, Merle, George and Waylon to develop his unmatched crowd- pleasing rapport and his authentic country style.

Of all the recorded highlights Chesnutt has enjoyed, they take a back seat to his first love; Mark Chesnutt lives to perform on stage. “I just make records because I want people to come see my show,” he says with a grin. “Recording music for folks to just listen to music is great,” he says, “but I’ve got to be out there on stage making it.” Fans who have seen him perform agree.

Known as one of the industry’s hardest-working concert performers, maintaining a hefty tour schedule and steady presence in front of his fans, Mark’s dedication to deliver live music is unsurpassed. Mark has been on the road since 1990.

Whether you hear Mark Chesnutt with a new release on the radio, or see his face on the cover of a new CD, folks can always find Mark doing what he was born to do playing.

“The clubs and honky tonks are home for me; it’s comfortable and I’m always with friends,” says Chesnutt.

Married since 1992, Mark and Tracie Chesnutt are the loving parents of three boys, Waylon, Casey and Cameron.

Cowboy of the Year, Hall of Fame

Cowboy of the Year and South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame nominations are still being accepted.

Please submit nominations for this year’s Working Cowboy of the Year and South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee(s). Cowboy of the Year nominations must be working cowboys and reside in Atascosa County. South Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame nominees must have worked in Atascosa County, but no longer have to be active or living in the county.

Pleasanton Express will act as roundup headquarters for entries, which should be sent to: Atascosa Cowboy of the Year, P.O. Drawer 880,Pleasanton, Texas 78064, emailed to or brought to the Pleasanton Express office at 114 East Goodwin. Deadline is Friday, July 25. The winners will be announced at the Friday night rodeo, August 15.

Our special section, Cowboy Tales, will feature stories of past and present cowboys.It will hit the newsstands on August 13.

Mark Chesnutt Saturday, August 16

Mark Chesnutt Saturday, August 16

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