Successful local musician brings band to free stageJul 28, 2015 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
Kerry Wallace started to focus more on her music after her children graduated from Wind River High School in Pavillion.
A local entertainer will perform on the free stage during this year's Fremont County Fair and Rodeo.
Kerry Wallace hails from a farm in Pavillion, but her music is known nationwide. Last summer, she was part of CMA Music Festival in Nashville, and she has two albums out for sale currently: "Songs to Sing and Tales to Tell" and "Winter Left a Rose." The first was No. 32 on the Roots Music Report last year, Wallace said, and the second has been picked up by two syndicated radio shows.
"KOVE here in Lander plays me almost every day," Wallace said.
Her song "Love Rains Down" was No. 7 on the country entertainment charts, she added, and her bass player Cal Winland's song "Under the Wyoming Moon" was the No. 3 most played radio song in January this year.
Winland will perform with Wallace during the fair along with banjo player Larry Roetzel of Custer, S.D. - the 2007 Wyoming banjo champion, Wallace noted - and fiddle player Isaac Callenderof Pendleton, Ore., who also will serve as a judge for fiddle competitions at the Fremont County Fair and Rodeo.
"We do a mixture of things," Wallace said. "We also kind of intertwine some comedy, and we tie (in) stories as well as playing music."
She calls their style, "true, classic country," but Wallace says they incorporate artists from many different genres.
"If it's a good son, we'll do it," she said.
The band is playing three shows per day July 30 through Aug. 1, and Wallace said each set will be different. She is looking forward to returning to the fairgrounds, where she used to bring her children for competitions.
"I was one of those fair moms," she said. "My kids raised steers, pigs and chickens and showed horses."
She also participated in fair events when she was a youth in New Mexico.
"That was one thing they liked about me in Nashville," Wallace said. "Not really many women in country music actually live this life."
She has always been interested in music, but Wallace said she started paying more attention to her profession after her children left home. They attended schools in Pavillion through high school graduation.