August 11, 2013
Les Gilliam was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2010. He is the official “Oklahoma Balladeer”, so designated by the Oklahoma State Legislature in 1998. He is a native of Gene Autry, Oklahoma and is a singer, songwriter, and recording artist. He was recently included in a new book “Distinguished Oklahomans”. In 2005, Les received the most prestigious award in Western Music by receiving the coveted “Wrangler Award” from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. In 2006 Les received the Governor’s Arts Award from the Governor of the State of Oklahoma for his many years of entertaining Oklahomans and keeping western music alive. In 2008, he received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Gene Autry, Oklahoma Museum. In 2010, Les received the Academy of Western Artists award for Western Swing Song of the Year for his composition and recording of “Oklahoma 1955”.
He is currently based in Ponca City, Oklahoma and entertains as a solo act with his guitar as well as with his band, The Silver Lake Band.
Les has recorded sixteen albums as well as two videos. He is a member of the Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Program as well as the Mid-America Arts Alliance based in Kansas City. Some of his recent noteworthy performances include the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri; The International Country Music Festival in Vienna, Austria; The Gene Autry Film and Music Festival in Gene Autry, OK; Rex Allen Days in Wilcox, AZ; Prairieville Farm Days in Michigan; The Bakersfield Opry in California; Western Music Festival in Tucson, AZ; The Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City; The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee, OK; and many others.
A barbeque brisket dinner and homemade chocolate dessert will be served at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the Jackson County Expo Center and the entertainment also begins at that time. The concert will end in time for everyone to attend the rodeo activities. Partial funding is provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council. Tickets for the dinner and performances are $15 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are available from the Chamber of Commerce (482-0210), or call the SAHC office (477-1616) and leave a message requesting tickets.