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Magazine Recognized During National Finals Rodeo


Amidst the annual flurry of excitement during the 10-day Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) took time to honor American Cowboy magazine with its prestigious “Best in Print Journalism Award” for 2005.


The award recognized the magazine’s commitment to excellence and to the sport of rodeo. In accepting the award for the magazine, Publisher William E. Bales expressed his thanks to PRCA and shared wishes for a continued long relationship with the sport and with the cowboy lifestyle.


“It has been an honor to serve the broad community of people who appreciate the Western lifestyle and the sport of rodeo,” Bales commented later. “Our readers have supported us faithfully through the years and rodeo is one of those shared interests that has made that chemistry work. We’ve had in-depth rodeo coverage in every issue since our debut in 1994, and have showcased the superb reportage and commentary of our Rodeo Editor, Kendra Santos, throughout that time. Kendra is highly regarded in her field, and that association has been invaluable for us and for our readers.”      


American Cowboy magazine was launched in 1994 by a handful of people who decided they wanted to spend their professional lives celebrating the courage, honor, honesty, humility and integrity that are wrapped up in those people who call themselves American cowboys. Within a year, the company relocated from Kansas to Wyoming, taking five families in the process, all of whom continue to be associated with the magazine. Today it reaches some quarter-million readers every issue, and residents in more than 50 foreign countries. Among the accomplishments of American Cowboy is the creation of the National Day of the American Cowboy, which was signed into effect by President Bush last July. 


American Cowboy promotes itself as a wholesome, positive, family-oriented magazine dedicated to the cowboy lifestyle. Its website is at

NASHVILLE-December 18, 2005-The 2006 GRAMMY nominees were officially announced in New York City on December 8thLarry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers Sing Their Family Gospel Favorites appears among the cream of the crop for Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album. Renowned for their mastery and art of prefect family harmony that spawned some of country music’s most memorable hits including the GRAMMY award winning “Broken Lady” in 1976, Larry Gatlin and brothers Steve and Rudy rekindled their ole’ gospel music flame with this remarkable collection, and in so doing, lit the way toward their 9th GRAMMY nomination to date. After 40 stellar years in the business Larry Gatlin would like to thank everyone at the Recording Academy for this industry nod.
Released on October 26, 2004 on Dualtone Records, Family Gospel Favorites contains the music the Gatlin Brothers grew up on back in West Texas when four decades of million selling songs and White House performances were still in the far distant future for Larry and younger brothers Steve and Rudy. As they grew into international fame, their early roots in gospel harmonies were evident no matter how often their later hits crossed and criss-crossed into platinum on the pop and country charts.
This collection is the ‘best of the best’ for the pure precision striking harmonies of the Gatlins.  Such classics as “It Is Well With My Soul,” “In The Garden,” “Amazing Grace,” “Just A Closer Walk With Thee,” “Love Lifted Me,” “Whispering Hope,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “Swing Down Sweet Chariot,” “Peace In The Valley,” and “Sweet Hour Of Prayer” are filled with the ‘realness’ of the hope and inspiration of their faith that the three brothers have each personally found in their own lives.  Larry Gatlin is quick to admit it’s a project close to the brothers’ collective hearts.  “My first hero was James Blackwood from the Blackwood Brothers Quartet,” noted Gatlin in a recent interview in New York. “Our folks took us to those old Southern style gospel quartet concerts when we were growing up.  I loved it!  The music was infectious, inspiring and right then and there I decided that making music was what I wanted to do with my life.”  Visit for more information.
Larry Gatlin continues his tireless schedule of touring, speaking, and working on his musical Quanah Parker.  Gatlin held a workshop at the University of Texas @ Austin last summer.  On December 18th-19th Gatlin presented the production at the College of Fine Arts in New York City for the “Presidential Cocktail Reception.”  Hosted by Dr. Larry Faulkner, President of the University of Texas, the production was staged by Larry Gatlin and the Department of Theatre and Dance. 

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