Famous Songwriter from Nashville to Perform at Meeteetse’s Cowboy Day

Kostas and Country Traditions

Kostas Lazarides (Greek: Κώστας Λαζαρίδης; born April 14, 1949) was born in Thessaloniki, Greece and became an American country music songwriter, known professionally as Kostas. While he was seven years old, he and his family moved to the United States, taking up residence in Billings, Montana.

He performed in Montana as a singer and songwriter throughout the 1980s. Eventually, he was discovered by record producer Tony Brown, who was searching for new material for country singer Patty Loveless. Kostas’s first cut as a songwriter, “Timber, I’m Falling in Love“, was recorded by Loveless; released as a single in 1989, it went to Number One on the Billboard country charts, becoming Loveless’s first Number One hit. She would also release three more of his songs as singles: “The Lonely Side of Love” (1989), “On Down the Line” (1990), and “Blame It On Your Heart” (1994). “Blame It on Your Heart” also earned BMI’s Robert J. Burton award for being the most performed single of 1994. In 1990, the Country Music Association named him Songwriter of the Year.

Dwight Yoakam also recorded several songs written by Kostas, including “Nothing’s Changed Here”, “Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose”, and “Send a Message to My Heart” (a duet with Loveless), all of which were released as singles from Yoakam’s 1990 album If There Was a Way. Yoakam’s 1993 album, This Time, included another song co-written by Kostas: the single “Ain’t That Lonely Yet“, which earned Yoakam a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance – Male in 1994. Since the early 1990s including the present day, Kostas wrote singles for McBride & the Ride, Travis Tritt, Holly Dunn, Martina McBride, Vince Gill, Wynona Judd, the Dixie Chicks and The Mavericks.

CCMA and Juno Award-winning Canadian country music group Prairie Oyster recorded songs written by Kostas on two of their most popular albums. As a result, Kostas developed a sizable following in Canada, which has enabled him to tour and perform in several provinces.

The Meeteetse Visitor Center is excited to be able to bring this famous songwriter to celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy, on July 16th. The NDAC celebration will be an all day event in Meeteetse that will begin at the Meeteetse Rodeo Grounds at 1pm with the annual Ranch Rodeo where ranches will gather a team of 4-5 men and women competing to see who is the best at things like Team Trailering, Team Doctoring and Wild Cow Milking, to name a few.

There will be time to get cleaned up before heading over to the Oasis Campground where a donation dinner will be served at 6pm, and all you need to bring is a dessert, chair and a good time. Kostas and his band ‘Country Traditions’ will round out the day at 7:30 and play until you just can’t dance anymore.

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2:00 pm Beauty & the Beast Rodeo ~ BHRC @ Ten Sleep Rodeo Grounds
Beauty & the Beast Rodeo ~ BHRC @ Ten Sleep Rodeo Grounds
May 27 @ 2:00 pm
This is a great tradition in Ten Sleep, Wyoming. The Beauty & the Beast Memorial Day Rodeo will be the second installment of the Big Horn Rodeo Circuit. What a great time you will have in Ten Sleep with Barrel Racing beginning at 2pm and the Rodeo beginning at 3pm at the Ten Sleep Rodeo Grounds.
all-day Party in the Pasture @ Meeteetse, Wyoming
Party in the Pasture @ Meeteetse, Wyoming
Jun 3 all-day
SEE PHOTOS HERE. This will be such a fun event that you’ll wanna stay on Friday night to be ready and then stay Saturday night cause you won’t want to leave! It all happens on Saturday, June 3rd at 8am for the Annual Antique Auto Show. So many cool old truck, tractors, cars and even a restored airstream trailer. Games and hand-on machines for the kids to try out. What kid doesn’t enjoy a train ride? Its fun for all ages. Get ready for the fun to continue as we watch a parade of antique vehicles head up to the rodeo grounds just south of town, maybe even catch a ride! The rodeo performance will begin at 4pm, perfect time of day. All events will be represented including PeeWee, Junior and Ladies Barrel Racing, Breakaway, Open & Team Roping, Junior Steer Riding, Calf Roping and our favorites Bareback & Saddle Bronc Riding and BULL RIDING! This rodeo will be part of the newly formed Big Horn Rodeo Circuit where all these contestants will have the opportunity to earn  points towards the year finale grand prize from the BHRC! The excitement might diminish here but the fun won’t stop as we all meander down to the town center for some local entertainment and ole fashioned street dance. Meet some of the riders in the rodeo or talk over how you are restoring your antique vehicle with some of the experts from that morning! What could be better? Check back right here...
7:00 pm Meeteetse Town Council @ Meeteetse Town Hall
Meeteetse Town Council @ Meeteetse Town Hall
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm
This is a regularly scheduled monthly meeting and free of any charge. For more detailed information please contact the organizer.
6:00 pm Chatelaine Quilt Guild @ Rec After School Building
Chatelaine Quilt Guild @ Rec After School Building
Jun 8 @ 6:00 pm
This is a regularly scheduled monthly meeting and free of any charge. For more detailed information please contact the organizer.
7:00 pm Days of ’49 Rodeo ~ BHRC @ Greybull Rodeo Grounds
Days of ’49 Rodeo ~ BHRC @ Greybull Rodeo Grounds
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm
The Days of ’49 is a long tradition in Greybull, Wyoming and the rodeo is a big part of this tradition. This will be the 3rd rodeo for the Big Horn Rodeo Circuit.

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Meeteetse Visitor Center
2005 Warren Avenue
Meeteetse, WY 82433
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