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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Fire Training @ Meeteetse Fire Hall
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2:00 pm Craft Fair – Sneak Peak @ 3 separate locations
Craft Fair – Sneak Peak @ 3 separate locations
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This year will be one great time to celebrate Christmas in Meeteetse! 1st location is at the Meeteetse Senior Center located at 1105 Park Ave 2nd location is at the Episcopal Church Parish Hall located behind the church at 1116 Park Ave **Only location with the Sneak Peak!** 3rd location is at the Ferrets Den located between the Conservation District and the Elkhorn on State Street To become a vendor, please click here to download the application.
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all-day Christmas in Meeteetse @ Meeteetse, Wyoming
Christmas in Meeteetse @ Meeteetse, Wyoming
Dec 9 all-day
Find gifts, food and fun with family and friends at Christmas in Meeteetse. Craft fair vendors selling their wares, most are local within Meeteetse but no one is from too far away! The Craft Fair will be at the Ferret’s Den (between the Elkhorn and the Conservation District office), St. Andrews Episcopal Church Parish Hall and the Meeteetse Senior Center. The Parish Hall will be open both Friday, Dec 8th from 2pm – 6pm and Saturday, Dec 10th from 9:30am – 4pm. The Senior Center and Ferret’s Den will be open on Saturday, Dec 9th from 9:30am – 4pm only. To become a vendor please click here to get an application. Good specials are usually offered at the restaurants while there are goodies offered up where ever you seem to go! Roast a marshmallow from one of the spots around town, compliments of the MVC and Wea Market! Santa’s Workshop will be at the Gingerbread House behind the Church Parrish Hall, directly behind St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Park Ave. FREE for pre-school age thru the 4th grade from 10am to 3pm. Meet Santa and grab a picture at the MVC between 12 noon and 2pm. Then wrap it all up at the FREE Oyster Stew & Spaghetti Supper offered by the Meeteetse Community Church.
9:30 am Craft Fair @ 3 separate locations
Craft Fair @ 3 separate locations
Dec 9 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
This year will be one great time to celebrate Christmas in Meeteetse! 1st location is at the Meeteetse Senior Center located at 1105 Park Ave 2nd location is at the Episcopal Church Parish Hall located behind the church at 1116 Park Ave **Only location with the Sneak Peak** 3rd location is at the Ferrets Den located between the Conservation District and the Elkhorn on State Street To become a vendor, please click here to download the application.

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