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.