Red Dirt Country II

My mind has wandered to Red Dirt Country again today.

I was looking at Facebook during lunch and found out that No Justice would be playing in Ashland, Kansas this weekend.

No Justice - Red Dirt Country - Southwest Country Fest - Facebook Post

In my previous post back in April, I included a few pictures of the red hills near Ashland. I graduated from Ashland High School.

Ashland is physically in Red Dirt country, and No Justice is a Red Dirt Country band.

You can also find out more about the roots of Red Dirt Country in the previous post.

Red Hills - Clark County, Kansas - Ashland, Kansas - Gypsum Hills - Red Dirt Country

In the April post, Red Dirt Country, I also mentioned that they would be playing soon in Ottumwa, Iowa which is where I went to grade school. In the past two months No Justice will have played concerts in both of the towns where I grew up. Now they just need to come out to California so I can see them in concert myself.

OK, back to why they are playing in Ashland. They are featured in the 4th Annual Southwest Country Fest that is being held at the Harold Krier Airport.

Harold Krier Field - Ashland Kansas Airport - Harold Krier - Acrobatic Pilot - Aerial Spraying

The airport brings back good memories for me. I worked for an aerial spraying company just after I graduated from High School. We were based at the airport and I spent a lot of time there.

I also have good memories of visiting the local museum and learning about Harold Krier, but that is a different post.

I am still doing research on my family connection to the Stillwater music scene which is where Red Dirt Country comes from. However, I will give you a little teaser.

Here we have a picture of Otto Gray and his Oklahoma Cow Boys from Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Otto Gray is my great-grandmother’s second cousin.

Someday I plan on writing a post about Otto Gray as he was very influential in the spread of Western music across the country.

Hmm, maybe I will also have to write about Patsy Montana and her daughter Judy Rose. They were also very important to the roots of Western music and I have some good memories of time that I have spent with both of them.

If you are near Ashland, Kansas this weekend. Go listen to No Justice at the Southwest Country Fest.


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4 Responses to Red Dirt Country II

  1. Boomdeeadda says:

    My head is still spinning from trying to follow your genealogy for Otto Gray, LOL Your family ties sure get around, I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re related somehow, HA. No country music stars in my family that I know of though.

    • vanbraman says:

      Sorry I made your head spin 🙂 Otto Gray is actually the easy connection to understand. He is my second cousin three generations removed.

      Maybe I should have said that my great-great aunt was married to Vince Gill’s great-great uncle. No blood relation 🙂

  2. Glenda McDougal says:

    Vince Gill is one of my favorite singers!! Thanks for this most interesting post.

  3. What a wonderful post! I LOVE the picture of Otto and the Oklahoma Cowboys!

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