Music in the Mountains Concert Series: Barry Ward

Catalina State Park

Saturday, January 5, 2019   2 p.m.

Join us at Catalina State Park on January 5thand enjoy country and gospel music performed by Barry Ward! Barry grew up on the western plains of Kansas about 40 miles west of the famous cowtown, Dodge City.  His great-grandparents settled the place in the late 1880s, shortly after the buffalo had been replaced by cattle.  Barry, or “Bear” as he has come to be known by his friends, worked alongside his father and grandfather, working cattle and also doing farm work.  He writes most of his own songs and those songs deal not only with his experiences as a cowboy, but with his experiences as a farmer.  Add to that a strong faith and a love for his country and you have a guy who is overflowing with credibility.  

Barry has been presented with many awards including 2014 Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductee, Cowboy Artist/Entertainer. From the prestigious Rural Roots Music Commission he has won three awards, two of them for Western CD of the Year (2014 and 2015) and overall CD of the Year 2016. In addition, Barry has received Male Vocalist of the Year, Academy of Western Artists (2014) and Male Performer of the Year, Western Music Association (2013). In 2012, he received the award for Song of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists and he was the 2008 Male Vocalist of the Year, Western Music Division of the Country Gospel Music Association.