CUMMING, Ga. – The Cumming Playhouse’s next musical performance will bring the fun of old-time Westerns and cowboy shows to audiences of all ages. “Back in the Saddle,” which runs at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Feb. 18, will feature an all-star western and cowboy music line-up, united by their love of songs from the great American west.
Classics like “Happy Trails,” and “Raw Hide” along with some originals will be featured in the show. While the show will mostly focus on music, there will certainly be a lot of fun interaction with the audience.
Band leader and vocalist Berne “Frenchy” Poliakoff said audiences will not be disappointed in the quality of music the band delivers.
“I started this band a couple of years ago after being with Cowboy Envy for almost 20 years,” Poliakoff said, noting that Cowboy Envy received great acclaim and even performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
“After Cowboy Envy, I started this new band and everyone in it is a true professional. This is absolutely the most fun I’ve ever had in music because these musicians totally know what they’re doing.”
Her band mates, who all hail from the Atlanta area, include “Gallopin” Gwen Hughes, a strong vocalist with her own rising solo career as a jazz and pop vocalist who has released multiple albums with a wide variety of musicians; and LA ‘Durn’ Tuten, who also performed with Poliakoff in Cowboy Envy and serves as musical leader for Back in the Saddle, bringing his unique style to upright bass and vocal harmonies.
Matthew ‘Kickin’ Kaminski also has a growing record career as a jazz organist. During baseball season, Atlanta Braves’ fans enjoy has skills as the Braves’ official organist, but for Back in the Saddle, he adds flare with the accordion.
‘Ramblin’ Rick Hinkle is a master of “all things stringed” and joins the band as a guitarist and vocalist, and ‘Maverick’ Micah Cadwell plays the hollow body electric guitar.
On fiddle, Back in the Saddle is joined at different times by two of the best in the fiddle-playing world – Kenny ‘Longhorn’ Lambert and ‘Tijuana’ Tim Hinkle – both of whom get toes tapping but can also produce achingly sweet notes.
Poliakoff said the Back in the Saddle gang will provide plenty of “toe-tapping, slap-your-knee, sing-along music that is contagious and catchy.”
“Kids love the show, but parents and grandparents – especially those who grew up watching the old Westerns – love it too because it brings back memories for them,” Poliakoff said. “All ages love this music because it’s just so much fun.”
Tickets to “Back in the Saddle” are $20, or $15 for veterans, seniors 60 and over, students 18 and under, and groups of 25 or more. Tickets can be purchased at playhousecumming.com or by calling 770-781-9187.