Marshal Allen Bailey and Pat Jacobs will make a special appearance February 28 through March 3, 2012 at the Carnegie Arts Center in Dodge City, Kansas. This special one of a kind event includes an art show, music concert, and book signing.
Marshal Allen D. Bailey was born on a small farm four miles East of Gate, Oklahoma and grew up in Cimarron, Kansas, graduating from Cimarron High School in 1973. As a child, he developed a strong interest in both music and art.
Teaching himself to play the guitar, he started playing dances at the young age of 13. Over the years, he has learned to play a number of instruments including the keyboard, fiddle, and pedal steel guitar. His love of music, coupled with his knowledge of Old West History, Allen loves to sing the cowboy songs of the old west, and Western Swing. In 1988, Allen and his western swing band were performing on High Plains Public Radio for a fund drive, when he was asked to host a radio program, thus his program called Western Swing and Other Things was started and has continued to run on HPPR for over two decades and can be heard world wide over the net at http://www.hppr.org www.hppr.org.
Mr. Bailey was among the first to be inducted into the Kansas Western Swing Hall of Fame in 2004, the Western Swing Society of the Southwest Hall Of Fame in 2009, and was named the Cowtown Society Of Western Music – Disc Jockey Of The Year in 2011.
On February 21, 2000, Allen was commissioned as the Marshal of Dodge City, Kansas by the Mayor and City Council, and has served as Marshal since that time.
Allen is a self-taught artist painting in acrylics. Over the years, he has worked as a freelance artist for several national outdoor hunting magazines and catalogs as well as doing art for western related publications. He has sold his paintings to folks from all over the world via the internet.
Pat Jacobs has been a guest on Bailey’s Radio Show, Western Swing and Other Things, on numerous occasions. Pat was born and raised in Ashland, Kansas.
Pat’s CD, The Oklahoma Swing Project, was recognized by the Oklahoma Historical Society and received The Cowtown Society of Western Music CD of the year. He’s worn many different hats over the years – rancher, cowboy, nationally known cutting horse trainer and musician, but the most rewarding of all is the 25 years it took to produce this historic western swing album.
Pat is also a renowned writer of western literature. Pat’s second novel, “The Chameleon Rancher,” is set in Southwest Kansas and the Great Plains region on the backdrop of the Great Depression and the ole’ Dust Bowl era in 1941, an era that the western writers and historians failed to cover. Since Jacobs lived it, including riding cutting horses in a race for the World Championship of the National Cutting Horse Association, he used actual Dodge City characters, with made-up names, from his huge bank of memories for this book. He has woven colorful individuals into a backdrop of actual events with fictional, yet believable, cowboys and ranchers, plus a dash of love, sex, drama, and human frailties.
If you haven’t experienced the tales of Pat Jacobs, don’t forget to also pick up a copy of his first novel, “Outcasts, Outlaws and Second-Chance Horses.” Now in its second edition, this book continues to receive praise and recognition. Famed writer Tom McGuane says that “Outcasts, Outlaws and Second-Chance Horses,” is “for anyone wanting to know what cutting looked like when it still had the hide on… and was still an outdoor sport.” Both novels have been awarded the coveted Will Rogers Medallion Award for western fiction and western literature.
Marshal Bailey’s artwork will be on display February 28-March 3 with special appearances by both Marshal Allen Bailey and Pat Jacobs on March 3 at the Carnegie Arts Center with various activities including a book signing, a concert featuring swing music, and even some story telling planned throughout the day. Please see the complete schedule online at www.dodgecityarts.org. This joint appearance of art, music, and western literature is sure to be a memory maker.