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Rodeo Pre-Show: Tim Gates

Originally from Richfield, Utah, and now from Nashville, Tennessee, Tim Gates is the lead singer of the power harmony trio Due West.

Tim is also a member of The Nashville Tribute Band. As an esteemed songwriter, he has not only written staples that have been recorded by his group, but has also had his songs appear on the albums of artists such as Bucky Covington, Blackhawk, The Bellamy Brothers, William Shatner, and Lucas Hoge.

Tim continues to spread his influence across the United States, playing for audiences large and small, gracing the airwaves of country radio with his own voice, and even getting a standing ovation at his debut performance at the Grand Ole Opry.

Celeste Carter – Featured Vocalist

Celeste is a rising country music starlet hailing from the small Southern Utah town of Enterprise. At the early age of 13, she got her first guitar and found her voice as she would strum and create songs in her bedroom.

Being influenced by the likes of Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton, she learned to deliver her thoughts and feelings vocally in a way that soon caught the ears of several Nashville artists and producers. By 15, she was sharing the stage with seasoned performers.

She is currently writing with award-winning songwriters and is working on her studio recording debut due out later this year. With a unique sound and a compelling timbre far beyond her 16 years, Celeste is sure to engage fans all across the globe!

Ward Williams – Steel Guitar

Ward hails from Dallas, Texas originally. After spending a decade kicking around the Texas scene and recording on several albums with multiple bands such as Sorta, The Sparrows, The Old 97’s, and Slick 57 to name a few, Ward moved to Nashville in 2008 to give it shot.

Not knowing whether to pursue the artist, singer-songwriter, or sideman musician path, his ability to play steel guitar was what first put food on the table, so he stuck with that. Ward got his first major touring gig with Randy Houser. He toured with Randy for 8 years playing every type of venue from juke joints to football stadiums and arenas across North America

There will also be guitar players.