BACK IN THE SADDLE is an All Star Western Music band whose energetic shows delight fans of all ages. United by their love of the songs of the Great American West, this diverse group of stellar musicians brings humor, fun and great vocal harmonies to this wonderful American musical genre. Their shows include classic Cowboy songs, Western Swing, Movie & TV Western theme songs, originals inspired by the West and even some Tin Pan Alley standards. BACK IN THE SADDLE is always on the lookout for that next great Western song.
Vocalist and band leader ‘Frenchy’ Berne Poliakoff was a founding member of the well-loved Western band Cowboy Envy, which received great acclaim and performed extensively at clubs, festivals, radio broadcasts and even the Kennedy Center. She brings a beautiful voice and whimsical wit to the stage. As a songwriter, ‘Frenchy’ has composed all of the band’s original songs as well as original songs for her own recordings. As a singer/songwriter and vocalist, Berne performs in many musical genres including Folk, Jazz and 20th Century popular.
‘Gallopin’ Gwen Hughes is a strong vocalist with her own rising solo career as a Jazz and Pop vocalist. She has released multiple albums with a wide variety of musicians. Gwen tours internationally and has performed as an actress in notable stage productions, films and television.
Musical leader LA ‘Durn’ Tuten (also of Cowboy Envy) is a highly respected musician for live performances and recordings. With BACK IN THE SADDLE, ‘Durn’ plays upright bass and joins in on the vocal harmonies. He also takes the lead vocal on some Western Swing classics.
Matthew ‘Kickin’ Kaminski brings his special accordion skills to the band. When not playing Western music, Matthew has a growing recording career as a Jazz organist. And, during baseball season, he takes his organ skills into the booth as the official Atlanta Braves organist!
‘Ramblin’ Rick Hinkle is a master of all things stringed and often joins the band as guitarist and vocalist. His recording and performance career spans a Who’s Who of famous Atlanta singers and bands. Rick also operates his own recording studio as Producer / Engineer.
Guitarist ‘Maverick’ Micah Cadwell is the hollow body electric ruler! His music covers the gamut from Rockabilly to Jazz to Western Swing to great Bar Band Rock and Roll. Micah is very much in demand by many performers to join them onstage and always delivers great stylings.
On fiddle, BACK IN THE SADDLE is joined at different times by two of best in the fiddle-playing world, Kenny ‘Longhorn’ Lambert and ‘Tijuana’ Tim Higgins. Both Kenny and Tim can get the toes tapping but also bring achingly sweet sounds with their amazing fiddle playing, and did we mention that BACK IN THE SADDLE is fronted by two fiery redheads?
Great tunes! Beautiful harmonies! Rollicking good fun for all the family.
A Premier performance at the Cumming Playhouse!