Farmer Strong Benefit Concert Featuring Chancey Williams and Ned LeDoux Expected to raise $200,000

(Torrington Telegram)

GERING, Neb. – Lights filled the sky, smoke billowed from the stage and music filled the air as people from around the region descended on the Five Rocks Amphitheater in Gering on Saturday to show their support for area farmers.

And the name of the show was fitting: Farmer Strong.

The concert, featuring Wyoming country performers Chancey Williams and the Younger Brother Band and Ned LeDoux, was the brainchild of Terry Gass, vice president of sales and district manager for 21st Century Equipment. Gass said he was at a baseball game one day in July – the day after a tunnel on the Gering-Fort Laramie Irrigation Canal collapsed, shutting off vital irrigation water to more than 100,000 acres of farmland in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska.

He felt he had to do something to help out producers – many of them customers of 21st Century. Those people were more than just business acquaintances and customers – in the tight-knit agriculture community in this area, they are family.

“I said, we’re going to hire Chancey Williams and Ned LeDoux to come play a benefit concert and (21st Century Equipment) is going to pay for it,” Gass recalled. “They’re both from eastern Wyoming, they’re both from ranching backgrounds – they get it.”

And the idea for Farmer Strong was born, he said. In the ensuing weeks, more people and organizations came on board. Lex Madden of Torrington Livestock heard about the fundraiser and signed on to auction off everything from bags of Pioneer and Dekalb seed corn to scholarships to a full year’s tuition at the University of Wyoming, Eastern Wyoming College and Western Nebraska Community College. The city of Gering donated use of the amphitheater for the concert. And the support just kept rolling in, Gass said.

When all was said and done Saturday, ticket sales, merchandise and food and beverage sales were tallied, totaling more than $190,000. But that’s not the end of the story.

Some people paid cash at the gate for entrance to the concert. Others bought blocks of tickets and gave them away. As of Monday, the money was still rolling in – all of it destined to support producers impacted by the tunnel collapse, Gass said.

“Before we’re done, we will probably be closer to the $200,000 level,” he said. “And we still don’t have a clear number on the ticket sales,” estimated at close to 1,500 souls.

“This was very well received,” Gass said. “And I spent all day with the musicians. Both of them came off ranches and were extremely appreciative of what we were doing and the heart we had to give bk. The response was extremely heartwarming.”

BREAKING NEWS: Chancey Williams & the Younger Brothers Band to open the 5th Round of the National Finals Rodeo on Monday December 10!

Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band announced this morning that they will be returning to Las Vegas to perform at the 5th Round of the National Finals Rodeo. This marks the third year that the band has played during the opening ceremonies at the famed Thomas & Mac Center.  The YBB will be debuting their new single, “The World Needs More Cowboys,” before a sold-out crowd of 18,000 people. The single will be available by stream and download everywhere on December 14th.

Watch the 2016 and 2017 performances here!

Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band to perform at Deadwood’s Red Dirt Festival

Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band will be returning to Deadwood for the annual Red Dirt Festival at the Deadwood Mountain Grand. Now in its fourth year, the Deadwood Red Dirt Festival has fast become one of the biggest music festivals in the upper mid-west. This year’s line-up also features the Scooter Brown Band and Casey Donahew Band.

Chancey the YBB will be performing on Saturday, January 12th with Casey Donahew. Get your tickets here!

Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band Joins Casey Donahew in Mexico for Boots on the Beach

**SOLD OUT**

The YBB is set to bring a little Wyoming to Cabo San Lucas! The band is excited to join the lineup at this year’s Boots on the Beach, presented by Casey Donahew & Friends. Other acts include Josh Abott, Parker Mccollum, Randy Rogers, Stoney Larue, and Wade Bowen. This is a party you won’t want to miss!

For more information and booking, visit: https://www.caseydonahew.com/bootsonthebeac

Chancey Williams to Join Aaron Watson on Midwest Tour

Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band will be rejoining Aaron Watson on his Midwest tour this fall for dates in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas. The two first met while headlining at the ICE Festival in Toulon, France and have since played a handful of shows together.

“We love going out on the road with Aaron Watson,” commented Williams. “Our shows really go together well and my band and crew get along great with his, so it’s a lot of fun. Aaron is a real pro, I always learn a lot.”

Catch the two bands this November at The Blue Note in Columbia, Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, finishing at The Hat in Manhattan, KS!

Get your tickets now at:

November 8, 2018 – The Blue Note

November 9, 2018 – Cain’s Ballroom

November 10, 2018 – The Hat

Chancey Williams to Join Toby Keith at South Dakota State Fair

Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers will be opening for Toby Keith at the South Dakota State fair in Huron later this month.  The last time Williams shared the stage with Keith was at Cheyenne Frontier Days, where the pair sang Keith’s hit, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy.”

This is sure to be a memorable night that fans won’t want to miss! Get your tickets at: http://www.sdstatefair.com/entertainment/grandstand