Bull riding and bands: Emerson Drive, Cold Hard Cash follow bullriders

2013-02-01T00:00:00Z Bull riding and bands: Emerson Drive, Cold Hard Cash follow bullriders Montana Standard
February 01, 2013 12:00 am

Two noted bands — Emerson Drive and Cold Hard Cash — are headlining the after show of the Elite Professional Bullriders Finals at the Butte Civic Center on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9.

The bullriders’ competition — featuring some of the best riders in the country — starts at 7 p.m. each night. Doors open at 6 p.m. The concerts follow, and also will be held in the Civic Center arena.

Civic Center manager Bill Melvin said the floor will be reconfigured to accommodate the bull riding at one end, and a 24-foot by 24-foot concert stage at the other.

Tickets to the bull riding enable admittance to the concerts afterwards. Tickets range from $15 to $35, depending on seat location. Tickets may be purchased at the Butte Civic Center by calling (800) 555-8989 or 497-6401, or purchase online at www.butteciviccenter.com

Cold Hard Cash performs on Friday night, Feb. 8, while Emerson Drive is slated for Saturday, Feb. 9.


For well over a decade, Emerson Drive has been a staple in the country music community, known for being a band to crank out the hits. During its career, the Canadian band has scored numerous hits such as “I Should Be Sleeping,” “Fall Into Me,” “Last One Standing” and their emotional, chart-topping ballad in 2007, “Moments.”

After taking a two year break from recording new music, Emerson Drive – comprised of Mates (lead vocals), Dupelle (guitar, background vocals), David Pichette (fiddle), Mike Melancon (drums) and Dale Wallace (keyboard, background vocals) – headed back into the studio to make a new record, Roll, an 11-track album filled with songs mostly penned by the band.


The Cold Hard Cash Show is a tribute to the music of Johnny Cash. Fronted by guitarist and singer Cousin Merle Travis, the band brings to life classic Cash songs and old-time favorites. Travis sings like Cash and plays like Luther Perkins, but that’s not all. He is equally skilled at classic country, blues and rockabilly music. Other band members include drummer, Fel Torres, and Johnny Pope plays the upright bass fiddle.

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