Dave Stamey has been called "the Charley Russell of Western Music" and has been gathering fans and honors for a number of years now.

Stamey will be in Hamilton at the First Interstate Event Center at the Ravalli County Fairgrounds Thursday June 27. The doors open at 6 p.m., with the group "Still Waters" playing some bluegrass music at 6:30 p.m. Then Dave will take the stage with his mix of storytelling and homegrown songs.

Stamey has twice been voted Entertainer of the Year by the Western Music Association and has received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists.

Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, and dude wrangler. In the biography on his website, Stamey says he has performed in 14 states at music festivals, agricultural banquets and backyard barbeques and "prefers this to being stomped by angry horses."

His performance is kind of the opening act for the Senior Pro Rodeo at the fairgrounds Friday and Saturday. Hundreds of cowboys and cowgirls have already arrived in the valley for the popular competition.

Tickets to the Dave Stamey concert are $10 per person, $5 for high school students and younger. No host bar and dinner will be available for purchase at the Events Center by Caffe Firenze.

Tickets are available in advance the Ravalli County Fair office at (406) 363-3411.