Flores returns to the Farris with area singer, Sarah Craven

Bobby Flores

By Sara Siedel/For The Richmond News

It will be an encore performance with new twists when Texas musician Bobby Flores returns to Richmond Nov. 19 to join local favorites on the Farris stage.

For this performance, Flores is bringing along a member of his Yellow Rose Band, fiddler Kevin Carter, and together, they’ll offer their renditions of Western swing, country, pop, rock, jazz, blues, Latin and classical hits.

As they did during Flores’ first performance last fall, local musicians will round out the featured musician’s sound. Those area musicians are Harry Ritchie on bass, Scott Henderson on steel guitar, Carl Butler on guitar and Chuck Landry on drums.

In another twist, special guest Sarah Craven will perform at this year’s concert. Farris audiences best remember Craven as the contestant who won the 2010 Miss Ray County pageant, thanks in part to her vocal aptitude.

She’s a great talent,” Ritchie said. “She’s got great pipes.”

The show is set to begin at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now at the Farris box office for $10.

Ritchie was instrumental in bringing Flores to the Farris last year and again this year. Ritchie says he heard Flores on YouTube while clicking through the website.

“I liked his stuff,” Ritchie said. “I knew about his work with Ray Price.”

Ritchie contacted Flores by email, intending to purchase a few CDs. Flores responded personally, and their discussion resulted in the Texan’s first trip to Richmond.

Ritchie says he wanted Flores to return this year because although his concert last year was successful, Ritchie wants to do more.

“I want to upgrade what we did,” Ritchie said. “I want to make it even better.”

Since his last appearance, Flores has expanded his resume to include a nomination for the Texas State Artist Musician of the Year. Late this summer, he and his band received “rave reviews” after performing at the Country Rendez-Vous Festival in Craponne-Sur-Arzon, France.

Flores has been featured on more than 400 CDs, albums and singles recorded for major record labels. He has composed music for radio and television commercials that air in the United States, Europe and Australia.

Flores also produces albums and runs a music academy. His instrumental specialties include electric and acoustic guitars, classical guitar, steel guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bajo sexto and bass guitar. He also sings lead and background vocals.

Carter, also a Texan, has been playing fiddle since he was 12 years old and toured throughout the United States and Canada with the legendary Gene Watson. After leaving the road to raise a family, Carter returned to recording and playing music, including his current gig with Flores’ band.

Local sponsors making the show possible are major benefactor Shirkey Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, along with the Ray County Community Arts Association, the Richmond Rotary Club, Richard Bidding/Edward Jones, Mike and Vickie McCalley, Tom Bowman and Sara Seidel, Harry Ritchie, Westbrook & Co., Taber Printing, Richmond Super 8, The Richmond News, The Lawson Review and KMZU 100.7 The Farm.

The concert season continues in 2012 with performances by The Rainmakers, with a newly confirmed concert date of March 10, 2012. The season ends with 3 Dave Night on April 21, 2012.

Tickets for all the shows are available by contacting the Farris at (816) 776-6684 or by logging on to



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