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Bar J Wranglers stopping in Orem, S.L., Ogden

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A lot of performers give lip service to "family fare" and "wholesome entertainment." But not all of them put there music where there lips are.

The Bar J Wranglers do.The popular Jackson Hole, Wyo. "family band" sells out every show at the Bar J eatery in Jackson during the summer, where 750 people show up for two shows a night. Then during November and December the band "winters" in Utah.

And the crowds get larger each time they come south.

"We do a very relaxed show," explains Babe Humphrey, the group's cowboy patriarch. "We don't script anything, and we take requests for songs. People seem to enjoy it."

This time around the Wranglers will perform on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Orem High, then on Friday, Nov. 21, at the Grand Theater in the Salt Lake Community College on State Street in Salt Lake City, then they'll finish up at Ogden High on Saturday, Nov. 22. All shows are at 7 p.m. Tickets available at the door.

People who've seen the Wranglers know what they're in for, and most want to be in for it again. The singers do a variety of Western numbers, from "Ghost Riders in the Sky" to home-grown compositions. The jokes are quick and ckeeky. The stories behind the songs always interesting.

"The past eight years or so in Jackson, we've had to educate people about Western music," says Humphrey. No radio stations play `Cool Water' and the history of the music is getting lost. So we spend some time filling people in on the traditions behind the music."