Over the years, Jerry and his band have opened for numerous national acts including: Joe Nichols, Lee Brice, Randy Houser, John Conley, Cross Canadian Ragweed, the Oak Ridge Boys, Lorrie Morgan, Danielle Peck, Merle Haggard, and Joe Diffie.
Jerry and his band have been recognized with many awards and titles over the years, including being crowned the 2007 State Country Band Champions by the HODAG Country Music Festival. In addition to playing at many festivals, he has also entertained at dozens of bars, beer tents, county fairs, casinos, and rodeos across the Midwest and the United States.
Jerry and his band have had the opportunity to play in Nashville numerous times at such legendary locales as Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, 12th & Porter, Swinging Doors Bar & Grill, Honky-Tonk Central, and the historic Ryman Auditorium.
The 100 Miles Band consists of an all-star cast of 6 talented musicians that bring an electrifying presence to the stage with many years of experience. The band showcases steel guitar, fiddle, keyboard / organ, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, and drums.
Lecile Harris got his start in rodeo as a bull rider and then a fill-in bullfighter while still in high school and developed into one of the sport’s most respected funnymen over a career that has spanned more than half a century. Called the “Dean of Rodeo Clowns/Bullfighters,” he was PRCA Clown of the Year in 1992, 1994, 1995 and 1996. In 2007 Lecile was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
At his peak, Harris performed at more than 100 rodeos each year, his timing, inventiveness and classic style the envy of his contemporaries. He became well known for his signature end to a performance — as The Original Bulldancer — in which he would dance with a bull from the bucking stock.
Lecile’s style is influenced by the work of several comedians he grew up admiring, including Emmett Kelly, Red Skelton, W.C. Fields and Laurel and Hardy. The painted face he uses in his act has been part of his persona since 1955 when he was asked to serve as an emergency replacement at Sardis, Miss., and used shoe polish and lipstick from the local drug store to prepare.
The multi-talented Harris was a football player at the University of Tennessee-Martin, a session drummer in the Memphis are during the 1950s and early ‘60s and has done some performing on television and in films. He spent five years on the TV series Hee Haw and appeared in the films Walking Tall: The Final Chapter, The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James and W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings.
From the moment Kelly rides into the arena on horseback to the minute he bids you farewell at the end of the performance, you’re going to be informed about the Barnes PRCA Rodeo bucking horses and bulls along with the PRCA cowboys and cowgirls competing.
Whether or not this is your first rodeo, Kelly will help explain what’s going on in the arena as well as the ups and downs of each and every contestant. Kelly’s job is to keep you informed and entertained throughout the performance with his ability to interact with you, the contestants, and the rodeo clown.