Once a cowboy, always a cowboy.
Local range manager and country and western artist Rob Dinwoodie is tipping his hat to a local charity upon the release of his new CD, aptly titled Hands Up.
The Vernon musician is joining forces with a host of other singers/songwriters to raise funds for the Arbour, a multi-use facility owned by Vernon Alliance Church, and to raise awareness about social justice in the community.
The concert takes place at the church April 1.
“I’ve been considering a CD release concert for my new album and felt strongly that it had to be for a purpose that benefited the community,” said Dinwoodie who discussed the idea of a benefit concert with Jon Buller, pastor of worship and the arts at Vernon Alliance, who produced the album.
Dinwoodie’s fourth album, Hands Up was recorded by John Newton at the Groove recording studio, which is an extension of the VAC’s worship and arts ministry located in the Arbour.
“There is so much going on in the Arbour that most people are unaware of, from haircuts to clothing, as well as being used for teaching classes that VAC offers for children, youth and adults throughout the week and weekends,” said Dinwoodie.
As an established country and western artist, Dinwoodie has been writing songs and entertaining at events in western Canada, including the Calgary Stampede and other festivals, for many years.
Most recently, he entertained locals and tourists at the Cowboy Dinner Show that took place Friday nights at the Historic O’Keefe Ranch in the summer.
His songwriting has been compared to that of Ian Tyson’s and Gary Fjellgaard’s, framing stories into songs with ballads and western swing.
The CD release concert will also showcase the talents of Katie Warden, Kailee Duggan, Kevin Bader, and Buller. Musicians joining the artists on stage will be multi-instrumentalist, Dixon Zalit, Aaron French on bass, and Dan Oldfield on drums.
“We have so much talent in our community, we all agreed it seemed fitting to use our gifts in this way,” said Dinwoodie, adding 100 per cent of the concert proceeds will go in support of the Arbour.
The Hands Up concert takes place Friday, April 1 at 7 p.m. at Vernon Alliance Church, 2601 43rd Ave. Tickets are $10 available at the church (250-545-7105.)