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Flying J Wranglers entertain Breckenridge crowd with Christmas concert

Flying J Wranglers entertain Breckenridge crowd with Christmas concert
December 16
13:23 2019

With a western flair and a touch of humor, the Flying J Wranglers took to the stage at Breckenridge’s National Theatre on Saturday night, following the annual Christmas Parade in downtown.

Tim McCasland, from left, James Hobbs and Cindy Hobbs perform at the National Theatre on Saturday night, Dec. 14. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

The band, which is headquartered on the Flying J Ranch in Alto, New Mexico, just north of Ruidoso, features the husband and wife team of Cindy and James Hobbs, along with Jayson Jones, Tim McCasland, Corinna Ripple and Greg Meeks.

They warmed up with a few classic Western songs before transitioning into Christmas songs. Cindy introduced each song and often bantered back and forth with James, eliciting laughs from the audience. Each member of the band was featured for their particular talents several times throughout the concert, showcasing their singing and yodeling skills, as well as their knack for fiddle, guitar and banjo playing.

After a brief intermission, the band came back on the stage and played another set of songs, including traditional Westerns, and holiday favorites. Several selections were original songs that James had written, including “White Mountain Christmas” and “Together for Christmas.”

Some of the songs on their play list included “There’s a Blue Sky Way Up Yonder,” “Someday Soon” and “My Adobe Hacienda,” as well as Christmas songs such as “Christmas Time’s A Comin’.” “Sleigh Ride,” “Christmas Cookies,” “One Holy Night in Bethlehem,” “Mary Did You Know,” and a medley of Irish Christmas songs.

At one point in the show, “Granny” (aka Cindy in costume) wandered out onto the stage and performed her “Granny’s Twelve Days of Christmas,” much to the delight of the audience, who was encouraged to participate from their seats.

The Breckenridge concert is part of the Flying J Wranglers’ Christmas Tour that will take them to Amarillo and Lubbock this week.

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Cindy Hobbs as “Granny” performs her own version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” during the Flying J Wranglers’ Christmas concert in Breckenridge on Saturday, Dec. 14. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Story by Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

Cutline, top photo: The Flying J Wanglers, featuring, from left, Tim McCasland, James Hobbs, Cindy Hobbs, Corinna Ripple and Jayson Jones, perform at Breckenridge’s National Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 14. Greg Meeks also performed several songs with the band. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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