DENVER, COLORADO—On the back of a bull or at the front of a stage, Pete Martinez is no stranger to the rodeo scene. The native Wyoming country music recording artist will stay true to form when he closes out the year with performances at the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas and the World Championship Ranch Rodeo (WRCA) in Amarillo, Texas in November, and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December. He will be the featured performer throughout the WRCA event, and will headline the PRCA Stock Contractors Luncheon and perform in a series of special appearances from the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco stage at the NFR. The PBR World Finals will be held November 3-4 in Las Vegas, NV. The WRCA will be held November 8-12 in Amarillo, TX. And the Wrangler NFR will be held December 8-10 in Las Vegas, NV.
Casper Star-Tribune staff writer
CASPER, WYOMING—Casper native Pete Martinez has been lots of places since he last performed in his hometown.
He returns Sunday, June 11, to sing during opening ceremonies for the first event of the 2006 College National Finals Rodeo, and then he'll do a mini-concert that day at intermission between the 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. runs of Broncs 'n Bulls at the Casper Events Center.
In November, he had dinner at Vice President Dick Cheney's house.
"That was cool," he said this week. "But I'm the only one who didn't get to eat dessert. I just picked up my guitar and started singing for them while they were having dessert."
CASPER, WYOMING–Sitting on top of 2,000 pound bulls is a thing of the past for Casper native Pete Martinez. But that does not keep the talented cowboy from reminiscing about his experiences in the rodeo arena.
"As a former contestant, I feel a closeness to the competitors," says Martinez, a Nashville recording artist who has just released his second album to audiences nationwide. That closeness shows in more than just his music. It shows in his support of the up and coming rodeo athletes of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.