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Spotlight: Joe Settlemires

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The Youngest Texas Playboy returns!

The youngest Texas Playboy returns, Joe Settlemires, a long time friend of Turkey, Texas will be returning to Bob Wills again this year. You can enjoy his music and talent at the Thursday and Friday night dances and the outdoor concert as he joins his fellow Playboys and Western Swing enthusiasts.

Joe Settlemires is one of Oklahoma™s most prolific and celebrated musicians. Joe began playing guitar professionally at the age of 14. He landed one of country musics most prestigious gigs, playing with the legendary Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, at the age of 19 when regular guitarist Tag Lambert fell ill with pneumonia and couldn'™t go out on the road. At Lamberts suggestion, the Playboys tour bus rolled into Guthrie to pick up the young string slinger and the rest, as they say, is history as Settlemires became known as The Youngest Texas Playboy.

In the years that followed, Settlemires played with a Who's Who of country music legends including Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Red Foley, Tex Ritter, Harold Bradley and others. He also backed up performers in the popular and jazz genres like Bob Hope, Howard Roberts and Pat Martino as well as performing with the Oklahoma City Symphony.

Though he is well known for his technical prowess on the guitar, Joe is complete musician, having written arrangements for thousands of songs and passed his musical legacy along to hundreds of aspiring guitar players down through the years through private instruction. Settlemires students have gone on to play with musicians and groups like Merle Haggard, George Strait, Neil Diamond, Restless Heart, the Judds, Charlie Hall, Hayes Carll and others.

Settlemires unmistakable contribution to American music has been recognized by four halls of fame and in 2006, the Oklahoma State Legislature recognized him for his 50 years of contribution and dedication to both the Oklahoma music industry and music education in the private and public sector.