JOYCE SMITH - born and raised in Alberta, Joyce began singing at an early age. She performed on radio, and was a regular on television, joining the Noon show, Chuckwagon show and guesting on several others. Joyce joined a local band and they began opening for many of the stars that came through town. Her cross country tours included shows with Ray Price, Faron Young, George Jones, Wilf Carter and Hank Snow, and, while living in Ft. Worth, Texas,  the great Bob Wills among other great country artists.  
While entertaining at a rodeo, she met George Myren, a professional rodeo cowboy and her life became a steady series of concert stages, rodeos, and recordings. At age 19, she did a four-city tour with Webb Pierce; by the end of the tour, Webb announced that he had made arrangements for her to record with the legendary Owen Bradley. Before she knew it, Joyce was in the Columbia Studios in Nashville.  
Joyce is one of the first few Canadian country music artists to have a record sell well in excess of 100,000 copies in the U.S. She accomplished this feat with “Leavin’ on your Mind”, her biggest hit, which later became a blockbuster hit for none other than the great Pasty Cline. The song earned Joyce a nomination as one of Country Music Association's most promising female vocalists in the U.S. In her career, Joyce has released 6 albums as well as numerous singles, cassettes and CD’s.  
Joyce has played  all over Canada and the USA and has toured Germany, Denmark and Austria. She made her second International concert tour with Hank Smith & Wild Rose Country. Joyce has received many awards from organizations, clubs and foundations for her contributions to Canadian Country Music and was inducted into the Alberta Country Music Hall of Fame in 1991. Her latest award was presented by the "Alberta Women of Country Music" on June 8, 2004 for "Lifetime Achievement."  2010 marks Joyce's well-deserved  induction into the CCMA Hall of Honor, as a "ground breaker" artist in the country music industry.  
See a video of Joyce at our Feb 2010 show here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjc46Gsp9cE 
See CFCW poster congratulating Joyce on her induction here:  POSTER 
 
 
 
BEV MUNRO - Born in Boissivain, Manitoba, Bev's first job was just 40 miles north at station CKX in Brandon, playing country music for fans in that listening area. His popularity soon gained him a top DJ job in Dauphin, Manitoba and from there, to Regina. His last move was to CFCW in Camrose, Alberta, where he spent 30 years behind the microphone. As the morning host, he started the still-popular Mystery Artist Request Line and his famous Knee-Slapper jokes.  
In 1959, Bev was named "Mr. DJ USA" along with Ralph Emery, at WSM in Nashville, Tennessee, an honour no other Canadian DJ could claim. On weekends, Bev was out playing shows and dances with his band. His popularity as a singer got him a recording contract and his first hit song was "Hello Operator." Other songs he wrote become number one hits for such artists as R. Harlan Smith, Chris Nielsen and Hank Smith. From his Capitol LP came his signature song, "Babysitting With The Blues" which got him an opportunity to tour with such artists as Faron Young, The Kitty Wells Show, Jimmy C. Newman and others.  
Although Bev has retired from radio, "The Voice of CFCW" still continues to MC top-notch shows, sing his songs, do spot jobs for CFCW and keep people in stitches with his humor. He spends a great deal of time on the road with the "Alberta Country Music Legends" and enjoys leisure time with his wife Donna. In September 2002, Bev was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in the DJ category, at the CCMA Awards. Bev is one of those people who is tall in stature and strong of heart...a real down-home country boy. 
 
 
 
RANDY HOLLAR - Randy has lived the cowboy life he sings about. Roundups, brandings, cattle drives, bucking broncos and rodeos have been his livelihood. At the age of 14, Randy left his home in Viking, Alberta to break broncs then ride bulls with the Canadian Rodeo Cowboy Association. During the long winter breaks in rodeo, Randy took up boxing which he did for 9 years. Randy's focus turned to the draft horse industry and he is now a seasoned horseman, blacksmith and farrier. He specializes in shoeing, training and showing draft horses and has won numerous awards for his black Percheron teams and hitches.  
Presently, Randy focuses on his music and entertaining. A country and gospel singer, he has always been a great fan of Wilf Carter's and been singing and yodelling Wilf's songs since before he went to school. Throughout the years, Randy has entertained in many places and you may even have caught him entertaining at the campfire on a wagon train. Randy has recorded many CD's and cassettes and you can find him entertaining on his own at country points or on the road with the "Alberta Country Music Legends."
 
 
 
ALFIE MYHRE - Alfie is a multi-instrumentalist and a champion fiddler who also excels on the tenor banjo. A child fiddle prodigy at the age of 11, he became the youngest fiddle player ever to appear in the Canadian National Old-Time Fiddle Contest. He came second to the great Ward Allen, in the 30 years and under category. He was the youngest competitor.  
Over the last 50 years Alfie has toured in Japan, Hong Kong, and London, Berlin and in the U.S.A. He has appeared with such Canadian greats as Wilf Carter, Stu Davis, Stompin’ Tom Connor, Gaby Haas and “Old” Dad Taylor. Alfie is a two time winner of the Grand North American Fiddle Championship and in 1987 he received an Achievement Award of Excellence from the Province of Alberta. He is also a recipient of the Bev Munro Award.  
Since 1967 Alfie has been the co-owner then owner of Myhre’s Music in Edmonton. Alfie and his wife Lydia have now sold the business to their son Byron, so that they may enjoy traveling, and spend more time with their 8 grandchildren.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PETE HICKS - Pete is Alberta's Encyclopedia of Country Music. He has forgotten more than most of us ever knew about country music. Born in the Peace River country, Pete began his radio career at CFGP in Grande Prairie, Alberta. After his stint there, he moved to CKYL in Peace River and CKSA in Lloydminster before settling at KGA in Spokane, Washington. In addition to radio work, Pete spent some time touring the local countryside with a 5-piece band and trying his hand at songwriting. After 17 years in the States, Alberta decided to reclaim her own and CFCW lured him home.  
Pete has been with CFCW for 30 wonderful years and is heading into his 16th year with his ever popular "Classic Country" show. During this time, Pete put his dulcet tones to work and picked up his writing stick again to pen enough songs to fill his first full album, "Stories" which was shortly followed by a second album"Home Is You." Pete's ever ready smile and warm handshake are in evidence wherever he goes. His dedication and ability were honoured in 2003 when he won the coveted "Bev Munro Award" and in 2010 with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Alberta Men & Women of Country Music. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"RODEO WIND" Band (from Left to Right) 
Richard Chernesky (lead guitar) was born in Ranfurly, Alberta and started playing guitar and singing in high school. Known to be about the best guitarist around, he is much in demand to freelance when not playing with "Rodeo Wind" on the road with the "Legends." His musical credits include playing with Wilf Carter, Hank Snow, Jimmy C. Newman and performing on "Old Dad Taylor's Jubilee Jamboree" and CFRN's "Chuckwagon" and "Noon Show" as lead guitarist. His exceptional talent and efforts in the preservation and promotion of traditional country music won him the coveted "Bev Munro Award" in the spring of 2005.  
George Myren (bass) is the leader of the band, sound technician, announcer and jack of all trades. George does the booking for the band and when things go wrong, takes all the flack. George not only plays several instruments, he makes and repairs them in his spare time. A busy guy, George also plays hockey and golf, hunts, made a documentary movie in July of 2004 and founded the Association of Canadian Country Music Legends. A multi-talented cowboy, George was inducted into the Canadian Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in October 2004.  
Gary Okrainec (steel guitar) is an awesome musician. He is one of Edmonton's foremost steel guitar players and is a veteran of the music scene in Canada.  
Paul Martineau (drummer/singer) is our newest member and joins the Rodeo Wind Band with many years of experience playing throughout North America and Europe.   We welcome Paul to the Alberta Legends Show.