Awards and Accomplishments

TJ Casey's Accomplishments and Awards

T.J. Casey was selected for the Living Legend award in 2016 from National Traditional Country Music Association.

Casey said Monday he started off playing the guitar when he was just 8 years old. Soon after, began playing the banjo and eventually started writing and singing songs.

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National Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame
Presented to TJ Casey in September 2015

RNDNMUP CD Awarded “Best Western CD” by the National Traditional Country Music Assn. 2011

RNDNMUP CD #3 on Western Music Charts 2010 Recorded

Recorded RNDNMUP CD - duet with Jim Reader with TMG Records 2010

Man of the West (Poetry Book) released 2010

Pure “D” Cowboy awarded “Best Country-Western CD” by the National Traditional Country Music Assn. 2009

Recorded From Whence They Came with Montana Cowboy Records 2008

Shared the stage with Asleep at the Wheel 2008

Shared the stage with Marvin Rainwater 2008

TJ Casey performs at the Spaghetti Western – SOLD OUT SHOW 2007

Pure “D” Cowboy CD on Roots Music Charts - 100 weeks 2006-08

Shared the stage with Waddie Mitchell – SOLD OUT SHOW 2006

It’s In My Blood #4 on Power Source Music Charts 2006

Cowboy Don’t Change Your Ways Song #1 on Western Music Charts 2006

Featured on "Best of America by Horseback" - National TV 2005-07

Pure “D” Cowboy CD #6 on Western Music Charts 2005-06

Recorded Pure “D” Cowboy CD with Montana Cowboy Records 2005

A Cowboy’s Thoughts in Rhyme (Poetry Book) published 2005

Release of music video “In America” on National Television 2004

Shared the stage with Dierks Bentley 2004

Western Swing Song-Sunset Network Services Charts at #5 2003

Shared the stage with Ian Tyson 2003

Top 5 Finalist for Western Swing Album & Rising Star of the Year AWA 2003-04

Top 10 Finalist for several categories in AWA 2003-05

Nominated for several Tuney Awards 2003-08

Trickling Water” published in National Education Publication 2002

Recorded” Blue Montana Skies” CD with Fraternity Records, 2002

Published in “The Big Roundup” Poetry Book 2002

Whispers of Sage” (poetry book) 1989

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Elko, Nevada 1988-1992

Recorded single for national distribution (#60 in the top 100 independents) 1988

Fan Fair – Nashville, TN 1988

Louisiana Hayride 1987

Shared the stage with the Everly Brothers, Shenandoah, Iowa 1987

Shared the stage with Merle Haggard, Sedalia, Missouri 1987

International Western Singer and Cowboy Yodeler 1985

1st Western States Country Music Assoc. Male Vocalist 1985

1st National Songwriter Contest 1984

1st National Gospel Singer Western States Country Music Assoc. 1984

Performance Reviews:

The Sagebrush Cowboyography Association recently engaged TJ Casey to entertain at our Annual Cowboy Roundup in Sheridan, Wyoming as part of our Evening Feature Performance. TJ is a high energy entertainer and has a complete repertoire of cowboy humor, songs and poems. He engages the audience with his performance and keeps them highly entertained. He is an excellent guitar player and singer and aside from being enjoyable to listen to he is fun to watch. In this world of prefab, plastic and wannabees, TJ Casey is refreshingly the real deal.

Deb Sustrich – Sagebrush Cowboyography Association – Sheridan, Wyoming
You offer the type of talent that patrons would love to have back year after year. The warmth in your singing style is perfect for the family style entertainment we like to showcase. Your professional attitude and reliability helped us to provide quality entertainment. You would be an asset to any fair, but we would love for you to schedule Fremont in your regular route.

Sherilyn Dunning – GM of Fremont County Fair and Rodeo, Riverton, Wyoming
TJ was one of the night show performers, at the 18th Annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Lewistown, Montana, opening for Ian Tyson. Casey was quite a crowd pleaser. He has a truly western flair, a wide repertoire of songs which even includes a little bit of yodeling, and a strong and pleasing voice. He did a wonderful job for us.

Nancy Hedrick, Exec. Director – Lewistown Art Center, Montana
“Of the stars and superstars of country music pictured in the Hall of Fame in Nashville that graduated from the Louisiana Hayride, we still make no claim to being able to predict who is going to be a star, but if there is any justice, TJ ought to be one of them.”

David Kent, President-Producer - The Louisiana Hayride
“All of my expectations were met along with many more. Having your group as part of the 2004 Opening Ceremony was fantastic. You became a part of the event…I am 100% happy that we selected you and your band to be part of our 2004 Fair.

Audrey Smith – Skagit County Fair, Mount Vernon, Washington
“I evaluated TJ’s classroom performance throughout the week. I found TJ to be very personable and down to earth regardless of the age level. I highly recommend TJ; he exceeded all of my expectations. It was a wonderful way to share a little of our past heritage.

Kitty Logan, Principal – Drummond Public Schools, Montana
“The sounds of Marty Robbins drift across the air when TJ is singing.”

Sharon Bothwell – Cody Stampede, Cody WY

Billings, Montana, resident T.J. Casey wins RRMC's "Country-Western CD of the Year" Award
LeMars, Iowa.....An authentic cowboy from Billings, Montana, will take home the prestigious RRMC "Country-Western CD of the Year" Award this year, it has just been announced by the Rural Roots Music Commission. The award goes to T.J. Casey, a long time cowboy singer, poet, songwriter, performer, and recording artist. The name of the CD is "Pure "D" Cowboy."

According to the Rural Roots Music Commission president, Sheila Everhart, "We have been nuturing upper midwest traditional and old-time music for over 35 years now, through the Commission, and through our annual fund raising festival in LeMars, Iowa. Our goal is to preserve the music of our settlers, homesteaders, and pioneers, and we were very happy to find a musical project as definitive as this project by T.J. Casey. His career has spanned an incredible amount of experience and adventure in the cowboy and country-western field of music.

The award will be made at the 34th Annual National Old Time Country, Bluegrass, and Folk Music Festival, August 31-September 6, 2009, at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa. The festival, a fundraiser for the National Traditional Country Music Assn., is held annually the week just before Labor Day, and has ten sound stages operating from 9am to midnight, every day for seven days to accomodate the many acoustic and old-time musicians that attend. According to Bob Everhart, Festival Director, "There are well over 600 performing artists at this event, and they come from around the world. We even have 32 musicians and dancers coming from Greece this year to share their rural music. That's not counting the international aspect of artists coming from Canada, Korea, England, Holland, New Zealand, Australia, Georgia, Slovakia, and Ireland. It's amazing that all these foreign performers are so adept at America's traditional and rural country music."

There is other activity as well, going on during the 7-day event. Workshops are available to beginners through accomplished musicians. There are six nights of old-time dances. There are 'showcases' for aspiring performers. "We had one act last year that landed a $1,000 40-minute gig. We think that's pretty good," says Everhart. There's also a large "Corps of Discovery Tipi Village" with emphasis on Native American music and life style, and there's also over 35 contests for amateur performers in as many categories. "We like the Band Scramble" says Everhart, "there are just so many really great musicians, a lot of them get involved, simply playing with strangers, because the music is simple, it is heartfelt, it is sincere, and it is honest. That's quite a bit different than the music we are force-fed on radio these days. We even have one stage dedicated and devoted to Christian Gospel music only."

Celebrities show up for induction into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame. According to Everhart, "We were so pleased to learn that Patti Page may be with us this year. She is the lady who recorded "How Much Is That Doggy In The Window" and "The Tennessee Waltz." She's 81 years old now, lives in San Diego, and has a new book out as well as a new CD, so we're anxious to meet and get to know such an accomplished country music artist. Also on tap this year, Terry Smith from Nashville, Tenn., who wrote the song "Far Side Banks of Jordan" for Johnny and June Carter Cash. Valarie Smith, from Bell Buckle, Nashville, the leader of Liberty Pike Bluegrass Band is also on tap for awards. Jim Ed Brown has been on the list for induction into the Hall of Fame for several years, and even Warren Buffet has been nominated. He plays a mean ukelele. One of the really nice things we get to do this year is proclaim Clayton McMichen "Fiddler of the Century." His daughter Jaunita McMichen will be at the festival to accept for her dad, and she will be bringing along Slim Bryant, the guitar player for McMichen. Mr. Bryant is 100 years old this year, still plays and teaches guitar. He is one of the only living musicians that performed with Jimmie Rodgers."

The CD, T.J. Casey recorded, was auditioned by Tradition Magazine to glowing reviews. He will receive the award at the annual convention of the RRMC on Saturday, September 5, at 4:30pm on the Main Stage, where he will also be performing.
There is RV camping with electric hook-ups available at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds at $12 per day with electricity, $8 per day without, and six full-menu food stands on the grounds. The main stage area is air conditioned, with nine other stages functioning at the same time. Admission is $15 per day for adults; $12 per day if over age 70; under 18 is free. There is a 7-day pass available for $55 without further discounts.

More information is available at 712-762-4363, or e-mailing Website is:

TJ Casey & other entertainers perform for the troops.
December 21, 2005

Contact: Becky Seay, Production Manager, Best of America by Horseback,
Phone: 540-829-9555

Cowboy poet and musician, TJ Casey of Billings, Montana was chosen to be a featured performer in a special Christmas music show honoring the troops and their families at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Executive Producer, Tom Seay of Culpeper, Virginia invited TJ to perform after hearing his music on a production tour in Wyoming. The weekly horseback television show, Best of America by Horseback, taped the music special live at Fort Riley on November 29, 2005 before a “standing room only” audience.

Best of America by Horseback television show had auditioned over 100 music groups across America and invited 8 entertainers to appear in this unique show.

Highlights of the show also included special Christmas messages written and sent from Nancy Reagan, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, and Clifton Truman Daniel, President Truman’s grandson. Other special messages included one from the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Roy Roger’s family and from Ms. Diedre Downs, Miss America 2005.

Seay said, “I believe TJ Casey is one of the most talented and versatile musicians I’ve seen in a long time. I was so impressed with his performance at Fort Riley, that I’ve asked TJ to be a continuing performer of Cowboy music and poetry on the Best of America by Horseback show series”. Seay continued saying, “I admire his dedication to the cowboy way of life and the American spirit. What he has done to represent Montana, we hope to amplify through our shows to the rest of the country. It is rare to meet such a talented individual, who sincerely appreciates everyone he works with. We welcome him to a long and lasting relationship with Best of America by Horseback.”

During the Christmas special at Fort Riley, TJ received warm applause for his music and a surprise announcement that he had been nominated for a Native American Grammy.

The Christmas Music Special will air on satellite on the RFD-TV channel via DirecTV channel 379 and Dish TV Network on channel 9409. It will air December 23, 2005 at 3 PM (EST) and 11 PM (EST), in addition to Christmas Day at 6 PM (EST). The Armed Forces Television Network will also air this special to 28 major US cities and over 120 countries worldwide.

More information about the Best of America by Horseback show series visit them at For information or to contact TJ Casey, visit

TJ Casey Release Music Video

(Billings, MT) - TJ Casey will be releasing a music video of “In America,” a song off the “Blue Montana Skies” CD. The release of the video will be seen during Horse Sense, a program aired on RFD-TV, December 14, 2004. Horse Sense is a series that is both educational and entertaining for all levels of horsemen and features experts in various aspects of the horse industry. TJ’s video is a dedication to all the horse owners across America.

TJ Casey is a nationally recognized western, western swing, singer, songwriter, and cowboy poet. TJ’s most recent hit song, "Trickling Water," was at #5 of the Top 10 Western Swing Songs the end of last year and the first of this year on the national western music charts. TJ has performed on the Louisiana Hayride and shared the stage with Ian Tyson, Merle Haggard, and Dierks Bentley to name a few so he is no stranger to the lights. He entertains all over the United States at fairs, festivals, gatherings, rodeos, conventions, private parties, and schools either as a solo or with the Rough Rider Band. DVD’s and VHS tapes of the video will be available after the release by contacting Cowboy Enterprises, or by visiting

The producer of Horse Sense, LZ, approached TJ Casey earlier this year about producing a video for “In America”. The majority of the video was shot, on location at Rocking Tree Ranch, Big Timber, Montana, with the help of Mary Bennett and ranch staff, check them out at

LZ is also the executive producer of The Cattle Show. This show is aired in the time slot before Horse Sense and is a half hour weekly program about ranchers and their experiences along with products or procedures pertaining to the cattle market. Check it out on the web at

So tune in and watch both The Cattle Show and Horse Sense on Tuesday, December 14, 2004 at 7:00 pm Mountain Time. TJ’s video will be on RFD-TV through satellite feed of both Direct TV and Dish Network. The Horse Sense show is titled “Horses Across America.”

You can meet TJ Casey on the web and purchase a video or his latest CD, “Blue Montana Skies” at Keep an eye out for TJ’s new CD, “Pure D Cowboy” coming soon. For further information contact Cowboy Enterprises at 406-245-0734.

Safety Clinic - From the Ground Up
Everything we do in life is “From the Ground Up”. If anything worth having is going to last, then we need to learn from the bottom floor to the top floor. “Ya gotta crawl before you walk!” Always!!! Nobody is an overnight success. It takes years of practice and experience, to be the best at anything. So where do we start with horses?

From the Ground Up uses cowboy logic or common sense, which ever fits your lifestyle. The first thing that you need to know is, the younger you start ‘em, the less work it’s gonna be when they grow up, you’ve already started the bonding or trust phase, that is the most important thing. TRUST.

The next most important thing is respect and both you and the horse have to earn that. How do we earn that? By having patience at all times, take your time, go slow, and be safe.

From the Ground Up is a tool to help you safely, train your own horse. The bronco bustin’ days are over and we now know there is no reason for that kind of training. There was a purpose for that at one time. First off the bigger outfits in the west needed cowboys to doctor cattle and take care of the herd, but there weren’t always a lot of broke horses, so the big boss would hire a feller to get horses started, so there would always be fresh horses for the cowboys to ride. After the initial breaking, then the cowboys would take over and make a real working cow horse out of them. Breaking was what they did, and though it didn’t break the horse per say, (as in having to glue them back together), it did, a lot of times break their
spirit. To train a horse you never want to break their spirit, you want to gain their trust and respect and in turn they gain your trust and respect.






TJ was raised on cattle ranches in the west (Wyoming and Montana) and has a different point of view, than most folks when it comes to horses. Since most of his work was done from the back of a horse. He looks at things quite a bit different than someone who wants a horse for pleasure riding or competition or just kicks and giggles.

“A horse for us was a tool and still is. For a tool to work the way they are suppose to, it must be taken care of properly. Every horse deserves good feed, exercise, training, and the time to be a friend (grooming, foot care, tooth care). There is a lot of responsibility in owning a horse.”, says TJ Casey.