“It’s this little picturesque, white church with a steeple,” said James Hobbs, tenor, lead singer, rhythm guitar player and founder of the Wranglers, a Western music troupe based in Alto, five miles north of Ruidoso. “We start the Christmas tour every year at that church, which seats about 100 people and is the local place of worship for the ranchers there. These cowboys will come in with their hats in their hands and sit down in the back. I got a call from a lady who wants to bring her 97-year-old mother to the show at the church this year.”
The Flying J Wranglers’ “A White Mountain Christmas” program includes Western music, traditional Christmas music and some songs, such as Roger Dale’s “Tonight’s Christmas Eve,” that are both. Humor and reverence for the season add both laughs and moments for reflection to the show.
“We want people to come in and we want to lift them up,” Hobbs said. “We want to build on and reinforce that Christmas spirit, keep it going.”
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