Concert kicks off Bucking Horse Sale fun

The annual Bucking Horse Sale is known for bringing in great bands and providing an overall good time. This year brings Blackjack Billy and High Valley Thursday night at the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds in the grandstands.

High Valley will kick the concert off at 7 p.m. followed by Blackjack Billy at 8:30 p.m.. 

Blackjack Billy’s song “Booze Cruise” has become an overnight hit among country fans.

Blackjack Billy is an American country rock group composed of Boll Bilings (vocals/acoustic guitar), Jeff Coplan (electric guitar), Ian Munsick (bass) and Brad Cummings (drums).

The band made their splash in the music world in 2013 with their independently released single, “Booze Cruise,” to digital media. From then their song was featured on Sirius XM’s satellite radio country channel, “The Highway,” as a “Highway Find.” The song continued on to reach Platinum in Canada, #1 in Australia and the hottest selling iTunes song in America. 

Since 2013 they have signed with Reviver Records and are working hard to record songs for their label debut. 

The songs, “Why God Made Summertime,” “Nightlight,” and “Tread” have already been released. 

Blackjack Billy has never been to Bucking Horse Sale before. In the beginning of their career they did perform in Eureka, Mont., but haven’t been back to the state since. 

“We’ve never played it before but we’ve been told you guys are big country fans,” Coplan said in a phone interview. 

Each member is from a different state making it almost seem impossible for these random group of guys to find each other and form a band. But they found common ground through music. 

“We’re still going after four years and that says a lot,” said Coplan. “It’s hard to be a band. We’re like a second family now.”

For more information on Blackjack Billy you can visit their website at or their Facebook at Blackjack Billy.

The duo High Valley was formed by brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel.

Originally from a 1,400 acre farm in Alberta the brothers grew up with music.

High Valley describes their music as “popgrass.” Their latest release, County Line, was recorded and produced by Billboard Producer of the Year Seth Mosley.  

While making County Line the duo recorded around 50 demo tracks. The duo then gave their fans a chance to vote for the 10 songs to make it on the album.

Throughout their career, High Valley has racked up 10 GMA Canada Covenant Awards, multiple Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards and JUNO Award nominations. They have also opened up for Little Big Town, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain and more.

For more information on High Valley you can visit their website at or their Facebook at High Valley. 

Tickets are available at Stockman Bank, Murdoch’s and the Miles City Chamber for $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event.

Grandstand gates open at 6 p.m. Thursday. Immediately following the concert will be the street dance on downtown Main Street.