Nashville Band Headlines Opening Weekend

Aug. 31, 2010


A conglomeration of Nashville music artists, known as the band "Hackamore," will make their Laramie debut September 3rd & 4th at the University of Wyoming. Hackamore will entertain Wyoming Football fans in Pepsi's Tailgate Park prior to the Cowboys home opener against Southern Utah. The band played twice in front of Wyoming fans during the New Mexico Bowl festivities in Albuquerque last December.

Band leader is Eric Richey, a former UW Track and Field standout. Richey, who was the men's track & field team captain during the 1990 & 1991 seasons, has lived in Nashville since the mid-1990's. During his time in Nashville, Richey has entertained with such names as Bachmann-Turner-Overdrive, Merle Haggard, Marty Stuart and Steve Warner among others.

"I look forward to the opportunity to bring Hackamore to Laramie and play in front of the Cowboy Faithful," said Richey a native of Shepherd, Montana. "Not only are we playing prior to the football game on Saturday but we will have the opportunity to entertain the students on Friday night for the President's Fall Kickoff and Pep Rally and even play at one of the local establishments that weekend as well."

Joining Richey will be Megan Mullins (vocal, fiddle, guitar & mandolin), John Bohlinger (lead guitar, vocals), Scott Trayer (bass guitar, vocals), Ray Whitlock (keyboards, vocals) and Billy Jones (drums).

In 2006, at age eighteen, Mullins made her debut on the country music scene with the single "Ain't What It Used to Be," a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. She began to learn several instruments at an early age, and by age three, she had won the Indiana State Fair Showmanship award at the State Fiddle Championship. Many of her family members are also professional musicians, most notably her brother Marcus, with whom she performed on the Grand Ole Opry at age fourteen. (

Bohlinger, also a Montana native, is best known for his work in television. He leads the band in the hit program Nashville Star as well as the 2009 CMT Music Awards and the GAC Network's "Next GAC Star." Bohlinger has accompanied over fifty major label artists throughout his tenure in Nashville including Sara Evans, Leann Rimes, Miranda Lambert, Trace Adkins and Hank Williams Jr. just to name a few. (

Pepsi's Tailgate Park, located just south of War Memorial Stadium, is where thousands of Cowboy Fans meet prior to all of Wyoming's home football games. Other features of the Park include the Cowboy Joe Club Hospitality, Brown `n Gold Outlet, the "24 More" Kids Zone, Corporate Village along with food and beverage vendors including Pit Crew Barbecue, Shadow's Pub, McAlister's Deli, Papa John's Pizza, Coach's Scoop Ice Cream, Cowboy Coffee and Mulligan's Pub. Tailgate Park, which opens 2 ½ hours prior to kickoff, is free and open to the public.