Cowboy in the Sky
COWBOY IN THE SKY Well, first of all Dan Taw is a stage name for the lead singer of the of the group, while his daughter Heather, and his son in law Chris Knowlden provide solid harmony vocals. Chris and Heather have twin boys that just turned 2 years old named Christopher and Ryker. When Christopher called out for his Grandpa for the first time, he mispronounced his words and the nick name Dan Taw became automatic. The composer of the songs is Kelly Dixon with lyric contributions from Brian Henry, Jim Dixon, Chris and Heather Knowlden. Kelly's music career began at the age of 2 when he and his mom watched Pat Boone on T.V. Kelly's first musical instrument was the dust pan. Eventually he picked up the guitar along with many other instruments. He formed his first band at the age of 12 and performed for neighborhood parties and school dances. At the age of 16, Kellys' band won first place in the state battle of the bands competition. Music has always come naturally to Kelly. He can listen to a song and hear every note and then turn around and play it on the guitar and sing it. Kelly isn't always a country western artist. His talent and versitility has given him the ability to compose and perform various styles of music. Kelly has performed with many famous country artists and was in Chris LeDouxs' first band Saddle Boogie. 'Cowboy In The Sky' was written by Kelly in honor of his nephew Mathew Wheeler who was killed in a one car rollover while serving in the Marine Corps in Texas. Although Mathew did not die directly in the line of duty, he was serving his country as a C-130 airplane mechanic at the time of his death. Mathew was proud of his work with the Marine Corps and had traveled all over the world in the five short years he served his country. He left behind a small son, Cody, and a pregnant wife, Jodi. Mathew James Wheeler Jr. was born 4 months after his dad's death. 'Freedom's worth whatever it costs.' Is a quote by Kellys' father in law, Col. Ray H. Bryant USAF ret., who was one of the many heroes of the Vietnam war. Ray flew several dangerous missions in an F105 fighter plane and is very fortunate not to have been killed or captured like so many were. It is to Ray and all of our armed forces that this song is dedicated.