The Old West Trio is based in the foothills of Northern California’s gold country. Members Steve Ide (R), Leslie Ide (C), and Steve Johnson (L) perform traditional Western standards, cowboy ballads of every era, and yodeling tunes. They are members of the Western Music Association and co-founders of Scofield's Cowboy Campfire. The Old West Trio has performed from California to Montana, including the CM Russell Museum in Great Falls and the historic Silver Dollar Saloon in Jackson Hole. They've been featured radio guests on the Horsemen's Radio Weekly, Chronicle of the Old West, KVMR Backroads, and the Cowboy Music Roundup.
For almost two decades now, in over two thousand performances from Leningrad University in Russia to C-Span, McAvoy Layne has survived, and in fact been preeminent, in preserving the wit and wisdom of "The Wild Humorist of the Pacific Slope," Mark Twain. Says McAvoy, "It's like being a Monday through Friday preacher, whose sermon, though not reverently pious, is fervently American." McAvoy is the author of the biography, Hooked On Twain, and winner of the Nevada award for excellence in school and library service. He portrays Samuel Clemens in A&E's biography of Mark Twain and in the Discovery Channel's Cronkite Award winning documentary, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The Red Mule Ranch is the right place to soak in the spirit of Mark Twain, and McAvoy brings that spirit to life.