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Wyoming’s Chancey Williams Hangs With Rock Star Vince Neil

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming singer-songwriter and former rodeo cowboy Chancey Williams got the chance to meet one of the biggest rock stars of the last 40 years this week before performing his last concert in Las Vegas.

Williams posted a photo of himself with Motley Crue singer Vince Neil on Wednesday, both wearing impressive cowboy hats, and referenced one of Motley Crue’s biggest songs, “Kickstart My Heart.”

“To help kickstart our hearts for our last show in Vegas we’re hanging with the legendary Vince Neil at the Legacy of the West Gala,” Williams posted on social media.

Williams was honored with the “Legacy of the West” award during the fourth annual gala of the same name in Las Vegas on Wednesday. According to the Legacy of the West organization, the award goes to a person who upholds the legacy of the rodeo industry through ethics and leadership.

Prices to attend the fundraiser ranged from $50 to $5,000.

The show’s hosts, when announcing the awards and highlighting some of the winners, pointed to Williams’ song “The World Needs More Cowboys” as a particularly powerful anthem.

Legacy of the West is an organization that works to fight human trafficking.

Neil’s bandmate, bassist Nikki Sixx, is actually a Wyoming resident, and has regularly praised the state in interviews and on social media since he moved here. Earlier this year, Sixx posted a video of a moose that frequents his backyard.

“It’s his yard, we just get to use it…sometimes,” Sixx wrote in text on the video of the moose, which was soundtracked by the late Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers.”

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Chancey Williams To Be Honored With Legacy Of The West Award

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Wyoming musician Chancey Williams will be honored next month in Las Vegas for upholding the legacy of the rodeo industry.

Williams will be given the Legacy of the West award during the fourth annual gala of the same name in Las Vegas on Dec. 8. According to the Legacy of the West organization, the award goes to a person who upholds the legacy of the rodeo industry through ethics and leadership.

“Proud to be selected as a Legacy of the West Award recipient,” Williams wrote on social media on Sunday. “I’m looking forward to the ceremony and excited to raise some serious money for an important cause. Thanks for all you do to combat human trafficking.”

To attend the fundraiser, prices range from $50 to $5,000.

Prior to playing music full-time, Williams was a rodeo cowboy. The hosts of the Cowboy Channel, when announcing the awards and highlighting some of the winners, pointed to Williams’ song “The World Needs More Cowboys” as a particularly powerful anthem.

Legacy of the West is an organization that works to fight human trafficking.

Williams is not the only Wyomingite being honored at the gala, which is being held during the National Finals Rodeo in December.

J.R. Vezain, a former rodeo cowboy from Cowley in Big Horn County who was injured in a 2018 riding accident that paralyzed him from the waist down, is being recognized with the All Grit Award, due to his efforts to walk again following his injury. The award celebrates athletes who have gone through trials and tribulations while still pursuing their dreams, according to the Cowboy Channel.

“His resiliency, grit and unwavering faith has touched more than the Golden Buckle he was surely a contender for,” one of the Cowboy Channel hosts said.

The Cowboy Channel and women’s rodeo star Jackie Crawford will also be honored at the ceremony.

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Wyoming’s Chancey Williams Performed at Famed Nashville Venue

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

One of Wyoming’s own took the stage at a historic country music venue.

Chancey Williams on Friday performed at a sold out concert at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium, home to the “Grand Ole Opry.”

As a rancher’s kid from Moorcroft, Williams could only dream of one day playing the same auditorium graced by country music legends including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline.

Thanks to friend and fellow country singer Cody Johnson, Williams got to live out his wildest dream. Williams and his band opened for Johnson at a sold out concert on Friday night.

“Tonight my best friends (my band) and I get to play the Mother Church of Country Music, The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee,” Williams wrote on social media Friday morning. “This is one of those milestones in country music every artist dreams of. And even this morning on the day of show, it still feels like a dream.”

The singer and former saddle bronc rider noted he has had a band since high school and played “just about” every juke joint, tavern, arena, fair and festival across the West.

He said the Ryman performance felt extra special because of how hard his team has worked for it.

“We have had an incredible support group behind us all these years, especially our families, as well as countless other people (you know who you are) and the best damn fan base any artist could ask for!!” Williams said.

Let’s just hope he doesn’t get mistaken for Prince Harry, as he regularly does.

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Wyoming’s Chancey Williams Says He is Frequently Mistaken For Prince Harry

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EPISODE 2 OUT NOW

NEW EPISODE OUT NOW @ flintrasmussen.comAccording To Flint episode 2 is available now. Flint sits down with Chancey Williams to talk about rodeo, music, and share great stories. Check it out and tell your friends. 🎧LISTEN:Apple: https://apple.co/30LHNgmSpotify: https://spoti.fi/33RTnZb TuneIn: https://bit.ly/3fLAVUxGoogle: https://bit.ly/2DPykvn

Posted by Flint Rasmussen on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

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As fans of country music star — and Wyoming native — Chancey Williams, we were aware of the musician’s birthday yesterday.

To see if he provided a glimpse on how he celebrated, we did some searching and although we were not successful in that pursuit, we did find something interesting.

Williams was a guest on a new podcast hosted by Professional Bull Riders entertainer Flint Rasmussen.

In the short but entertaining preview clip, Williams discusses how he is frequently mistaken for royalty — namely Prince Harry.

“We played over in France one year and I got stopped a lot,” Williams told Rasmussen.

“What do you do when you’re in a European country and people think you’re Prince Harry? Do you just go with it?” Rasmussen asked.

“I don’t speak any foreign languages so I just nod and smile,” Williams said.

Rasmussen reminded him that English is spoken in England to which Williams clarified he was talking about France.

“When I was in France and I would hear the words ‘Prince Harry’ and I would just nod and say ‘Oui’ and sometimes ‘Oui’ and ‘Si’, Williams said laughing.

Rasmussen brought up a popular meme from 2018 when Harry got married and someone photoshopped William’s head onto the Prince.

“I didn’t think anyone photoshopped them, I just thought they put a cowboy hat on Prince Harry,” Rasmussen said.

The full podcast can be heard here.

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