The First Western Band: Billy McGinty, Otto Gray, and the Oklahoma Cowboys PDF Print E-mail

Commercial country and western band music began in Ripley, Oklahoma, just six miles southeast of The Washington Irving Trail Museum. Billy McGinty was the first sponsor of the band, but it was Otto Gray who took the cowboy musicians on the road for more than a decade, making records, films and attracting large audiences across the country.

The museum is located on the farm homesteaded by Otto Gray’s family and contains photographs, recordings, and other memorabilia related to Otto Gray and his Oklahoma Cowboys. The museum also includes artifacts related to his wife, “Mommie,” who was one of the first female country singers on stage and over the radio.