The printed program from Les' appearance at the Kennedy Center
Washington D.C., August 31, 1999.
Tuesday Evening, August 31, 1999
Oklahoma State Day
Les Gilliam is the official "Oklahoma Balladeer," so designated by the Oklahoma State Legislature. He is a native of Gene Autry, Oklahoma, and is a singer, songwriter, and recording artist.
Mr. Gilliam has been featured on radio and television and has been voted one of the top five male performers in the field of western music. In 1998, he was named a finalist for "Male Performer of the Year" by the Western Music Association. Also in 1998, he was selected the "Outstanding Male Performer" at the Prairieville Farm Days in Kalamazoo, Michigan. For several years, Mr. Gilliam has been a member of the Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Program and just recently was added to the roster of the Heartland Arts Alliance, which provides entertainment to a 15-state area.
In recent weeks, Mr. Gilliam has opened for country star Rick Treveno, performed at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, and appeared as a featured performer at the International Country Music Festival in Vienna, Austria. He has also been a frequent entertainer at the Oklahoma State Capitol and the Cowboy Hall of Fame, and was a featured performer for Governor Frank Keating at the Governor's Mansion and the Inaugural Ball.