Meet The Barretts
Cowboy Barrett, is a name that has become
synonymous with Bluegrass Music in the
East Texas area and beyond. Operating the
Sandyland Bluegrass Festival (now called
Reunion) for over 20 years now, one would
say that Bluegrass is in his blood. Various
Barrett family members dabbled with the
fiddle and guitar, but Cowboy took that love
of the music from a hobby to a way of life.
At the Barrett home, one might say
"BLUEGRASS IS SPOKEN HERE". It is
on the radio, in the CD player, on the
computer, on the walls in the form of
numerous autographed photos, in the
magazine racks, on the book shelves, and in
the hearts and minds of both Cowboy and
his wife Sara. One might say that Cowboy
has the gift for gab. He is a natural on stage
and especially likes to keep a joke going on
some unsuspecting "victim". And with a
little coaxing, he can be talked into singing
a pretty awesome tune with a true bluegrass
sound. Usually in a pair of overalls,
Cowboy is a hard worker with a laid back
attitude. Rumored to never sleep, he is
always ready for an all night jam. A quote
he often uses is: "IF YOU CAN'T RUN
WITH THE BIG DOG, GET UNDER THE
PORCH!"
Cowboy and Sara with
Rhonda Vincent after purchasing her
dress at the IBMA Museum Auction
Sara Barrett married into the Bluegrass way of life,
with a marriage to Cowboy in 1987 .....in a
bluegrass wedding, of course! Sara is the
organizational backbone of the operation. In fact,
Cowboy says her organizing borders on insanity.
Sara loves the "people" side of the shows. Meeting
and greeting,handling the advertising, adding the
personal touches, making sure everyone's needs
are met, and keeping Cowboy in line.
Scrapbooking and photography are a passion, and
Sara keeps numerous albums available for reunion
attendees to enjoy. A former college basketball
player, Sara tends to stand above the crowd in
stature and determination.  You might say......SHE
CAN RUN WITH THE BIG DOG!!!
In their spare time, Cowboy is self-employed and tinkers
in his own shop. Sara is a Life Skills Special Education
teacher. They also enjoy building projects, auctions, flea
markets, animals,riding their Goldwing Trike and
spending time with family and friends............
Sara and Cowboy with bluegrass greats
Doyle Lawson and Jamie Dailey