has been decades since I have been able to say with absolute certainty that a recording artist was a better than even bet to make the big time. It brings to mind Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard – aka “That Little Band from Texas,” ZZ Top. I knew in my heart that Garth Brooks was destined to be a super star (can’t say the same for George Strait). Now another one has entered my consciousness, a 17-year-old petite Missouri girl named Josey Milner. Josey Milner grew up on a small farm and began her career singing the national anthem at youth rodeos between barrel racing stints. She topped the patriotic singing phase of her career with a gig at the American Royal rodeo in Kansas City. That’s when the pert blond hung up her spurs, stabled her pole bending horse, and determined to pursue stardom. Her new single, “Cow-
By Steven Long
girls” is a giant leap in the direction of the concert stage and a long career in Nashville music.
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“It’s been very different from what you hear from your average teenager,” she told Horseback. Did we mention, she’s a member of her high school’s honor society? Things are happening rapidly for Milner. She’s had one single before Cowboys, and she’s currently recording her first album with some heavyweight country music producers with credentials who have helped make hit records with Hall and Oates, John Rich, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Reba, and Garth. With that kind of backup on her production team something is going to rub off. That is evident on Cowgirls. And it is happening suddenly. “I never could have imagined it being like this a couple of years ago,” she told Horseback. “Whenever I was doing rodeo, music was never even an idea. You know, I just kind of did a 360 and turned completely around. It’s www.horsebackmagazine.com