‘Navajo people love country’

‘Navajo people love country’

Clay Walker wows ’em at Fire Rock casino

CHURCH ROCK, N.M.

When Jeremy Shoemaker saw that fellow southeast Texas native country singer Clay Walker was going to hold a concert at Fire Rock Navajo Casino last Friday, he was surprised. “I’m about 20 miles from Clay Walker’s house,” said Shoemaker. “When I saw he was coming up I thought it couldn’t be more than a coincidence that a southeast Texas boy would be out here playing a concert.”

Shoemaker is a member of the U.S. military men and women stationed in Gallup temporarily to work with the Southwest Indian Foundation building homes for Navajo veterans. He came along with his fellow SWIFA worker and Navy man, Ryan Barnes. “Gallup is interesting. I’ve never been to a place like this,” said Barnes, who is originally from El Paso, Texas, as the crowd waited for Clay Walker to take to the stage. “This is my first Clay Walker concert.”

Clay Walker was the second concert that Fire Rock Navajo Casino hosted in conjunction with the Navajo Nation Fair, and on a warm Friday evening the crowd packed the outside concert area.


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About The Author

Arlyssa Becenti

Arlyssa Becenti reports on Navajo Nation Council, Business, Fort Defiance Agency, New Mexico State politics and Art/fashion. Her clans are Nát'oh dine'é Táchii'nii, Bit'ahnii, Kin łichii'nii, Kiyaa'áanii. She’s originally from Fort Defiance and has a degree in English Literature from Arizona State University. Before working for the Navajo Times she was a reporter for the Gallup Independent. She can be reached at abecenti@navajotimes.com.