Allen & Jill Kirkham are the Academy of Western Artists (AWA) 2019 Western Group of the Year Award Winners and Legends of Dakota Country Music Hall Of Fame 2019 Inductees! Allen and Jill are husband and wife Traditional Western Music performing artists from Custer, South Dakota. They feature singer-song writer Allen Kirkham on vocals, yodels, guitar and mandolin, and Jill Kirkham on vocals, story teller, bass, and harmonica. They are South Dakota Humanities Scholars performing a musical presentation of "A History Of Traditional Western Music" at Western Heritage Centers, Museums, Historical Societies, National Parks, State Parks and visitors centers throughout South Dakota. Allen & Jill are 2016 Academy of Western Artists (AWA) Western Music Duo/Group of the Year Top 5 Nominees, 2016 and 2015 International Western Music Association (IWMA) Top 5 Nominees, and 2015 Cowboy Idol Winners!
Allen & Jill are the featured western artists at the Diamond Tours Dinner Show in Rapid City, SD. They have performed as professional western musicians in stage shows and chuckwagon dinner shows throughout the Black Hills, and throughout the American West since moving from Colorado in 2013. Allen and Jill acted as "Extras" in a Western Thriller Movie "The Black Wood" filmed in Custer South Dakota and the Black Hills in September 2019, to be released in 2020.
Their "Allen & Jill Cowboy Classics" CD was released to Western Music Radio DJs on May 1st 2019 and was awarded the "Traditional Western CD of the Year 2019" by the National Traditional Country Music Association, Rural Roots Music Commission. In addition, their "Sunrise On The Prairie" CD was released to International Western Music Association Radio DJs in January 2018, and was awarded the "Original Western CD of The Year 2018" by the National Traditional Country Music Association, Rural Roots Music Commission!
On the Western Way Magazine Top 30 Western-Cowboy CD Charts for January - March 2018 their "Sunrise On The Prairie" CD debuted at #4 and stayed in the Top 30 for 18 months! Allen's original title song "Sunrise On The Prairie" debuted at #1 played on radio by Western Music DJs worldwide!
Allen is retired US Air Force and US Army. He is the Worship Pastor at Crossroads Church Custer, SD. Jill is a professional artist , photographer, and retired High School teacher and golf coach.
Allen and Jill are both members of the South Dakota US Marshals Mounted Posse.