[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | Sons of the San Joaquin Release Final Album Ahead of 2017 Festival | 01-21-2017
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly clear
Mostly clear
Today in
S.C.V. History
March 30
1993 - Federal govt. declares coastal California gnatcatcher (bird) a threatened species [story]

| Saturday, Jan 21, 2017
Sons of the San Joaquin, from left: Jack Hannah, Lon Hannah, Joe Hannah.

Western music fans shouldn’t be terribly surprised if the 2017 Cowboy Festival marks the last time they can catch the three-part harmonies of Sons of the San Joaquin in Santa Clarita.

The Sons released their final album, “One More Ride,” late last year, and they just don’t get around much anymore.

“We’ve been down this road a long time,” singer-songwriter Jack Hannah told SCVNews Saturday.

The Sons will perform Friday, April 21, at the Canyon Theatre Guild along with Kristyn Harris, who is no stranger to the OutWest concert stage in Newhall and who, at 22, is the youngest person ever to be named Performer of the Year by the Western Music Association. (Order tickets here.)

Jack Hannah appears on SCVTV’s “Newsmaker of the Week” show, taped in William S. Hart’s living room in 2008.

At the other end of the age spectrum, Jack Hannah is 83, his brother Joe is 85, and Joe’s son Lon just turned 60, if you can believe that.

“Lonnie doesn’t age,” Jack said. But “we just feel like it’s very difficult for Joe to travel.”

Jack stopped short of saying they’ll never be back in Santa Clarita. “As long as we can get on the stage, we’ll keep singing,” he said. But he agreed it would not be wise to bet the farm on it.

“If we were millionaire Country singers, we’d have all sorts of people along to carry things for us,” he said.

Western music doesn’t work that way. If your wife left you and your dog died, you get on Country radio. If you sing about the land and the cattle and the hardships and the joy, you hop into your motorhome and hit the road.

For the Sons, it’s been quite a ride. Anchors of the city of Santa Clarita’s Cowboy Festival since 1994, their 30-year singing career has taken them from Visalia to Carnegie Hall to Switzerland and back again, with countless stops in between. They’ve got trophy cases full of awards to show for it, along with a bronze saddle plaque on Newhall’s Walk of Western Stars, some great memories and a passel of diehard fans.


>>> WATCH Jack Hannah on “SCV Newsmaker of the Week” (2008)


It was actually a second career for all three of the “Sons.” They had been high school teachers and counselors in the Fresno school system and worked cattle on nearby ranches in their off-hours. They’d always sung separately in church and at family gatherings; then in 1987 all three sang together for Lon’s grandfather’s birthday, and a trio was born. They took early retirement from teaching in 1992 and went full-time.

Two years later, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival came along. Jack had been then-Assistant Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Pulskamp’s high school baseball coach in Visalia.

The Sons continued to work cattle in their off-hours and wove a unique brand of California history into Jack’s songwriting.

“California is a cowboy state,” Jack said Saturday. “People don’t realize it, but it is. California in its heyday was nothing but cattle. Livestock was king.”

Even today, California is No. 4 in cattle behind Texas, Nebraska and Kansas, with 5.15 million head as of 2015. Oklahoma comes in fifth at 4.6 million.

Within a 50-mile radius of Jack’s home in Fresno are numerous cattle ranches with anywhere from hundreds to several thousand head, he noted.

“Did you know that in California, cowboy boots are second in sales to tennis shoes? Yeah.”

The trio will continue to put on the Sons of the San Joaquin & Friends Christmas Celebration at the Visalia Fox Theatre, and “we will sing at the Heart of the Horse (Therapy Ranch fundraiser) until we drop dead,” Jack said.

Located in Clovis, Heart of the Horse is a therapeutic riding ranch that serves people with disabilities, not unlike Carousel Ranch in the Santa Clarita Valley.

It’s important now for Jack to spend quality time with his grandchildren – playing ball, teaching them, being there.

“You’re only a grandpa once,” he said. “I want to do those things.”

Meanwhile nephew Lon has started a new 5-member group, San Joaquin Junction. If Lon sticks with the “Sons” tradition or goes off in his own direction, Jack says he is OK with that.

The final album, “One More Ride,” features “several of my originals that have never been published,” Jack said. It includes new material recorded in 2016 in Fresno with a few cuts the group had recorded in Nashville.

It’s available on CD at TheSons.com.


Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.


  1. Mama Bear says:

    We’ll certainly miss them at the SCV Cowboy Festival. They’ve always been my favorite performing group, and I’ve never missed their show when it was part of the Festival.

  2. Vita Zuccarello says:

    I’ve been following these guys since the early 90’s and I can honestly say, they are the best I’ve ever heard. Not only is their sound and music writing talent the best, they are also the nicest and most down to earth people I have ever met.

  3. LARRY CULP says:

    I am half way between Jack’s and Lon’s ages and have loved these guys like brothers, admired them as extremely talented artists, and held them and their families in high esteem as great Christian examples for us all. God bless Jack, Joe, and Lon for the impact you have made in my life. I love you guys!

  4. Bradley Beauchamp says:

    I’ve love these guys for many many years. Living in Kentucky, I’ve never had the honor of hearing them perform live, but I’ve listened, dreamed, and loved the lifestyle they so eloquently put to harmony. While it saddens me that I may never get to hear their wonderful harmony in person, I wish nothing g but the best to Jack, Joe, and Lon. Thank you for many years of dedicating yourselves to preserve g the cowboy way.

Leave a Comment

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017
It’s springtime, and 14 member artists of the Santa Clarita Artists Association will be featured at a fine art exhibition in Westfield Valencia Patios this coming Saturday April 1, from 12 to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Mar 28, 2017
The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2017 Student Academy Awards competition. All Student Academy Award winners become eligible for Oscars consideration. The entry deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 1.
Monday, Mar 27, 2017
The city of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall series will head into April with an exciting lineup of Samba dancing, free live performances, an off-road car show, a Best in the West block party and more.
Monday, Mar 27, 2017
The 2017 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, presented by Heritage Sierra Medical Group, will offer a wide variety of rocking musical genres to the wildest Western event of the season.
Friday, Mar 24, 2017
The New Heights panel for May will discuss how to build a home studio at a free panel discussion on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Centre.
Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
1993 - Federal govt. declares coastal California gnatcatcher (bird) a threatened species [story]
Cherise Moore was selected Wednesday night to fill a vacant seat on the William S. Hart Union High School District governing board. In a 3-1 vote, board members made the selection after hearing from five candidates who applied for the position.
Hart Board Picks Educator to Fill Vacancy
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, City Council endorsed a bill that would completely reorganize how resident's buy water. Plus, a look inside the Gibbon Conservation Center. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Novelist Antoine Wilson has been named the recipient of California State University, Northridge’s inaugural San Fernando Valley Award for Fiction.
CSUN’s Oviatt Library Awards Inaugural Fiction Award to Antoine Wilson
A Santa Clarita City Council discussion about SB 634, which would completely reorganize how residents buy water, led to more than three hours of discussion, and ultimately, an endorsement.
Council Backs Water Merger After Long Discussion
Commander Roosevelt Johnson of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station announced at Tuesday's City Council meeting that his last station “patrol” will be Saturday.
SCV Sheriff’s Station Captain Announces Final ‘Patrol’
Al-Umma Center of Santa Clarita Valley, the Islamic Center of Santa Clarita Valley, and the Santa Clarita Valley Interfaith Council invite the community of the Santa Clarita Valley, and all other interested citizens, to a Santa Clarita Community Forum: “Building Strength through Diversity.”
April 15: Community Forum to Discuss ‘Building Strength through Diversity’
Actor and CalArts alumna Condola Rashad (Theater BFA 08) joins Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper and Jayne Houdyshell onstage for a Broadway production of Lucas Hnath's A Doll's House, Part 2, with previews starting on March 30 at John Golden Theatre in New York.
CalArts Alum in Broadway Production of A Doll’s House, Part 2
Princess Cruises has announced the newest additions to the Encounters with Discovery at Sea speaker series program.
Princess Cruises Reveals 2017 Encounters with Discovery at Sea Program
Since his debut in 2014, Jason Karkenny has been known more for his right arm than anything else. Along the way he's thrown a perfect game and become the winningest pitcher in program history.
Corralling The Herd
The County of Los Angeles Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) will be hosting a Business Connections event on Thursday, March 30 at the Centre on Centre Pointe Parkway from 8 a.m. to noon.
March 30: Grow Business, Network with Contractors at Business Connections Event
The College of the Canyons football program has released its 2017 spring football practice schedule with sessions set to begin on Monday, April 10.
Canyons Football Announces 2017 Spring Practice Schedule
College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook has been named as the National Pacesetter of the Year by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR).
Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook Named National Pacesetter of the Year
Supervisor Kathryn Barger is hosting her first State of the County luncheon with Santa Clarita Valley business and community leaders on Thursday, May 11 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.
May 11: Barger Holds First State of the County Luncheon
Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) joined a bipartisan effort Tuesday to urge the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to investigate and address ongoing problems with the Veterans Crisis Line program.
Knight Calls on VA to Fix Veterans Crisis Hotline
The Castaic Lake Water Agency Planning and Engineering Committee is having a meeting on April 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Training Room at the Rio Vista Water Treatment Plant.
April 4: CLWA Planning, Engineering Committee Meeting
California Film Commission Newsletter for Spring 2017.
CA Film Commission News: Santa Clarita Featured, Tax Credit, More
The County of Los Angeles is home to millions of pet loving families who are against animal abuse and suffering. In support of our furry constituents, Supervisors Hilda L. Solis, Sheila Kuehl, Janice Hahn, and Kathryn Barger passed a motion to advocate for the fair treatment of animals and oppose China’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival.
Supes Say ‘No’ on Animal Cruelty and Abuse
It’s springtime, and 14 member artists of the Santa Clarita Artists Association will be featured at a fine art exhibition in Westfield Valencia Patios this coming Saturday April 1, from 12 to 5:30 p.m.
April 1: SCAA Exhibition at Westfield Valencia Patios
1928 - Little dam victim, thought unidentified & buried in SCV, actually ID'd & buried in Chatsworth [story]
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, five out of seven candidates are left in seeking a seat on the Hart District governing board. Plus, wondering what TV shows and movies are filming in SCV this week? Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Southern California may lose two-thirds of its beaches to rising sea levels by the end of this century, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Geological Survey.
SoCal Could Lose Two-thirds of Beaches to Rising Sea Levels
After having Tuesday's series opener postponed due to inclement weather, No. 16 College of the Canyons defeated host Victor Valley College 7-0 on Thursday, behind eight scoreless innings from freshman lefty Jacob Lopez.
No. 16 Canyons Gets 7-0 Road Win vs. Victor Valley
Sophomores Jasmine Hall and Samiyah Hawkins each won a pair of events on the women's side and freshman Delon Buncio leaped his way to a first place finish for the men's squad, as the College of the Canyons track & field teams finished second and fourth, respectively, at the Bakersfield College Relays on Saturday.
Canyons Track & Field Continues Strong Run at Bakersfield Relays
No. 16 College of the Canyons finished its season sweep of conference opponent Victor Valley College, winning 4-0 and 17-5 to take both games of Friday's home doubleheader at Cougar Field.
No. 16 Canyons Sweeps Doubleheader, Season Series vs. Victor Valley
Deeply respected filmmaker and School of Film/Video Nina Menkes often refers to the sorcery of her work that evokes meaning and truth outside of traditional narrative cinema.
CalArts Filmmaker Talks ‘The Shock of the Real’ at ‘dffb’ Symposium
With the announcement that the United States will begin to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued the following statement reaffirming their ongoing commitment to exceed the targets of the Clean Power Plan and curb carbon pollution.
California, New York Governors Continue Commitment to Clean Power Plan
The Knoxville, Tennessee-based Big Ears Festival curates a world-class lineup of musicians and filmmakers. This year, the festival runs from March 23-26 with several CalArtians screening their works, including School of Theater faculty Janie Geiser and alumni Manuela De Laborde (Film/Video MFA 16), Christina Nguyen (Film/Video MFA 16) and Mike Stotlz (Film/Video MFA 14).
CalArtians Screen Works at Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, Tenn.
On Saturday, members of The Master’s University women’s track & field program posted outstanding marks at the at the 2017 Westmont Classic w/ Jim Klein Multis on the campus of Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
Lady Mustangs Track & Field Storm Westmont Classic
Last week, members of The Master’s University men’s track & field program had made history at the 2017 Westmont Classic w/ Jim Klein Multis on the campus of Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
Mustangs Track & Field Make History at Westmont Classic
The Newhall Post Office opened its doors for the first time Monday after six months of delay.
Newhall Post Office Now Open After Delays
Tragedy struck a family of six from Santa Clarita in January when 18-year-old Kaeli Edmonds lost control of the car she was driving on Vasquez Canyon Road and Sierra Highway, causing it to strike a mountain and flip three times.
Car Crash Leaves Teen Paralyzed
Ryan Bricker bunted in the go-ahead run in the opener and walked with the bases loaded to provide the winner in the nightcap while Scott Savage pitched his way to a save and a win as The Master's University swept Arizona Christian 8-7 and 11-9 Saturday afternoon.
TMU Baseball Triumphant Over Arizona Christian
Five out of seven candidates are left in seeking the Hart District governing board seat vacated by Robert Hall. The remaining four members scheduled a public meeting Wednesday, March 29, 2017, to interview all applicants, publicly debate about those applicants, and they’re expected to make their decision Wednesday night, from the five residents from District No. 3 boundaries for the William S. Hart Union High School District.
March 29: Hart District to Choose New Board Member
The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2017 Student Academy Awards competition. All Student Academy Award winners become eligible for Oscars consideration. The entry deadline for submissions is Thursday, June 1.
June 1: Deadline for 2017 Student Academy Awards Competition
The Santa Clarita City Council will have a special meeting on March 28 at 5:30 p.m.in City Council Chambers.
March 28: Agenda for Special Meeting of City Council