Back In The Saddle

Back In The Saddle


Combining several different genres of music with a country style all their own, Back In the Saddle's performances leave their audiences wanting more. Their harmony and musicianship will have you awestruck.


In the early 90’s, brothers Carl and Jim Mager decided to form a country/southern rock band. Joined by Jim’s son Jeremiah and friend Joe Smith, they started playing on a regular basis. Working their day jobs and playing any place they could locally in the evenings, the boys in the band used what limited spare time they had to compose and write original music and practice their unique style of harmony. In 1998 they released their debut CD “Back In The Saddle”. The CD received a favorable response from fans, press, tv and radio. The band excelled and gigs kept on coming.

After winning the local Jimmy Dean Country Showdown sponsored by Litchfield, Il country station WSMI, they traveled to Springfield, IL for the state competition and finished 3rd. Since then they have appeared on “Show Me St. Louis” and were voted “Band of the Year” for 3 consecutive years by the River Bend Growth Association and opened for many nationally known artist.

Still playing all of the classic country songs, the group began taking the genre in new directions and reaching out to a diverse fan base, many of whom had never before listened to country music. They wanted to attract a youth market for their music. Their style had been previously characterized by older audiences. With their vibrant stage energy, and performances of additional genres of music, they began to draw in younger audiences while keeping their older, more mature fans. Their performances began attracting fans of all ages and continues to do so today.

In January 2006, the guys decided it was time to give up the “bar band” performances and move on to a different type of venue. They began to pursue larger venues and events. There was also another change taking place. After 13 years with the band, Joe Smith decided to pursue other things outside of music and left the band. He was replaced by Michael Edwards who brings with him many years of musical experience.

Since coming together, Back In The Saddle has opened for many Nationally known acts and have performed at corporate parties, radio listener parties, weddings, anniversaries, colleges, fairs and festivals.


Back In The Saddle - Relased 1998

Songs were featured on Local, National and International country stations. They also appeared on local TV Stations including "Show Me St. Louis".

Set List

4 hour shows - Sets are typically 50 minutes with a 10 minute break. Back in the Saddle has over 100 songs in their catalog. Set list vary.

1st Set

Home Town Saturday Night
Running Away with My Heart
Tequila Talkin

Brown Eyed Girl
Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde
I Know a Little

Sweet Home Chicago
Rough Boy
Honky Tonk Woman

Dixieland Delight
Boot Scoot Boogie
Dumas Walker
Love Somebody Like You

50’s Melody
Grace of God

2nd Set

Workin Man Blues
Tear Becomes a Rose
Guitars Cadillacs

I’ve Always Been Crazy
Good Hearted Woman
Hank Done it this way/Mama’s Don’t let your Babies grow up

That Aint my Truck
Neon Moon
Hillbilly Shoes

Call Me the Breeze
Play that Funky Music
Best of my Love

Running out of Reasons
No Matter What

3rd Set

I saw the light/circle be unbroken
Dueling Banjos
Mule Skinner Blues
(OBrother Where art though?)

If You Want to Get to Heaven/Chicken Train(Harp intro)
Mustang Sall