Over the years, Jerry and his band have opened for numerous national acts including: Joe Nichols, Lee Brice, Randy Houser, John Conley, Cross Canadian Ragweed, the Oak Ridge Boys, Lorrie Morgan, Danielle Peck, Merle Haggard, and Joe Diffie.
Jerry and his band have been recognized with many awards and titles over the years, including being crowned the 2007 State Country Band Champions by the HODAG Country Music Festival. In addition to playing at many festivals, he has also entertained at dozens of bars, beer tents, county fairs, casinos, and rodeos across the Midwest and the United States.
Jerry and his band have had the opportunity to play in Nashville numerous times at such legendary locales as Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, 12th & Porter, Swinging Doors Bar & Grill, Honky-Tonk Central, and the historic Ryman Auditorium.
The 100 Miles Band consists of an all-star cast of 6 talented musicians that bring an electrifying presence to the stage with many years of experience. The band showcases steel guitar, fiddle, keyboard / organ, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, and drums.
I went to school in Spokane, Missouri and graduated the year of 2000. Spokane, MO is a little farm town about 20 to 30 minutes north of Branson Missouri. This was the place where I learned many lessons, good and bad. I love my hometown. I come from the rodeo background. From my father, Larry Jenkins, and my brother, LJ Jenkins, we all share the cowboy tradition. At the age of 11 I was introduced to the rough stock event called steer riding as well as Jr. Bull riding and fell in love with both. I competed in bull riding, bareback, and saddle bronc for a couple years. At the age of 13, I took the interest in bullfighting because you will always receive a paycheck every time you show up. I started fighting in Billings, MO on Wednesdays. After taking some hard hits and getting ran over too many times, I realized I needed help from someone who knew what he was doing.
In 1998, I went to a bullfighting school that Rex Dunn hosted and gained a great friendship and learned so much about fighting bulls. I fought bulls professionally until in 2002, I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic. Once I got out of the hospital, I decided I needed to find something that wasn’t as dangerous as fighting bulls was. That’s when I decided to become a Rodeo Clown/Entertainer. Ever since then, I have been traveling from state-to-state entertaining thousands of fans. This is what I live for. My family means everything to me. Without their encouragement and support, I would not be where I am at today. Thank you to my beautiful wife and our amazing relationship that continues to grow. You push me to be my best, and I cannot thank you enough for everything you do for me. I give thanks to the Lord for blessing me with the life that he has given me. Without him, I would not be able to do what I love. He continues to bless me and I cannot thank him enough for everything that he has done for me.
From the moment Kelly rides into the arena on horseback to the minute he bids you farewell at the end of the performance, you’re going to be informed about the Barnes PRCA Rodeo bucking horses and bulls along with the PRCA cowboys and cowgirls competing.
Whether or not this is your first rodeo, Kelly will help explain what’s going on in the arena as well as the ups and downs of each and every contestant. Kelly’s job is to keep you informed and entertained throughout the performance with his ability to interact with you, the contestants, and the rodeo clown.