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Below is an index of all of the invited performers to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, since its inception in 1985.  Our thanks to Yvonne Hollenbeck for compiling the information from 1985-2004, and more recently to Krys Munzig of the Western Folklife Center for sending lists.

With special thanks to Archivist Steve Green of Western Folklife Center, elsewhere we have program information: program covers, information and lists of invited performers for each year's Gathering.

The First Time....
recollections from the stage and the audience...send us your story about your first visit to Elko... 
 

Poetry
poems celebrating the Gathering
(separate page)

 

Visit the Western Folklife Center web site for information about the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, other Western Folklife Center programs and events, membership information, and more.

 

www.WesternFolklife.org

 

 


National Cowboy Poetry Gathering 
Invited Participants 
1985-2012
 


This bulk of this list was compiled by Yvonne Hollenbeck (through 2004) from official National Cowboy Poetry Gathering programs.  Some invited participants may not have attended as scheduled, and others not listed in programs may have appeared.

Thanks for Krys Munzing of the Western Folklife Center for some recent years' lists.

We welcome corrections and additions. Email us.  

Corrections received are noted below.

 

Mary Abbott, AZ -  90, 06
Neil Abbott, AZ -  88,  89
Mark Acker -  90
Adrian NV, CA - 08, 09, 10, 11, 13
Ivan and Martha Aguirre, Sonora - 08
Randall Ahrens, MT -  90
Holger Albrethson, CO -  87
Gary Allegretto - 14
J. B. Allen, TX -  91,  92, 93, 94,  96,  97,  98,  99,  00,  01,  02,  03, 04, 05
Don Adalberto Cruz Alvarez (Don Beto Cruz),  Sonora - 08
Robert Armstrong (also see Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong) - 13
Vic Anderson, MT -  92
Darrell Arnold, CO -  86,  87,  90,  94
Luzmila and Santos Arrambide, UT -  93
Carlos Ashley -  88
Gloria Atwater, NV -  90,  96
Amy Hale Auker, AZ - 11, 12, 14
Oscar Auker, TX -  03,  04,  05,  07, 08, 091
Leon Autrey, NM -  93
Helen Avery, Australia -  98
Keith Avery, NM -  86

Owen Badgett, CA -  91
Greg Badure, WY -  89
Layle Bagley, ID -  98
Maria Baieza -  92
Morgan Baillargeon, Canada -  96
Finley H. Bales, UT -  86
Jesse Ballantyne, WY -  99,  01,  03,  05
Banda Orquesta Hemanos Rivera, Sonora - 08
Gerardo Barca, ID - 08
Bar J Wranglers, WY -  87
Eli Barsi, Canada -  01
Fred W. Barton, WY -  85,  86,  87
Owen Barton, ID - 85,  86,  87,  88
Bud Bartram, CO -  85
Sally Bates, AZ -  90,  91,  03
Joey Beaton, Canada -  99
Mike Beck, MT/CA -  92,  95,  96,  97,  98,  00,  02, 10, 14
Mike Beck and the Bohemian Saints, 12
J. W. Beeson, OK -  91,  92
Tex Bix Bender, TN -  98
Virginia Bennett, CA -  90,  91,  92,  93,  94,  96,  98,  99,  01,  02, 03,  04, 06,  07
Martin Bergin, MO -  87,  88,  89
Lavern "Straw" Berry, OK -  01,  05
John Best, Australia -  04
Bob Bird, NM -  92,  94,  98
Justin Bishop (Horse Sense) -  851, 87,  94 
Baxter Black, AZ -  85,  86,  87,  88,  89,  94,  95,  97,  98,  00,  01, 02,  03,  04, 06,  07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Bill Black, OR -  85,  86,  87,  88,  04
Thom Black Bird, ID -  95
Bob Blackwell, MT -  88
Rob Blair, CA  -  86,  87
Marty Blocker, NE - 10
Afton Bloxham, MT -  90
Jim Bollars, CO -  86
Renato Borghetti Band, Brazil - 06
Dave Bourne, CA -  03,  04,  05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Jon Bowerman, OR -  86,  87,  88
Don Bowman, NV -  86,  87
Dan Bradshaw, UT -  91,  97
Ken Bradshaw, UT -  97
Adrian Brannan, see Adrian
Muzzie Braun, ID - 11
Muzzie Braun and the Boys  -  89,  94
F. Allen Brewer, UT -  86,  87
Everett Brisendine, AZ-  85,  86,  87,  88 
Jon Broderick, OR - 06
Darin Brookman, OK -  95
Jerry Brooks, UT - 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14
Jim Brooks, CA -  05
Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys - 14
Ed Brown, CA -  87,  88,  89,  91,  93,  95,  97,  98,  99,  00
Lance Brown (tribute to Will Rogers) -  93
Nate Brown, WY -  96
Riata Schutte Brown, NV -  05, 08
Ron Brown, CO -  87
Sam Brown, TX -  87,  88
J. V. Brummels, NE -  04
Curt Brummett, NM -  94,  96
Homer Bryant, AZ -  88
Bunkhouse Orchestra (Hal Cannon, Ron Kane & Rand Hillman) -  88,  89,  96, 98,  99,  00
Tina Burke (Willis), WY -  88,  89, 91
Lona Burkhart, OR -  87,  88,  89
Cheryn Burns, CO -  92
Dale Burson, TX -  00,  01
The Burson Family, TX -  01,  03,  05, 09
Gail T. Burton, AZ - 06 
T. L. Bush, IA -  89
Laurie Wagner Buyer, CO -  95,  96,  98,  02,  03,  04, 06

Kip Calahan, NM - 06
Caleb Klauder Country Band - 14
Pete Cameron, WY -  89,  90
Bob Campbell, TX - 06
John Campbell, N Ireland -  98
Dr. Cordelia Chavez Candelaria, AZ -  93
Hal Cannon, UT - (see Bunkhouse Orchestra)
Deb Carpenter, NE -  01
Frank Carpenter, CA -  90,  91,  92
Howard Carroll, ID -  86
Douglas Carson, NV -  96
Jo Casteel, SD-  85,  87,  88,  90,  91
Tommi Jo Casteel, SD -  91
Eva Castellanoz, OR -  93
Art Cavanaugh, NV -  95
David Chadwick, ID -  87
Craig Chambers & the Good Cowboy Band, TX  -  95
Jon Chandler, CO -  04, 09
Ranald Chandler, -  90
Ron Chappell, CO -  91
Walter "Bimbo" Cheney, NV -  87,  91,  93,  94,  97,  98,  00,  01,  04,  07, 09, 10, 14
Bob Christensen, UT -  87,  88,  89,  90,  94, 09
Rusty Christensen, Australia -  05
Cindy Church -  97
Shelley Clark -  90
E. T. Collingsworth, III -  97,  01,  03, 09
Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans , Canada -  05, 09, 10, 11, 14
Ken Cook, SD -  07, 12
Ellie Corrigan, ID -  92,  94
Ethie Corrigan, ID -  94
Cow Bop, CA - 08
Cowboy Celtic, Canada -  97,  98,  99,  03, 09, 10, 13
Cowboy Puppets (Gretchen Reynolds, Lara McIntosh) -  94
Cowdaddies (The), -  95
Allen Cox, TX -  89
Nellie Cox, UT -  87
Vincent Craig (Navajo) -   95,  96,  02
Raphael Cristy, NM -  98, 06
Buck Crofts, Kanab UT-  85
Vince Crofts & Mindi Reid, WY - 08
Rick Crowder (See Sourdough Slim)
Robert and Sherry Crutcher, NV -  96
Lynn and Sherwood Cuch, UT -  96
Clarence Cundy, UT -  86
Chuck Cusimano, CO -  00

Doris Daley, Canada -  99,  00, 03, 06,  07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14
Jay Dalton, NV -  97,  98,  99, 08, 09
Dancers Company (The), BYU - UT -  97
Charlie Daniels, TN -  90
Junior Daugherty, NM -  99,  01,  03
David Wilkie & Denise Withnell (see also Cowboy Celtic) - 14
Billy Davis, FL - 10
Kevin Davis, OK -  03
Stephanie Davis, MT -  (see also Trail's End Radio Show with Stephanie Davis) 94,  96,  97,  99,  01,  02,  05,  07, 08, 10, 12
Louise K. Dean, Australia -  00
Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie, LA - 10, 11
Joanne Delafose, LA- 10
Lyn DeNaeyer (see Messersmith)
Robert Dennis, SD -  89,  90,  97
Dave Densmore, OR - 06
Desert String Band (see the Bunkhouse Orchestra),  94
Robert Dougless, TX - 06
Duane Dickinson, MT -  98,  99,  00,  05, 091
John Dofflemyer, CA -  89,  90,  94,  96,  97,  98,  99,  00,  02,  03,  04, 05,  07, 08, 09, 10**, 11, 12, 13, 14**
John Doran, WA - 99,  01, 11
Ray Doyle, CA - 10
Bill Doremus, ID -  90
Connie Dover (with Skip Gorman) -  07, 09, 12
Carolyn Dufurrena, NV -  02,  03, 04, 06, 09, 13, 14
Carmel Dunn, Australia -  02,  03
Dueto Durango, CO -  93
Jay Dusard, AZ -  99

Gordon Eastman, MT-  85
Cain Eaton, MT -  91,  98,  99,  00
Tom Eaton,  MT -  87,  91,  94
Elizabeth Ebert, SD -  91,  92,  93,  94,  95,  96,  97,  98,  00,  01,  05, 09, 10**, 13
Don Edwards, TX -  87,  88,  90,  91,  92,  94,  95,  96,  97,  98,  99, 00,  01,  02,  03, 04, 05, 06,  07, 08, 09, 10, 13, 14
Ramblin  Jack Elliott, CA -  91,  97,  98,  00,  03,  07, 10, 11, 12, 13
Richard Elloyan, NV -  01,  03, 10, 14
Donna Ericson, ID -  87
Dave Ericsson, AZ-  85
John Erickson, TX -  97,  98
Paul Ethabah, Paul, Apache Nation -  96
Berys Evans, Australia -  90,  94
Everywhere West -  93
John Ewing -  87

Trudy Fair -  07
Fall River Boys, ID -  98
Ernie Fanning, NV-  85  86,  87,  88,  94
Don Farmer, TX -  05
Eugene Ferguson, CA -  86,  88
Lanny Fiel, TX -  93
Juni Fisher, TN - 08
Marion Fitzgerald, Australia -  90
Rolf Flake, AZ -  87,  96, 12
Mike Fleming, CA -  04 (see also New West)
Leon Flick, OR -  90,  91,  92,  93,  94,  95, 01, 07, 09, 10, 11
Flying J Wranglers -  91
Dennis Flynn, TX -  00
William D. (Billy) Fouts, CA -  86,  87,  88
Gordon Frazier, Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation -  96

Belinda Gail, CA - 10
Dennis Gaines, Matador, TX -  90,  91,  92,  07, 10
Jesús Manuel García,  Sonora and Tucson - 08
Gary Haleamau Family Band - 14
Val Geissler, MT -  86
Lloyd Gerber, ID -  89,  94
Dick Gibford, CA -  88,  90,  94,  04,  05, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Jan Swan Gifford (see Wood) SD - 86
Janice Gilbertson, CA -  04, 09, 10
Gillette Brothers, TX -  99,  03,  05, 08, 09, 12
Pipp Gillette - 14
June Brander Gilman, MT -  86,  87,  91,  94
Johnny Gimble, TX -  07
Tammy Dee Gislason, Alberta - 06
The Gitano Family -  07
Frank Gleeson, Canada -  97,  03,  04, 05, 06,  07
Sharon Glenn, WA -  99,  02, 08
Max R. Godfrey, UT -  91
Peggy Godfrey, CO -  93,  94,  01,  02, 04, 09
Jess Goodwin, WY -  89
Skip Gorman, WY -  95,  04,  07, 09
Skip Gorman, Connie Dover, and the Waddie Pals - 12
Dick Graham, England -  99
Roberta Green, ID -  89
Roy Green, CA -  85
Wyman Griffith, MO -  90
D. W. Groethe, MT -  03, 05, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Darryl Guillory, LA - 2010
Bill Gunn, Australia -  90
Rib Gustafson, MT - '05
Wylie Gustafson, MT - (see Wylie & the Wild West) 
Wylie Gustafson, and Sam Platts - 14

Drum Hadley, Animas, NM -  99
Janine Haig, Australia -  01,  04
Jennifer Haig, Queensland - 08
Karin Haleamua -  88
Barbara Hall, NV -  87,  88,  94
Melanie Hall, Australia -  05
R. W. Hampton, NM -  88,  93,  94,  95,  96,  97,  99,  01,  02,  05, 08, 09, 10, 12
Alice Hancock, OR -  04,  07
Sunny Hancock, OR -  85,  86,  87,  88,  91,  92,  94,  95,  97,  99,  00, 01,  02,  03
Audrey Hankins, AZ -  91,  94,  00
Ray Hanzlik, SD -  90,  92
Andrew Hardin (with Tom Russell), TX  -  97,  03,  04, 05, 06
Fred W. Hardy, NV -  86,  87
Joni Harms, OR -  00,  01, 08
John Sterling Harris, UT -  93
Kristyn Harris - 13, 14
Linda Hasselstrom, SD - 96,  97,  00,  01,  05, 091, 11
Bess Lomax Hawes -  96
Tom S. Hayden, CO -  87,  90,  93,  94
Joel Hayes, GA -  95
Jim Haynes, Australia -  93
Bill & Bonne Hearne, CA -  05
Andy Hedges, TX -  00,  02,  03, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13
Jessica Hedges, OR - 11, 13
Don Hedgpeth, TX  -  00,  01,  02,  03, 08, 09
Nyle Henderson, CO-  85,  86,  87,  88
Terry Henderson, WY -  91
Barry and Joe Hertz - 14
Carol Heuchan, Australia - 10, 12
Barney Hill, ID -  91
Brenn Hill, UT -  99,  00,  02,  03,  04, 08, 10, 13, 14
Rand Hillman (Bunkhouse Orchestra) -  87,  89
Tish Hinojosa, TX -  93
Bill Hirschi, ID -  88,  89,  90,  94
John W. Hofeldt, WY -  86,  87
Jim Hofer, WA-  85,  86
Arnold Hokanson,  MT -  91
Yvonne Hollenbeck, SD -  01,  03, 06,  07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
John Hollis, WA -   91,  96,  99
John Holman, CA -  87
Lom Hooper, NV -  96
Horse Sense (Justin Bishop & John Nielson) -  85, 87, 94  (see note below)   
Zita Horton, Australia -  99
Hot Club of Cowtown (The), TX -  01,  04, 09, 12
Hot Jazz Caravan, TX - 06
Jess Howard, ND -  97,  99,  00,  01, 06, 09, 11, 12, 13
Stella Hughes -  91
Charles Hunt, SD -  86,  89
Yula Sue Whipple Hunting, UT -  85;  86,  87,  88,  90,  94, 04, 09
Mike Hurwitz, WY - 11
Tim Hus & The Rocky Mountain Two, Canada - 12
Linda Hussa, CA -  92,  93,  94,  95,  96,  98,  00,  01,  02,  03,  04, 06, 07, 09, 10, 11, 13, 14

Tony Illardi, CA -  90,  94
Bud & Geri Isaacs, AZ -  93
Chris Isaacs, AZ  -  96,  97,  98,  02,  05, 09, 13, 14
Bob Ivins, IA -  88

David Jackson and Dan Wheetman - 10
Harry Jackson, WY -  93
Walt James, NV -  85,  86
Carole Jarvis, AZ -  95,  97
Alyssa Jayne, CA -  04
Clay Jenkinson, NV -  98
Della Johns, NV -  86,  87,  94
Willie Johns, FL - 10
Boyd Johnson, WA -  91
Ernest Johnson, OK -  91
Owen Johnson, AZ-  85
Bob Johnston, NE - 86,  87,  88,  89
Bill Jones, WY -  90,  92,  94, 97,  98
Bob Jones, CA -  86
Jayson Jones, TX -  00
Jill Jones & the Lone Star Chorale, TX -  00,  04,  07
Gene Jordan, CO -  86,  89
Teresa Jordan, UT -  91,  94,  98, 09

Ron Kane (Bunkhouse Orchestra) -  89
Mick Kaser, WY -  95,  01
Kay Kelley (see Kay Kelley Nowell)
Don Kennington, UT -  89,  04
Nancy Kern -  90
Jim King, CA -  05
Linda Kirkpatrick, TX - 08, 10
Slim Kite, AZ -   86,  87,  88
Echo Klaproth (see Echo Roy)
Mark Kleinschmidt, Australia -  98
Patty Knox, AZ -  93,  97,  98,  00
Ross Knox, AZ-  85,  86,  87,  88,  91,  92,  93,  94,  95,  96,  97,  98, 00,  01,  03,  04,  05,  07, 08, 09, 10, 12, 13, 14
Ruth Knudtson, MT -  87
Charles A. Kortes, WY -  86,  87,  88
John (Jay) Kulm -  96
KUT, Kyrgyzstan - 08

Max Labry, LA -  02
Jimmy LaRocque, ND -  99
Bill Larsen, WY -  88,  89,  91,  92,  93,  94
Chuck Larsen, WY -  97, 06
Walt LaRue -  98, 00, 04, 091
Ray Lashley, CO -  85,  86,  87,  88,  89,  91,  92,  94,  95,  00,  02, 04, 05, 09, 11
Richie Lawrence (Horse Sense) -  94
Chris LeDoux, WY -  86
Katie Lee,  92
Ken Lee, CO -  00
Mike Lee, CO -  93
Wesley "Geno" Leech, WA - 06
Stan Lehman, NV -  90,  91,  92,  93,  94
Clay Lindley, TX -  90,  91
Stephen Lindsay -  07
Ed Littlefield and Marley's Ghost - 10**, 11, 12
Mike Logan, MT -  88,  89,  91,  92,  93,  94,  95,  02, 08
Guy Logsdon, OK  -  94,  97,  98,  03
Phyllis Logsdon, OK -  94
Lowell Long, OK -  90,  07
Bob Loper, WY -  97
Lorna and the Latrines, CA -  96
Los Burgenos -  92
Los Texmaniacs - `3
Bill Lowman, ND -  85  86,  87,  88,  90,  92,  94,  97,  04, 08, 09, 11, 13
Harold Lowman, ND -  86,  87,  88
Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans , Canada -  05, 09, 10, 11, 14
Patrick Lynch, Ireland -  98
Betty Lynne (see McCarthy), MT -  87,  88,  89

Buddy MacMaster, Canada -  99
Eddie McAlvain & The Maverick Western Swing Band, TX -  04
J Wayne McArthur, UT -  86,  87
Tom McBeth, KS -  92,  93,  94
McCall Family (The), NV -  91,  94,  98,  90 (see note below)
Deanna McCall, NV/ID/NM -  01,  03,  05, 14 (see note below)
Deanna, Teri and Katie McCall, NV -  92 (see note below)
Deanna, Dave & Rusty McCall, NV -  97 (see note below)
Katie McCall-Owen NV/ID -  90,  05 (see note below)
Rusty McCall, NV/ID/NM -  99,  01,  03, 05, 08, 09 (see note below)
Betty Lynn Grue McCarthy, MT -  91
Betty Lynn McCarthy, MO - 09
Sean & Betty McCarthy, NM -  98
Mary McCaslin, CA -  98, 13
Douglas W. McCutcheon, CA -  86,  87,  88
Michael McDermot, Ireland -  98
Shirley A. McGilvray, OR -  91
Gerry McIvor, Gerry, Canada -  99
Bud McKague, Canada -  93,  94,  97
Earl McKee, CA-  00
Scott McKendrick, UT -  86,  87,  94
Joey and Sherry McKenzie, TX - 06
Buster "Punch" McLaury, TX -  87,  88,  90,  91,  94,  98,  99,  00, 091
Sheryl McLaury, TX -  98
Tiffay McLaury, TX -  91
Guy McLean, Australia -  00
Gary McMahan, CO -  88,  89,  92,  94,  97,  98,  00,  07, 11, 13
Rod McQueary, NV -  86,  87,  88,  89,  90,  93,  94,  95,  96,  97,  98,99
Wallace McRae, MT-  85,  86,  87,  88,  89,  91,  92,  93,  94,  95,  96, 97,  98, 99,  00,  01,  02,
     03, 04,  05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12
Denise McRea, ID - 10
Frankie McWhorter, TX -  92
Larry McWhorter, TX -  91,  92,  93,  94,  98,  99,  00,  01,  02,  03

Ginny Mac, TX - 08
Stetson Mangum, UT - 06
Arthur Manning, NV -  96
Winona Manning, NV -  96
Dylan Marchetti, CA - 08
Marley's Ghost - 10**, 11, 12, 14
Pedro Marquez, CO -  04
Marshall Ford Swing Band, TX - 10
Janalee Martin, NV -  95,  97,  98
Phil Martin, OK -  92,  94
Sunny Martin, NV -  94,  01
Ernie Martinez appearing with Gary McMahan - 13
Bronco Martinez, Navajo Nation -  96
Sid Marty, Canada - 11
Terri Mason, Canada -  97,  98
Liz Masterson, CO -  93, 10
Harvey Mawson, Canada -  88,  94
Bill May, CO -  87,  88
Lyn DeNaeyer-Messersmith, NE -  94,  00,  01,  02,  04, 09, 10
Andrew Miller, northern England -  96
Ed Miller, TX -  98,  99
Kale Miller, NV -  00
R. W. "Swede" Miller, WA -  86
Roy Miller, SD-  85,  87
Jerry Millet, NV -  96
Calvin "Buddy" Mills, FL - 10
Roger Mills, NV -  86,  87,  91
Chuck Milner, OK -  92,  93,  98,  00,  01,  03,  05, 11
Waddie Mitchell, NV-  85,  86,  87,  88,  89,  90,  91,  92,  93,  94,  95, 96,  98,  99, 00,  01,  02, 
     03,  04,  05, 06, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Mela Mlekush, MT -  93
Miss “V” The Gypsy Cowbelle, WY - 10
Katy Moffatt, CA - 03
Patsy Montana, -  90
Dawn & Michael Moon, NM -  05,  07
Cecil Moore, NM-  85
Jamie Moore, WY -  96
Ken Moore, AZ -  00
Daniel Morden, Wales -  98
Brian Morris, NV - 86,  87,  88
Clark Morris, OR -  07, 08, 09
Colin Morris, Wales -  98
Enid Morris, TX -  88,  91
Rooster Morris, -  96,  97,  98, 11
Leslie M. Morrow, NM -  91
Vern Mortensen, UT-  85
Gary Morton, NM -  90
Jane Morton, CO -  05, 10
Dan Mount, CA -  90,  91
Dave Munsick & the Powder River Boys -  96
Michael Martin Murphey, -  90,  91,  92,  93,  94,  96,  97,  98,  99,  00, 01,  02,  03, 04,  
       05, 06,  07, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14
Michael Martin Murphey & The Rio Grande Band featuring Pat Flynn - 12
Chuck Murphy, MT -  88
Curly Musgrave, CA - 06

Andy Nelson, WY - 08, 10, 12, 13
Barbara Nelson, OR - 11
Barney Nelson, TX -  86,  87,  90
Carla Nelson, TX -  88
Joel Nelson, TX -  86,  87,  88,  90,  91,  93,  94,  96,  97,  98,  99, 00,  01,  02,  03, 04,  
      05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14
Rodney Nelson, ND -  88,  89,  90,  91,  92,  95,  97,  01,  02,  04,  05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14**
Wayne Nelson, ID -  93,  94
Nevada Slim, NV - 06
New Frontier, MT - 08
New West, CA -  00
Lyle Newman, SD -  90
Jess Newsom, TX -  90,  94
John Nielson (Horse Sense), CO  -  851, 87, 94,1   
M. Timothy Nolting, CO  -  90
Blaine Nordvold, SD -  89,  96
Tony Norris, -  95
Howard Norskog, ID -  88,  90,  92
Kay Kelley Nowell, NM, TX -  88,  89,  91,  92, 09, 11, 13
Swede Nukker, WA -  89
Dale Nystrom - 14

Rich O Brien, TX -  94,  96,  97,  98,  00,  01,  02,  04, 10**
Valerie O Brien, TX -  04, 10**
Tim O Brien -  91
Tim & Mollie O Brien & the O Boys -  95
Glenn Ohrlin, AR-  85,  86,  87,  88,  92,  93,  94,  96,  98,  99,  00, 01,  02,  03,  04, 05, 06,  07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Tom Osborn, OR -  87
Ken Overcast, MT -  98
Hal Overman, ID -  93
Ray Owens, NM - 06
Floyd Oyhus, ND -  90

Pablo y su Ventarrón Norteňo,  Elko - 08
Painted Horse (see also Reggie Sope), NV -  95
Glenny Palmer, Australia -  97
Howard Parker, NE - 87,  88,  89,  90,  91,  00
J Parson, CA -  07
Tater Paschall, TX -  93
Diane Josephy Peavey, ID -  96,  98,  00,  02,  03
Irene Pecoraro, WY  -  85,  87
Rick & Casey Pedan, Canada -  00,  02
Ed Peekeekoot - 13
Jon I. Pentz, UT -  86
Shaun Perisho, CA -  99,  00
Tom Perlman, MT -  95,  96,  98,  01,  02
Bob Petermann, MT -  07, 08
Gwen Petersen, MT-  85,  86,  87,  89,  91,  94,  96,  05, 09
Kent Peterson, UT -  87,  89,  94
Pfeiffer Brothers, The -  96
Plainsmen (The), NV -  95,  96,  98,  99
Wylie Gustafson and Sam Platts - 14
Shadd Piehl, ND -  93,  94,  95,  02
Thelma Poirier, Canada -  93
Jim Polkinghorne, NV -  96,  97
Donald-Brent Potskin, Canada -  99
Charles Potts, WA -  97
Prairie Crooners (The), UT -  96
David Pratt, Canada -  96
Prickly Pair, WY -  04
Jean Prescott, TX - 06
Annie Proulx, WY -  98
Mike Puhallo, Canada -10

Quebe Sisters; TX -  05, 06, 08, 09, 11, 13
L. Vess Quinlan, CO -  86,  87,  88,  90,  91,  92,  93,  94,  95,  96,  97, 98,  04, 05, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Lisa Quinlan, CO - 14
Henry Oso Quintero, AZ -  96

Ken Raba, SD -  02
Ramiro Ramirez, TX -  93
Buck Ramsey, TX -  89,  90,  91,  92,  93,  94,  95,  96,  97
Gene Randels, CO -  86,  87,  88,  89
Carmel Randle, Australia -  99
Lorraine Rawls, OR -  97,  98,  00,  02,  03,  07
Henry Real Bird, MT -  88,  89,  93,  94,  95,  96,  97,  98,  99,  00,  02, 04,  05,  07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Ted Reames, IA -  90
Dave Red Boy Shildt, MT -  95
Scott Redington, WY -  87,  88,  89,  91,  92
Duane Reece, AZ-  85, 091
Ray Reed, NM -  92,  95,  97,  98
Brigid Reedy - 14
John Reedy and Brigid Reedy - 10
Kent Reeves, NM -  87,  88,  94
Monte Reichenberg, NE -  87
Sen. Harry Reid, NV -  98
Vince Crofts & Mindi Reid, WY - 08
Tam Reid, Scotland -  99
Gretchen Reynolds,  -  96
Doug Richards, Canada -  92,  94
Libby Richards, Wales -  98
Rusty Richards, CA - 11
Pat Richardson, CA -  96,  97,  98,  02,  03,  05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Riders in the Sky -  86,  87,  89,  92,  93,  94,  96,  98, 06, 09, 10, 14
Doyle Rigdon, FL - 10
Randy Rieman, NM, MT -  89,  93,  94,  95,  96,  97,  98,  99,  02,  03,  04,  05, 06,  07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
The Ringling Five, MT -  96,  98,  07
Mary Jean Risheim, OR -  04
Dan Roberts, TX -  05
Earl Rogers, AZ -  86
Kent Rollins, OK - 08
Steve Rone, OR -  89,  90,  91,  94,  95
Ronstadt Generations, CA - 12
Bob Ross, MT -  86,  87,  94
Jim (James) Ross, MT -  86,  87,  90
Jim Ross, CA -  88,  89,  91,  94,  95,  97,  01
Carl "Skinny" Rowland, MT -  88  89
Echo Roy-Klaproth, WY -  97,  01,  02,  05, 08, 09
Kelly Rubrecht -  90
Victor & Jack Runnels, SD -  96
Tom Russell, TX - 96,  97,  98,  02,  03,  04,  05, 06, 08, 09, 13
Tim Ryan, MT -  92,  95

Saddle Cats - 13
Sandy Seaton Sallee, MT -  90,  91,  92,  96,  07, 08, 10, 11
Chris "Sandman" Sand, ND- 09
Santa Rosa Band (The), AZ -  95
Connie Satterthwaite, NV -  86,  87  92,  93,  94,  96,  97,  98
Martha Scanlan, MT - 12, 14
Allen Schattle, Canada -  89
Bob Schild, ID-  85,  86,  87,  88,  94,  98, 08, 09, 10
Dave Schildt, MT -  96
Dave "Red Boy" Schildt, NV -  02
Dan Schmitt, NV -  90,  91,  92
Paul Schmitt, NV -  89,  90,  91,  94
Larry Schutte, NV -  85,  86,  87,  94,  02,  05
Lou Schwiebert, CA -  89
Frank Schweighart - 14
Greg Scott, AZ -  98
Ron Scott, NM -  88,  90
Sandy Seaton (see Sandy Seaton Sallee)
Trinity Seely - 14
Sean Sexton, FL - 11, 14
Carl Sharp, FL - 10
Tom Sharpe, CO -  90,  91,  92,  95,  00
Georgie Shawver, MT -  86
Georgeann Sheets, NE -  93
Shelley & Kelly Band, WY  -  97
Jim Shelton, NM -  90,  92
Georgie Sicking, WY -  85,  86,  87,  88,  91,  94,  96,  98, 00,  03,  04,  07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Sid Masters and the Swing Riders, NM -  02
Al Simmons - 13
Bruce Forbes Simpson, Australia -  90
Ernie Sites -  90,  01
Jody Sixkiller, AZ -  87
Bill Simpson, ID-  85  86,  87,  88
Jesse Smith, CA -  86,  87,  88,  91,  92,  93,  94,  95,  97,  98,  99,  00, 02,  03,  04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 13, 14
Marie Smith, MT -  88,  90,  91,  92,  93,  94,  00
R. P. Smith, NE -  00,  02, 12, 13
Richard Smith, NV -  87,  88,  89,  90,  92
Sandy Smith, CA -  92
Jay Snider, OK - 06,  07, 10, 11, 12
Alejandro Solis, Sr., TX -  93
Sons and Brothers Band - 08
Sons of the San Joaquin (The) -  90,  91,  94,  97,  98,  01,  04, 09, 10
Reggis Sope, NV -  96,  97
Sourdough Slim, CA -   91,  93,  95,  99,  02,  04,  05, 06, 08, 09, 12, 13
Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong, CA -  10
Eric Sprado, OR -  89
Clyde Sproat -  88
Don Spigarelli, New England -  96
Clara Spotted Elk, MT -  96
Dave Stamey, CA -  02,  03,  07, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Dave Stanley -  91
Stark & Dunn (Paul Larsen, Lowell Larsen & Glen Vaagen) ND -  97
Red Steagall and the Boys in the Bunkhouse. TX -  89,  91,  94,  97,  98,  00,  01,  03,  04, 08, 10
Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, WY -  07
Gail Steiger, AZ  -  90,  99,  00,  01,  02,  03,  05, 06,  07, 09, 10, 12, 13, 14
Paul Steuermann, OR -  95,  01
Arden Stewart -  96
Donald "Bud" Stewart, WA -  87,  88,  94
Kent Stockton, WY -  88,  90,  93,  94,  96,  97,  02, 09
Randy Stowell, NV-  85,  86,  88,  94
Ed Strickland -  96
Kim Strong, CA -  90
Jody Strand, ND -  90
Bill Sullivan, WY -  86,  87
Sunset Trio, The  - (Red Thompson, Jeanne Thompson, Wendy Thompson, Ray Sorenson and
    Jeannie Elder) -  89
Robert Swanson -  92
Colen H. Sweeten, ID -  86,  87,  88,  89,  90,  91,  92,  94,  96, 98,  00,  03,  04, 06,  07

Gail Buckhorn Taylor, NM -  92
Harry Taylor, WY -  85,  87,  88,  94
Milton Taylor, Australia -  97,  01,  02,  03,  07, 08, 09, 10
Rick Taylor, AZ -  87,  88,  89
Rod Taylor, NM -  01, 12
Spider Teller, NV -  96
Glen Terry, NV -  88
Kevin Tester, ID -  89
Bryn Thiessen, Canada -  91
Jim Thomas, OR -  87,  89,  90
Tommy Thomas, WY -  89
George Thomsen, (with Sharon Glenn), WA -  02
Charlotte Thompson, NV -  88,  89,  90,  91,  92,  94,  95,  01
Debbie Thompson, NV -  87,  94
Jeanne & Wendy Thompson -  91
Jeanne Thompson & The Sunset Trio -  04
Matt Thompson, ID -  89
Hamilton Tiechert, UT -  87,  88
Delores Tozer, CO -  95
Trail's End Radio Show with Stephanie Davis - 14
Diane Tribitt, MN - 08, 10
Ken Trowbridge, MT-  85
Ramona Turman, OR -  87,  88
Brooke Turner, MO - 06
Ian Tyson, Canada -  85,  86,  89,  90,  92,  94,  95,  96,  97,  99,  00, 02,  04,  05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 14

Dick Ufford, UT -  87,  96
John Underwood, NM -  88,  90
Sherry Underwood, NM -  90
Bob Urry, Bob, UT -  90,  91,  95
Matt Urrey, UT -  93

John Van Amerongen, WA - 06
Leonard Vasquez, CA -  89
Jesse Veeder, ND - 14
Cipriano Vigil, NM -  93
Vigilante Theater Company, MT -  03
Lisa Volkman, ID -  89,  90

Clarence Wager, CA -  89,  94,  02, 11
Iris Wall, FL - 10
Jake Waller, OK -  95
Juanita Wallis, NM -  87
Myrt Wallis, WY -  96
Sue Wallis, WY -  92,  94,  99
Ira Walker, NV -  96
John Walker, CA -  92
Don Walser, TX -  99
Jack Walther, NV-  85,  86,  87,  88,  93,  94,  96,  97,  98,  99,  00, 01,  04,  05,  07, 08, 09
Keith Ward, NC - 13
Jerry Warren, GA -  95,  98
Dick Warwick, WA -  91,  92,  94,  05, 06, 11, 12
D. E. "Gene" Waters, OK -  86
Claude Wennergen, Claude, UT -  87
Dan Wheetman - 11
Dan Wheetman and David Jackson - 10
Johnny Whelan -  92, 2001
Yula Sue Whipple (see Hunting)
Lucky Whipple, TX -  86,  02, 03
Melvin Whipple, TX-  85, 86
Blondell Whitehead, WY-  85,  87
David Wilkie (see also Cowboy Celtic) - 14
Andy Wilkinson, TX -  94,  95,  96,  98,  99,  00,  01,  04, 09, 10, 11, 12
Andy Wilkinson and Andy Hedges, TX - 12
Jack Williams, CA -  89
Luther "Corky" Williams, Canada -  87
Tina Burke Willis, WY -  88,  89, 91
Sam Wilson, ND -  86
Denise Withnell - 14
Emily Winters, TX -  92
Allan Wood, England -  99
Bill Wood, SD -  87,  89,  90,  91,  92,  93,  94,  98,  00,  02, 05, 091
C. R. Wood, UT -  02
Cora Wood, WY - 10, 11
Jan Swan Wood (see Gifford), SD -  90,  94
Joyce Woodson, CA - 11
Merrily Wright, NV -  95,  96,  98,  01
Preston Wright, NV -  96
Don Wudel, Canada -  91
Wylie and the Wild West, WA - 00,  01,  02,  03,  04,  05, 06,  07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13

Gary Yates, MT -  90,  91
Gina Yosten, TX -  99
Joe Young, ID -  90,  91,  96

Paul Zack, IL -  91
Franciso Zamora, -  87,  92
Emilio Zapata,  OR -  93
Paul Zarzyski, MT -  87,  88,  91,  92,  93,  94,  95,  96,  98,  99,  00, 01,  02,  03, 04, 05, 06,  07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

**invited, but did not attend

This list was first compiled by Yvonne Hollenbeck (through 2004) from official National Cowboy Poetry Gathering programs. Some invited participants may not have attended as scheduled, and others not listed in programs may have appeared.

We welcome corrections and additions. Email us.

 

Corrections received:

From Justin Bishop, Horse Sense, July, 2005: Horse Sense, consisting of Justin Bishop & John Nielson, was on the main stage a couple of times at the 1985 Gathering, as well as the '87 & '94 gatherings; Horse Sense is "back in business again."

From Deanna McCall, February, 2008: As a family group we actually began performing in 88, Katie began in 87 on her own. Some of the years are missing, but that gives a general idea. Rusty was 3 the first time he joined us onstage, I believe he was the youngest poet to perform, that was 89.

1Official 2009 list, with indications of "artists who couldn't come due to branding, weather, economy, illness, etc.," provided by the Western Folklife Center.

 

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