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We keep up previous years' descriptions here to help give an idea 
of what goes on at the various gatherings. 


There are also reports from those who have attended events, 
and those are linked from the Events page, too.

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Heritage of the American West   Spearfish, South Dakota   
Live on the web, 7PM MT

The Heritage of the American West show has announced guest performers for some of their upcoming 2007 shows:

March 21 "Rozin' Up The Bow" with Stringbean and Sally Svenson and Greg Johnson and introducing Neal (age 13) and Curtis (age 10) Svenson

April 18  (Cowboy Poetry Week Show), Bob Petermann

May 30   TJ Casey

June 27  Juni Fisher

July 18 (Week of the National Day of the American Cowboy), Monty "Hawkeye" Henson

August 15 (Anniversary Show) Rod Nichols and Mislette the Singing Cowgirl

From an August 10 media release:

Heritage of American West Brings A Little Bit Of Texas To The Stage

With talent as big as the state of Texas they call home, the award winning duo of Academy of Western Artists (AWA) nominated Western Female Singer of the Year Mislette the The Singing Cowgirl and Will Rogers Medallion Award winning poet and Lariat Laureate winner Rod Nichols will be on the Heritage of the American West stage, Wednesday, August 15, 2007.

Mislette performs a wide variety of musical formats including western swing, blue grass, gospel and classic country. Often referred to as the female version of Marty Robbins, she is an accomplished musician on guitar, harmonica and fiddle with a presentation that has earned her nominations for Entertainer of the Year and Rising Star Award from the AWA.

Since publishing his first book, A Little Bit of Texas, in 2002, Rod Nichols has captured the hearts of cowboy poetry fans across the country. Earning an AWA nomination for Poetry CD of the Year and a recipient of the H.G. Wells Writing Award, Nichols was selected as the first Lariat Laureate by the popular internet site. His newest release, Drover Diaries, includes 76 new, previously unpublished poems.

The show gets underway at 7:00 p.m. (MT) at the High Plains Western Heritage Center, Spearfish, SD. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors (62+) and kids 12 and under and are available in Spearfish through First Western Bank, Heritage Center and Creative Broadcast Services studio. The live stage performance is also carried by affiliate radio stations and on the web. For more information, contact the studio at 605-722-2511 or see

September 26  Andy Nelson

October 17   Ken Cook

November 21  TBA

December 19  Elaine Peacock and "Everyday Is Christmas" written and produced by Nashville Songwriter's 
                     Hall of Fame member, Dennis Morgan

Popular broadcaster Jim Thompson and Creative Broadcast Services present Heritage of the American West, with "music and poetry of the great American Cowboy" on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM (MT). Produced and hosted by Francie Ganje, the show brings top talent from across the West to an appreciative audience. The show takes place before a live audience at the High Plains Heritage Center in Spearfish, South Dakota and is broadcast simultaneously on the web (archived web broadcasts are available).

Visit the Heritage of the American West web site.

        See our feature about the Heritage of the American West here.

     Updated 6/29

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June through October
Mavericks Coffee House  Visalia, California

From Gary Brown:  

Mavericks Coffee House & Roasting Company
Exclusive Venue for Cowboy Poetry & Music
238 E. Caldwell Ave. Visalia, CA 93277
Call 559 624-1400. Limited seating.
Ticket sales begins 30 days before concert date.


From Gary Brown:

We've had a great first half of the year at the only ongoing continuous venue for western music and sometimes cowboy poetry. We started out with Bruce Forman & Cowbop, Ian Tyson, Gary Fjellgaard, The Hannah Boys (Sons of the San Joaquin), Dave Stamey, David Wilkie & Cowboy Celtic, Don Edwards, Tish Hinojosa and Juni Fisher. Quite a list of who's who in western music today...and we are not quite half thru in 07! We are pleased to share with the upcoming lineup and we appreciate your helping to get the news out of live music and cowboy poetry.

The following is the updated list of concerts for Mavericks Coffee House & Roasting Company for the summer and fall (more to be added later):

June 23, Saturday: An Evening of Cowboy Poetry with Chris Isaacs, 3 time WMA Cowboy Poet Award winner with special guest - the one and only (thank God), the funniest, over the top poet yet - Pat Richardson. Tickets $25.

July 21, Saturday: Joyce Woodson - Singer/Songwriter with an alto voice that Utah Phillips describes as the "best since Kate Wolf". Joyce has a brand new western album that you will want to get for your collection. Her "He's Courtin Annie" has been done by other favorites of ours. Tickets $25.

August 18, Saturday:  Belinda Gail & Curly Musgrave  - we are truly blessed to have these two outstanding performers play at Mavericks. They both are great individual performers, however together they are best duo in western music today. All their awards back up this statement. $30.

October 8, Monday: Tom Russell - $30

How great is Tom Russell? Isn't he tremendous." David Letterman, LATE NIGHT

"The greatest living country songwriter is a man named Tom Russell." ROLLING STONE

"If American music needs an heir to Johnny Cash, Tom Russell might be the man, he's the real deal." UNCUT

October 27, Saturday:  The Christina Ortega Band - Christina will rattle the walls in our venue as she sings both western ballads and Spanish corridas. Having heard her in person Christina is the western music version of have to be an old folkie to remember Odetta and her rousing rendition of "Bald Headed Woman". Christina is backed up by a energetic and accomplished group of musicians. $25.

"Christina is one of those rare singers who can convey pure emotion through the words of a song" Dave Stamey

"Christina Ortega has a sensational voice, which she uses with authority and style."  Wayne Austin, Singer & Record Collector

"You (Christina) bring goose bumps to the heart of this old Californio!" Gary McClintock, Los Californios Association

November 17, Saturday: Mike Beck - $25

"Mike Beck has an album (Cowboys & Angels) of wonderfully crafted new songs  that spring from a lifelong passion for music, horses and buckerooin." Ian Tyson

Mike "makes me want to load up my guitar and ride for the high is a fellow who has found value in a heritage from the past
that is fast disappearing."  Ramblin Jack Elliott

"Mike Beck is one of those writers with the cowboy in his heart. These songs (Where the Green Grass Grows) are filled with braided rawhide and mission bells.....listen up, Friend." Tom Russell


Tickets go on sale 30 days before each concert.

All shows start at 7 PM. Seating is limited so call for tickets.


Call 559  624-1400...Visa/MC.
The venue is at 238 E. Caldwell Ave., Visalia, CA 93277 (corner of Court and Caldwell).

Updated 9/20

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Buffalo Bill Historical Center Summer Cowboy Songs and Range Ballads Concerts  Cody, Wyoming

The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming—home of the popular April Cowboy Songs & Range Ballads event—hosts a series of summer Cowboy Songs & Range Ballads concerts:

All concerts are at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m.

August 1-3, 2007
Cowgirl Balladeer Juni Fisher

August 10-12, 2007
Cowboy Poet Andy Nelson

September 5-7, 2007
Open Range sings cowboy music

September 14-15, 2007
Cowboy musician Kerry Grombacher plays in the Cody Firearms Museum Breezeway.

Posted 8/3

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January 13, 2007
Wyoming Wintercamp Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Powell, Wyoming

We are hosting The Wyoming Wintercamp Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Powell, Wyoming on the 13th of January, 2007. The event will be held at the Park County Fairgrounds off 5th Street in Powell. We open the gates for open mic sessions at 10:00 A.M. and go until 4:00 P.M.. There will be a night show starting at 7:00 P.M. We welcome poets and pickers of the cowboy persuasion to join us. We hope to make this an annual event and we need ALL the support we can get. For more info you can contact Ken Chrissley at 307-754-0183 or E-mail at

Posted 10/30

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January 17, 2007
Heritage of the American West
Spearfish, South Dakota
Live on the web, 7PM MT



From the saloons and concert halls of 1800's Deadwood, comes the music of an era....

  "Deadwood Songbook" by Hank Harris & Ricky Jacobsen

 Cowboy Poetry & Music by Robert "Jinglebob" Dennis 

Between 1876 when Deadwood, South Dakota, began as a raucous mining camp and 1900 when the town had evolved into a bastion of respectability, attending a musical performance was a major social activity.

A recreation of that time, from the saloons and concert halls of 1800 Deadwood, comes the music of an era to the Heritage of the American West stage, Wednesday, January 17th as it presents the "Deadwood Songbook."

Faithfully researched, the stories of how the music made it's way to colorful Deadwood is as entertaining as the music itself performed by well known Black Hills musicians Hank Harris and Ricky Jacobsen. Adding to the western flavor of this show is the guest appearance of Robert "Jinglebob" Dennis, cowboy poet, singer/songwriter and author.  His new book Ranchers, Rounders & Ropers will be available to audiences.

The fun doesn't stop there.  Those attending the show can view historical items from South Dakota's oldest museum, the Adams Museum and Historic Adams House, joining us as our guest exhibitor for the evening. Also available will be unique items from its gift store, including the Deadwood Songbook CD, that the museum, along with the South Dakota Arts Council, helped to underwrite.

A special feature to this performance....The Deadwood Divas!  These classy dance hall girls, in costumes of the era, perform on stage before the stage show begins at 7:00 p.m.

Tune in live on the internet at

6:00 PM ~ Deadwood's Adams Museum & Historic Adams  House Exhibit & Reception
7:00 PM ~ Show Time!

High Plains Western Heritage Center
Spearfish, South Dakota
6:00 PM ~ Heart of the West
Exhibit & Reception

Seniors & Kids: $5.00
Adults: $10.00

Produced by Creative Broadcast Services, Spearfish, SD ~ 605-722-2511
Tickets in Spearfish:
First Western Bank, High Plains Heritage Center, CBSI Studio

See our feature about the Heritage of the American West here.

Posted 1/12

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January 19-20, 2007  
2nd Annual Chadron State College Cowboy Poetry Gathering   Chadron, Nebraska

This two-day event offers something for everyone, from the tried-and-true buckaroo to the cowboy at heart. Poets and artists from across the country will gather to share tall-tales, true stories, songs and artwork about the cowboy way of life.

Schedule of Events: 

Friday, January 19, 2007:

                             Open House & Art Sale 4:00 p.m.
                             Bald Mtn. Rounders 5:00
                             Prairie Rose Wranglers 7:30 Memorial Hall

Saturday, January 20, 2007:

                             Cowboy Poetry Gathering 10:00 a.m.
                             Cowboy Supper 6:00 p.m. Student Center Ballroom
                             Waddie Mitchell 8:00 Memorial Hall

The Open House & Art Sale and Cowboy Poetry Gathering are free admission.

Tickets for the Prairie Rose Wranglers and Waddie Mitchell can be reserved by calling the CSC Box Office at 308-432-6360. RESERVED ticket prices for adults are $10 per performance and $11 at the door. The box office will re-open after the holidays on Jan. 8 and the hours will be 2-6 p.m. Tickets for the Cowboy Supper will be sold at the door for $6.

Links for more information about Chadron State and the Chadron Community:

[Read reports on the 2005 event from Yvonne Hollenbeck and Diane Tribitt here.]

Updated 12/20

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January 27, 2007  
Cowboy and Ranchwomen Dinner Show   Livingston, Montana

From Gwen Petersen:

Cowboy and Ranchwomen Dinner Show

THE RINGLING 5, Gwen Petersen, Sandy Sallee

Saturday, January 27, Livingston Depot

$31.50 in advance.  $33.50 at door

Tickets: Books & Music, Etc. Chamber of Commerce,

Cowboy Connection, NP Beanery, The Owl Lounge.

Posted 1/8

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February 2-4, 2007
Montana Country Poets and Pickers - Annual Gathering   Chinook, Montana

Montana Country Poets & Pickers is holding their 13th annual Country Poets & Pickers concert Fri. & Sat. February 2nd & 3rd at 7 p.m. at the Chinook High School auditorium.  Pre-show music begins at 6:30 with the Hi-line Cowboy Symphony. Cost is $5.  Jam sessions will follow both nightly performances at the Chinook Motor Inn.  Free daytime music & poetry sessions will be held Sat. from 9 to 5 at the Chinook Motor Inn. Cowboy Church will be held Sun., Feb. 4th at 10 a.m. at the Chinook Motor Inn.

Performers include: From Alberta, international yodeling champion, Miriam Dreher; poets, Brian Smith and Tex Florence; musicians, Clayton & Babetta Moncrieff, Latigo, and Lloyd Dolen. Saskatchewan performers include poets Phyllis Rathwell, Larry Miller, and Brian Anderson. U.S. performers: Lloyd McKenna, Dale Mailand, Pol Haldeman, Joan Comly, Dusty Huestis, Fred Liese, Tom Wilson, Richard Johnston, Jim Faber, June Elges, Bud Comly, Jerry Liese & Annie Baer, Meda Terry, Arnold Hokanson, Kip Lybeck, Geoff Haggard, Dena Fritz, Steve Hughes, Stan Wall, Mary & Amanda Haggard, Liane Albus.


Updated 1/16

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February 16, 2007
Mavericks Coffee House   Visalia, California  

From Gary Brown:  

Mavericks Coffee House & Roasting Company
Exclusive Venue for Cowboy Poetry & Music
238 E. Caldwell Ave. Visalia, CA 93277
Call 559 624-1400. Limited seating.
Ticket sales begins 30 days before concert date.

Feb 16, Friday     Cowbop (Western Swing & Jazz group featuring legendary guitarist Bruce Forman). Limited seating.

Feb 25, Sunday   Ian Tyson SOLD OUT

Mar 2, Friday      Gary Fjellgaard  (rare USA performance)

Fellow western music aficionados,

We are more than pleased to host a rare appearance of one of Canada's most appreciated and respected western music performers, singer/songwriter GARY FJELLGARRD on Friday, March 2 at 7 PM. Gary rarely performs this side of the Canadian border and as such, is not as well known as some of the other performers we've featured. As such, we encourage you to come and listen to Gary performing the songs he's written about the cowboy life in the land of the Chinook winds and Northern lights. His music was influenced by legendary cowboy singer, Wilf Carter or better known to us Southerners as Montana Slim and a touch of Gordon Lightfoot thrown in for good measure. According to Gary: "The romance and adventure of the west has been a part of me since I was a kid riding bareback across the prairies
yodeling up a storm."

His biography best describes his musical style: Gary has "taken his music to the people in a rare sincerity, baring his soul in each and every live performance and recording session". "As a champion of vanishing values and frontier spirit, Gary's songs about lonesome horseman riding thru verdant valleys and along moonlit mountainside trails are not fabricated solely from his imagination." A fellow writer once said: "His music is so rich that his art is free of bitterness, whining, self pity and manufactured pathos."

Gary Fjellgaard was selected for the Canadian County Music Association Hall of Fame In 2005, The CCMA also awarded him twice the Song of the Year, the Best Male Singer and Best Duo Award (with Linda Hunt). In addition, Gary has won numerous awards from the British Columbia Country Music Association including twice Entertainer of the Year and six Male Vocalist of the Year awards. He also has toured Europe where he early in his career, won Holland's Gram Award for the Most Promising New International Star. 

A couple of his recent reviews of his one man and a guitar performance are:

"Fjellgaard simply put together the most consistently completely excellent evening in recent memory." REGINA LEADER POST

"For over an hour he held the crowd spellbound receiving a standing ovation. It was a magnificent concert that only left you wanting more." WEST COAST PIER MAGAZINE

Second quarter:

April 6 (Fri)   THE HANNAH BOYS (Joe, Jack & Lon of the Sons of the San Joaquin) doing Broadway, gospel and popular songs in  addition to their western music. The Sons were recently inducted into the Western Music Association's (WMA) Hall of fame. $35.  SOLD OUT

April 20 (Fri) DAVE STAMEY - Maverick's 4th Anniversary Show. Dave was selected as the WMA Entertainer of the Year for 2006. $25.

April 30 (Mon) DAVID WILKIE & COWBOY CELTIC - This is the first visit of this special group of musicians headed up by the Wrangler Award winner David Wilkie, presented by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Museum for the Western Album of the Year (1999). This 5 piece group, including a harpist traces the genesis of Celtic music to early cowboy music. $30.

May 3 (Thurs) DON EDWARDS - Don recently won his 6th Wrangler Award given by the National Cowboy Museum. Bobby Weaver of the museum in referring to Don said: "The best purveyor of cowboy music in America today."

May 17 (Thursday) TISH HINOJOSA - This is a rare visit of one of the premier singer songwriters from the border culture of Texas. Tish's vocal renditions reminds one of the western folk music of Emmy Lou Harris with a hint of Linda Ronstadt's ballads and corridas. Tish sings her own compositions in both English and her native tongue..which, according to the famous cowboy poet Badger Clark in classic poem, "A BorderAffair," "is a loving tongue." Photos and bios available at her website,

June 1 (Fri) JUNI FISHER - The San Joaquin's own female troubadour is the most sought after new performer to western music. Juni won the Female Singer of the Year at last fall's WMA awards.

Call Gary Brown for more information at 559 749-0420 or 408 761-0864

 ....more to follow for 2007

Updated 3/17

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February 9-11, 2007
15th Annual Sagebrush Cowboyography Poetry and Music Gathering  Sheridan, Wyoming

From Deb Sustrich:

We have the same format as in the past, the only difference is that the Friday  sessions will be held at the Watt Agricultural Center at Sheridan College. The Saturday sessions and shoot-out will be held at the Wyo. Our evening  performance at the Wyo will be featuring
TJ Casey and Ken Overcast.

Please check out our website at

You may sign up sessions on line. Hope to see you at the Gather and bring your friends, it's going to be a great time!


Friday      Feb. 9                Watt Agricultural Center (Sheridan College)
                                          10:00 - 5:00            Open Sessions

Saturday   Feb 10              Wyo Theater
                                          8:00 am - 10:00 am  Cowboy Kidz Contest & Shoot-Out
                                         10:30 am -11:00 am   Reading of Shoot-Out Poems & Announce Winners of Cowboy Kidz
                                         11:00am - 5:00 pm    Open Sessions
                                          7:00 pm - 9:00        WYO THEATER FEATURE PERFORMANCE
TJ Casey and Ken Overcast

Sunday     Feb 11             Ctel Presentation Hall (Sheridan College - Whitney Bldg)

                                          9:00                      Cowboy Church Service

Posted 1/19

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February 21, 2007
Heritage of the American West  Spearfish, South Dakota
Live on the web, 7PM MT

Heritage of the American West presents "That Cowboy Thing" that showcases the veteran and the newcomertwo generations of cowboy/western entertainment.  Featuring cowboy poet and gearmaker Slim McNaught, New Underwood, SD  and western singer/songer writer Joel Gothard, Wright, Wyo., with rhythm guitar and backup vocals from Lew Vasquez

Set for Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at the High Plains Western Heritage Center, Spearfish, SD., the pre-show exhibit and reception will feature custom cowboy gear from Slim's Custom Leathers along with original works by the performing artists. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. (mt) and is broadcast on radio stations and the web.

High Plains Western Heritage Center
Spearfish, South Dakota

Seniors & Kids: $5.00
Adults: $10.00

Produced by Creative Broadcast Services, Spearfish, SD ~ 605-722-2511
Tickets in Spearfish:
First Western Bank, High Plains Heritage Center, CBSI Studio


See our feature about the Heritage of the American West here.

Posted 1/24

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February 22-25, 2007
7th Annual Saddle Up! Celebration  Pigeon Forge, Tennessee


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.-Boot-stompin' good times await visitors to the 7th Annual Saddle Up! Celebration in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Feb. 22-25, 2007. The popular event, of the few of its kind east of the Mississippi River, will feature performances by some of America's finest western musicians and cowboy poets.

Featured entertainers for the 2007 event include
Don Edwards, Waddie Mitchell, R. W. Hampton, Wylie and the Wild West, Brenn Hill, the Burson Family, Rich O'Brien, and Belinda Gail and Curly Musgrave .

Don Edwards has been described as ".the best purveyor of cowboy music in America today." Waddie Mitchell helped organize the internationally recognized Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering, which began in 1984. R. W. Hampton is one of the leading Western entertainers in America today.

Wylie & the Wild West, one of America's hardest working acts, has performed for more than 15 years on stages around the world and is fronted by yodeler, rancher and world-famous "Yahoo-er" Wylie Gustafson. Multi-award winning singer/songwriter Brenn Hill has been described as "one of the bright hopes of this most American music."

Belinda Gail and Curly Musgrave also are multiple award winners, most recently teaming up to win the 2005 Western Music Association Group/Duo of the Year.

The Burson Family, Dale, son Ross and daughter Brittany, received the 2005 Western Heritage Award for Traditional Original Western Song, and Rich O'Brien's guitar talents garnered membership in the Western Swing Society's Hall of Fame.

Edwards, Mitchell and O'Brien will join forces for an evening of Cowboy Symphony entertainment, on Thursday, Feb. 22. Other Saddle Up! activities include a Western Swing Dance to the music of Wylie & the Wild West; as well as Sunday morning Cowboy Church, followed by lunch at the Old Mill Pottery House Café.

Concert venues are Country Tonite Theatre (2/22) and American Jukebox Theater (2/23-24). The dance will be at the Pigeon Forge Middle School, while Cowboy Church will take place at Stages West.

Weekend passes, excluding the Cowboy Symphony, are $50 plus tax. Day passes are $30 plus tax. Tickets for Cowboy Symphony are $10 plus tax. Ages 17 and younger are admitted free.

Weekend passes, Cowboy Symphony tickets and Thursday day passes will be available in advance at Country Tonite Theatre, 1-800-792-4308, or onsite the day of the event. Day passes for Friday and Saturday will be available onsite at American Jukebox Theater. Admission to the dance is $5 per person ages 18 and older with proceeds benefiting the Pigeon Forge Middle School. Cowboy Church is free.

During Saddle Up! weekend, visitors also can enjoy a Winterfest Chuckwagon Show at Fiddlers' Feast in Pigeon Forge, featuring Roy Rogers, Jr. and the High Riders, and the Flying J Wranglers. Information and tickets are
available at 1-888-908-3327.

Saddle Up! has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. More information is available from the Pigeon Forge Office of Special Events at 865-429-7350 or at

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February 25, 2007
Mavericks Coffee House   Visalia, California  

From Gary Brown:  

Mavericks Coffee House, 2328 E. Caldwell Ave., Visalia, CA 93277; an old western town. Shows start at 7 PM. Tickets (559-624-1400) go on sale 30 days prior to the event,

Feb 25, Sunday   Ian Tyson SOLD OUT

Mar 2, Friday      Gary Fjellgaard  (rare USA performance)

Apr 6,  Friday     THE HANNAH BOYS & Friends, Austin to Boston
                       (Sons of San Joaquin doing Broadway, popular and gospel
                       music in addition to their standard western harmonies)

Apr 20, Friday     Dave Stamey

Jun 1, Friday      Juni Fisher

                   ....more to follow

Updated 2/8

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February 27-March 18, 2007
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Entertainment  Houston, Texas

Twenty-three star entertainers are scheduled to perform at the 2007 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007 , at all Ticketmaster locations (excluding the Reliant Park Box office until Monday, Jan. 15) and


Star Entertainment

In celebration of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s 75th anniversary, 23 star entertainers from a wide variety of music genres will take the RodeoHouston stage. Together, these superstars have garnered numerous music industry honors, including 33 GRAMMY® awards, 72 Country Music Association awards and 72 Academy of Country Music Awards.

Tuesday, Feb. 27....................................................................... George Strait

Wednesday, Feb. 28................................................................... Los Lonely Boys

Thursday, March 1....................................................................   Reba McEntire

Friday, March 2 – Black Heritage Day.............................................  Natalie Cole, KEM

Saturday, March 3.....................................................................  Clay Walker

Sunday, March 4......................................................................   The Cheetah Girls, Hannah Montana

Monday, March 5......................................................................   Josh Turner

Tuesday, March 6....................................................................    Gretchen Wilson

Wednesday, March 7...............................................................     Sheryl Crow

Thursday, March 8.................................................................      Alan Jackson

Friday, March 9....................................................................       Pat Green

Saturday, March 10...............................................................      Martina McBride

Sunday, March 11 – Go Tejano Day..........................................      Pesado, Emilio

Monday, March 12 – Spring Break Stampede.............................       Sugarland

Tuesday, March 13 – Spring Break Stampede............................       Ford presents Toby Keith

Wednesday, March 14 – Spring Break Stampede........................       Rascal Flatts

Thursday, March 15 – Spring Break Stampede............................      Beyoncé

Friday, March 16 – Spring Break Stampede................................       Dierks Bentley

Saturday, March 17 – RodeoHouston Super Series Championship..       Brooks & Dunn

Sunday, March 18 – RODEOHOUSTON Xtreme Bulls.........................      ZZ Top  


Ticket Information

Rodeo ticket prices range from $16 to $300, plus a Ticketmaster convenience charge. Tickets can be purchased through all Ticketmaster locations, on the Internet at, or by phone at 1.800.726.1313. Ticketmaster locations include Macy’s, Fiesta, and select f.y.e., Wherehouse Music, and HEB stores. On the opening day of ticket sales, Saturday, Jan. 13, there is a 10-ticket limit for the rodeo performances featuring George Strait on Feb. 27, Rascal Flatts on March 14, and Beyoncé on March 15.  Beginning Monday, Jan. 15, tickets will be available at the Reliant Park Box Office, with no service charge.

Most Ticketmaster locations in the Houston area will be distributing linestubs beginning at 9 a.m. , Saturday, Jan. 13. VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express cards will be accepted online or by phone at 1.800.726.1313.

Season Tickets

Season tickets are now on sale. Season tickets provide the same great tickets for all 20 RodeoHouston performances. A pair of season tickets start as low as $640. The cost also includes admission to Reliant Center , Reliant Arena, The Hideout (21 and older) and the carnival.

Mini-Season Ticket Packages

For the first tim e, RodeoHouston fans can purchase one of two nine–performance Mini-Season Ticket packages, with seats located in the loge level of Reliant Stadium. A pair of Mini-Season Tickets can be purchased for less than $350, guaranteeing the same great seats for nine action-packed, star-studded performances.

Two packages are available for Mini-Season Tickets:

Opening Night Package – This package includes the Feb. 27, and March 1, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 15, and 17 performances.

Finalé Package – This package includes the Feb. 28, and March 3, 5, 8, 9, 13, 14, 16, and 18 performances.

Black Heritage Day, Friday, March 2, and Go Tejano Day, Sunday, March 11, can be purchased in addition to the Mini-Season Tickets, if available.

Season Tickets, for all 20 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo performances, and Mini-Season Ticket packages are on sale now. Call the Show’s Ticket Office at 832.667.1080 to guarantee your seats for 2007 RodeoHouston.




The 2007 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs Feb. 27 through March 18. The Show is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable event, committed to benefiting youth, supporting education, and facilitating better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since the Show’s beginning in 1932, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has contributed more than $200 million to scholarships, research, endowments, calf scramble participants, junior show exhibitors, the Rodeo Institute for Teacher Excellence™, School Art participants, and other educational and youth programs. For more information about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, visit


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March 2, 2007
Mavericks Coffee House   Visalia, California  

From Gary Brown:  

Mavericks Coffee House, 2328 E. Caldwell Ave., Visalia, CA 93277; an old western town. Shows start at 7 PM. Tickets (559-624-1400) go on sale 30 days prior to the event,

Mar 2, Friday      Gary Fjellgaard 
(rare USA performance)

Apr 6,  Friday     THE HANNAH BOYS & Friends, Austin to Boston
                       (Sons of San Joaquin doing Broadway, popular and gospel
                       music in addition to their standard western harmonies)

Apr 20, Friday     Dave Stamey

Jun 1, Friday      Juni Fisher

                   ....more to follow

Updated 2/8

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March 2-4, 2007  date change
3rd Annual Lee Earl Memorial Scholarship Cowboy Gathering  Lewiston, Idaho

The 3rd Annual Lee Earl Memorial Scholarship Cowboy Gathering will be held at the Elk's Lodge in Lewiston, ID on March 2 - 4, 2007. The event will feature three days of open mic sessions, night shows, Cowboy Church, art and craft vendors, Tall Tale contest, youth sessions and school assembly performances. The gathering will be a fund-raiser with the intent to award scholarships to graduating high school seniors that will major in English and music.

Deadline to apply is January 1, 2007

Lee Earl was not only a fine cowboy poet, but was very active in the youth poetry and music program. He organized school cowboy poetry and western art competitions in the Lewiston area that eventually grew to involve over four hundred school children each year. Though Earl died in 2004, his memory lives on through the Lee Earl Scholarship Fund. The Fund presented two one thousand dollar scholarships to area students in 2005 and 2006. This was made possible by over 65 western performers donating their time to the
gathering in Lewiston each year.

The 2007 event will continue with the established "Woodstock" style of non-stop poetry and music over the three-day weekend. There will be several school assembly performances on Friday, March 2, 2007, that all are encouraged to perform in.

Join Jinny Lowe, publisher of Happy Trails and Cowboy Troubadour, AWA award winning Dejay, Toe Tappin' Tommy Tucker, Smoke Wade, the Lee Earl Family, and all the performers, for an unforgettable weekend of cowboy poetry and western music.

Performers contact: Smoke Wade, 3117 5th St #3, Lewiston, ID 83501 (208) 746-7652 email:

Vendors contact: Virginia Earl, PO Box 88, Asotin, WA 99402 (509) 243-4312 email:

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March 3, 2007      
Sixth Annual Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival    Torrey, Utah 

March 3 - 7:00 PM

  Music by: Blue Sage Trio
  Poetry by: Don Kennington
  Music & Poetry: Ray Conrad
  MC & Poet: Sam A. Jackson Suzy the Dog

  Wayne High School Cowboy Poetry Contest Winner + Others

  $35 dinner/festival
  Rim Rock Restaurant, Torrey Utah
  For Advance Reservations call:
  Tickets available at the door


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March 8-11, 2007
11th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival  Kamloops, British Columbia

From Mike Puhallo:

Kamloops Cowboy Festival March 8, 9,10 & 11 2007
Celebrating Our Western Heritage in Art, Poetry, Music and Film.
Honouring those who have blazed the trails we follow. 

The Hottest Ticket in Canada’s Original Cowtown! With three tour buses booked out of Alberta in addition to 240 weekend passes already sold, this years Kamloops cowboy festival is on track to shatter all pervious attendance records. Local Hotels are already booking up with guests from as far away as Nova Scotia and Oklahoma with 85% of advance ticket sales and reservations coming from outside the Kamloops area!

Over the last ten years the Kamloops Cowboy Festival has built a solid reputation as one of the best Western Heritage events in the world and lovers of cowboy poetry, western art and music, continue to flock here in ever increasing numbers. 

BC Cowboys Hall Of Fame and Western Heritage Awards

The BC Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductions, take place in conjunction with our Friday Night Feature Concert March 9, 2007, in Calvary Community Church. This year’s inductees include;

  • Reg Hook and Family,  Reg, was a very respected  rancher, stockman and pioneer rodeo contractor, his sons and grandsons also distinguished themselves in the rodeo arena and ranching industry. ( Harley was twice Canadian Calf Roping Champion)
  • The Grinders, Floyd, and Roy and their father Henry, Cowboys to the bone!
  • Harry Mariott, rancher and author from Big Bar near Clinton.              
  • Ray Thompson, Rancher and Horseman from Big Creek are in the Chilcotin.
The Joe Marten Memorial Award for The Preservation of Western Heritage The mandate for the BC Cowboy Heritage Society is to Promote and Preserve Cowboy Heritage in the Province of British Columbia. To help accomplish this, a new award was started in October 2006 in memory of the late Joe Marten. It is to be awarded to someone who has been influential in the promotion and/or preservation of Cowboy / Western Heritage in the Province of BC who is not a rancher or working cowboy.

This years recipients are;

  • Tony Parrott,  Master saddle and harness maker. Tony is one of the most respected leather craftsmen in North America , he will receive his award during the Friday night Feature show.
  • Paul St Pierre,  One of Canada’s most popular newspaper columnists and authors , paul is also a former member of Parliament and a true pioneer of television writing.  Paul created and wrote the “Cariboo Country Television Series  for CBC  back in the early 1960’s.  This was a groundbreaking body of work in so many ways. It was the first truly Canadian TV Series. It was the first film production of any kind to use all Native Indian actors to play the Native Indian roles. It introduced audiences to a number of Canadian artists including Chief Dan George!  Most importantly, it captured the character and essence of Canadian Ranchers, Cowboys and Indians, in a manner never equalled  by any film production since!  Paul St Pierre will be our guest of honour throughout the weekend.

New For The 2007 Kamloops Cowboy Festival:

The Western Film Festival, is a brand new feature at this years Cowboy Festival. In addition to a selection of Classic Hollywood Westerns, we will be showing episodes of Paul St Pierres’s   Cariboo Country  TV Series. These episodes have been liberated from the CBC’s vault in Toronto and transferred to DVD especially for this event. This will be the first opportunity for anyone anywhere to view these episodes in more than thirty years!

Country 103 Rising Star Show Case; Thanks to the generous support of Kamloops ‘ newest Radio Station CJKC Country 103. We will be hosting a competition for emerging artists throughout the weekend. Western Singers and Cowboy Poets will compete for a total of $4,000 in prize money, with the winners to be selected during the Sunday Afternoon Feature Performance March 11, 2007.

Country 103 Professional Development Workshops; Also Sponsored by CJKC Country 103, we will feature an expanded program workshops designed for entertainers artists and the general public, in areas such as; songwriting, yodelling, flat picking(guitar), poetry writing, promotion tips for emerging artists, hat care…

ALCAN Western Art Show, Presented by ALCAN  (The Aluminium Company of Canada) As an added attraction for 2007 The Kamloops Cowboy Festival will feature a juried Western Art Show in addition to an expanded Western Art and Gear Trade show.

The addition of a juried art show should attract a broader selection of well known international artists.

Kick Off Party and After Hour Jam Sessions –* VIP Parties* Thursday Night March 8, 2007,  from 7:00 Pm to Midnight there will be a get acquainted party and jam session in Forsters Dinner Theatre.  There will be a jam session and After Hours Party in the same location Friday and Saturday Night after the feature concerts. These VIP party events are open only to: sponsors, entertainers, exhibitors and weekend pass holders. There will be no tickets sold or available to the general public for these events.  

  • Kamloops Symphony Orchestra hosts Cowboy Celtic. March 9 &10 2006, This will be Cowboy Celtic’s first ever symphonic collaboration. It is also the first time the KSO has collaborated with the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, although it won’t be their first cowboy symphony  (They pioneered the concept with Ian Tyson 18 years ago.)  The two concerts will be held in Sagebrush Theatre. Tickets available through Kamloops live Box office. 1-866-374-5483  Or  (250) 374-548  This event is not covered by The Cowboy Festival Weekend pass. 
For lists of Cowboy Festival; entertainers, exhibitors, performance schedules and further  details on the best little Cowboy Fest in the whole darn West drop into our website  email

or phone toll free within Canada  1-888-763-2224  from the USA call 1-250-579-5667

 BCCHS, box 137, Kamloops BC, Canada V2C 5K3

See You In March!

Mike Puhallo

For festival passes and information; email
BC Cowboy Heritage Society
Box 137
Kamloops BC V2C 5K3


Alcan Western Art Festival at the 11th Annual Kamloops Cowboy Festival  Kamloops, British Columbia

The B.C. Cowboy Heritage Society is pleased to announce the addition of the Alcan Western Art Show to the Kamloops Cowboy Festival (March 8-11, 2007).  The goal of this event is to showcase the art of the West in all its forms and all its locales.  And in doing so, becoming one of the premier Western art shows in Canada.  In its inaugural year, the show will feature flat work in all mediums.  However, it will ultimately include three dimensional art, such as sculpture, saddle making and rawhide braiding.

This show will feature original flatwork of Western themes in oil, watercolour, acrylic or mixed media.  Pieces presented for display must be framed originals no smaller than 18"x20" (unframed).

To ensure a high caliber of work this is a juried show.  Artists should submit samples of their work, either digitally or by slide, for review by the jurors. The slide entry fee is $20 for the first slide, $10 for subsequent slides to a maximum of three.  Each slide must contain: artist's name, title of the work, size and be marked with a red dot in the upper right corner for correct orientation.  Entries must be submitted and arrive for selection by Jan. 31, 2007.  Entries arriving after this date will not be accepted.  Successful candidates will be notified by Feb. 8th.

The jury selection of works to be displayed will be done by three jurors. At least one of the jurors has expertise in the media.  These same jurors will award the prizes at the show.

The shipping of accepted works to the show is the responsibility of the artist.  Artists should ensure that accepted works arrive no later than Mar. 8th at Forster's Convention Centre, Rogers Way, Kamloops, BC.  The BCCHS will package and ship unsold works to participants not in attendance but at the participant's expense.

During the show accepted works will be displayed on a hard wall or display easel.  Each work will have a frame-mounted spotlight supplied by the show. Security personnel will be present at all times during show hours.

Two best of show prizes will be awarded, Jurors' Choice and Peoples' Choice. Each winner will receive a rosette and a $300 cash prize.  An Honourable Mention will also be awarded in each category and will receive a rosette and a $200 cash prize.  Jurors' Choice will be selected by the three jurors while the Peoples' Choice will be determined by a viewers' ballot.

The BCCHS will handle the sale of any work for selected artists not attending the show.  A commission of 20% will be charged.  For artists who would like to exhibit and sell additional works by renting a booth in the trade show, no commission will be charged.

Artists must certify that their submitted work is not a copy, derivative or based on the work of others and is not in any way an infringement of copyright.  Artists are responsible for the insurance of their own works,
the BCCHS will not be responsible for the loss or damage of any artwork, no matter what the cause.  Artwork is not insured while at the show.  Artists must also agree to allow the BCCHS and/ or Alcan to use images of selected works for publicity purposes.

All amounts quoted are in Canadian funds.

Call Dr. Dave Ciriani, (250) 374-9649 or Mike Puhallo 250 579-5667, or toll free within Canada at 1-888-763-2224.
BC Cowboy Heritage Society
Box 137
Kamloops BC V2C 5K3


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March 10, 2007
13th Annual Cowboy Jubilee and Poetry  Carson City, Nevada

The Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare Auxiliary will be celebrating the 13th anniversary of the Cowboy Jubilee and Poetry, March 10 at the Carson City Community Center Theatre, 851 E. William Street. This year's show will feature Cowboy Poet Paul Zarzyski, Sourdough Slim, Juni Fisher and Wylie & the Wild West.

Sourdough Slim will amuse the audience with his high-energy show of cowboy yodeling, music and comedy. Returning is the ever popular cowboy poet Paul Zarzyski, who displays his knowledge of the English language through his poetry and will be partnering up with Wylie & the Wild West. Juni Fisher travels from Tennessee to bring her vocals of good cowboy music. Wylie & the Wild West will bring the house down with their rambunctious music and humorous stage presence.

Reserved tickets can be purchased by calling 775-883-1532.  Performances will be at 4 and 8 pm.  Between the shows, attendees can enjoy authentic western tri-tip barbeque donated by the Nevada Beef Council, which will be served from 5 to 8 pm. Entertainment during the barbeque will be provided by the Back Forty.

Tickets are $25 for Campfire (reserved) seating and $20 for Range (gen. admission) seating.  Barbeque tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

The Cowboy Jubilee and Poetry is an annual fundraiser for the Carson-Tahoe Regional Healthcare Auxiliary.

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March 15-18, 2006
Hole in the Wall Gathering at the Festival of the West  Phoenix, Arizona

Tentative schedule from Janice Coggin:

The Hole in the Wall  Gathering

Featuring Cowboy Poets and Musicians
Appearing at the Festival of the West
Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass

Admission is Free

Thursday March 15

11:00 - 12:00, 1:30 - 2:30, 3:30 - 4:30

Rolf Flake
Andy Hurlbut
Dick Morton and Jane Morton
Lyle Suttell

Friday, March 16

11:00 - 12:00, 1:30 - 2:30, 3:30 - 4:30

Dean Cook
Jim and Ellie Cook
Mike Whitaker
Sue Harris
Doc Rolland

Saturday, March 17

11:00 - 12:00, 1:30 - 2:30, 3:30 - 4:30

Mike Whitaker
Mike Moutoux
Diane Merrill
Ted Newman
Hook Hill

Sunday, March 18

11:00 - 12:00, 1:30 - 2:30, 3:30 - 4:30

Ken Whitecotton
Mike Moutoux

Diane Merrill

Doc Jordan will serve as MC.

Schedule subject to change. 

See the Hole in the Wall Gathering at the Festival of the West web site

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March 16, 2007
Cowboy Music and Poetry  Bryson-Hesperia, California

Once again the charming Hesperia Hall, tucked away in the Santa Lucia foothills, opens its big wooden doors to great entertainment and some wonderful country cooking.

Jay and Anne Brown sponsor this event annually and this year are very pleased to present Chris Isaacs. Chris's poetry will be just perfect for this venue and it will be an evening full of enjoyment! Also, again this year, Janice Gilbertson will be on hand to introduce Chris and read a couple of her own poems.

Those big doors will be open at 6:00 PM on Friday March 16th, to welcome all poetry lovers.

Dinner is potluck, so bring something good and come join in! For more information call Ann Brown at

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March 16-17, 2007
Vinton Cowboy Poetry Show   Vinton, California

21st Annual Show
Corner of Hwys 70 & 49

MARCH 16 & 17, 2007

Musicians:  NEVADA SLIM & CIMARRON SUE (Bruce Matley & Susan Abraham)

Friday evening corned beef & cabbage dinner 4 - 7 PM  $12
Friday evening show at 7:30 PM  $18

Saturday Matinee at 1:00 PM     $18
Roast beef dinner 4 - 7 PM      $12
Saturday Evening Show at 7:30 PM  $18

Contact Betty Ramelli
Event Organizer
e mail:
Phone:   530-993-4692
Cell PH: 530-514-1022

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March 16-17, 2007
10th Annual Redrock Writing Seminar  St. George, Utah

From Laverna B. Johnson:

We look forward to reading poems entered in this year's Redrock Writers Poetry Contest, and hope to see you here March 16-17!
Please let me know if you need assistance with lodging.

Redrock Writers Chaparral Poetry Forum
Contest Chair: LaVerna B. Johnson

Cholla Division: First Prize $200, second Prize $100, third Prize $50
Any subject, any form, 40 lines or less.

Chaqueta Division: First Prize $100, second Prize $50, third Prize $25
Southwest Theme: nature, people, history,etc.--any form, 40 lines or less

Chimera Division
: First Prize $100, second prize $50, third Prize $25
Imaginative or absurd/humorous/impossible/foolish--40 lines or less

Each Division will award three Honorable Mentions. Contest entry indicates agreement that winning poems
may be published, and selected readings given at the Redrock Writers Seminar, March 16-17, 2007.

Third Annual Student Division: Open to Washington County School District Students: $225 in prizes.
Please contact Gary D. Christian for more information,

Guidelines: Each poem MUST
1. be original, unpublished. 45 lines or less (including title, all lines of writing, all blank lines between)
2. have lines of 60 characters or less (including letters, spaces, punctuation) “typed” neatly on white 8 1/2 x 11 paper.
3. be in good taste.
4. You may enter a maximum of three poems each Division, nine poems total.
Division top three winners may not enter that division the following year.
5. SEND TWO COPIES of each poem. Type Division entered in top right hand corner.
FIRST COPY: Below Division entered, type name, address, and e-mail address. (Name/address sticker okay.)
SECOND COPY ONLY: No name or address below Division title.
6. Entry fees: $2 per poem. Make check payable to Redrock Writers Guild.
7. Entry postmark dates: October 10, 2006--Jan. 10, 2007. No Certified Mail. Please, no cash through the mail.
8. No poems will be returned. For a list of winners, include your SASE.
9. Submission indicates permission for winning poems to be published.
Chapbook of winning poems may be included with registration at the Redrock Writers Seminar.
After publication, all rights will revert to the author.
Chapbooks may be obtained by seminar non-attendees for $5, plus $1 s&h.
(Chapbook was not published in '06 due to unfortunate circumstances over which we had no control.)
D. Gary Christian, 2110 N. Blake Drive, Santa Clara, UT 84765.

Enjoy our 9th Annual Redrock Writers Seminar in St. George, UT, March 16-17, 2007!
For information, registration, please contact Gary Christian: or go to

For your information:

2006 Redrock Poetry Forum's excellent judges were: Russell Strauss, Elaine Christensen, Margo LaGatutta.
Top Three Winners were: Cholla: Glenna Holloway, IL, Catherine Moran, ARK, Patricia Grimm, UT.
Chaqueta: Kolette Montague, UT, Toni Van Deusen, OR, Glenna Holloway, IL.
Chimera: Geraldine Felt, UT, Eugene Shea, WY, Toni Van Deusen, OR.

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March 16-18,2007
Cowboy Poetry and Music Round-up   Estes Park, Colorado

Cowboy Poetry and Music Round-Up
YMCA of the Rockies-Estes Park Center
2515 Tunnel Road
Estes Park, CO  80511

March 16-18, 2007


Friday evening concert:  Headliner Juni Fisher  
Other scheduled performers: Tim Nolting, Pop Wagner, Barry Ward

Tickets:  $20.00 each, $10.00 age 3-15

Saturday evening concert:  Headliner Waddie Mitchell   
Other scheduled performers:  Sons & Brothers, Brad & Kathy Fitch,
Terry Henderson     

Tickets:  $25.00 each, $12.50 age 3-15

Other concerts scheduled for the weekend include Vic Anderson, Yampa Valley Boys, Zeb Dennis, Otto Rosfeld,
Al Mehl, Jeff Hildebrandt, Monty Teel, and Willard Hollopeter.  

Special value of $40.00 per adult, $20.00 age 3-15 ticket good for entrance to all weekend concerts.  Lodge room and meal packages available at special rates.

For more information, go to and click on Estes Park Center, Special Events, Cowboy Weekend, or call 970-586-3341 ext. 1007

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March 17, 2007
American Legion Cowboy Poetry  Martin, South Dakota

American Legion Post 240 will add some top entertainment to their annual steak night on March 17th, 2007 in Martin, South Dakota.  Yvonne Hollenbeck, Jerry Kennedy, and Ken Cook will provide cowboy poetry and music. 

American Legion Post 240 Dining Room.  Hwy 18, Martin, SD.
Steaks will be served from 5-8 PM.
Entertainment begins 7pm...or when Ken is done eating steak!

Tickets are $12.00.

For more information contact:

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April 6, 2007
Mavericks Coffee House   Visalia, California  

From Gary Brown:  

Mavericks Coffee House, 2328 E. Caldwell Ave., Visalia, CA 93277; an old western town. Shows start at 7 PM. Tickets (559-624-1400) go on sale 30 days prior to the event,

Apr 6,  Friday     THE HANNAH BOYS & Friends, Austin to Boston
                       (Sons of San Joaquin doing Broadway, popular and gospel
                       music in addition to their standard western harmonies)

Apr 20, Friday     Dave Stamey

Jun 1, Friday      Juni Fisher

                   ....more to follow

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April 7, 2007
Cowboy Poetry Hootenanny  Mesquite, Nevada

From Smoke Wade:

Cowboy poets and western entertainment festivals seem to be everywhere these days, and Mesquite, Nevada is no exception.

Mesquite cowboy poets have been organized, in a combined effort, by the Virgin Valley Artists Association, the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, and local cowboy poet, Butch Burkholder. Burkholder was a judge at the 2006 Cowboy
Poetry Rodeo held in Kanab, Utah.

Bi-weekly Cowboy Poetry workshops began in November, 2006 with the objective of teaching the basics of cowboy poetry and providing the participants the opportunity to recite poetry in front of an audience. The workshop focused on the mechanics of cowboy poems, what cowboy poetry is, and the presentation of cowboy poetry. Burkholder conducted the workshops teaching the mechanics, while Smoke Wade participated by instructing stage presentation and microphone use.

Burkholder's group has progressed from a handful of beginning poets to a troupe ready to put on a show. Billed as a "Cowboy Poetry Hootenanny," the event will take place at the Mesquite Community Theater on April 7, 2007.

Featured poets will include, among others, Butch Burkholder, Smoke Wade, Don Simms and Shem Teerlink, all of Mesquite. In addition, snowbird poets Catherine Ellerton, Montana; Sharon Young, Wyoming; and Lee Kimberling, Colorado will perform. There will also be music by local western musicians and a special line dance presentation performed by group of dancers known as "Boot Scoot Mesquite."

The price of admission is $3.00 with all proceeds going to the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery. For further information, contact the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery at 702-346-1338.

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April 12-15, 2007
25th Annual Cowboy Songs and Range Ballads  Cody, Wyoming

From the Buffalo Bill Historical Center:

Our biggest and best celebration yet! The 25th annual Cowboy Songs & Range Ballads program salutes the cowboy songwriters and poets who have captured the spirit of the West.

Performers pay tribute to 25 years of this great event, while also presenting their original music. More than just cowboy music, this is a western weekend that's entertaining, educational, and downright fun!

Get your tickets now! The 2007 celebration includes dinner concerts, multiple performance venues, discussion sessions, gear-makers, workshops, and jam sessions - bringing ranchers and cowboys together with those intrigued by the romance of their lifestyle.

See the complete schedule of events on our Web site:

To purchase event tickets please contact Megan Wasp, or by phone @ 307.578.4028.

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April 14, 2007
Cowboy Poetry & Music  Scott City, Kansas

The show this year features Doris Daley and Sons & Brothers, and will be held at the Majestic Theater in downtown Scott City. You can't miss it  It's just two buildings North of "our stoplight" on the east side of the street. The building is an original movie theater renovated for dinner and stage programs.

Tickets are $35 and include Cowboy Prime Rib and Chicken Buffet
Buffet opens at 6 p.m.   
Music and Poetry at 7:30

For reservations you may contact:

Sidney Janzen

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April 14, 2007
An Evening of Poetry in Yreka  Yreka, California

The Siskiyou Arts Council & Red Scarf Society for the Performing Arts present An Evening of Poetry in Yreka, with California Poet Laureate Al Young, Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Inada, and Yreka Cowboy Poet V. June Blevins Collins, Saturday, April 14, at 7:00 PM at the the Yreka Community Theatre.  Book signing will follow the event.

This world-class event will sell out early. Place your ticket orders early.

$10 per ticket. Make check payable to SAC.
Mail to Siskiyou Arts Council, PO Box 597, Mt. Shasta, CA 96067.  For more info, call SAC at 530/938-0130.

Visit the Siskiyou Arts Council web site and the Red Scarf Society for the Performing Arts web site for additional information.

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April 14, 2007
Sulphur Springs Ranch Rodeo  Sulphur Springs, Texas

Sulphur Springs Ranch Rodeo
April 14, 2007
7:30 PM
$8/Children 6 years and under free

Western Trade Show
Exhibit Hall

Feedlot Sorting

Cowboy Cooking
Hopkins County Civic Center
Lunch on the Grounds
12 Noon


Lake Country CASA-child advocacy group for children in the Child Protective Services system
Make A Wish Foundation of North Texas-helping critically ill children in 30 northeast Texas counties

Hopkins County Civic Center
1200 Houston St
Sulphur Springs, TX

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April 13 - 15, 2007
4th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering, Kennewick, Washington

From Smoke Wade:

The 4th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering will take place April 13-15, 2007 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick, Washington. The fundraiser event is organized by Ed Dailey of the Legends Of Country syndicated radio
show of Tri-Cities, Washington. Several organizations will benefit from the proceeds.

Scheduled daytime performances will be presented on Friday, April 13, from noon to 6:00 pm and on Saturday, April 14, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be open mic sessions at 4:30-6:00 pm on Friday and 5:00 - 6:00 pm on Saturday. Main Shows will take place at 6:00 pm on Friday and 7:30 pm on Saturday. Each evening there will be a cowboy dance following the main show at 9:00 pm. A special live Campfire Radio Sing will take place Sunday, April 15, at 7:00 - 10:00 am followed by Cowboy Church at 11:00 am featuring Faithfull Heart, Eli Barsi, Ed Dailey and other performers.

The Friday night show will feature cowboy poets Smoke Wade and DW Groethe; and singer/songwriters, Eli Barsi, Billy Rose, Northfork, and STAMPEDE!. Special guests include Pake McEntyre and Rich Hoag as "Will Rogers."

The Saturday night main show will feature poets, Smoke Wade, Van Criddle, Wayne Nelson and DW Groethe; and singer/songwriters, Eli Barsi, Billy Rose, Horse Crazy, Rod Erickson and STAMPEDE!. The special guest will be Don Maddox. Don is the last living member of the famous West coast group, "Maddox Brothers and Rose." Don will share about his family, sing and play the fiddle.

Rich Hoag as "Will Rogers" will present a special show on Saturday night at 6:00 - 7:30p.m.

The 9:00 p.m. dance each night will feature STAMPEDE!, Billy Rose and Eddie Collins.

Other daytime performers include cowboy poets, Shiloh Sharrard, Eddie Collins, The High Strung Band, The Silver Creek Cloggers, and local poets.

Western Art and craft vendors will be on hand featuring bronze sculptor, John X. Geis of Idaho, as well as food vendors.

Admission wristbands are on sale. Contact Ed Dailey:

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April 17, 2007
Clearfield Cowboy Poetry   Clearfield, South Dakota  ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

A special program takes place, April 17, 2007 in Clearfield, South Dakota, in celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week. The event, at the Clearfield Hall, features Pop Wagner, with cowboy poetry by area cowboy poets, including Yvonne Hollenbeck, Willard Hollopeter, Bonnie Krogman, and others. This event is also special fundraiser for the local youth ball diamond. The program begins at 7:30 p.m., and will include door prizes and lunch by the Clearfield Hall Auxiliary following the program. Admission is a free-will offering. 

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April 19, 2007
2nd Annual Oklahoma Cowboy Poetry and Songs  Stillwater, Oklahoma  ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

The 2nd Annual Oklahoma Cowboy Poetry and Songs will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2007 at 7 PM in the Oklahoma State University Library, Peggy V. Helmerick Browsing Room. The event is open to all.

In 2006, the Library partnered with the OSU Rodeo Team and OSU Rodeo Boosters Club to offer a Cowboy Poetry and Songs event during Cowboy Poetry Week. The event included student performers and regional performers. Over fifty people, including high school students, attended the event, which was open to the community.

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April 20, 2007
Mavericks Coffee House   Visalia, California  

From Gary Brown:  

Mavericks Coffee House, 2328 E. Caldwell Ave., Visalia, CA 93277; an old western town. Shows start at 7 PM. Tickets (559-624-1400) go on sale 30 days prior to the event,

Apr 20, Friday     Dave Stamey

Jun 1, Friday      Juni Fisher

                   ....more to follow

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April 20-21, 2007
First Annual Kane County Cowboy Poetry Gathering   Kanab, Utah ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

The First Annual Kane County Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be held in celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week and in conjunction with the Cowboy Poets of Utah.

Friday, April 20, we will be holding a dinner honoring one of our long-time cowboy poets. The dinner will be held at Parry's Lodge "Old Barn" Friday afternoon and evening. If you would like to come for dinner please RSVP to Doug Keller

Saturday, April 21, beginning at 10:00 AM, there will be an open mic with Cowboy Poets and Western Music. We will have performances from our young poets as well. The open mic session will continue through 4:00PM. We are expecting some great entertainers and it promises to be fun-filled day.

The Saturday evening headliners include Brenn Hill, Don Kennington, Latigo, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Kenny Hall, Barbara Hall, and kid poets, with Sam A. Jackson and his sidekick Laurali Noteman as emcees. The show begins at 7:00 PM at Kanab's Crescent Moon Theare. Admission is $10 per person and $25 per family.

Events are sponsored by the Kane County Utah Travel Council.

This will be the first of what promises to be an outstanding annual event.

Contact Doug Keller at  or call (435) 644-3266 evenings or (435) 689-0642 days.

t's a surprise! Sam DeLeeuw and Jo Lynne Kirkwood of the Cowboy Poets of Utah have sent the news, and hope that all friends of Barbara Hall will take part in sending congratulations. (Barb does not use a computer, so we're posting the news with the CPU's blessing.) 

Barbara Hall is going to be awarded the Cowboy Poets of Utah Pioneer Award on April 21, 2007, at the First Annual Kane County Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Kanab, Utah, during Cowboy Poetry Week.

Please join others in sending her congratulations by email or with cards. If you'd like to send her your book or CD, a poem, a memento--those are welcome, too.

(Colen Sweeten was given this honor last year during Cowboy Poetry Week; see Jo Lynne Kirkwood's story and photos from that event here.)

Please pass the word around (to everyone but Barbara!).

Send mail or email to Jo Lynne Kirkwood:  PO Box 570207, Sigurd, Utah 84657;

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April 20-21, 2007
Gila Valley Cowboy Poets Spring Gathering   Safford/Pima Arizona  ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

From Ann Blackford:

Gila Valley Cowboy Poets, Inc. will be celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week 2007 in a big way. Once again the Safford city Graham County Library at 808 7th Ave., will sponsor an Open House event on Friday April 20 from 10am till 4pm. Cowboy Poets will be providing hourly entertainment with song, stories and verse. Among those expected to participate are the Desert Sons Reunion, Jon Messenger, Roughstring, Suzi Killman, Bunny Dryden, Skelly Boyd and student poets, along with a number of additional local entertainers. The public is encouraged to drop by for an hour or the entire day. The Library will be showcasing their services and will provide refreshments.

Bright and early on Saturday April 21, some of the Gila Valley Cowboy Poets performers will entertain the Pima Heritage Days pancake breakfast at the Eastern AZ Museum at 2 N. Main St. in Pima.

Chili Cook-off contestants will cowboy up at the Graham County Fairgrounds Ag Building on Hwy 191 to prepare their award winning chili recipes. Wes Bryce will be on hand with his big old pot of cowboy coffee. In addition to a "People's Choice" winner, local dignitaries will judge the entries, with cash awards presented to the winners. Entries for the Chili Cook-off are open until April 20th.  Contest chili and side dishes will be served for lunch. 

Cowboy musicians, poets and tellers of tall tales will perform between 9:30am and noon. Concert time is 1:30 pm. Headlined by The Desert Sons Reunion, the concert will preview the Fall Gathering "Tales From the Trail." Roughstring, Suzi Killman, Sabrina Doshier, Jon Messenger, Bunny Dryden, Hook Hill, Skelly Boyd, Frank Hughes, Ron Green and a multitude of other local performers will present a great afternoon of family entertainment. During intermission a local long time rancher will be honored with the Heritage Award, recognizing life long dedication to the cowboy life in the Gila Valley.

Tickets are available at the Safford Chamber of Commerce or at the door, $12 for adults, and $6 for students. Your admittance ticket covers a full day of family entertainment—chili lunch, morning entertainment and the afternoon
concert event.

For more information email or call Jerry Blackford 928 348-7663.

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April 20-21, 2007
20th Annual St. Anthony Cowboy Poetry Gathering   St. Anthony, Idaho   ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

From Bobbie Hunter:

April 20-21 2007
Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week and the St. Anthony Cowboy Poets of Idaho Gathering

Cowboy Poetry Week originally came into being in 2002, thanks to  Since then it has flourished and is now celebrating its sixth anniversary the week of April 15-21, 2007. Dear to the hearts of all those who enjoy the Western heritage, Cowboy Poetry Week is highlighted by various activities and events ranging from official proclamations to colorful gatherings held throughout the entire United States.

One such event is the St. Anthony Cowboy Poets of Idaho (CPI) Gathering. The third weekend in April features a variety of entertainers setting up shop for the Friday and Saturday shows (April 20 and 21) which will take place in the small Eastern Idaho community of St. Anthony. If last year was any indication of things to come, both music and poetry will delight the hearts and comfort the souls of all who attend.

The Roxy Theater, a rustic bit of Americana in itself, hosts poets and musicians who travel from many of the Western states and Canada to perform in what is arguably one of the most entertaining gatherings of its kind. This year the Cowboy Poetry Week and the St. Anthony Gathering have overlapping dates—especially meaningful since it also marks the twentieth anniversary for the St. Anthony Gathering.

According to Layle Bagley, a committee representative, "St. Anthony is a 'true' gathering, one of the original, where everyone who comes gets a couple of turns at the mic, member of CPI or not."

Mark your calendar for April—a time to revel in poetry and music, a time to celebrate anniversaries, and a time to gather in the little theater in St. Anthony. I'll save you a seat at the Roxy!

The Friday and Saturday day performances begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue to 5:30 p.m. The Friday and Saturday night shows begin at 6:30 and continue to approximately 10:00 p.m. All performances will be in the Roxy Theater. To obtain additional information regarding the St. Anthony Gathering, please contact:

Layle Bagley
111 E. 3000 N.
Rexburg, Idaho

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April 25-29, 2007
14th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival  Santa Clarita, California

From the Festival:

It took some time but we were finally able to work things out with Melody Ranch and Roscoe Productions and are happy to say that the 14th annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival is once again coming to Melody Ranch (tm) Motion Picture Studio and other venues April 25-29, 2007. Special thanks to the Veluzat family for welcoming us to their spectacular venue.

As always, the Cowboy Festival will feature the best in Western gear, food and clothing as well as outstanding poets and musicians like Baxter Black, Don Edwards, The Sons of the San Joaquin, Cowboy Celtic, Wylie & the Wild West, Sourdough Slim, Dave Stamey, Jon Chandler, Paul Zarzyski and many more. Back by popular demand are Ginny Mac, Juni Fisher and poets Chris Isaacs and Doris Daley. Whit Smith, formerly of Hot Club of Cowtown, will be bringing a brand new trio, String Devils, to our event and we're pleased to announce that master horseman and trick roper, Benny Martinez, will be returning to amaze audiences with his equestrian magic.

And that's not all! Our Festival poster this year will be released soon and will feature the artwork of premier Western watercolorist, William Matthews.


On Saturday and Sunday, April 28 & 29, you can catch performances throughout the day on the California Music Stage, The Dodge House Stage, Cowboy Corner Stage, and the Medicine Show Stage. Some of the great performances you can see are Nancy Lee, The Messick Family, Justus and the Montanas, the Western jazz sounds of CowBop, as well as cowboy poets Les Buffham and Daryl Knight. Be sure to stop by the Medicine Show Stage and enjoy the talents of saloon pianist, Dave Bourne; magician, Whit Haydn; and banjo-ologist, Gordy Ohliger.  You will also find that many of the Main Stage performers appear on these stages during the Festival.  Street Performers this year include trick ropers, Dave Thornberry, Jim Townsley, and Will Roberts. Saddle serenader Mike Tcherkassky and perennial favorite John Hustead will be riding the ranch as well.

Colorado based balladeer, Bill Barwick, will make his first appearance at the Festival this year. Returning to amaze audiences, Benny Martinez, will be performing on Main Street with his roping and equestrian magic.

All weekend, throughout the festival grounds you can go back in time with living history re-enactors; watch how the blacksmiths hammer out horseshoes, the ropers capture festival goers, and learn how to make your own lasso at the edutainment area.

See performance schedules at:

For more information please visit or call (661) 286-4021


The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival was named one of the top five Western Events in the country by True West Magazine as well as one of "Five Worth the Drive" by the AAA magazine, Westways.

As you may already know, our Friends of the Festival Ticket Packages are sold out but there are plenty of two day weekend passes available. The latter is a great deal at $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. And remember, the one day general admission is a bargain at $20 and $10 respectively.

This year's Saturday night Swing Dance has been moved and we know we've found a great location. The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center is less than a mile from the Cowboy Shuttle Site and features one of the best dance floors in the valley. Music will be provided by The Lucky Stars and KCSN will be doing a simulcast there from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. The Senior Center will be selling beer and wine as well as BBQ food so, if you like, you can make it an entire evening.

Tickets are still available for our Cowboy Couture fashion show on Wednesday, April 25 at the Canyon Theater Guild and sales for the Chuckwagon Dinner Show on April 26 are going like hotcakes on a hot iron griddle. And if you like the thought of a fantastic show in an intimate setting, "Wiley and Wild West unplugged" and "A Tribute to Will Rogers" at Hart Mansion still have seating available.

And very soon, we'll be announcing this year's honorees for inclusion in the Walk of Western Stars. The Walk of Western Stars banquet is always one of our most popular events.

Schedules and ticket information for all the performances above are posted on our website at or you can call out ticket office: 661-286-4021

Look forward to seeing you in April!!


The City of Santa Clarita's 2007 Walk of Western Stars will honor legends of the silver screen on Friday, April 27, 2007, beginning at 3 p.m. on the sidewalks of old town Newhall and culminating with a western gala dinner at the Valencia Hyatt Hotel at 7 p.m. Hosting this year's Gala is former Walk of Stars award winner and legendary cowboy balladeer Don Edwards, with entertainment provided by David Wilkie and Cowboy Celtic.

Topping this year's honorees is long-time actor Harry Dean Stanton, currently starring in the television series "Big Love," filmed in Santa Clarita. A character actor with hound-dog eyes and the rare ability to alternate between menace and earnest at a moment's notice, Harry Dean Stanton has proven one of the most enduring and endearing actors of his generation. From his early days riding the range in Gunsmoke and Rawhide, Stanton has stood the test of time. If Stanton's face is familiar, it's probably because his credits on the small screen are numerous, including: Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Rawhide, and How the West Was Won.

Billed Dean Stanton in his early years and often carrying the weight of the screen baddie, Stanton gunned down the best of them in numerous early Westerns before a soulful turn in Cool Hand Luke showed that he was capable of much more. Though a role in The Godfather Part II offered momentary cinematic redemption, it wasn't long before Stanton was back to his old antics in the 1976 Marlon Western The Missouri Breaks.

In 1984, Stanton essayed what was perhaps his most dramatically demanding role to date in director Wim Wenders' Paris Texas. Cast as a broken man whose brother attempts to help him remember why he walked out on his family years before, Stanton's devastating performance provided the emotional core to what was perhaps one of the essential films of the 1980s.

Also being honored on the 2007 Santa Clarita Walk of Western Stars is Phil Rawlins. Born in Glendale, California 77 years ago, Rawlins is a long-time stuntman who doubled for Clint Eastwood in Rawhide. He also rode shotgun on the stagecoach in Gunsmoke, as well as doubling for Randolph Scott, Robert Ryan, and Don Murray.

Rawlins worked as a second assistant director in Fury, and as first assistant director at Warner Brothers Studios. His credits include "Hawaiian Eye," "Cheyenne," "Bronco," and "77 Sunset Strip." Rawlins is a long-time Santa Clarita resident, making his home in Placerita Canyon where he enjoys cowboying on his ranch.

Rounding out the honorees for 2007 are the Sons of the San Joaquin. A long-time Santa Clarita Cowboy festival favorite, the Sons of the San Joaquin offer an upbeat, airtight, three-part family harmonies. This sound has carried Joe, Jack, and Lon Hannah from church and community gatherings to places like Switzerland, where traditional cowboy music is even more revered than modern country music. In the Arabian Peninsula they found enthusiastic receptions from people who regard their own traditions to be a close parallel to our cowboy heritage.

Since 1992, the Sons of the San Joaquin have recorded several albums. One of them being Gospel Trails, which features some of the Hannah's favorite hymns. One of the selections, "In the Sweet By and By", features a special appearance by the late Dale Evans Rogers as lead vocalist.

A lifetime of family singing combined with their true love of cowboy music has the Sons of the San Joaquin in constant demand. Family is the key word for the Sons of the San Joaquin. Joe, Jack and Linda, and Lon and Susan consider anyone who has ever picked up a rope, watched an old Western, or hummed a cowboy tune, to be part of their family.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Carousel Ranch therapeutic riding program. Tickets for the Walk of Western Stars dinner gala are $100 per person and are available through the City of Santa Clarita at (661) 286-4021 and online at

For more information please visit or call (661) 286-4021

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May 4-5, 2007
Idaho City Gathering  Idaho City, Idaho

The historically rich mining community of Idaho City will host a cowboy poetry gathering the first weekend in May (Friday, May 4th, and Saturday, May 5th). The small Idaho town is comprised of culturally rich, rustic buildings, and exceptional scenery, making for a visually appealing and appropriate setting for the gathering. To the delight of far-flung cowboy poetry enthusiasts as well as to the local gentry, poets and musicians will join forces to once again captivate the audience with tales and songs of the old West and of cowboy life.

Featured performers include Stampede!, Oral Elser, Vern Woodbury, and Terry Raff.  Other well-known poets and musicians will also be present, combining their efforts to raise this year's gathering to unexcelled heights.

Day performances begin at 10:30 a.m. and continue to approximately 4:30. The evening shows being at 6:30 p.m.
Anyone wishing more information may contact:

Bobbie Hunter

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May 5, 2007
Orrin Porter Rockwell Cowboy Poetry & Western Music Festival  Brigham City, Utah

We have scheduled our next gathering to be held on Saturday, May 5, 2007. It will be held at the Box Elder Middle School; matinee at 3pm, Main Stage Show at 7 pm with an Open Mic session in between (5:15-6:30). 

More details are forthcoming.

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May 5-6, 2007
Stagecoach  Indio, California

Stagecoach, a new event created by Goldenvoice, the organizers of California's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, will have tents devoted to cowboy poetry, rural Americana and storytelling, along with Western music, bluegrass, and country music. Stagecoach takes place May 5-6, 2007 at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California.

Cowboy poetry, western music, and storytelling performers will include Baxter Black, Don Edwards, Cowboy Celtic, Red Steagall, Waddie Mitchell, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Riders In The Sky, and Sons of the San Joaquin. Other entertainment includes Garrison Keillor, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Earl Scruggs, Kenny Chesney, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, and Ricky Skaggs.

There will be art and gear exhibits and seminars. Read more and find all the details and ticket information at the Stagecoach web site.

From the organizers:

That's right—the 2007 Stagecoach lineup has officially been announced! Artists will perform in four distinct performance areas including the main stage, an alt-country stage, a bluegrass stage and a storytelling area making for two jam-packed days of music. It all takes place at the breathtakingly beautiful Empire Polo Field, the same site as the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival which is being held the week before.

Beyond the music, there will be a wide variety of art including country music memorabilia, antique cowboy gear, rawhide sculptures, western heritage installations and Americana folk arts. Additionally, music fans can look forward to activities like saddle making, blacksmiths, rodeo gear, lasso and trail boss seminars, among others.

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May 5-6, 2007
Way Out West Festival Kearney, Arizona

From Samantha Gibson:

The General Kearny Inn presents the "Way Out West Festival" May 5th & 6th.

Come and enjoy Music, Poetry & dancing that tells the history of our Western Heritage. There will be events all day on Saturday. such as a Trail Ride, Steak Cookout, and Western Art and Crafts.

Katy Creek
Tom Hiatt
Rolf Flake
Master of Ceremonies:  Marvin O'Dell
We also have Kinalatsonii Dancers. This is a group of Native American Dancers which will feature the World Champion Youth Hoop Dancer Tyrese Jensen.
For more information, visit:    

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May 11, 2007
Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree   Winthrop, Washington

From Lauralee Northcott:

What do you get when you cross the best in cowboy entertainment with the old west town of Winthrop? An evening of delightful laughter! There are two such nights planned for 2007. The Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree will be presented
Friday May 11 and Saturday Sept. 15, 2007 at 7:00 pm in the Winthrop Auditorium, sponsored by Winthrop Red Apple Market.

Friday May 11, 2007

Winthrop Barn Sat 7 pm

Rounder Records recording artist Wylie Gustafson comes to the Barn. Wylie is the coolest cowpoke around. Forget everything you hate about modern country, this guy is old school cool without being being a tired period piece.

Horse Crazy, captivating cowgirl band will set your toes a tapping. Dave McClure cowboy poet and humorist will be featured with all-star Elbow Coulee Cast of Characters. Forest Stump, Girl of the Golden West, the Jingle Queens of the San Joaquin and a few surprise guests, will remind you what it means to be entertained!

Sept 15, 2007
Winthrop Barn Sat 7 pm

Merlin Gene and Arjay. This unique act brings together the magic of ventriloquism with knee slapping, original country comedy. The Family Band from Omak will enhance this wonderful show.

Visit the Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree web site for more.

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May 11-13, 2007
Fifth Annual Motherin' Up...Gathering of Poets and Pickers   White Sulphur Springs, Montana 

The Fifth Annual Motherin' Up Gathering in White Sulphur Springs, Montana, is May 11-13, 2007.  

May 11: Youth poetry evening. 

May 12: day sessions (beginning at 10 a.m.)
            Night Show (beginning at 7 p.m.--pre-show music at 6:30)

May 13: Cowboy church.

The gathering will be held at the school in White Sulphur Springs. 

All sessions are free to the public except for the night show.      

For more information to either perform or attend, contact Margaret Wilhelm at Box 888, White Sulphur Springs, Montana 59645 or phone 406-547-3563.

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May 17-20, 2007
Cowgirl University  Greenough, Montana

From the official announcement:

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame invites you to pack your bags on May 17 – 20, 2007 and head to Cowgirl University, for the ultimate immersion into cowgirl culture. This three-day weekend excursion will bring you in contact with accomplished cowgirls, offering a chance to learn true cowgirl skills while experiencing the tranquility of a luxury escape.

Cowgirl University will take place at The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana and offers an enchanting escape into the tranquility and magnificence of Montana's pastoral countryside. This luxurious ranch resort in Montana is discretely nestled among some of the most breathtaking country in the world. Cowgirl University blends together the upscale ambiance of a luxury resort with the activities of a ranch for an incredible self-discovery journey.

Starting on Thursday, May 17, 2006, guests will arrive in Greenough, Montana to be greeted by National Cowgirl Hall of Fame honorees Georgie Sicking, Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, Barbara Van Cleve, Sheila Varian and Jan Youren; then start on their cowgirl itinerary. Choose from several activities designed to inspire and develop the cowgirl spirit - including poetry, photography, horsemanship and more.

Read the details and more about the honorees at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame web site.

Thanks to Diane Tribitt for the details about this event

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May 19, 2007
Rhythm and Rawhide  Reno, Nevada

Wells Fargo Presents Rhythm and Rawhide

     Doris Daley, Cowboy Poet and The Quebe Sisters Band, Reno Philharmonic Orchestra

      Grand Sierra Theatre
      VIP Cocktail Party 5:00pm
      Dinner, Auction and Concert 6:30pm
      For tickets, The Main Event 775-323-2380

From the event web site:

The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Barry Jekowsky, will perform with nationally recognized cowboy "po-ette"  Doris Daley and highly-acclaimed fiddling prodigies, The Quebe Sisters, at the fifth annual Wells Fargo Rhythm & Rawhide Benefit Concert on May 19th at the Grand Sierra Resort. The evening begins with VIP cocktail party at 5:00 pm, followed by dinner, auction and concert at 6:30 pm.

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May 27-28, 2007
Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children's Cowboy Festival
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Official media release:


One of the nation's greatest family friendly festivals has been named an official Oklahoma Centennial event. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum® in Oklahoma City will celebrate the 17th Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering & Children's Cowboy Festival, May 26 and 27, 2007, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The American Bus Association recognized the Memorial Day weekend event as a 2004 Top 100 Event in North America. The festival with its mouth-watering food, activities for children, musical entertainment for the entire family and opportunity to browse the nation's premier Western heritage museum attracted the attention of the Food Network which featured the festival on its "Top Five: Summer Sensations" program.

Children can participate in numerous outdoor activities including pony rides, rope making, bandana designing, paper fan decorating, coloring and leather crafting. There is also a special Centennial craft.

Stagecoach and covered wagon rides around the festival oval are a family favorite. Photo opportunities are abundant and pictures taken with Oreo, a Texas Longhorn steer, are popular. Tammi Sauer, author of Cowboy Camp and other children's books, will share cowboy stories at the storyteller's tent.

Western music and musical entertainment are scheduled on two separate stages. Don Edwards will be on stage Saturday, May 26. Edwards' career as a balladeer, guitarist and composer has spanned more than three decades, enriching audiences with his authentic Western music and his extensive knowledge of cowboy lore. He played the role of Smokey, Robert Redford's best friend in the motion picture Horse Whisperer.


Red Steagall, who will perform Sunday, May 28, has performed at the Chuck Wagon event since 1991. The official Cowboy Poet of Texas is a master songwriter, recording artist, author, actor, radio personality and rancher. His career spans more than 25 years of performances at rodeos, major fairs, poetry gatherings and worldwide tours.

Steagall was inducted into the Museum's prestigious Hall of Great Westerners during the 2003 Western Heritage Awards ceremonies. He has received six Wrangler Awards throughout the years for outstanding Western albums. His brother Danny will accompany Steagall on guitar, as will Rich O'Brien, who is well known throughout the Western music world.

O'Brien has been involved as a guitarist and producer on more than 150 recordings. He has received 11 Wrangler Awards, more than any other person in the history of the Museum's Western Heritage Awards.

Back again! Liesl Schoenberger, award-winning classical violinist and fiddler virtuoso will perform on stage both days. Schoenberger, a festival favorite in past years, has performed with symphony orchestras as well as at the Grand Ole Opry.

Chuck Milner, cowboy singer, poet and songwriter will entertain as well as introduce other performers on the platform stage at the south end of the festival grounds. Milner, who has performed at many Western events across the country, has entertained at the Museum's gathering since its inception 17 years ago.

New to the entertainment stage this year is California horse trainer and singer Nicolette Birnie. Birnie's talent led her to Nashville where she recorded the first few songs on her first album, "Stonehorse." Her experiences with horses were the inspiration for the lyrics and music in her first CD undertaking.

Other festival entertainers include talented Oklahoma Flyin' Fiddler Wayne Cantwell, who plays Celtic, old time and bluegrass; cowboy singer Jim Garling; and working cowboy Gary S. Pratt with lead guitar and bass player Doyle Ellis.

Pratt has performed for the RFD-TV series "Best of America by Horseback," and has appeared in "The Black Marshall" and "Trail End" with actor Barry Corbin, for which he wrote the title song. Pratt's newest album All Original Cowboy was released in October 2005, and his hit single for the United States military, Singin' Silent Night, was released in November 2006.

Dr. H.P. Hedgethicket III, Esquire will hawk his many "remedies and cures" during a hilarious Old West Medicine Show. Wheelwright and wagon master Gary Stull, Cape Fair, Missouri, will share his trade through interactive demonstrations on making wagon wheels while Gary Robinson will demonstrate blacksmithing techniques.

Lisa Sorrell, Guthrie, Oklahoma, will demonstrate boot making. Also returning is Oklahoma City Blazers hockey coach Doug Sauter's Express Clyde and Pony Show +1 featuring the eight-year-old Clydesdale Blazer, donkey Redhawk and miniature horse Taxi.

When it's time to cool off, families can take kids up the hill to the Museum's indoor Children's Cowboy Corral, which offers plenty of hands-on entertainment. "Please touch" is the mantra often heard in the children's building where activities include mounting real saddles, dressing up in cowboy gear and pretending to cook at a real chuck wagon camp. From howling coyotes atop a 20-foot rock mountain to oversized puzzles of Museum paintings and interactive computer games, the Three C's Ranch is a fun place to be.

One of the best bargains of the day is the chance to visit the Museum's fascinating galleries that tell the story of the West. One of the most popular galleries is the Western Performers Gallery, which evokes fond memories of movie stars from the silent era to the present. One of the most charming components of the gallery is a 1930s replica theater where a short film, narrated by Sam Elliott, captures the eventful history of Hollywood Westerns. And a stroll through Prosperity Junction, the Museum's Western town, delights all ages.

The food is fantastic! Ten chuck wagon crews cook such delicious fare as stew, brisket, sourdough biscuits, beans, cobblers and rice pudding for visitors to sample. Recipes are prepared hourly at a demonstration wagon by sisters Sue Cunningham and Jean Cates, award-winning cooks from the C Bar C Ranch, Hartley, Texas. The Cunningham wagon is still used during spring and fall roundups. Demonstration recipes are free to the audience and cookbooks are available for purchase at The Museum Store wagon.

Chuck wagon activities, tastings and Museum admission, excluding concessions, are included in the price of admission: adults $14 for a one-day pass, $21 for a two-day pass; seniors 62-and-over $12 for a one-day pass, $18 for a two-day pass; children 6-12 are $5 for a one-day pass and $7.50 for a two-day pass. Children five and under are admitted free, as are members of the Museum with current card. Member card admits up to six people ages 6 and above and includes Express Member Check-In. Memberships are available for purchase at the festival. Festival hours are ten a.m. to four p.m. The Museum is open at 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Dobson Communications Corporation presents the 2007 Chuck Wagon Gathering in cooperation with Delta Air Lines. Additional cosponsors include The Oklahoman, KKNG 93.3 FM and Great Plains Coca-Cola, with support from Museum Partners Devon Energy Corporation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation.

Oklahoma's heritage is uniquely Western, and Memorial Day weekend is a great time to take in more than one event. Attend the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Range Roundup, a top-notch ranch rodeo, taking place at State Fair Park, Friday and Saturday, May 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. Range Roundup is the perfect complement to the daytime Chuck Wagon Gathering & Children's Cowboy Festival. Tickets available at or (800) 511-1552.

Nationally accredited, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located in Oklahoma City's Adventure District at the junction of I-44 and I-35. America's Premier Western Heritage Museum™ offers annual memberships that include year-round admission for six people, including the Chuck Wagon Gathering, and a subscription to the Museum's award-winning Persimmon Hill magazine. For more information, call (405) 478-2250.

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June 1, 2007
Mavericks Coffee House   Visalia, California  

From Gary Brown:  

Mavericks Coffee House, 2328 E. Caldwell Ave., Visalia, CA 93277; an old western town. Shows start at 7 PM. Tickets (559-624-1400) go on sale 30 days prior to the event,

Jun 1, Friday      Juni Fisher

                   ....more to follow

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June 2, 2007
Oklahoma Centennial Trail Drive & Chuck Wagon Dinner   Crossroads Ranch, near Frederick, Oklahoma

From the official announcement:

Join us to celebrate the Historic 1910 ride by the sons of the great "Catch 'em Alive" Jack Abernathy. Temple, age 6 years, and Louis, age 10, rode horseback 2500 miles from their home, the CROSSROADS RANCH, west of Frederick, to New York City to meet their family friend Teddy Roosevelt.

More than 200 head of cattle will be rounded up and driven from the river bottom to the sand hills, followed by entertainment and an authentic Chuckwagon Dinner by Walker Ryan at the scenic Crossroads Ranch. Come enjoy the evening in the grassy river bottom, shaded by the cottonwood trees and cooled by the breeze! An authentic Brush automobile will be on display as

TRAIL DRIVE--Riders gather at 2 PM -- Adults $15.00, 12 & under Free

GATES OPEN at 2 PM, ENTERTAINMENT begins at 3 PM: FREE PONY RIDES, (Children 6 and Under). STORYTELLING by the Abernathy "Sister" 6:00 PM Cowboy Poet Jay Snider, Cowboy singer Kevin Davis CHUCKWAGON DINNER -7 PM -- Adults $20.00, 10 & under $6.50

TICKETS: MUST BE PURCHASED BY MAY 29th. Tickets available at Box, Inc.; Frederick Ace Hardware; Frederick Chamber of Commerce; BancFirst; SWRE; First National Bank of Altus, Tipton & Frederick. Directions and map will be on back of tickets.

Checks should be made payable to Tillman County Historical Society; Visa & Mastercard accepted through Chamber office.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, or to order by Credit Card Call the Frederick Chamber of Commerce at 580-335-2126.

No Beer or Alcohol Allowed. Bring your lawn chair.

Proceeds to benefit the Abernathy Boys exhibit at the Pioneer Townsite Museum.

Read more and more about the Abernathy boys at the Frederick Chamber web site.

Posted 5/3

June - September, 2007
Cowboy Campfire at Scofield's Red Mule Ranch  Fiddletown, California

Ron and Marie Scofield are your hosts for an evening of old-time cowcamp entertainment under the stars at the Red Mule Ranch in Fiddletown, California. Enjoy a chuck wagon tri-tip dinner and a variety of cowboy music, poetry, and story telling in an 1880's setting. In addition to Ron's traditional brand of old cowboy music standards, special guest performers contribute their unique style of western wit, wisdom, satire, and song. The Old West trio will be there (on all dates except July 9 and Sept 3) to share old and new cowboy ballads, three-part harmony, and yodeling tunes.

Reservations are required.  See the web site for reservation information.

2007 Dates:

June 2: Juni Fisher, Ron Scofield

June 30: Old West, Ron Brinegar, Ron Scofield

July 14: Sourdough Slim, Ron Scofield

Aug. 25: Jim King, Johnny Walker, Ron Scofield

Sept. 8: Tony Ilardi, Jim & Karen Ross, Ron Scofield

Sept. 22: Old West, McAvoy Layne as Mark Twain, Ron Scofield

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June 1-3, 2007
The Canadian Rockies Cowboy Festival   Nordegg, Alberta

The second annual Canadian Rockies Cowboy Festival, kicks off the first weekend of June with a great mix of Country & Western Music and Cowboy Poetry.

Featured performers are: one of Canada's most popular recording artists, Rick Tippe; Canada's fastest rising new star, Brett Kissel; and Alberta's favourite singing Cowgirl, Eli Barsi. The all-star Canadian cast for this cowboy weekend in the Rockies also includes; The Allen Christie Band, Matt Johnston, Jesse Fowler, Danny and Susan Gibson and two of Canada's best known cowboy poets; Terri Mason and Mike Puhallo. Joining us from the Methow Valley in Washington is the very entertaining cowgirl band, Horse Crazy, and from Nespelum Washington; cowboy poet, song writer and mutton busting stock contractor, Dave McClure!

In addition to stage shows throughout the weekend there will also be a big steak Bar-B-Que, followed by a dance Friday and Saturday Night hosted by The Three Musty Steers.  There will be a cowboy breakfast available Saturday and Sunday morning and  Cowboy Church Service Sunday Morning. 

The David Thompson Resort, Alberta is smack dab in the middle of some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet, a short drive from Calgary or Banff and right next door to the world famous Columbia Ice Fields. Native travelers used this broad mountain pass on the headwaters of the Saskatchewan River for countless centuries as a major trade route through the Rockies. In 1807, David Thompson became the first European to explore the area as he passed through on his way to the Columbia River. The 2007 Canadian Rockies Cowboy Festival is a celebration of this Bi-Centenary.

There is plenty of camping on site as well as motel packages available for those that book early. All you need to bring is a few friends, your lawn chairs and a cowboy state of mind, we've got the rest of it covered!

Presented by David Thompson Resort, for reservation information just visit our website  or  Phone toll free  1-888-810-2103 or Ph 403-721-2103  fax 403-721-2267

Mike Puhallo / Twilight Ranch Productions  1-888-763-2224

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June 2, 2007
Cowboy Music Night  San Martin, California

The Lions Club presents Cowboy Music Night with Curly Musgrave, Belinda Gail, and Mick Vernon

Curly Musgrave and Belinda Gail,

Western Music Association's Traditional Duo/Group of the Year 2005 and 2006

Belinda Gail,  "Americas Western Sweetheart"

Western Music Association "Female Performer of the Year" for 1999 thru 2002 & 2005

Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Award for "Female Vocalist of the Year" 1999 & 2004

Curly Musgrave

Western Music Association "Male Performer of the Year" for 2002 & 2003 and "Songwriter of the Year" for 2002, 2003 & 2004

Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Award for "Male Vocalist & Entertainer of the Year'" for 2003

WITH SPECIAL GUEST: Cowboy Poet and musician Mick Vernon

Author of The Lyrical Lawman Rides, a book of original cowboy poetry. A cowboy, farrier, law dog, entertainer and Executive Director of the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival.

June 2, 2007 6:00-10:00 pm
San Martin Lions Community Hall
12415 Murphy Avenue, San Martin, California
Tickets $25.00
Includes: Light Refreshments Before The Concert
(Limited Seating)

Call to Order Tickets:


Buy Tickets at:

Roadrunner Driving School
16870 Joleen Way, Morgan Hill
M-F 9 to 4 408-779-9190

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June 2, 2007
Oklahoma Centennial Trail Drive & Chuck Wagon Dinner   Crossroads Ranch, near Frederick, Oklahoma

From the official announcement:

Join us to celebrate the Historic 1910 ride by the sons of the great "Catch 'em Alive" Jack Abernathy. Temple, age 6 years, and Louis, age 10, rode horseback 2500 miles from their home, the CROSSROADS RANCH, west of Frederick, to New York City to meet their family friend Teddy Roosevelt.

More than 200 head of cattle will be rounded up and driven from the river bottom to the sand hills, followed by entertainment and an authentic Chuckwagon Dinner by Walker Ryan at the scenic Crossroads Ranch. Come enjoy the evening in the grassy river bottom, shaded by the cottonwood trees and cooled by the breeze! An authentic Brush automobile will be on display as

TRAIL DRIVE--Riders gather at 2 PM -- Adults $15.00, 12 & under Free

GATES OPEN at 2 PM, ENTERTAINMENT begins at 3 PM: FREE PONY RIDES, (Children 6 and Under). STORYTELLING by the Abernathy "Sister" 6:00 PM Cowboy Poet Jay Snider, Cowboy singer Kevin Davis CHUCKWAGON DINNER -7 PM -- Adults $20.00, 10 & under $6.50

TICKETS: MUST BE PURCHASED BY MAY 29th. Tickets available at Box, Inc.; Frederick Ace Hardware; Frederick Chamber of Commerce; BancFirst; SWRE; First National Bank of Altus, Tipton & Frederick. Directions and map will be on back of tickets.

Checks should be made payable to Tillman County Historical Society; Visa & Mastercard accepted through Chamber office.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, or to order by Credit Card Call the Frederick Chamber of Commerce at 580-335-2126.

No Beer or Alcohol Allowed. Bring your lawn chair.

Proceeds to benefit the Abernathy Boys exhibit at the Pioneer Townsite Museum.

Read more and more about the Abernathy boys at the Frederick Chamber web site.

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June 8-10, 2007
11th Annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering  Fort Scott, Kansas

Echoes of the Trail Features Two Special Musicians This Year

Fans will enjoy two featured performers this year, in addition to founder Johnny Kendrick and a dozen other talented cowboy poets and musicians. A fifth and sixth grade student cowboy poetry contest is another new feature.

The 11th annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering at Fort Scott Community College will bring back folklorist Jim Hoy Friday night, June 8th, along with six cowboy poets and musicians. Hoy performed to a full house last year, entertaining with song and guitar as he educated fans on the lore of the Kansas Flint Hills cowboy. Hoy interacts with the audience and encourages questions. Born on a stock ranch near Cassoday, Hoy has lived in the Flint Hills all his life. He has authored and co-authored nine books and hundreds of articles on the history of the Great Plains, including the syndicated column, Plains Folk, which he writes with Jim Isern. In 1996 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. His performance is financed in part by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Following Friday night’s opening with founders Johnny Kendrick and Arnold Schofield, Echoes of the Trail welcomes back Donna Penley, a former barrel racer and author of several books of cowboy poetry. Donna volunteers in a horse therapy program near her home in Haysville, Kan., and wrote a heartwarming poem about an autistic child who not only spoke, but sang for the first time when she was placed on a horse. With Donna will be Kiamichi Songbird Wanda Cothren, whose silver voice has wowed crowds at Echoes each year. Horseshoer/trainer/cowboy musician Delbert Shields also returns, taking time from his “Best of America by Horseback” TV tour. Following Jim Hoy will be Ron Wilson, 2004 A.W.A. Heartland Chapter Horizon Award winner, plus cowboy preacher/poet Ron Ratliff, and cowboy singer D. J. Fry.

Saturday, after fans enjoy a full day of cowboy entertainment, Barry “Bear” Ward will perform Saturday night, along with six more cowboy poets/singers. Barry was well received at Echoes in 2002, and this year his two “side men,” Tony McGee and Travis Jantz, will join him. “Bear” is a fourth generation Western Kansas farmer, and writes Christian, Western, and cowboy music based on his life experience. He excels on the guitar, and his booming voice conveys his feelings. According to his web site,, the subjects of his songs range from a married man’s humorous observations in “The Look,” to a heart-wrenching true story of a rancher whose son was killed on horseback. Barry says “I believe that the Lord has blessed me with the gift of being aware of my surroundings and the ability to capture that moment in verse and song.”

Ward has recorded four CDs and a DVD. He has been nominated Male Performer of the Year by the Western Music Association, and performs all over the U.S., including a 2003 performance in Carnegie Hall in New York, N.Y., as part of the Great American Cowboy Concert.

Before and after Saturday night’s featured performer, nationally known cowboy poet Gail Burton, rope-spinnin’ humorous cowboy poet Harold Carpenter, Cowboys for Christ member and Cowboy Church leader Richard Dunlap, past rodeo bull rider and poet Jay Jones, rawhide braider / cowboy musician Joe Lester, and mule skinner and Shepherd of the Hills performer Jake White will entertain with tales and songs of life on the trail.

Halfway through the Saturday evening show, the silent auction of fine western art and other unique items will end. Winning entries in the student welding contest and more will be auctioned live at that time.

All day Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the 12 talented cowboy poets and musicians will entertain fans on two stages. There will be an open microphone at 3 p.m. in the Round Room, and winners of the new 5-county student cowboy poetry contest will read or recite their work at that time.

This year, even more fine horse “jewelry” and tack will be sold in the halls, along with western art, home décor, and more. An added treat will be cowgirl poet Judith Johnston who’ll shine your boots or oil yer saddle!

There will be plenty of cowboy and southwestern food at Echoes this year. Outdoors, Denny Williams and Don Collop will again cook up authentic, delicious cowboy “grub” for Saturday’s noon meal and Sunday’s cowboy breakfast. A free will offering is asked for chuck wagon meals. Joining them “just for fun,” will be Lynn and Judy Doughty with their chuck wagon and Lynn’s hilarious cowboy and Indian carvings.

Buck Rowland of Buckaroo’s Saddle and Tack of Arma, Kan. will bring his new bride, Jeanne to the gathering this year, along with her delicious “Chili Diablo Taste of the West.” Near the Academic Building entrance, Jeanne will sell queso and chips, quesadillas, and other Mexican treats with plenty of chipotle peppers. At the Commons Area Snack Bar, Harold Hicks and the FSCC Relay for Life Team will sell Harold’s famous chili, along with homemade cookies and other goodies.

Because we are bringing both Jim Hoy and Barry Ward to Echoes this year, we have had to increase ticket prices. However, we are offering a senior citizen discount, which will be available at locally at Country Cupboard, by mail, and at the door. Seniors may buy two tickets for $20, admitting them to all Academic Building shows. This is a discount of $5 per ticket, since admission to all day Saturday plus both evening shows will be $15 per person. Children age 12 and under will be admitted free. A ticket to just one evening show and all day Saturday also will be offered for $10.

Log onto to view photos of past events and links to Jim Hoy, Barry Ward, and other western web sites. Watch the site for a detailed schedule and more information, or call 620-223-0736. Send checks for advance tickets to Echoes of the Trail, 2280 Hackberry Rd., Fort Scott, KS 66701.

Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering web site

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June 15-17, 2007
Elsinore Heritage Days / Sevier Valley Cowboy Gathering   Elsinore and Richfield, Utah

From Jo Lynne Kirkwood:

Plans are well underway for the annual gathering in Sevier County, so mark the date on your calendarJune 15th through 17thand plan to be here. For many years the event was a one, sometimes two-night show in conjunction with Elsinore Heritage Days, but two years ago the “cowboy” portion of the festival expanded to include events from the Sevier Valley Roundup, and the tradition continues.

This year will see a headliner evening show once again, at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield. For 2007 we’ll feature Curly Musgrave and Belinda Gail, with poets Andy Nelson and Jesse Smith also on stage that evening. Some other performers already scheduled to be part of the festival include Jim Dunham, Doug Keller, STAMPEDE!, Jerry "Brooksie" Brooks, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Sam DeLeeuw, In Cahoots, Curly Syndergaard, Kenny Hall, and our youth poets.

We can also expect living history venues with wagon rides and an old-time tractor exhibition and parade, and Sevier County’s local chapter of the San Raphael Mountain Men group will have an encampment set up on the Elsinore City park, where the main festival is located.

On Friday evening Joel Frandsen, historian and Utah Humanities Road Scholar, will lecture about local cowboy history and outlaw lore. Plan to stay for an absolutely superb slow-cooked beef barbeque dinner that night. Elsinore does about the best job with that we’ve ever tasted! The concert on Friday will feature STAMPEDE!

On Saturday we’ll again host a youth poet contest, so if you have kids, grandkids or neighbor’s kids who may want to participate, get them signed up! The contest – and a youth dutch oven contest are both generously sponsored by local Sevier County equipment dealer (CAT) Wheeler Machine. Events run continuously both Friday and Saturday, and wrap-up with a Morningside service on the park Sunday Morning. CR Wood coordinates the festival; call Jo Kirkwood (435)896-1856 for information. DO PLAN TO BE THERE!

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June 15-18, 2007
20th Annual Pincher Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering   Pincher Creek, Alberta

20th Annual Pincher Creek Alberta, Cowboy Poetry Gathering, June 15-18, 2007   

Canada's original Cowboy Festival is 20 years old and ready to party!

For information phone 1-888-298-5855, or (403) 627-5855

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June 22-24, 2007
Canadian Rockies Bluegrass Festival  Nordegg, Alberta

MC  Mike Puhallo
Three Days Of good times and great music!

David Thompson Resort,
Cline River on Highway 11    Toll Free: 1-888-810-2103 Local Telephone:
(403) 721-2103 Fax: (403) 721-2267 E-mail:

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June 23, 2007
Roundup at Los Rios  Oak Glen (Yucaipa), California


Roundup at Los Rios Benefits Kids with Cancer
Chuckwagon Dinner Concert Stars Don Edwards and Waddie Mitchell
Oak Glen (Yucaipa), CA – Cowboy crooner  Don Edwards and buckaroo poet Waddie Mitchell will share the stage for a benefit performance on Saturday, June 23rd at the second annual Roundup at Los Rios, held at historic Los Rios Rancho in the hills of Oak Glen above Yucaipa.
Performing together as the Bard and the Balladeer, Waddie and Don have shared stages all over America, treating audiences to their unique blend of traditional cowboy music and storytelling.
Grammy-nominated Don Edwards has spent more than thirty years entertaining audiences with his cowboy ballads.  The National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City has dubbed him, “the best purveyor of cowboy music in America today.”  He has twice been awarded the Cowboy Hall of Fame’s “Wrangler” award for Outstanding Traditional Western Music.  In addition to his musical career, Don appeared as “Smokey” in the Robert Redford film, “The Horse Whisperer.”
From his earliest days on the remote Nevada ranches where his father worked, Waddie Mitchell was immersed in the cowboy way of entertaining; the art of spinnin’ tales in rhyme and meter that came to be called cowboy poetry.  He has honed and perfected the craft, and presents original stories of lessons and insights gained through a lifetime spent as a buckaroo.  Waddie has performed on stages worldwide, and appeared on television shows as varied as Larry King Live and Good Morning America.  A People Magazine review of his 1998 release “Waddie Mitchell Live” declared it “horse sense and humor from America ’s best known cowboy poet.”
At the Roundup at Los Rios, Don and Waddie will perform under the stars in a gorgeous mountain setting framed by live oaks and apple trees.  Concert tickets include a pre-show dinner of authentic cowboy grub – biscuits, beans, and BBQ tri-tip (plus Dutch oven cobbler for dessert!), served right off the tailgate of an authentic 1880s chuckwagon.  The beer and wine “saloon” will be sponsored and staffed by the    San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Rodeo Association.Silent auctions and prize raffles will take place between dinner and the show. 
All proceeds benefit the Desi Geestman Foundation, which gives vital support to childhood cancer patients and their families at The City of Hope National Medical Center and Loma Linda University Children's Hospital.
This one-night-only engagement is limited to 350 seats.  For tickets or information, call (818) 249-1105, or log on to

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June 28, 2007
June 30, 2007
July 1, 2007
National Museum of Wildlife Art Cowboy Poetry  Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has summer cowboy poetry events:

Thursday, June 28, 2007: Remington & Russell Revisited; lecture by Guest Curator Brian Dippie and performance by cowboy poet DW Groethe

Saturday, June 30, 2007:  Cowboy Poets and Art Scholars: A Lighthearted Look at Our Love of the West; poets Paul Zarzyski and Henry Real Bird and noted scholars

Saturday, June 30, 2007:  Learn to Rhyme in Cowboy Time; poetry workshop for all ages led by Montana cowboy poet Henry Real Bird

Sunday, July 1, 2007: Women of the West; music, poetry and sketching; Christine Langdon, Georgie Sicking and Rhonda Stearns

The museum holds nearly 4,000 works of art, and "strives to enrich and inspire public appreciation of fine art and humanity's relationship with nature by focusing its exhibitions and programs on wildlife." The museum, which overlooks the 20,000-acre National Elk Refuge, is "on route to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks."

Visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art web site for event details and registration information, and for more about the museum.

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July 9, 2007
National Cowboys of Color Poetry Dedication  Ft. Worth, Texas

Cowboy poet Ron Wilson, called the "Poet Lariat," will be performing an original cowboy poem about the National Cowboys of Color Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth on Monday, July 9, 2007. National Cowboys of Color Museum and Halll of Fame, a non-profit 501(c)(3) museum located in Fort Worth, Texas, documents the many positive accomplishments that multicultural cowboys and early frontier pioneers contributed to the settling of the western United States, through exhibits, workshops and lectures for youth and adults as well. The focus of the museum is designed to help teach young people about the contributions made to the settling of the old west, giving them a more complete recognition of the many faces of people and events of the American Western Frontier. "The National Cowboys of Color Museum is a wonderful way to recognize the pioneers of many cultures and backgrounds who helped build the American West, as well as those who honor the cowboy way still today," said Wilson. The event will take place at the National Cowboys of Color Museum, 3400 Mount Vernon Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas, 76103, beginning with museum tours from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30p.m.  The programming will begin immediately afterwards starting with the original poem presentation to the National Cowboys of Color Museum by Ron Wilson, followed by a character re-enactment of the first and only documented female Buffalo Soldier, Cathay Williams, performed by Rosieleeta “Lee” Reed.  The event is scheduled to end at 8:00p.m.  Refreshments will be served.  Free museum admission and free parking available. 

Ron Wilson grew up in a family that raised cattle, horses, hogs, wheat, corn, milo and kids at Lazy T Ranch near Manhattan, Kansas, where he was active in 4-H and FFA.   Wilson went on to serve as Kansas FFA President and National Vice-President of FFA.   Ron earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Agricultural Education with an Animal Science specialty and his Masters in Mass Communications from Kansas State University.  He has also served as legislative assistant for agriculture to Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum in Washington D.C.  Since 1990, Ron has been director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at K-State.  Ron is also a life member of the Kaw Valley Rodeo Association and a founding member of the Bibles and Boots Chapter of Cowboys for Christ.  After living near Wamego, Kansas for 16 years, he and his wife and kids moved back to the family ranch near Manhattan in 2006.

Wilson began writing “cowboy poetry” as a hobby.  He performs all original cowboy poetry in full costume, complete with audience participation. Wilson’s poetry is fun, family-oriented, patriotic, relates extremely well with agricultural and rural audiences, and most of the time, it even rhymes. He was proclaimed "Poet Lariat" - not laureate - by Kansas Governor Bill Graves.  Wilson has also performed at numerous events such as the Kansas Family Festival held in conjunction with the inauguration of Governor Kathleen Sebelius, the national gathering of the Academy of Western Artists in Fort Worth, Texas and at the Kansas Health Foundation's Leadership Institute, receiving a standing ovation.  Wilson won first place at the Kansas Cowboy Symposium in Dodge City in 2003 and is the winner of the 2004 Horizon Award from the Heartland Chapter of the Academy of Western Artists.  Wilson has published two copyrighted poetry books, "Wagon Tongue" and "Poet Lariat", and a CD titled "Cowboy Collections."  Further information is available at

Rosieleeta “Lee” Reed is a 2006 National Cowboys of Color Hall of Fame Inductee.  She founded the Lakeside Riders Club as an outreach and community service non-profit dedicated to providing positive avenues for the energies of disadvantaged youth. Her organization teaches youth ages 6-18 the fundamentals of horseback riding, hunting, fishing and camping. Texas Black history and the legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers are also emphasized. Reed strives to educate people about the history and heritage of cowboys and cowgirls of color.  Her efforts have resulted in her receiving multiple awards including, but not limited to, The First Humanitarian Award from Medical City of Dallas and the Jefferson Award’s- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for “Outstanding Public Service Benefiting Communities.” Reed was one of five people awarded the national Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award by the American Institute for Public Service in 2006.    

Reed makes numerous presentations each year to multiple organizations such as the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the National Cowboys of Color Museum and the George Bush Memorial Library to name a few. She also travels statewide as a trooper in the Texas Buffalo Soldier Regiment conducting educational programs in Texas schools. Reed specializes in presentations about Cathay Williams, the first and only documented female Buffalo soldier, and Stage Coach Mary Fields, the first Black woman to work for the US postal service.  

For more information about this event contact the National Cowboys of Color Museum and Halll of Fame.



3400 Mount Vernon Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76103

817-534-8801 – Museum                                         
817-534-6277 -
Museum Fax
817-922-9999 – Business Office
817-923-9304 -
Business Office Fax

HOURS OF OPERATION: Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.


$6.00 for adults, $4.00 for senior citizens, $3.00 for students with I.D., children 5 and under are free.


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July 13, 2007
20th Annual California Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Gathering "Cowboys and Cabernet"  Salinas, California 


20th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering

"Cowboys & Cabernet"

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Show starts at 7:00 PM - Open mic 6:30 PM

Wine tasting 6:00 PM

Sherwood Hall, 940 N. Main St, Salinas


Each year the best cowboy poets come together for a special evening.  This popular event is always a crowd pleaser.  Red Steagall
is headlining this year.  Also performing are Curly Musgrave and Belinda Gail, Sourdough Slim, Pat Richardson,Susan Parker, and the Monterey County Free Library Youth Contest Winners.  Proceeds benefit the Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries.

Wine tasting at 6:00 PM
Open Mic at 6:30 PM
and the Show Starts at 7:00 pm

Sherwood Hall, 940 N. Main St.  Salinas

Tickets: $25 - Adults / $5.00 - Kids12 and under

Wine Tasting tickets sold separately ($10 - commemorative glass & 4 tasting tickets)

Tickets on sale at Rodeo Box Office (1034 N. Main St, Salinas), over the phone at (800) 540-4989 or


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July 13-15, 2007
5th Annual Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering   Encampment, Wyoming

The 5th Annual Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering will be held July 13, 14, & 15th, 2007 in Encampment, Wyoming

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 13         Gunfighter Shootout, Melodrama, and Campfire Jam Session

Saturday, July 14     Stick Horse Rodeo
                              Barbeque Lunch 
                              Open Mic Session of Poetry and Music

                              Afternoon lineup, Grandview Park:

      12:30 PM Jerry Paxton
      12:40 PM Laurie and Cora Wood
      12:50 PM Ken Kreusel
       1:00 PM Larry Reese
       1:10 PM Yvonne Hollenbeck
       1:20 PM Carin Mari and the Pony Express
       1:30 PM Erin Rempel
       1:40 PM
Chris Isaacs
       1:50 PM Sam Platts
       2:00 PM Steve Moulton
       2:10 PM
Chris Isaacs
       2:20 PM Dave Stamey
       2:30 PM Paul Harris (
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       2:40 PM Encampment Community Choir
       3:00 PM Square Dancers

                              Evening Performance with Dave Stamey, Carin Mari and Pony Express, Chris Isaacs
                              and MC
Chuck Larsen.

                              Campfire Jam Session

Sunday, July 15       Chuckwagon Breakfast and Cowboy Church

                             Songwriting Workshop conducted by Dave Stamey

     Special Program: On Sunday, July 15th, along with the Wyoming Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and
     the Grand Encampment Museum, the Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering is offering a special presentation of
      Yvonne Hollenbeck's "Weave of the West" quilt program.

The Grand Encampment Museum will have historic re-enactments and activities all weekend as well.  Bring the family and come join us!  We still have openings  for poets and pickers for the Saturday afternoon open mic session. If you are interested please contact us by e-mail or call (307) 327-5389 .

More information can be found at, or e-mail us at

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June through October
Mavericks Coffee House  Visalia, California

From Gary Brown:  

Mavericks Coffee House & Roasting Company
Exclusive Venue for Cowboy Poetry & Music
238 E. Caldwell Ave. Visalia, CA 93277
Call 559 624-1400. Limited seating.
Ticket sales begins 30 days before concert date.


From Gary Brown:

We've had a great first half of the year at the only ongoing continuous venue for western music and sometimes cowboy poetry. We started out with Bruce Forman & Cowbop, Ian Tyson, Gary Fjellgaard, The Hannah Boys (Sons of the San Joaquin), Dave Stamey, David Wilkie & Cowboy Celtic, Don Edwards, Tish Hinojosa and Juni Fisher. Quite a list of who's who in western music today...and we are not quite half thru in 07! We are pleased to share with the upcoming lineup and we appreciate your helping to get the news out of live music and cowboy poetry.

The following is the updated list of concerts for Mavericks Coffee House & Roasting Company for the summer and fall (more to be added later):

June 23, Saturday: An Evening of Cowboy Poetry with Chris Isaacs, 3 time WMA Cowboy Poet Award winner with special guest - the one and only (thank God), the funniest, over the top poet yet - Pat Richardson. Tickets $25.

July 21, Saturday: Joyce Woodson - Singer/Songwriter with an alto voice that Utah Phillips describes as the "best since Kate Wolf". Joyce has a brand new western album that you will want to get for your collection. Her "He's Courtin Annie" has been done by other favorites of ours. Tickets $25.

August 18, Saturday:  Belinda Gail & Curly Musgrave  - we are truly blessed to have these two outstanding performers play at Mavericks. They both are great individual performers, however together they are best duo in western music today. All their awards back up this statement. $30.

October 27, Saturday:  The Christina Ortega Band - Christina will rattle the walls in our venue as she sings both western ballads and Spanish corridas. Having heard her in person Christina is the western music version of have to be an old folkie to remember Odetta and her rousing rendition of "Bald Headed Woman". Christina is backed up by a energetic and accomplished group of musicians. $25.

We are planning on return engagements of Mike Beck in the fall, Tom Russell in December and discussing a possible date in October with the Polish Hobo, bronc buster, free verse Cowboy Poet Paul Zarzyski (see the June issue of Western Horseman for a review of his latest CD...look for the cover with our friend Don Edwards on it...great article on a great guy and performer).

All shows start at 7 PM. Seating is limited so call for tickets. Tickets go  on sale 30 days prior to the

Call 559  624-1400...Visa/MC.
The venue is at 238 E. Caldwell Ave., Visalia, CA 93277 (corner of Court and Caldwell).

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July 14, 2007
Triple Creek Ranch 1st Annual Cowboy Supper   Redding, California



Triple Creek Ranch

A Therapeutic Riding Center

 1st Annual Cowboy Supper



Triple Creek Ranch is proud to present the 1st Annual Cowboy Supper Fundraising Event!


Saturday, July 14, 6:00 pm,

Redding Convention Center


American Cowboy music at its finest!  This year's event features live music by the Sons of the San Joaquin as well as a traditional "Chuck Wagon" style dinner.  Also enjoy some cowboy poetry (by Redding's Keith Trent) and a silent and live auction!

Proceeds support Triple Creek Ranch a non-profit therapeutic riding center.  Triple Creek is a center member of NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association). The Ranch uses horses to provide therapy for  children and adults with physical, emotional and learning disabilities.

Thanks to your support we will be able to continue to assist people toward achieving balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit through Horses and other activities with Christian values.

Tickets are $50, which includes the dinner and concert as well as the other festivities for the evening.  Tickets are limited! Purchase from the Redding Convention Center Box Office at 530-225-4130, or on the web at

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July 27, 2007  
Cowboys at Riverbend Live!  Winston, Oregon

The Riverbend Live! Concert series is pleased to announce its eleventh year in Winston, Oregon with a remarkable cast of performers. The quality of music, drama and poetry performances have never been better as the Friday night concerts unfold through the month of July and into August of 2007. The free Friday night concerts will start at 7:00 p.m. and last approximately two hours. Everyone is invited to bring their blankets or lawn chairs, but no pets please. There will be a variety of food vendors from which to select your evening meal and snacks. If you prefer, bring your picnic basket. This year’s performances will feature a powerful lineup of Cajun, blues, African and western music along with cowboy poetry, humor and the great Riverbend Live! youth theater. There is always a delightful evening of entertainment for everyone at Riverbend Live!

The cowboys are back at Riverbend Live! in Winston on Friday, July 27, 2007. This year’s concert is headlined with Red Steagall, 2006 Poet Laureate of Texas. Red Steagall is best known for his 200+ songs that he has recorded by himself as well as other artists. The songs include, “Here We Go Again,” “Party Dolls and Wine,” and “Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music.” While Steagall has performed at all kinds of venues around the United States, most Texas cowboys would say that he is at his best when he performs around a chuck wagon campfire. He is a true cowboy who is at home on famous stages and at a lonesome cow camp in west Texas. Red will be performing an unforgettable show with his music that connects the audience to the old west and the life of the American cowboy.

Joining Red Steagall on the Riverbend Live! stage on July 27, 2007 is Montana cowboy DW Groethe. Groethe is an acclaimed ranch hand, songwriter, musician and poet. While he is comfortable on stage, he is at home on horseback. DW Groethe is versatile on stage switching effortlessly from a song with dazzling guitar work to poetry that will leave the audience rolling in the aisles with laughter or dabbing the tears from their eyes. Baxter Black says of DW’s recent recording, “There’s hardly a song I hadn’t wished I’d written myself.” Don’t forget to wear your hat and boots (leave your spurs at home) to this great performance by Red Steagall and DW Groethe on July 27, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.!

RIVERBEND LIVE! CONCERT SERIES takes place 7:00 p.m. Fridays, July 6, 2007 – August 3, 2007 at Riverbend Park, Winston, Oregon

Marcia Ball and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Asleep at the Wheel
Children’s Theater – “A Mid Summer Camps Dream”
Red Steagall and DW Groethe
Hugh Masekela
Phone: 541-679-9732

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July 27-29, 2007
White Mountains Roundup of Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art  Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona

From Jo Baeza:

This year's all-new show is presented by Cowboy Poet Chris Isaacs. It features Chris; STAMPEDE! from Roy, Utah; Poet/Singer Jean Prescott, Ovalo, Texas; and Poet Eldon Housley, Tucson.

In addition to a great show, there will be Western and American Indian art on sale; and a tantalizing taste of genuine Apache Cowboy Cuisine cooked up by Navajo entertainer Vincent Craig and his family.

Show starts at 7 p.m.  Blue Ridge High School Auditorium, Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona.

Make reservations early, as July is prime tourist season in Arizona's High Country.

Visit the White Mountains Roundup of Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art web site.

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July 28-29, 2007
Fifth Annual Running of the Bull Festival  Eldorado, Texas

From Jim Runge:

Running of the BULL--Eldorado, Texas, a spoof of Spain's Running of the Bulls will be held July 28-29 on the Schleicher County courthouse square.  This
festival celebrates the gift of gab and features liars, cowboy poets, punsters, storytellers, animal acts, skits, cloggers, singers and other acts
that are "full of bull."  No admission, entry or parking fees.  Contact Jim Runge at 325-853-3678 or to enter or attend this fifth
annual event.


UPDATE 7/24:

Running of the BULL Parade Information

Everyone is invited to participate in the Eldorado Running of the BULL parade on Saturday, July 28.  The parade will form at the tennis courts by
the school and depart at 9:30 AM.  It will then go to the Mertzon Highway, and turn left to go to the courthouse.  In front of the courthouse on the
Menard highway, the parade will turn right to go down Main Street, make a U turn at Rosa's Casita and return to the square on Main Street.  There is no entry fee and an Eldorado T-shirt will be awarded to the entry best exemplifying the BULL theme.  Last minute entries welcome. Just show up.  FMI contact Annie Arispe @ 325-853-3026 or

UPDATE 7/19:

2007 BULL to include "Whine Festival"

A new feature has been added to the 2007 Running of the BULL festival in Eldorado this July 28-29.  In addition to cowboy poets, liars, punsters,
tongue twisters, singers, cloggers, storytellers, animal acts, skits, etc., anyone wanting to whine about something, will be given a few moments to
vent.  Sorry, not enough time for political whines.that would take forever. In a continuing spoof of anything and everything by the Eldorado Olympic Bid Organizing Committee, this celebration of the gift of gab will make fun of the various wine festivals cropping up all over the place.

This fifth annual event has already lined up its best schedule of speakers yet, and with the addition of "whiners," still another dimension will be added to the fun filled festivities.  Each year the Eldorado courthouse square is filled with arts, crafts and food vendors, plus inflatables and games for the kids.  Two entertainment areas bustle with a myriad of talkers, cloggers, music and shenanigans.  Washer tossers fill one side of the square on Saturday with an all day long tournament.

The weekend begins with 5k and one mile runs Saturday morning at 8, and continues with a parade at 9:30, before the activities get underway under
the giant pecan trees at 10 AM.  A slight breeze and overhead misters usually provide surprisingly cool temperatures for this renowned event,
which is beginning to draw speakers and visitors from all over the state, and beyond.

And the best part?   Admission and parking are free, and there are no entry fees or other requirements to get up on the stage and speak.  The only cost is for any food or merchandise from the numerous vendors who are set up on the premises.  Almost sixty official vendors offer almost any type of
carnival type food and a huge variety of arts, crafts and retail items. That doesn't count the outlaw vendors who set up in the street off the
festival grounds.  Festival organizers urge visitors to shop the official vendors to help support the festival and reduce the possibility that admission will have to be charged at future events.

If you get up your nerve, opportunities are sometimes offered for impromptu speeches, so get ready!  For more information contact Jim Runge at
325-853-3678 or  Don't forget blankets and/or lawn chairs!

UPDATE 7/16:

Ten Reasons to come to Running of the BULL in Eldorado

1.  No chance of getting gored...or!
2.  You can just feel the tension ooze out of your gourd!
3.  See what Texas bullshooting is all about!
4.  Visit the Capital of NOWHERE!
5.  Meet the Governor of NOWHERE!
6.  See just how high BULL can be piled!
7.  Compare Eldorado to Pamplona, Spain...our sister city!
8.  See if you can whine with the best in our "Whine Festival!"
9.  See real live "Hoofing Heifers!"
10. Hear cowboy poetry!

UPDATE:  7/9


2007 will mark the fifth year for Eldorado's Running of the BULL Festival.  Started in 2003 as a spoof of Spain's "Running of the bulls," it has
developed into quite an event and draws visitors and "talkers" from all over the state.  It has steadily grown in size and stature until this year, when
it will host it's most prestigious slate of performers to date.

Each of the previous four years of this annual event has included Dennis Gaines of Kerrville, who was the storyteller and humorist of the year in
2000 for the Academy of Western Artists and the 2004 recipient of the Cowboy Poetry Album of the Year.  His cowpoke renditions often have people rolling on the ground.

This year Monte Jones of San Angelo, AKA Biscuits O'Bryan, who was the outstanding cowboy storyteller and humorist for the same outfit in 2003,
will appear on the stage.  He is the cook for the I. O. Everybody Ranch.  He is well known in the San Angelo area, but this is his first year at the BULL
and is expected to be another crowd pleaser.

And the BULL is excited to welcome another newcomer who not only is coming  all the way from Kansas City, MO, but also shares the name of the host county. Jerry Schleicher is a humorist, photographer, cowboy poet and writes a humor column for Grit magazine.  He performs cowboy poetry
regularly in the American heartland.

If you long for variety, another fresh face will be Elaine Coleman, an author of three books and a costumed storyteller.  She has written Texas Haunted Forts, Texas Frontier Foods and Louisiana Haunted Forts.

Steve Smith is a sculptor and cowboy poet from Carrizo Springs and has recited at the Texas Folklife Festival, National Cowboy Symposium and has
performed at the BULL each year of its existence.  Another regular and crowd favorite, Curly Butts of Bowie returns for his third year.  Hal Swift from Sparks, Nevada, has sent one of his poems, the Bovine Cowboy Poet, to be read.

Past and possible "talkers" for this year include musician Jon Cartwright of Eldorado, Jim Collins of McKinney, Carl Condray of Big Spring, Naomi Dodson of  Eldorado, Dale Eubanks of Bandera, John Fluth of Ozona, Gary Johnson of Austin, Bob "Elvis" Lester of Eldorado, Gene Perkins of Garland, Walt Perryman of Fredericksburg and Les Royal of  Hico.  However, one of the most enjoyable parts of the event is the new and unexpected speakers that often show up, and all performers are invited, regardless of their credentials.

As always, the "Hoofing Heifers" will kick the event off at 10 AM on Saturday, July 28 with their clogging and cow jokes.  At any other time,
they are called the Lone Star Cloggers from San Angelo.  On Sunday, July 29, the West Texas Cloggers will perform.

For information as to how to become a speaker or vendor, contact Jim Runge at 325-853-3678 or  Admission and parking are free, but bring lawn chairs.

Jim Runge
P. O. Box 199
Eldorado, Texas 76936


Updated 7/16

July 29, 2007
Cowtown Tribute to Cowboys  Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth Pays Special Tribute to Cowboys Who Made




         BY Devon Dawson, Grammy Winning CD's
         Guest, "Yodeling Queen Janet McBride and THE COWTOWN OPRY



        Special Musical Tribute to the 2 Awesome COWGIRLS


      1st Prize $100,  2and Prize $50, 3rd Prize $25
      Prizes sponsored by Monty Teel


Sponsored by Cowtown Opry, a 5013c non profit organization to preserve and promote Western Music. Scholarships to Buckaroos, youth learning Western music, are given with funds raised for special training.   Free Concerts are  held most Sun. at 2pm on Exchange Bldg. front steps, Historic Fort Worth Stockyards, Fort Worth, Tx. web site:

Any Sun. show you would like to be a specially highlighted group at the Cowboy Concert, request before the show starts for the Master of Ceremonies to Introduce your group-WE WOULD BE HONORED AND DELIGHTED TO HAVE YOUR  GROUP RECOGNIZED AND LET THEM KNOW YOU ARE THE LEADER!

** Poetry competition for Middle and High School students
     Include Name, age, grade, school, address, and phone contact
     Poetry must be printed or typed-10 lines min.
     All entries must be sent by July 8th to:
                 Cowtown Opry-Poetry Contest
                 131 E. Exchange Building
                  Fort Worth, Texas 76106
     Winners must be PRESENT TO WIN

For added information: Richard Linnartz  817-838-5882 or Email

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August 3-5, 2007
3rd Annual Coast Fork Cowboy Festival  Creswell, Oregon

Friday night, Saturday night shows at the Creswell High School Commons

Pre-show at 6, Shows start at 6:30
Admission: $10 per person, $30 Family of 4

Cowboy Church, 9am at the Cloverdale Chapel, Creswell. Free

Performers are:

Sam Deleeuw
High Strung Band (Reddington Family)
Wayne Nelson
Sam Matisse
Smoke Wade

Kathy & Van Criddle
Dallas & PJ McCord

Proceeds go to benefit the Creswell School's art/music/drama departments. This year we are also donating funds to the Creswell Chamber of Commerce for the 4th of July city wide celebration. Contact info: Dallas McCord 541-514-1575,, or Van Criddle 541-688-5580

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August 3-5, 2007
Virginia City Cowboy Gathering  Virginia City, Montana



You are hereby invited to join us for the Virginia City Cowboy Gathering! We are planning a great weekend of verse and song in Montana’s historic gold camp, Virginia City. Several of our featured performers this year headlined for the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Featuring Gordon Peterson, Gwen Petersen, Bob Petermann, Lloyd McKenna, Jamie Baker, Howard Norskog, and Mike Logan


What’s happening , where and when?

Friday, August 3rd

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Open Sessions starting on the hour, presenting the best in poetry and music from old timers, first-timers and all those in-between. The Bale of Hay Saloon is our host with events on the patio, under the tent.

5:00 p.m. - Free BBQ Dinner for performers at the Alder Steak House.

7:00 p.m. - Night Show Extravaganza at the Alder Steak House: $8.00 adults, $5.00 for kids twelve and under.

Saturday, August 4th

10:00 a.m. - Noon - Open Sessions, on the hour at the Bale of Hay.

Noon ’til 1:00 p.m. - Time out to put on the old nosebag at your tailgate, picnic blanket or local café.

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - More Open Sessions at the Bale of Hay.

5:00 p.m. - Sing for your supper.

7:00 p.m. - Night Show Extravaganza at the Elks Club: $8.00 adults, $5.00 for kids twelve and under. After which, the party continues with jam sessions all ‘round town, ‘til the wee hours of morning.

Sunday, August 5th

8:00 a.m. - Cowboy Church, on the Bale of Hay patio.


During the day, our boardwalks are great for strolling with many places to sit and strum a tune or two. Please come and help us make this a great Gathering.

For more gathering info, please contact: For what else to do and where to stay:

Jamie Baker Virginia City Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 166 P.O. Box 218
Alder, MT 59710 Virginia City, MT 59755
Phone: (406) 842-5560 Phone: 800-829-2969

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Join us for a gala evening celebrating the life and works of E .J. Cameron.
Festivities held at the Prairie County Fairgrounds, Terry, Montana
5:30 p.m. registration and social hour featuring hors d'oeuvres, fine California wine and beer
Gourmet prime rib dinner and entertainment by Juni Fisher, 2006 WMA Female Vocalist of the Year, to follow

Live auction of vintage Cameron photos
Silent auction of items from the Prairie County community
A chance to win a $1,000 savings bond courtesy of Stockman Bank
Seating is limited. Reservations required no later than July 20, 2007
$75 per person; $125 per couple
A British lady, her naturalist husband, and her unwieldy 5x7 Graflex camera moved to Terry, in the late 1800s. "Lady" Evelyn Cameron took startlingly clear pictures of everything: cowboys, sheepherders, weddings, river crossings, freight wagons, people working, badlands, eagles, coyotes and wolves. Through her camera lens, Terry was recorded for posterity.
That posterity has turned into national acclaim for the area through the work of former Time-Life Books editor, Donna Lucey. In the late 1970s, Lucey discovered thousands of Cameron’s photo-negatives stashed away in the basement of Cameron’s best friend’s home. Lucey quickly realized she had discovered a treasure trove of masterpieces chronicling the lives of Terry’s early settlers.
After years of sorting the photographs and studying Cameron’s meticulously kept diaries, Lucey published Photographing Montana 1894-1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron, a photo-book that beautifully depicts Cameron’s photographic genius and her unique personality. National magazines and television networks carried stories on the unusual frontier photographer.
Visitors can discover Terry’s history at the Cameron Gallery featuring large crisp copies of the photographs that made her famous. The collection is a stunning portrayal of the everyday lives of eastern Montana homesteaders. This museum is non-profit and relies upon donations.
Prairie County is also rich in history. Travel to the famed base camp area of the Custer Expedition and visit the graves of soldiers who died from wounds received in the Battle of the Little Bighorn, or to where the Far West Steamboat docked. Thirty-five miles north of Terry is the location of the battle between General Miles and Sitting Bull.

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August 4, 2007
Cowtown Society of Western Music Social / Fundraiser  Jacksboro, Texas

Mark your calendar... The Cowtown Society Of Western Music will have a fundraiser-social hosted by the VFW in Jacksboro, Texas, on August 4th, 2007 from 3 pm until Midnight. Dance and enjoy the western swing music of some of the finest musicians in the country, with some very special surprise guests. Music will be provided throughout the afternoon by a host of guest artists & musicians starting at 3 pm (all musicians invited to participate).

The evening performance will feature music by Brady Bowen and Swing Country from 8 until Midnight. Brady's Swing Country band includes Grammy award winner and hall of famer Tommy Allsup along with Billy Doshier, Larry Reed, Chris York, Bobby Boatright, George Uptmore, Wayne Glasson and Ronnie Ellis. Make plans to come and support CSWM. There will be 9 hours of western swing music, silent auction, food, dancing & fun.

There will be items auctioned throughout the afternoon and evening including a Barnwood framed limited edition lithograph of the faces of Eldon Shamblin, Cindy Walker and Bob Wills with many autographed signatures such as Johnny Bush, Ray Price, Tom Morrell, Curly Lewis, Ray Reed, Leon Rausch, Billy Walker, Rich O'Brien, Bobby Koefer, Curtis Potter, Tommy Allsup, Lloyd Jordan, Hank Thompson, Herb Remington, Evelyn McKinney, Dave Alexander and many more. It measures 24" X 19" in full color and donated by Joe Baker from his private collection.

For Info call Gary Beaver at 817-240-4580 or Joe Baker at 505-257-3955 or email, $10 per person. Directions will be provided on request.

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August 7, 2007
12th Annual Academy of Western Artists (AWA) Will Rogers Awards   Garland, Texas

The 12th Annual Academy of Western Artists (AWA) Will Rogers Awards Show will be held at the Granville Theatre in Garland, Texas, on August 7, 2007. Details are forthcoming.  See the AWA web site for updates.

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August 7, 2007
Western Week & ProRodeo Cowboy Poetry and Music  Truckee, California

Western Week & ProRodeo
Cowboy Poetry & Music

Featuring: Yvonne Hollenbeck, Pat Richardson, Sourdough Slim, Sierry Pete and Fiddlin' Jenni

McIver Memorial Arena
Truckee, CA
Tickets online at
Information: (530) 587-5555

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August 18-19, 2007
Twelfth Annual Palouse County Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival  Pullman, Washington

The Palouse Cowboy Poetry Association presents:




AUGUST 18th, & 19th, 2007









11am -? OPEN MIC





509 397 4510

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August 18, 2007
Wild Horse Sanctuary Open House   Shingletown, California

The performance line-up for the Wild Horse Sanctuary Open House on August 18, 2007 will include both local folks as well as those traveling a fair distance.

Musicians: Bruce Barron, guitarist from Redding; Bernice “Gunny” Denny, guitarist and yodeler from Redding; Lloyd Raeg, guitar and mandolin player from Manton; Rick Vagts, fiddler from Chico; Laurel Paulson-Pierce, vocalist and guitar player from Chico; Ray Mitchum, guitarist and vocalist from Shingletown. 

Poets:  Jim Cardwell from Oroville; Dave P. Fisher from Reno, Nevada; Randy Rainwater from Red Bluff; Larry Brockman from Redding.


The entertainment will begin at 1:15 until 6:00pm.  Visit for more details.

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August 21, 2007
Soul Live! Special Benefit  Arvada, Colorado

A special benefit concert takes place Tuesday, August 21, 2007 in Arvada, Colorado. "Soul Live!," a monthly acoustic concert series, with host Jon Chandler ( will welcome "several of the Denver area's finest acoustic musicians to the stage in a benefit concert for Frank Wolking of Sons and Brothers (  The official announcement:

The Olde Town Pickin' Parlor
7515 Grandview Avenue
Arvada, Colorado 80002


Jon Chandler joined by Bill Barwick, Butch Hause, Mary Huckins, Loose Cannon, Ernie Martinez, Liz Masterson, Johnny Neill, Kit Simon and other special guests to aid the patriarch of Sons and Brothers as he fights cancer.

The Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor continues the fourth season of America’s Soul Live! an acoustic concert series, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21, with host Jon Chandler welcoming several of the Denver area’s finest acoustic musicians to the stage in a benefit concert for Frank Wolking of Sons and Brothers. America’s Soul Live! is held the third Tuesday of each month, and features regional and national songwriters performing both new and favorite compositions in an intimate acoustic setting. Admission is $10.

Over the past three years, Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor owner Kit Simon has seen the show grow from a small song circle to an SRO venue. “This is probably the most meaningful show we’ve featured,” according to Simon. “Frank and his family are good friends and Jon and I are delighted to find a way to help the Wolkings face some staggering medical costs.” Based in Westcliffe, Colorado, Sons and Brothers is fast becoming one of the country’s
most popular bluegrass/acoustic groups. “These guys are really poised to take off and turn into something big,” says Chandler. “Brothers Aaron, Mike, Joe and their dad, Frank have grown leaps and bounds in a short time, and I’m sure that Frank’s illness is just a bump in the road.” Diagnosed with cancer in March, Frank has spent the past few months undergoing a variety of treatments, including aggressive chemotherapy. Through it all, he, his wife, Val and their sons have evidenced incredible faith and poise.

The August 21 lineup features many of the area's finest musicians and songwriters who happen to be friends of the Wolkings. Dakota Blonde's Mary Huckins will bring her sweet vocals and powerful songs to the Pickin' Parlor's stage, and Bill Barwick will add the cowboy flavor. Prairie crooner Liz Masterson will be on hand and Ernie Martinez will be joined by his bluegrass band, Loose Cannon. Uncle Kit Simon will pick away, and of course, Chandler and his guests are joined by picker extraordinaire Ernie Martinez and consummate audio engineer and bassist Butch Hause. Denver's fiddler of choice Johnny Neill will be on hand, as well. In addition, there will be a silent auction featuring items donated by a variety of artists, musicians, and companies. All proceeds from the evening will go directly to the Wolking family.

Reservations for the event are suggested.

America’s Soul Live! gives listeners an Austin City Limits-type experience with award-winning singer/songwriter/author Jon Chandler welcoming contemporaries to the stage each month.

The Olde Town Pickin' Parlor, nationally known for its great selection of high-end acoustic instruments, is proud to provide a venue for some of the finest songsmiths in the region.

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August 25, 2007
Crandall Canyon Miners Benefit  Castle Dale, Utah

A benefit for Utah's Crandall Canyon Miners takes place Saturday, August 25, 2007 in Castle Dale, Utah, with the participation of many cowboy entertainers.  Popular singer and songwriter Brenn Hill will headline the show, and other musicians and poets performing include top reciter and veteran miner Jerry "Brooksie" Brooks, poet Stan Tixier, and the musicians of STAMPEDE! (Terri Taylor, Steve Taylor, and David Anderson). NBA star Shawn Bradley, who grew up in Castle Dale, will emcee the event.

Many people, businesses, and organizations have generously donated items for auction and raffle, including Andy Nelson, Don Edwards, Red Steagall, Michael Martin Murphey, Sons of the San Joaquin, Baxter Black, Waddie Mitchell, Cowboy Miner Productions, and many others.

The show takes place at Emery High School, at 7:00 PM Saturday and tickets are $15.00. People are encouraged to come early for the raffles and auction.

Additionally, donations can be sent to the Crandall Canyon Family Support Donation Account or the Crandall Canyon Rescue Worker Donation Account at any Zions Bank branch, or by calling 888-788-1099 for credit card donations. Donations can also be mailed to the Huntington Branch of Zions Bank, PO Box 60, Huntington, UT 84528. Both accounts are being handled by the mayor of Huntington and all funds will be distributed appropriately to the victims' families.

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August 30, 2007
2nd Annual Cowboy Poets Gathering   Alpine, Arizona

The Alpine Area Library Friends (AALF) will hold the 2nd Annual Cowboy Poets Gathering on August 30, 2007. We're looking for poets and musicians to participate. 

Contact: Robin Maly

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September 2, 2007
Cowboy Poetry and Music    Devils Tower National Park, Wyoming

From Robert Dennis:

We've got Hank Harris, Slim McNaught, Jim Hamilton and yours truly, performing cowboy poetry, songs and stories. We start in the afternoon at 1 pm and go until 4pm with a short break or two. Folks are invited to join us under the pine trees at the picnic area and bring along their lawn chairs, picnic basket, cool drinks and enjoy the afternoon. This is a pretty laid back performance and we like to keep it that way.

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September 7-8, 2007
Second Annual Reno Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering  Reno, Nevada


Second Annual Reno Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering

What: The second annual Reno Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering will be held on September 7 & 8, 2007, featuring three different shows with toe-tappin' music by Lacy J. Dalton and the Dalton Gang, David John & the Comstock Cowboys, and Richard Elloyan, and the vivid cowboy poetry and humor of Pat Richardson, Jim Parsons and John Tyson, our master of ceremonies.  On Saturday afternoon, there will also be a slide show of historic barns by Jack Hursh and an open mic session for aspiring cowboy poets and musicians.  Also on Saturday afternoon, a silent auction with artwork from the Artists Co-op Gallery will be held to benefit Soroptimist International of Reno, and Truckee Meadows Remembered for the preservation of historic buildings at the Bartley Ranch Regional Park.
Where: Hawkins Amphitheater at the Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno.  6000 Bartley Ranch Road, off Lakeside Drive.
When: 3 different shows - Friday, September 7 at 7:00 pm; Saturday, September 8 at 4:00pm and 8:00 pm.  Open Mic session and silent auction Saturday from noon to 3:00 pm.
Why: The event is a fundraiser for Soroptimist International of Reno's scholarships and awards to help women and children.   
Tickets and Information: Tickets for the Friday evening, Saturday matinee and Saturday evening performances can be obtained at, and start at $20 for advance, multi-performance purchases.  Attendance at the slide show, open mic session and silent auction are free to the public.  For further information, please go to or call (775) 830-7087. 
Soroptimist International of Reno belongs to a worldwide organization of women in management and professions who work through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women throughout the world.  Soroptimist International of Reno is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, and donations to it may be tax-deductible.

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September 8, 2007
Conifer Tales and Trails  Conifer, Colorado

Save the Date to Save the Land

September 8, 2007

You’re invited to participate In

Conifer Tales & Trails
A celebration of cowboy poetry, storytelling, music, and wide open spaces
to benefit the

Mountain Area Land Trust,
a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving environmentally important
natural areas and open lands in the mountain areas of Jefferson, Park, and Clear Creek Counties west of metropolitan Denver, Colorado.


What and When:  Conifer Tales & Trails is a celebration of Western heritage and folklore that will enchant you and your family while promoting MALT’s mission of land preservation.  Scheduled for September 8, 2007, the festival is expected to draw 3,000 – 5,000 attendees from throughout the state and among national followings of cowboy poetry gatherings. 
Planned events include:
  • Three concerts of cowboy poetry, music and storytelling

  • Open microphone performances

  • Vendor displays featuring Western art, antiques, collectibles, and home accents

  • Exhibits, storytelling and demonstrations of historical Western lifestyle      

  • Family and children’s activities, including --stick pony rodeo, --a Roy Rogers film festival, -- gem hunts, --trail rides,  --pony rides, --cowpoke dress-up,   --cowpie bingo, --pack mule string exhibit, --raptor exhibits, and much more!

  • Smokehouse barbeque meals and cook-off

  • Cowpoke Saloon

  • Mountain man and woman encampment

  • Cowboy and Cowgirl 101 workshops

  • Square dance and Western dance lessons and demonstrations

  • Cowpokes on Parade

  • Auctions and chance activities

  • Mercantile and musician CD sales

Where: Conifer Colorado is located just 30 minutes southwest of metropolitan Denver in the beautiful Rocky Mountain foothills. Concerts of cowboy poetry, storytelling, and music will be held at Conifer High School, and a family fair will take place down the road a piece at Diamond Sky commercial horse ranch.  Major sponsors and entertainers will be pampered at a V.I.P. dinner and jam session at the beautiful Meadow Creek Bed & Breakfast Inn event center in Pine.
Who: MALT is proud to have the following headline entertainers:

Many more local and regional entertainers will perform throughout the day at Conifer High School and Diamond Sky Ranch.  Western entertainers, including cowboy poets, storytellers, and musicians are encouraged to apply to perform at these Open Mike sessions.
Why:  The communities along the Highway 285 Corridor are experiencing rapid, explosive commercial and residential development, and have some of the most environmentally important land to be preserved in the MALT service area and in Colorado.  This event represents MALT’s first major outreach effort to inspire new audiences to be partners in  land preservation, and to educate communities about the ways that MALT can help landowners and citizens permanently preserve land for future generations.   For more information, visit MALT’s website at  or phone Janet Shown at 303-679-0950.

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September 11, 2007  
A Sense of Place  Ketchum, Idaho


 A Sense of Place 


Renowned Cowboy Poets Wallace McRae and Paul Zarzyski are coming to the Wood River Valley for two thought-provoking, educational, and entertaining events. On September 10th and 12th, McRae and Zarzyski will speak to students at the Silver Creek Alternative School in Hailey and, on September 11th at 7 p.m., the poets will perform at the NexStage Theatre in Ketchum. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

McRae and Zarzyski will conduct a workshop with students at the Silver Creek Alternative School that will focus on the creative process.  The poets will talk about how they work and write, how an idea germinates, and the creative journey that follows. Zarzyski says that their mission is to engage the students rather than lecture. "We'll talk about living and dying on planet Earth... we will find common ground and have an equal exchange."  Later in the week, Zarzyski and McRae will present their work at the NexStage Theatre. The audience will learn about how the West and a sense of place have influenced the poets and their work. The poets invite the audience to enjoy "... a celebration of each others lives and the West, a testimony to the power of friendship, kindred spiritness, and the creative process...".

Wallace McRae manages a 30,000 acre cow-calf ranch in Forsyth, Montana, is frequently a featured performer at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada and other gatherings, and is the first Cowboy Poet to be awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. McRae has published four books of poetry: It's Just Grass and Water, Up North Is Down the Crick, Things of Intrinsic Worth, and Cowboy Curmudgeon. Paul Zarzyski studied with celebrated poet, Richard Hugo, in the early 70's at the University of Montana where he received his M.F.A. degree and later taught. Zarzyski has recited and performed poetry all across the U.S. and in Canada at numerous cowboy, folk, and literary festivals.  Zarzyski has published four full collections of poetry including: Wolf Tracks on the Welcome Mat for which he received The Spur Award from The Western Writers of America for poetry, and All This Way For The Short Ride, which was the Western Heritage Award winner for 1996.

Presented by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts:

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September 13-15, 2007  
Oklahoma Centennial Covered Wagon Rendezvous, Enid, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Centennial celebration with  September 15, 2007 performance of cowboy poet/singer R. W. Hampton, plus Jimmy Webb and other Oklahoma musicians, with the Enid Symphony Orchestra

Find more on the event in a pdf file here.

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September 13-October 27, 2007
Festival of American Music & Crafts, with a Salute to the Great American Cowboy  Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri

From the organizers:

FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSIC & CRAFTS, with a Salute to the Great American Cowboy SEPTEMBER 13 - OCTOBER 27 (Open Wednesdays - Sundays)
An all-new show debuts for the Festival of American Music & Crafts with the popular Salute to the Great American Cowboy. New this year, the original musical production Headin’ West presents the pioneer spirit of the cowboys who tamed the West and framed the spirit of the emerging American nation. Michael Martin Murphey performs in a special concert, headlining the Western entertainment; cowboy boot makers from around the country compete in the 2nd annual Best of American Boot Makers showcase competition; and an all-new arena show features trick riders, wild mustangs and long horned steers. The festival showcases over 125 visiting craftsmen demonstrating America’s heritage crafts, and features hundreds of musicians playing country, gospel and bluegrass.


Featured Western music and cowboy poetry performers include:

Geff Dawson
  September 13 - October 27  Wednesdays & Thursdays

Patty Clayton
 September 13 - 16

Sourdough Slim
 September 13 - 16

Eli Barsi Trio
 September 19 - 23

R. W. Hampton
 September 19 - 23

The Quebe Sisters
  September 19 - 23

Michael Martin Murphey
   September 21

Kip Calahan
  September 26 - 29 

Red Steagall
  September 28 - 30

Dave Stamey
  October 3 - 7

Belinda Gail & Curly Musgrave
  October 3 - 27

Waddie Mitchell
 October 6 - 7

Bill Barwick
 October 10 -13

Sons of the San Joaquin
 October 17 - 21

Juni Fisher
  October 24 - 27 

See the official web site for a complete listing and details.


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September 14-16, 2007
Fifth Annual Spirit of the West  Sioux Falls, South Dakota  

From Cass Swanson:

Spirit of the West Festival Sept. 14-16, 2007

Chuck wagon cook off, Saturday, the 15
Public Dutch oven cook off Sunday the 16th.

  Cassandra Swanson
  Dutch Oven/Chuck Wagon Cook Off Coordinator

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September 14-15, 2007
Wyoming Book Festival  Cheyenne, Wyoming

Cowboy poets are featured at the Wyoming Book Festival, including Jane Morton, Dick Morton, Terry Henderson, Echo Ray Klaproth.  Read more about the cowboy poets here at the festival web site.

Other authors are also featured at the festival, in the following categories: Children and Teens; Poetry; Mystery & Thriller; History; True Crime; Wyoming and The West; Road Trips; Non-Fiction; Fiction; Romance; Editing and Publishing; Nature and Outdoors; Home and Garden; Book Arts & Lore; and in a Humanities Forum.

The Wyoming Book Festival web site describes the event:

The Wyoming Book Festival will be held in Cheyenne, Sept. 14-15, 2007. It  will celebrate Wyoming's rich literary heritage, promote Wyoming's books and support the state's authors, encourage reading, broaden people's reading choices, and provide educational opportunities for Pre-K - 12 students. More than fifty authors will be invited to read, discuss and sign their work; most will have lived in or written about Wyoming....The Wyoming Book Festival is planned as a community-centered, family-friendly celebration
that will draw thousands of readers and potential readers to the State Capitol grounds in the heart of historic Cheyenne."

Visit the Wyoming Book Festival web site for more information.

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September 14-16, 2007
Annual Gila Valley Cowboy Poets Fall Gathering  Safford, Arizona

The Cowboys are heading for Safford! The annual Fall Gathering, sponsored by Gila Valley Cowboy Poets, Inc. will be September 14, 15 & 16. The weekend of music, poetry and storytelling kicks off at 6 pm Friday, September 14, at the Graham County Fairgrounds Ag Building Hwy. 191 in Safford. The Eastern AZ Art Guild will present a Western Art Show. A variety of media offered by local artists will be displayed and for sale at the at the Ag Building both Friday evening and Saturday.

Yvonne Hollenbeck, Sid Hausman and The Due West Trio headline the Gathering. All are well known through out the West when it comes to representing the old west in story, poem and song. Among the featured artists will be "Bud" Strom, "Hook" Hill, Bunny Dryden, Jon Messenger and Jim Dunham. Invited performers Mike Moutoux, Mike Dunn, Larry Harmer, Ken Whitecotton, Jim and Nancy Sober, Frank "Two Jump" Morris, Tim Kauffroath and more will join local performers, including the Stars of Tomorrow, the Gila Valley Student Poets, in the weekend festivities.

As always, the Gathering will present the opportunity to enjoy a weekend of  real cowboy entertainment for the entire family. In addition to the Western Art Show, other vendors will be on hand to offer their wares. Raffle tickets for a Tim Cox painting, a man's and a ladies pair of custom made boots, a Maggie Polen-Bryce framed drawing, many other art pieces, paintings and posters, gift certificates, a Foreman Grill and many more items will be available all weekend, with the drawings held throughout the weekend. There will be music and poetry at the Friday night concert at the Ag Building at the Graham County Fairgrounds, beginning at 6pm.

Saturday begins with a Cowboy Breakfast at 7:30 am at the Ag Building at the Fairgrounds, with music sessions until 2 pm. Gila Valley Student Poets will take the stage Saturday and a barbeque lunch will be served at noon. Doors open Saturday evening at 6:00 pm at the Manor House Convention Center in Safford with the All Star Saturday Night Concert starting at 7.

Redington Land and Cattle Company sponsors a non-denominational Cowboy  Spiritual Gathering with (Tim and Vonda Lowe) 5/4 Him Ministries at the City Annex Building on 8th Avenue in Safford at 9 am Sunday morning. A continental breakfast will be available. There will be open sign-in and
every one is welcome.

Advance tickets are available now at the Graham Co. Chamber of Commerce 1111 Thatcher Blvd. in Safford. For more information call the Chamber at

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September 14-16, 2007
4th Annual Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Roundup   Branson, Missouri
Celebrating 40 years of Happy Trails of the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum


Join Us As We Celebrate the Museum's 40th Anniversary at the
4th Annual Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Roundup Fund Raiser
September 14-16, 2007

Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum – Branson, Missouri

Event Highlights Include . . .

• Friday night enjoy a fun-filled dinner & show at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede. A special section is reserved for Roundup attendees. Pre-show begins at 4:40 pm. Ticket price includes tax, tip, and souvenir boot mug. Children's tickets (ages 4-11) are $30.00 and adult tickets are $50.00.

• The Roundup “Meet & Greet” will be held at the Welk Resort immediately following the Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show. Come greet Rogers family members and other fans at this special gathering. Meet & Greet commences at 7:30 pm.

• Saturday will be business as usual at the Museum and Theater, but we will have added outside entertainment and vendors on the premises. Rides Club Members will receive 15% discount today only on most Gift Shop purchases.

• Saturday night is the official 4th ANNUAL ROUNDUP FUNDRAISER DINNER & SHOW. Museum doors open at 6:30 pm. Come enjoy a huge feast that will be served at various themed locations throughout the Museum! After you've filled up on a delicious meal, take your seat in the Happy Trails Theater for a special Rogers Family Reunion as the Museum celebrates “40 Years of Happy Trails”. Entertainment will be provided by Roy Rogers Jr. & the High Riders. Dusty's sister Linda Lou will join him as they perform favorite Roy & Dale duets. Linda Lou's son Rob Johnson and his wife Linda will also perform, as well as Rogers Legacy (Tom Fox's daughters). Red Neckers (Keith Allen), will also perform gospel gems and add his own touch of comedy. The entire Rogers family will gather for this very special occasion. It will be a rare opportunity for Roy & Dale's fans to visit and share a weekend of memories with the Rogers family. Anniversary Dinner & Show tickets are $125 for adults and $75 for children ages 4-11.

• Sunday morning we'll wrap up our event weekend with Cowboy Church in the Theater. Travis Loewen will again deliver his message from the back of a longhorn steer right on our stage! Linda Lou's husband, Gary Johnson, is a retired minister and will also add to the morning's message. Music and song will be provided by Rogers family members.

RESERVATIONS for Dixie Stampede and Roundup Fundraiser Dinner & Show must be made in advance through the Museum. Please call Renee at 417-339-1900 x225. There will be no refunds given after August 31, 2007. Once again, the Welk Resort is offering Roundup attendees special room rates of $55 per night, tax inclusive. Call 1-800-505-9355 and mention Group Code 3857 to obtain this special Roundup rate.

The Museum is honored to be celebrating 40 Years of Happy Trails.
The Museum is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation.
All proceeds from the Roundup to benefit the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum.
Thank you, Roy & Dale fans, for your continued support. You are #1!

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September 15, 2007
Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree   Winthrop, Washington

September 15, 2007, Saturday Night 7pm

Winthrop Red Apple Market & Radio KOZI Presents:


The Dollar Watch Cowboy Jamboree will be presented September 15, 2007 Saturday night 7:00 pm. at the Barn in Winthrop.  We have an amazing show planned for you.  All the way from Nashville, Tennessee, ventriloquist Merlin Gene will perform along with his wooden pal Arjay.  Merlin is well known all over Nashville, performing with Crystal Gayle, Marty Stewart and Country Music Hall of Fame Star Charlie Louvin to name just a few!  With a full Nashville sound complete with pedal steel, the Omak Family band will accompany Merlin and Arjay.

Horse Crazy, the best cowgirl band in the west will set your toes a tapping, and funnyman Cowboy Poet Dave McClure will host the event. Martha Star Route is always a hit with her helpful home hints for those cabins on a shoestring.

Sit back and enjoy a trip down the memory trail as we revisit the golden age of radio, beneath a Western moon and surrounded by the spirited history of the Methow Valley. Our program is dedicated to preserving Cowboy Culture  by presenting it to those hungry masses starving for wholesome entertainment!

We hope you will join us with many friends.  Your support and laughter are the wind beneath our wings!  For more information call Lauralee Northcott at 996-2404 or check out her new web site at: the show is sponsored by the Red Apple Market and KOZI radio.

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September 16, 2007
Cowboy Poetry and Western Music  Santa Barbara, California

2:00 PM; Fleischmann Auditorium
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Come see America’s Western Sweetheart at this afternoon concert that will feature cowboy poetry and western music!

Belinda Gail stirs the emotions and visions of the West in the heart of every audience she embraces. She has performed with The Oak Ridge Boys, The Texas Playboys, The Sons of the San Joaquin, Michael Martin Murphy, Riders In The Sky, Baxter Black, and The Sons of the Pioneers, to name a few.

Belinda has received numerous awards including the Western Music Association's award for "Female Performer of the Year" for an unprecedented five years, and currently holds the 2005 title. She received the Will Rogers Achievement award in the category of "Female Vocalist of the Year", presented by the Academy of Western Artists for 1999 and 2004. She has also been named "Arizona's Veteran Sweetheart" for her work to bring about heightened awareness of the difficulties facing our nations disabled veterans.

Cowboy poet Gary Robertson will kickoff the afternoon with poems and stories about the daily trials and tribulations, of the cowboy and rancher.

Members $10; non-members $15. To make reservations or for more information, please e-mail or phone 805.682.4711, ext. 170.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105;  (805) 682-4711

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September 20-22, 2007
Second Annual Badger Clark Memorial Society Western Prose and Poetry Writers' Workshop   Custer, South Dakota

The Badger Clark Memorial Society's second annual western prose and poetry writers' workshop will be held September 20, 21, & 22 at the Custer County Courthouse annex on Crook and Fifth Street in Custer, South Dakota. Noted professional author Linda M. Hasselstrom of Hermosa will conduct the event.

Hasselstrom is the author of eleven published books and editor of numerous others. She writes, ranches, and conducts writing retreats for women on her South Dakota ranch, Windbreak House. The publisher of Lame Johnny Press from 1971 to 1985, she received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts that allowed her to pursue writing about the land on which she grew to womanhood. Her books include Feels Like Far, Bison, Monarch of the Plains, Roadside History of South Dakota, Land Circle, and Going Over East. She spends winters in Wyoming, but her South Dakota experiences remain the core of her writings.

Participants in the Badger Clark workshop in Custer can immerse themselves in western lore during the weekend. The workshop participants will begin
Thursday, September 20, at noon with a sack lunch and tour the Badger Hole in Custer State Park. There will be a viewing of Mountain Thunder, a film about Badger's life, new records of Badger's poetry set to music and entertainment on September 21.

Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22, the workshops begin at 8:30 am and will be conducted each day until 4:30 pm. Friday evening participants will attend a meal and open microphone at the Songbird Café at 5:30 pm in Custer. Dr. George Russell of Boulder, CO, will recite cowboy poetry. It is an opportunity for workshop attendees to recite their poetry if they wish.

Participants will receive group and individual instruction, an analysis of their writings, the opportunity to share their efforts with others, comments on Badger Clark's poetry, and a certificate of participation. Attendees should bring their own writing materials and may bring samples of their work if they wish. They do not need to be a member of the Badger Clark Memorial Society to participate.

Participants may send any paper they have written to the Society by September 1, for critiquing by Hasselstrom for a fee of $10. The critique will be delivered at the workshop.

College credit is available through the University of South Dakota continuing education programs.

Early registration is advised. The registration fee for two days of instruction, lunches and coffee breaks is $100 per person. Attendance will be limited; registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The non-refundable registration fee must be received no later than September 1. For an application and further information write: The Badger Clark Memorial Society, PO Box 351, Custer, SD  57730, or phone 605-673-4377, or logon to The Society is a non-profit South Dakota corporation organized to promote the works of Badger Clark and western literature.

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September 20-23, 2007
8th Annual Big Bear Cowboy Gathering  Big Bear Lake, California

Saddle up and head for the mountains: the 8th annual Big Bear Cowboy Gathering, “Growing Up Cowboy,” will be held this year from September 20-23, exclusively at the Performing Arts Center located at 39707 Big Bear Blvd. Big Bear Lake, California. 

This year's headliners will include Dave Bourne, Andy Nelson, Dave Stamey, Gary Robertson, Daryl Knight, Chaparral, The O’Brien Family and the ever-popular "Buckshot Dot." Also appearing and back by popular demand are Curly Musgrave and Belinda Gail and Dennis Gaines.

New this year to the Cowboy Gathering, in addition to the Friday and Saturday evening performances, will be a Saturday and Sunday Matinee, and radio broadcasts from Chronicles of the Old West.

This year’s theme, “Growing Up Cowboy,” pays tribute to our Big Bear Cowboys who worked the ranches and settled their families in our beautiful valley. They helped make Big Bear what it is today. Our 2007 theme was chosen to acknowledge the values that our cowboys held dear. Those values and traditions have come to be called the Cowboy Code.

In the old west there was an unwritten code of conduct for cowboys. They were to be courageous, friendly, and honest, and if they weren't they didn’t last long. The code extended into every aspect of their lives, which were often simple and lonely. They regularly worked under the severest conditions without complaint. In bad weather they had nothing but their horse, hat, and slicker to keep them shielded from a storm. In the evenings, when alone with their cattle,
they entertained themselves with music and stories. That also helped calm the herd they watched over each night. Cowboys had a great deal of pride in themselves and their work by giving  a good day’s work for a fair wage. “It’s not my job” was not in their  vocabulary because their hands did all the work.

In our hurried, fully-caffeinated world we envy the cowboy’s tranquil and honorable life. So to remind ourselves of our heritage, culture and values we 
look back and pay homage to those who grew up with their “Cowboy Code.”  In addition to our great performances there will also be vendor booths, a blacksmith, re-enactors, and daily BBQs.

To purchase tickets please call 909-866-4970 or visit our web site at

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September 21- 23, 2007
Fifteenth Annual Nara Visa Gathering  Nara Visa, New Mexico

From Tom and Sharon Cole:

The dates for the fifteenth annual Nara Visa Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering in Nara Visa, NM are September 21-23, 2007.  

For more information, go to

Contact Tom and Sharon Cole, (505) 633-2773,  (email, Karen Bell  (505)633-2960, or Renee' Rinestine, (505) 633-2272.

The site also includes a report and photos from the 2006 gathering.

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September 22, 2007
Vinton Cowboy Poetry Show   Vinton, California

Vinton Cowboy Poetry Show
92202 Hwy 70, Vinton, California

Performers:  Poets:  Dave P. Fisher, Harold Roy Miller
                      and Diana Miller
Musicians: Chuck Shepherd and Harmonica Player Johnny Walker

Shows at 1 PM and 7:30 PM   (1 day only)
Show tickets $18 Adults and $6 children

BBQ Rib dinner served from 4 - 7 PM
Dinner tickets $12 adults and $6 children

To order tickets or for info. contact:
Betty Ramelli, Event Organizer
Vinton Cowboy Poetry Show
PO Box 15, Vinton, Ca 96135
Ph:  (530) 993-4692
e mail:


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September 22, 2007
16th Annual Tribute to Marty Robbins  Glendale, Arizona

Presented By "The Friends of Marty Robbins"

At the Glendale Amphitheater: 5850 West Glendale Ave, Glendale, Arizona   Show starts at 6:30 PM

Bring your Chair and/or Blanket for a Comfortable Spot on the Green

Enjoy An Evening of Great Country Music

Book signing 3:30 to 4:30 Thelma Teague Library, with Andrew Means, author of  Some Memories (Growing Up With Marty Robbins). He will be selling and signing books at the tribute as well.

Free Admission  * * * * Donations Accepted

Food and Beverage Vendors will be Available

    Masters of Ceremony:   Harry Shapiro and  Jim West

    Ray Odom will be our special guest this year, along with over 23 entertainers.

   J. R. Garner & Three Wheel Drive Band


      El Paso
      Big Iron
      Some Memories
      Just Won't Die
      Love Me
      Things I Don't Know Is Killing Me
      Man Walks Among US
      Running Gun
      Ruby Ann
      Red River Valley
      Mansion Over The Hilltop
      Its Your World
      El Paso City
      Singing the Blues
      Cool Water
      The Masters Call
      You Gave Me a Mountain
      Tonight Carman
      Don't Worry About Me
      Devil Woman
      Knee Deep In The Blues
      Sing Me Something Sentimental

      ....Just to name a few.

      J. R. Garner & Three Wheel Drive Band
      Denny Sarver
      Bill Easton
      Barry Wilke
      Paul Foster

      Kimball Win
      Herb DeFreese
      Mark Mead
      Sarah Mead
      Gabby Mead
      Kenny Cole
      Gloria Fair
      Lloyd Lavato
      Buck Connor
      Virgil Cole
      Marlene Cole
      Hada Tucker
      Jan Phillips
      Kenneth Howell
      Von Brady
      Larry Edwards
      John Edmondson
      Sandi Arrowood
      Joyce Guyett
      Grant Freeland
      Michael O'Leary
      Al Young & Mary Jo Johns
The Friends of Marty Robbins is a 501 C 3 Organization "Keeping Marty's Music and Memory Alive":  

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September 28-29, 2007
Badger Clark Hometown Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Hot Springs, South Dakota

National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo and Badger Clark Events/Times

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007

10:00 am Cowboy Poetry/Music Workshop—Public invited to participate
(Drawing for NCPR competitor's "ride times" to follow)

7:00 pmJam Session at the American Legion, 801 South Jennings

Friday, Sept. 28, 2007

National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo

First Go Round,  First session  7:00 am to 12 noon
First Go Round, Second session. 1 pm to 5:30

Badger Clark Cowboy Poetry/Music Gathering

Evening Performance at 7:30 pm
Entertainment by:
Robert Dennis, Red Owl, South DakotaEmcee
Juni Fisher, Franklin, Tennessee
Poets from the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo
Hill City Slickers, Hill City, South Dakota


Saturday, Sept.29, 2007

National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo

Short Go > 8 am unil noon
Resumes at 1pm until finished
National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo "Shoot-Out" at 2:00 pm

Badger Clark Cowboy Poetry/Music Gathering

Chuckwagon Supper will begin at 5:30 pm
Evening Performance at 7:00pm
Entertainment by:
Andy Nelson, Pinedale, WyomingEmcee
Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield, South Dakota
Jean Prescott, Ovalo, Texas
Winners of the 2007 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo
Circle B Cowboys
, Rapid City, South Dakota

Jam Session following at Joel's Dakota Grill (Hwy 18)

(All events to be held at the Mueller Center unless otherwise specified)

Ticket Prices and Package Deals

Individual Event Tickets:

1. NCPR--1st Go (am session).............$5.00
2. NCPR--2nd Go (pm session)............$5.00
3. Badger Clark Friday Show.............$15.00

4. NCPR--Short Go..............................$5.00
5. NCPR--Shoot Out............................$5.00
6. Badger Clark Chuckwagon Supper.....$15.00
7. Badger Clark Saturday Show............$20.00

Package Tickets:

Whole Shabang (Events 1-7) .......... $60.00
NCPR Events 1, 2, 4, 5....................$15.00
Badger Clark Events 3, 6, 7..............$45.00
Friday Package (Events 1, 2, 3)........$22.00
Saturday Package (Events 4, 5, 6, 7) $40.00

Children (12 and under) and Seniors (65 and older) and Group Rates
Available.  Please contact the Hot Springs
Chamber of Commerce @ 1-800-325-6991 or 1-605-745-4140.
Web site:

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September 28-29, 2007
National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo Hot Springs, South Dakota

It's official, the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo is moving to Hot Springs, South Dakota in 2007, and will be held in conjunction with the Badger Clark Hometown Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering, September 28-29, 2007. The unique Cowboy Poetry Rodeo is produced by poet Sam Jackson, who conceived the event, based on his belief in "excellence through competition." 

Twenty-eight poets from 14 states are entered in in 85 events: Rich Bellert, Excelsior, Minnesota; Marty Blocker (Merriman, Nebraska); Marci Broyhill (Dakota City, Nebraska); Scott Hill Bumgardner (Houston, Texas); Ken Chrissley (Powell, Wyoming); Ken Cook (Martin, South Dakota); John Crabtree (Newcastle, Wyoming); Van Criddle (Eugene, Oregon); Glen Enloe (Independence, Missouri); Slim Farnsworth (Paonia, Colorado); Kenny Hall, Tropic, Utah; Jim Hawkins (North Carolina); Don Hilmer (South Dakota); Willard Hollopeter (Wood Lake, Nebraska); Doug Keller (Kanab, Utah); Paul Kern (Sandy, Utah); Linda Kirkpatrick (Leakey, Texas); Bonnie Krogman (Wood, South Dakota); Ron McDaniel, Sulphur Springs, Arkansas; Slim McNaught (New Underwood, South Dakota); Rod Nichols (Missouri City, Texas); Susan Parker (Benicia, California), Jerry Simmons (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns (Newcastle, Wyoming); Virginia Taylor (Lockney, Texas); Gordon Thomas, Genola Utah; Diane Tribitt (Hilman, Minnesota); and Smoke Wade (Mesquite, Nevada). 

Sam Jackson conceived the unique Cowboy Poetry Rodeo—celebrating its tenth year in 2007—based on his belief in "excellence through competition." 

Read more about the popular event in our feature here.

You can contact Sam at; or write or call: 4675 E. Vermillion Ave.; 4675 E. Vermillion Ave.; Kanab Utah, 84741 (435) 644-5459/5444 or (435) 899-1100.

Updated 9/6


From Rodeo boss Sam Jackson, December, 2006:

Invitation to Compete

The National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo is looking for a few good poets to compete for more than $5,000 prize money, silver buckles, trophies, and 12 months of braggin' rights at our next event. When the chute gates open September 28th and 29th at the 2007 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, the riders and arena crew will be lookin' at the spectacular scenery of the Black Hills while experiencing the hospitality of the folks in the beautiful city of Hot Springs, South Dakota.

After a most successful nine-year run in Southern Utah (for which we thank those communities and everyone involved for their support) we recalled that old adage "A change is as good as a rest" and figured that moving the Cowboy Poetry Rodeo to a more central location was in order.  Mary Jo Grill, co-ordination for the Badger Clark Hometown Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering, got things rollin'. With the help of Mr. George Kotti, executive director of the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, we received an invitation to hold the 2007 event in their town. It seems certain that  Hot Springs and the Cowboy Poetry Rodeo will complement each other and we look forward to making this our home in future years.

Hot Springs is located central to all major Black Hills attractions, such as Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, Jewel Cave National Monument, Wind Cave National Park, and it just so happens that the date for the CPR is right at the front end of the 41st Annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup and Arts Festival. All of that, along with South Dakota September weather, what better time and place for a family vacation!

As time constraints allow only 60 events, I'm betting that anyone wanting in had better move fast as this looks to be the biggest and best Cowboy Poetry Rodeo ever.

If interested, get back to me ASAP and I'll send along an entry form along with a copy of the updated rules and regulations. For questions or comments please forward them to:

Sam Jackson
Producer, National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo
4675 E. Vermillion Ave.
Kanab Utah, 84741
(435) 644-5459/5444 or (435) 899-1100

The suggested hotel for the event is just steps away from the events center. Mention the Cowboy Poetry Rodeo:

Best Western, Sundowner Inn
737 S. 6th St., Hot Springs SD 57747
1 877-664-7378
Attention:  Kelly


Read more about the popular event in our feature here.

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September 13-October 27, 2007
Festival of American Music & Crafts, with a Salute to the Great American Cowboy  Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri

From the organizers:

FESTIVAL OF AMERICAN MUSIC & CRAFTS, with a Salute to the Great American Cowboy SEPTEMBER 13 - OCTOBER 27 (Open Wednesdays - Sundays)
An all-new show debuts for the Festival of American Music & Crafts with the popular Salute to the Great American Cowboy. New this year, the original musical production Headin’ West presents the pioneer spirit of the cowboys who tamed the West and framed the spirit of the emerging American nation. Michael Martin Murphey performs in a special concert, headlining the Western entertainment; cowboy boot makers from around the country compete in the 2nd annual Best of American Boot Makers showcase competition; and an all-new arena show features trick riders, wild mustangs and long horned steers. The festival showcases over 125 visiting craftsmen demonstrating America’s heritage crafts, and features hundreds of musicians playing country, gospel and bluegrass.


Featured Western music and cowboy poetry performers include:

Geff Dawson
  September 13 - October 27  Wednesdays & Thursdays

Patty Clayton
 September 13 - 16

Sourdough Slim
 September 13 - 16

Eli Barsi Trio
 September 19 - 23

R. W. Hampton
 September 19 - 23

The Quebe Sisters
  September 19 - 23

Michael Martin Murphey
   September 21

Kip Calahan
  September 26 - 29 

Red Steagall
  September 28 - 30

Dave Stamey
  October 3 - 7

Belinda Gail & Curly Musgrave
  October 3 - 27

Waddie Mitchell
 October 6 - 7

Bill Barwick
 October 10 -13

Sons of the San Joaquin
 October 17 - 21

Juni Fisher
  October 24 - 27 

See the official web site for a complete listing and details.


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October 4-7, 2007

Old West Days Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering   Valentine, Nebraska

From event organizer Willard Hollopeter:

Scheduled Day sessions:  9:00 - 5:00 Friday.  9:00 - 12:00 Saturday.
Featured performances: 7:30 Friday.  1:30 Saturday.  7:30 Saturday.
Performers, Friday 7:30::  Deb Carpenter: Deb does some good serious poetry and plays guitar and sings.
Jack Ostergard, Nebraska: A poet and humorist.
Geff Dawson, Kansas: Poet and musician.
Palo Duro:  Three person musical group from Texas.
Saturday Afternoon cowboy music performance:  Don Schauda,
Glenn Ohrlin
Deb Carpenter
Open Range
Saturday, 7:30 performance:  Open Range, a musical duo from Montana.
Glenn Ohrlin, Arkansas:  Musician and humorist.
Elizabeth Ebert, South Dakota: poet
Don Schauda, Nebraska: Poet and musician.

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October 4-7, 2007
19th Annual Durango Cowboy Gathering  Durango, Colorado 

The Durango Cowboy Gathering features another outstanding line-up for their 19th annual event. Held October 4th - 7th, 2007 in the Historic Strater Hotel in downtown Durango, Colorado the Gathering will feature top entertainer and cowboy favorite R. W. Hampton for their premier show on Thursday, October 4th. Joining R.W. will be the ever-funny cowpoke Andy Nelson which is sure to make this show a sellout! Git yer tickets early!

The evening performances of poetry and music will feature Barry Ward, Bill Stearns, Les Buffham, Tim Nolting, Jack Blease and Brad and Kathy Fitch

On Saturday during the day, open poetry sessions that are FREE to the public will feature  Sam DeLeeuw, Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, Suzy Kilman and Cyndi Bettis, Sally Harper Bates, Mike Moutoux, Pat Boilesen, Buckshot Dot (Dee Strickland Johnson), Laurie and Cora Wood, Al Mehl, Mike Dunn, Tony Brooks, Lindy Simmons, Sam Noble, Shag Reimer, Lynne Belle Lewis, Slim McWilliams, and John Beranek.

Other events that round out the weekend include the Kevin O'Farrell Cowboy Parade on Main Street, a Single Action Cowboy Shoot, a full fledged twin fiddle Western Swing Dance with Nashville recording artist Mike Siler, and a free Sunday morning poetry service called "A Cowboy and his Creator."

The same weekend also hosts the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo at the County Fairgrounds with shopping for all your cowboy and horse gear, along with demonstrations and educational seminars all about horses. Visit their website for details at

For more information about the Durango Cowboy Gathering, and to order your tickets, visit their website, or call 970-382-7494. For credit card orders, call the DCG Coordinator, Linda Mannix
at 970-749-2995. Mark your calendars now to plan a trip to the old west town of Durango for October 4th - 7th, 2007.

Durango Cowboy Gathering

Featured Performers: R. W. Hampton and Andy Nelson

Dates: October 4 - 7, 2007

Location: The Strater Hotel, Durango, Colorado



Phone: 970-382-7494

Credit Card Orders: 970-749-2995

Room reservations and area information: Durango Chamber of Commerce at

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October 6, 2007
2nd Annual Pinedale Cowboy Roundup   Pinedale, Wyoming

The date for the second annual Pinedale Cowboy Roundup (PCR) has been set, Saturday October 6th, 2007 is a day you won't want to miss. Many of our old friends will be back to entertain us again and there will be a few new ones for you to get to know. One thing is for sure and for certain, the same quality of cowboy entertainment that was at the PCR last year will be present and accounted for this year!

This year's line-up includes the returning 2006 favorites Yvonne Hollenbeck, Jesse Smith, Chris Isaacs, and Jerry Hall and Trick Shot. Joining them on stage are the unequaled talents of Jean Prescott, Alice Hancock and Chuck Larsen.

As always, all proceeds go the Small Miracles Foundation and Kickin' Cancer in Sublette County. There's no excuse now, put this date on your schedule and get set to be entertained by the best in business!

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October 6, 2007
11th Annual Rafter S Cowboy Reunion  Cyril, Oklahoma

From Jay Snider:

The Rafter S Cowboy Reunion will be held on October 6, 2007 here at the ranch. We are still making plans but there will be an invitational roping, which includes calf roping, team roping, and a team branding. The evening winds down with a chuckwagon supper, cowboy poetry, and music. We also have several kids' events scheduled during the day such as stick horse barrel racing, a "dummy" roping, and a kids' wild cow milking. Chuck Milner and Kevin Davis will sing some fine cowboy music and we'll also have a few poets to boot. Anyone interested can contact me at 580-464-3103 or at the web site

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October 6-7, 2007
4th Annual Cowboy Symposium  Camp Wood, Texas

It is time for AHMATA's (Arts, Music, Theater, and Historical Association, Inc.) 4th Annual Cowboy Symposium.  The Symposium is a day to look at a small piece of the Cowboy way of life, so come up to the beautiful Nueces Canyon to Camp Wood's city park on October 6th for a day of Free Entertainment. There with be activities all day -  Gun Fighters, a Restored  and working Chuckwagon, Geologist with Flint Knappers, Tiny Town, Cowboy Poets, Cowboy Humorists, Music, History, Artist CD Booths, a Kiddie Korral, an Art Show, Live Contest, a Fruit Cobbler Contest, Food Booths, a B-Q Dinner, a Silent Auction and a Craft Fair to fill the day as well as a night of good Boot Scootin' as the day is capped off with an old fashion Street Dance featuring The Down South Legends.  Also, Sunday morning at 9:30 to 10:30 there will be Cowboy Church in the Park.

Featured artists and activities include:

Mr. Robert Wanat - some of you may have seen him on TEXAS COUNTRY REPORTER this past spring - he is a builder of miniature models. Robert always  fascinated in the American West. In 2001 he started state wide research to  get information on the first registered cattle brand in each Texas County. In 2002 Robert retired and started making these cattle brands in miniature and branding them on cowhides, the results have been several hides and several thousand mini branding irons.

Miniature models and dioramas are another of Robert's passions; he builds ranches and towns out of matchsticks and toothpicks in which everything
works. The doors and gates all open and close, the windmill spins, and the wheels roll - even the breaks on the wagons work!  His work has been on
display for years at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, at the San Antonio Rodeo Hall of Fame, and the Austin Rodeo.  Then in 2006 Robert Wanat's  work was on the "It Still Ain't Braggin' If It's True" show at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum in Austin, as well as The Dallas Historical
Society.  And last but not least as I stated at the first he was on the Texas County Reporter this past spring, but not once but twice for his
amazing work.  Come on up, over, or down to Camp Wood to see it for yourself.

Another of our features for Oct. 6th is the Bertie Bell Chuckwagon owned and restored by Tom and Trisha Bright.  The Brights have a great love of history.  Tom restores and builds wagons such as the Bertie Bell, which is an 1850's Military Transport that he restored and made into a chuck wagon. The Brights travel to competitions around the state as members of the American Chuckwagon Association.  Come to Camp Wood and see this authentic chuckwagon set up the way it would have been when used by your great-grandparents, or great-great grandparents.  Come sample a bit of history by eating food cooked right there by the Tom and Trisha the old way with only what an 1850's Chuckwagon had. This a grand sight to see and smell!

Linda Kirkpatrick, a neighbor from over the hill in Leakey, Texas.  Linda has been writing and performing Cowboy Poetry for several years.  Being raised on an outlying Texas ranch where she was Daddy's Cowgirl and having lived involved deeply in the Cowboy way of life Linda was drawn to its
preservation.  Linda sometimes feels she was born 100 years too early for she loves the frontier lifestyle of horses, open lands, and freer times.
But because she can't go back in time Linda focuses her Cowboy Poetry on women of the west, and especially the lives of women ranchers.  Linda
Kirkpatrick has performed at the National Cowboy Symposium at Lubbock; the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering at Alpine; the Folklife Festival at San
Antonio; the Texas Parks & Wildlife Expo at Austin; the Cowboy Poetry Rodeo at Moab, Utah;  as well as many other festivals and schools.  Linda was
named as a finalist for Female Cowboy Poet for 2006 by the Western Music Association at their Western Music Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  And if this wasn't enough she has a book out, which will be available at the Cowboy Symposium in Camp Wood.

The Texas Guns, from another of our neighbors, Uvalde, Texas.  Texas Guns is a group of very talented men and women from 18 to 70+, who have won many reenactment and talent contest.  The members of this group have performed in T.V. shows and movies such as:  The Alamo - both films (1959 & 2003), Jericho, Gambler V, Bad Girls, Tin Cup, Walker Texas Ranger, Texas, True Women, Good Old Boys, and Unsolved Mysteries (and that is only as of now!!!) This is such a fun and talented group of people; you just can't miss their great performances during the day on Saturday October 6th in Camp Wood.

Dennis Gaines, the Best Cowboy Storyteller/Humorist of the Year 2000 as presented by The Academy of Western Artist.  Dennis had a spot on TEXAS COUNTRY REPORTER which was one of the highest viewer responds rates in the history of the show.  (You must see this man; his is one of the funniest and best entertainers I have ever seen.)  In 2004 the Academy of Western Artist named his CD, "Son-of-a-Gun Stew: A Texas Cowboy's Gather", Best Cowboy Poetry CD of the year.  And in 2006, at the George West Storyfest, Dennis was named "The Biggest Liar in the State of Texas".  In Dennis's own words, "My works are no somber reading, but rather a spirited and vigorous presentation of the cowboy experience, by way of acapella singing, recitation, and hilarious storytelling.  Come hear me and you will laugh." To mention only a few of his highlight performances - the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada; National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration Lubbock, Texas; National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK; Texas Cowboy Reunion in Stamford, Texas; XIT Ranch Reunion in Dalhart, Texas; Western Heritage Classic in Abilene, Texas; Red Stegall's Cowboy Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas; Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio, Texas; not bad for an old ranch hand. And Dennis Gaines will have CDs available at the Cowboy Symposium in Camp Wood, October 6th.

Fruit Cobbler Contest, which is open to the public.  Just get out your Grandmother's favorite recipe bake it up in a throw-away pan and have it at
the park before 9 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, October 6th.  The cobblers will be judged and then auctioned off.  And then there is the
Craft Fair, which is open to all who would like to call and get on the list for a space - 830-234-3322 - then come up and set up for the day.

Mr. Clifton Fifer, an award winning social studies teacher of over 30 years from Kerrville, Texas. For he won the very first Golden Apple Award for
Teacher of the Month ever given in Kerrville, and in 2000-2001 he was named the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Teacher of the Year.  Then in 2003 he won the Mirebeau B. Lamara Award for excellence in teaching History, which was followed by the 2005 Region 20 Teacher of the Year Award. Though not only is Clifton an award winning educator but he has also won numerous awards in the field of drama. In 2001 Clifton won the Earnest T Player Award for Best Actor in a Drama for his role as Hoke, the driver, in the Playhouse 2000 staging of "Driving Miss Daisy", then his performance as Tom Robinson in "To Kill a Mockingbird" won him his second Earnest T. Player Award this time for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama.  He starred recently in "Big River" in which his wonderful voice won him raved reviews from critics. Clifton does renditions of African-Americans, and Native Americans in History for the education of us all.  Last year his was the "Buffalo  Soldier" and the children as well as adults where awed.  He has a display of artifacts of the times including instruments, which plays for the groups as well.  To hear this man play the Fife is, well I just can not describe it you need to experience it and I truly hope you will.  There is very little written on the African-Americans Cowboys of the West in our History books, but they where there.  Many brave African-American men and women came out to the frontier and endured the hardships of the West.  Clifton Fifer captures some of their adventures in his stories and poetry.  Come out October 6th, to see Clifton perform some of these great works.

*****There will be LIVE Contests all through the day - Poetry Recitation, Story Telling, Talent (Music, Singing, Dancing), and the Liars Contest.
This last one is a big show; we have a two time Champion, who we hope will be back to defend her title.  Come one and all and tell us your best lie.
It is the only time it is truly Okay to lie!  There is a Kiddie Korral - there will be Stick Horse Races, Coloring Contest, Duck Pond, Dummy Roping,
Boot Scramble, and more.

******The evening will close with the Street Dance music by The Down South Legends.  They are real good; some of you may have heard them at the OSR or at House Pasture back in August. Come shake a leg with us.

*******The week-end will close with Cowboy Church in Lindberg Park, Sunday morning from 9:30 till 10:30 with music by Hesston Krause and the fellowship with Jan Henderson and Friends.  Come celebrate with us.  See ya in Camp Wood!


Contact: AHMATA, c/o Peggy Jo Taylor P.O. Box 141, Barksdale, Texas 78828; 830-234-3322.

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October 6, 2007
Toot, Snoot, 'n Hoot   Big Timber, Montana



From Gwen Petersen:


Saturday, October 6, 2007, Big Timber

INCLUDES: Chili Contest, Chili Supper,

Comedy Show, and Dance!





Proceeds to:  Writing & Acting Scholarships




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October 12-14, 2007
17th Annual Visalia Fall Roundup  Visalia, California

Cowboy Cultural Committee presents the 17th Annual Fall Roundup 2007: October 12, 13 & 14

At Richie’s Barn: 16338 Ave 308, Visalia CA

Friday night's show starts at 7:00 pm and will feature Sourdough Slim, Dave Stamey, Pat Richardson, Jim and Karen Ross, and Les Buffham, Nancy Lee with our famous Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler at intermission. Clarence Ritchie’s band will play for the dance following the show!

Saturday events will include an Open Mic at 4:00, Supper at 6:00 followed by a show which will include: Dave Stamey, Pat Richardson, Les Buffham, Jim and Karen Ross and Jim Cardwell.

Sunday please join us for Cowboy Church

Tickets may be obtained by sending your check to Cowboy Cultural Committee, 1525 E Noble #168, Visalia CA 93292. Tickets for Friday night are $25 and Saturday night are $35, Cowboy Church is no charge.

For more information visit our web site at

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October 13-14, 2007
A Tribute to the Cowboy  Little Falls and Brainerd, Minnesota

Minnesota rancher and poet Diane Tribitt will appear with Minnesota's Heartland Symphony Orchestra in their program, "A Tribute to the Cowboy," October 13-14, 2007.  

From the Heartland Symphony web site, where tickets are available:


A  T R I B U T E  T O  T H E  C O W B O Y

Saturday, October 13 - 7:30pm, LITTLE FALLS
Charles D. Martin Auditorium
  Little Falls High School
      1001 5th Avenue SE
       Little Falls, MN

Sunday, October 14 - 2:00pm, BRAINERD
Tornstrom Auditorium
Washington Education Building
804 Oak Street
Brainerd, MN

Git along little Dogies! The Heartland Symphony celebrates cowboy
culture for its first concert of the season. You're sure to feel at home (on
the range, that is) as the orchestra performs an exciting array of cowboy
masterpieces. Joining the orchestra will be the nationally recognized cowboy
poet Diane Tribitt, a rancher from Hillman, Minnesota. Ms. Tribitt continues
to receive top honors at cowboy poetry festivals throughout the country. She brings to her art a degree of depth and authenticity that only a true roping and riding cowgirl could achieve.

Aaron Copland
Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo

Bill Holcombe
Cowboy Fantasy

     John Barry
Music from Dances with Wolves

Gunsmoke Theme Song

Leroy Anderson
Fiddle Faddle

Traditional Anthem
Amazing Grace

Visit the Heartland Symphony Orchestra web site for additional information.

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October 19-21, 2007
10th Annual Southwestern Idaho Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Emmett, Idaho


The  10th Annual
Southwestern Idaho Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Sponsored by The American Legion, Post 49
Emmett, Idaho

Date:  October 19, 20 and 21, 2007

Place:  Daily Sessions
American Legion Hall-Hays Street
Downtown Emmett

Night Shows
Emmett, Jr. High School

Cowboy Church
Freezeout Hill Memorial

Time:  Day Shows

10:00 to Noon and 1:00 to 5:00 Friday and Saturday

Night Shows
Doors open at 6:00--Pre-show 6:30-Show 7:00

Cowboy Church
8:00 A.M.

We welcome all to participate!

For info contact Fay at (208)-365-2228 or e-mail at

Update from Bobbie Hunter:

October 19, 20, 21, 2007--Mark these dates on your calendar and plan to attend the annual Emmett, Idaho, Gathering and Show.  Gifted performers will continue the tradition of Western entertainment during the three-day event.  Sharing the spotlight on Friday night will be Sam Deleeuw, Don Kennington, The High Strung Band, Dallas and PJ McCord, and Mallory Shiflett.  Their performances are sure to satisfy even the most exacting audience.  Saturday night's show involves a grand finale--a boot-full of entertainers who will dazzle the audience with a rapid-fire exhibition of talent in the tradition of the Old West.
Day gatherings will be held at the American Legion building located at 120 N. Hayes.  Night shows will be held at the Jr. High School (Middle School)--301 E. 4th Street.  Cowboy Church will be held on Sunday, October 21, starting at 8:00 a.m., at the Freeze-Out Memorial on Highway 16, just outside of Emmett. For more information or for an application form, please contact Bobbie Hunter at

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October 20, 2007
11th Annual Cowboy Poetry Jamboree  Stevinson, California

From Liz Ward, "Administrator of Fun"

Who: Pat Richardson and others (poetry) – Hometown Band (music)
What:11th Annual Cowboy Poetry Jamboree
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2007
Doors: 6PM
Dinner 6:30PM
Show: 8PM
Band: 9:30pm
Where:  Stevinson Ranch Golf Club, 2700 N Van Clief Road, CA 95374

Tickets: $40

Info:, Liz Ward 209.664.6452,


Local area cowboy poetry gunslingers Pat Richardson (Merced), John Silveira (Hilmar), Bob Kelley (Newman), and Jeralynn Strong (Elk Grove) provide the spoken word wit, Stevinson Ranch’s S.R. Grill restaurant will provide a delicious dinner you can eat under the stars in our outdoor Pavilion, and the Hometown Band, entertains with music so good you can’t help but dance to it.

There's no one who compares to the hilarious, irreverent Pat Richardson. He is a multi-talented individual whose knowledge of the cowboy and the ways of the west come firsthand from a lifetime of ranching, rodeo competition, and horse training.  Pat is becoming one of America's most popular entertainers..  In 2003 Pat was voted Academy of Western Artists "Cowboy Poet of the Year" and in 2004 his book Unhobbled won the prestigious Academy of Western Artists "Will Rogers Medallion Award," and was runner up for "Book of the Year." Pat has two award winning CDs, Pull my Finger and B.Y.O.S. (Bring Your Own Sheep). In 1996 Pat was an invited guest in Elko, Nevada's Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and he's returned to perform there seven times since.

"I had the pleasure of doing a show with Pat in Elko, Nevada and he completely wrecked the crowd!  All I can say is I hope I never have to follow him again."

                                                                                                           -R. W. Hampton, Academy of Western Artists' Entertainer of the Year


The evening promises to be great fun with much adult hilarity and fine tunes about the cowboy way.


Pat Richardson's Web site is here:

John Silveira is on the Web here:

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October 28, 2007
Benefit for Aiden Agee  Anatone, Washington

From Bodie Dominguez:

October 28, 2007
10:30 to 12:00

The Christian Cowboy Balladeers will be performing a Benefit Show for a toddler, 2 ½ year old Aiden Agee, who has a terminal illness.  The performance will be held at the United Methodist church, Anatone, Washington.

Howard Norskog, Bodie Dominguez, Jim Bullard, Marlene Pederson, Shiloh Sharrard, and Maxine Larson will be performing.  Everyone is invited and donations will be taken to assist this family with medical expenses.

100% of the proceeds go directly to the family. To make a donation or for more information, contact Bodie: 509-758-0447 or Christian Cowboy Balladeer Treasurer Janice Groceclose: for additional information.

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November 1, 2007
Central Wyoming College Library Dinner and Performance  Riverton, Wyoming

To celebrate Riverton Cowboy Poet Kent Stockton's two prestigious awards, the Central Wyoming College Library is hosting a Dutch oven dinner performance featuring Stockton and introducing Western singer/songwriter Paul Harris of Oklahoma. The event will be at 6:30 pm on Thursday, Nov. 1 in CWC's Fremont Room. Tickets are $15 and include a hearty Dutch oven meal of Baron of Beef, roasted green beans, cheesy potatoes, yeast rolls and  chocolate sourdough cake. Get your tickets now—seating is limited! Tickets are available at the CWC Library, CWC Box office, Riverton and Lander Chambers of Commerce and the CWC Outreach center in Lander. Call 307-855-2332 for more details.

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November 2-3, 2007
Third Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering at Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska

Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place in Memorial Hall at 10th and Main streets.

November 2, 2007 4:00 p.m. Western Art Show and Sale

November 2, 7:00 p.m. Music from the accomplished and celebrated Jon Chandler

November 2, 7:30 p.m. The Cowboy Experience from the Gender View - starring Lyn Messersmith, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Tim Nolting and Ken Cook

November 3, 9:00 a.m. The following poets will have 25 minutes to present their poetry, songs, yarns, truths and exaggerations: Willard Hollopeter, Curt Cooper, Robert Dennis, Eldon Housley, Slim McNaught, Harold Roy Miller, Teri Orr, Jerry Schleicher, Otto Rosfeld, Al "Doc" Mehl, Kane Wellnitz, Edgar T. Clemens, Bette Wolf Duncan, Dave P. Fisher, Bonnie Krogman, Mary Blocker, Diane Tribitt and Tony Argento.

November 3, 6:00 p.m. Cowboy Supper in the ballroom of the Student Center

November 3, 7:30 p.m. Concert: Michael Martin Murphey (solo acoustic)

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November 3, 2007
14th Annual Sierra Valley Lodge Cowboy Poetry & Dinner Show  near Calpine, California

From Larry Maurice:

Howdy folks! This annual event sells out every year (that's why you don't hear about it). As of today there are 24 seats left. Sierra Valley Lodge is one of the great old area lodges (located just outside Portola, Ca. about a half hour north west of Ren) and the Prime Rib is the best you have ever had. Make arrangements to spend the weekend, do dinner, the show, stay the night and enjoy the Fall colors in this beautiful alpine resort.

Hope to see ya there.  530-994-3367

Featuring Richard Elloyan, "Texas" Tom Weatherby, Dennis Golden, Barbara Hill, and Larry Maurice.

Bar open at 3PM
Event doors open at 5PM
Dinner at 6PM
Show at 8PM

$50 by reservation

103 Main Street
PO Box 233
Calpine, CA 96124
Phone: 530-994-3367

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November 3, 2007
Benefit for Lily Moore  Plain City, Utah

Brenn Hill will perform a benefit concert fort 3-year-old Lily Moore, who is battling leukemia. Lily Moore was diagnosed in April of this year, 2 months past her third birthday. Her chemo treatments are scheduled to last nearly three years and her father had to quit his job to stay home and care for her. (Her immune system is so low, she can't be around other children at school or in a daycare.) In addition, her medical bills are skyrocketing.

The concert takes place November 3rd at 7:00 PM at Fremont High School in Plain City, Utah, just west of Ogden (good cowboy country!). Tickets are $15. Combination Dutch oven dinner and concert tickets are $20. The dinner will be from 4:30-6:30.  Tickets can be purchased at Fremont High School or by calling 801-452-4000.

Donations can be sent to Fremont High, 1900 N. 4700 W. Plain City, UT, 84404, in care of Lily Moore. You may also contact Lily's aunt, Michele Parry, for information about tickets or for further information, at 801-928-3042.

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November 9-10, 2007
Annual Cowpoke Fall Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering   Loomis, California

The Annual Cowboy Fall Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering takes place November 9-10, starring Pat Richardson, Red Steagall, and Juni Fisher.

For tickets, call (916) 652-4480.

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November 15-18, 2007
19th Annual Western Music Association Festival  Albuquerque, New Mexico



            ALBUQUERQUE – October 24, 2007 – The Duke City and the state of New Mexico are preparing to host the Western Music Association’s huge International Music Festival for the fourth consecutive year.  This year’s event is the WMA’s 19th annual get-together for Cowboy musicians and poets from across the United States, Canada and as far away as Great Britain and will be held November 15th through 18th at the Marriott Albuquerque Hotel & Convention Center.

            “We’re really excited to have the festival return here,” said WMA board member Rick Huff, one of two national representatives from New Mexico.  “Apparently we’ve impressed everyone with the growth of the event since it moved here.”

            More than eighty different Western Music acts and Cowboy Poets will perform on daytime stages and nightly concert venues.  Special shows with Riders In The Sky and Lynn Anderson with Taos’ popular South By Southwest are also scheduled along with Award Showcases for other top national performers.

            As Huff enthusiastically points out, “Western Music…and I mean the real stuff…songs about Cowboy life, loves, lore and locale…is America’s forgotten indigenous music.  Every year more and more people learn not only that it’s not dead, but it’s actually growing bigger than ever as it flies under the media radar!  The world knows it, and America is finally finding out!”

            Cowboy Poets will have increased visibility this year as well.  From her office in California Margo Metegrano, the founder of the nation’s foremost website for the genre,, praised the WMA’s outreach, saying “the Western Music Association respects the long tradition of ‘bards and balladeers.’ Their (five) additional awards exclusively for poets are indicative of the level of commitment, and I join the large number of poets who are looking forward to taking part in the 2007 Festival.”

            Event tickets and day passes will be available at the door and the schedule is on the WMA website For more information, local contact numbers are (505) 265-1582 or (505) 232-3184. 

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November 15-17, 2007
Grand Junction Cowboy Poetry Gathering   Grand Junction, Colorado


Event:       Grand Junction Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Location:   Two Rivers Convention Center
                159 Main Street
                Grand Junction, Colorado

Date:         November 15,16,17, 2007

Time:         Thursday 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Reception, Museum of the West 462 Ute Ave.

                 Friday 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (Two Rivers Convention Center)

                 Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. (Two Rivers Convention Center)

Cost:          Daytime Sessions Free; Evening Programs $10.00

Contact:      Ronna Lee Sharpe, Museum of Western Colorado (970) 242-0971 ext. 221                       


Poems, songs, stories, arts and crafts of the working cowboy will bring Grand Junction’s Two Rivers Convention Center to life on November 16 and 17, 2007.  Poets and musicians from Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona and Oregon will join local performers offering a wide variety of programming over the two days. 

Daytime sessions will be presented on Friday (1 p.m.– 5 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) free of charge. 


Evening performances on Friday and Saturday begin at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10.00 per person (children under 12 admitted free). 


Performers include:

Al Albrethsen, Grand Junction, Colorado
Audrey Hankins, Congress, Arizona
Curley Dunnagan, Clifton, Colorado
Jack DeWerff, Mesa, Arizona
Neil and Mary Abbott, Rodeo, New Mexico
Peggy Godfrey, Moffat, Colorado
Peggy Malone, Fruita, Colorado
Rod McQueary, Recluse, Wyoming
Terry Nash, Loma, Colorado
Bill Snow, Jr., Woodland Park, Colorado
Tom Sharpe, Loma, Colorado
Leon Flick, Plush, Oregon
Frances Wheeler, Fruita, Colorado
Jesse Smith, Cora, Wyoming
Tom Munn, Snowmass, Colorado
Bob Archer, Collbran, Colorado
Ray Lashley, Grand Junction, Colorado
Vess Quinlan, San Acacio, Colorado
Ed Carpenter, Grand Junction, Colorado

A reception will be held at the Museum of the West, 462 Ute Avenue, Thursday, November 15 from 7-9 p.m. The Grand Junction Cowboy Poetry Gathering is presented by the Museum of Western Colorado, Whitewater Building Materials and the Colorado Council on the Arts


For more information please contact Ronna Lee Sharpe at the Museum of Western Colorado  970/242-0971 ext. 221,

Following is an article by Ronna Lee Sharpe, State Folklorist for Western Colorado, which appeared in the Museum of Western Colorado newsletter:

Grand Junction Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Some of the most talented cowboy poets and musicians will be gathering here in Grand Junction this month.  They are coming from as far away as northeastern Wyoming, southwestern Arizona and southern New Mexico.  They’re coming from east and west of Colorado’s continental divide, from the San Luis Valley, and from right here in the Grand Valley.  Over twenty performers will be featured in daytime and evening performances at Two Rivers Convention Center on November 16th and 17th.   If you’ve ever been to a cowboy poetry gathering, you already know what a treat it is to listen to the authentic poems, stories and songs shared by working ranch folks.  If you’ve never been to an event like this, just stop by for a few minutes to see what’s going on.  You might want to stay all day!

Out-of-state performers include Audrey Hankins from Congress, Arizona, Mary and Neil Abbott from Rodeo, New Mexico, Jesse Smith of Cora, Wyoming.  Rod McQueary and Sue Wallis are coming from Recluse, Wyoming, Jack DeWerff from Mesa, Arizona and Leon Flick from Plush, Oregon.  Colorado poets include Vess Quinlan (San Acacio), Peggy Godfrey (Moffat), Tom Munn (Snowmass), and Bill Snow, Jr. (Colorado Springs).  And of course, among the local favorites are Al Albrethsen, Ed Carpenter, Curley Dunnagan, Ray Lashley, Peggy Malone and Tom Sharpe.  Printed programs containing biographical information about each of these performers will be available at the event.

Two superb saddlemakers from Meeker, Bob Klenda and Mike Brennan, will demonstrate their art during the weekend.  Wayne Wymore, a magnificent rawhide/leather braider from Craig will be showing his work.  And many of Jean Roesler’s colorful cowboy quilts will be on display.

On Thursday evening, November 15, there will be a reception at the Museum of the West from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to kick things off.  Meet and mingle with performers, enjoy some refreshments, and tour the museum’s fabulous new exhibits. 

Daytime programs (FREE) will be ongoing on Friday afternoon (1-5 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. –5 p.m.).  There will be two programs going on in different rooms during the day.  Each starts on the hour every hour and features 4 or 5 poets and musicians.  Evening performances ($10/person, children under 12 free) begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, each featuring six different performers. 

A huge thanks to our generous sponsor, Whitewater Building Materials, faithful supporters of many cowboy poetry activities over the years.  Without the company’s help we wouldn’t be able to present this fabulous event.  The Museum of Western Colorado and the Colorado Council on the Arts Regional Folklife Program are working together to present the gathering. 

Tickets for the evening performances are now on sale at the Museum of the West (10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday).  For further information please contact Ronna Lee Sharpe, 970/242-0971, extension 221,

Posted 11/2

November 17, 2007
Benefit for Dan Pelt  Clarkston, Washington

From Bodie Dominguez:

Nov. 17, 2007
3:00PM to 5:00 PM

The Christian Cowboy Balladeers
will be performing a Benefit Show for the Dan Pelt family who lost their home in one of the forest fires this last few months. The benefit will be at the Moose Lodge in Clarkston, WA. There will be a spaghetti feed and entertainment by Howard Norskog, Bodie Dominguez, Jim Bullard, Marlene Pederson, Shiloh Sharrard, and Maxine Larson will be performing. Everyone is invited and donations will be taken to assist this family with expenses to rebuild their home.

100% of the proceeds go directly to the family. To make a donation or for more information, contact Bodie: 509-758-0447 or Christian Cowboy Balladeer Treasurer Janice Groceclose: for additional information.

Posted 10/24

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November 18, 2007
Oklahoma...Where the West Remains  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

In celebration of the Oklahoma State Centennial, "Oklahoma...Where the West Remains," a "journey in story and song," with R.W. Hampton, Rich O'Brien, and Oklahoma's Enid Symphony Orchestra will be presented November 18, 2007 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The "Where the West Remains" web site has complete information about the production and the tickets, which must be reserved by November 15, 2007.

Posted 11/9

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December 7-9, 2007
9th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival and Western Art and Gear Show   Monterey, California

Media release:

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, July 9th for the 9th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival and Western Art and Gear Show to be held from Friday through Sunday, December 7, 8, 9, 2007.  The festival will be held at the Monterey Conference Center located at One Portola Plaza, in downtown Monterey, CA. This popular annual event for all ages celebrates Monterey's contribution to our western heritage with cowboy poetry, song, dance, and a first class western art and gear show. The festival brings together people
from all over the United States to enjoy and learn more about the "cowboy way of life," including its history, current values and culture.
This year's featured entertainers include legendary Canadian cowboy singer/songwriter Ian Tyson, folk legend Tom Russell, Wylie & the Wild West, R.W. Hampton, Ernie Sites, Paul Zarzyski, Joel Nelson, Randy Rieman, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Joni Harms, Pat Richardson, Gary Robertson, local cowboy singer/songwriter Mike Beck, Sandy Seaton, and Mick Vernon.

The festival has 9 shows scheduled over the three days, plus a  Jam Session, Silent Auction, Western Dance featuring Wylie & the Wild West, and Sunday morning Cowboy Church, which benefits The Salvation Army and  features many of the top performers of the weekend.  New this year is a special Quilting and Poetry presentation by Yvonne Hollenbeck.

Tickets go on sale Monday, July 9, 2007, with prices ranging from $15.00 to $35.00, or $190.00 for an all-event pass.  For more information, to become a sponsor, or to purchase tickets, visit the website at or call 1-800-722-9652.

The Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival is supported by the Cultural Council for Monterey County through funding from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors; Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation; and the Salinas Californian.

Posted 6/18

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December 14, 2007
Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas Ball  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

From the  National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's media release:

Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas Ball Still Going Strong

Western Music Hall of Fame member Michael Martin Murphey has become guardian of one of America's most original traditions. Cowboy Christmas and Cowboy Christmas Ball have been granted U.S. Federal Trademark protection through Murphey's extensive efforts to protect an event that was first held in 1885 at the Star Hotel in Anson, Texas. Murphey brings the popular event to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum® in Oklahoma City, December 14, 2007. Presenting sponsor for the evening is Express Personnel and Express Ranches. Major Sponsor is Bank of America.

M.G. Rhoades, the Star Hotel owner, held the Texas Cowboys' Christmas Ball to honor a popular local cowboy's marriage. Lawrence "Larry" Chittenden, a young reporter for the New York Times was staying at the Star Hotel at the time while visiting his uncle who owned a ranch in the area. He composed a whimsical poem about the dance that was published in the local Texas Western newspaper, June 19, 1890. The poem eventually became a song and was included in John Lomax's 1922 book, Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads.

Dancing, sometimes associated with rowdy honky-tonks, was once frowned upon by some of the straight-laced citizens around Anson who nearly closed the soiree down. But in 1934, Miss Leonora Barrett, an Anson school teacher who recognized the event as an American folk heritage gem, gathered support by presenting family friendly guidelines that included 1880s dances and music, alcohol-free beverages and a no-smoking policy.

Today, Murphey observes these guidelines as he takes his band on tour throughout the holiday season. In 1985, he recorded the classic song, "The Cowboy's Christmas Ball" which he sings at each event. The Cowboy Christmas Ball, an annual event for 13 years at the National Cowboy Museum, includes a buffet dinner and visit from Santa Claus. Occasionally, Murphey leaves the stage to lead and dance a few dances with the crowd and his wife and daughters.

Additional sponsors include Museum Partners Devon Energy Corporation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and E. L and Thelma Gaylord Foundation. Also Major Support from Yellow Book USA and The Oklahoman.

For information on how to make a reservation visit and click on the Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas Ball information, or call (405) 478-2250, Ext. 219.

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December 15, 2007
3rd Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball  Ruidoso (Alto), New Mexico

From Joe Baker:

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Posse proudly presents the 3rd annual Cowboy Christmas Ball, Saturday, December 15, 2007 at the Alto Lakes Golf & Country Club, in Ruidoso (Alto), New Mexico. Since 2005, Jody Nix & The Texas Cowboys has provided the western swing music that bring back the memories of the Hoyle Nix (Jody's Dad) and Bob Wills' days.

The dinner and dance show has been produced ever year by Backforty Bunkhouse Productions. For more info contact
Joe Baker at

See our feature about the Backforty Bunkhouse here

Posted 1/12

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December 31, 2007
Cowtown Society of Western Music New Year's Eve Dance  Jacksboro, Texas

From Joe Baker:

Join us in Jacksboro, Texas December 31st at the VFW, for a New Years Eve dance featuring Brady Bowen & Swing Country with Grammy award winner Tommy Allsup along with Hall of Famer's Bobby Boatright, Billy Doshier, Wayne Glasson, Larry Reed, George Uptmore, Derwood Strube, Bobby Koefer, Neil Butler and former Asleep At The Wheel Drummer, Chris York along with the Cowtown Society of Western Music Hall of Famer Joe Baker for an evening of dancing to bring in the brand new year 2008. The Cowtown Society of Western Music will also have a fundraising auction to benefit the Society's museum in Mineral Wells, Texas. We are also expecting a few surprise performers at this New Year's Eve Gala so you won't want to miss this one for sure.

DANCE FROM 9 PM TO 1 AM at the VFW in Jacksboro! Contact Gary Beaver at 817-240-4580 or Joe Baker at 575-808-4111 or email Joe Baker.

Posted 11/5

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