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We welcome your event information about cowboy poetry and Western music events. Information details get posted in our news and in links from our Events calendar.

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Email us us for a free supply of handout cards about for your event.

The newest card is the 2013 Cowboy Poetry Week poster image, a painting by noted Western artist, poet, and fourth-generation rancher Shawn Cameron.

Another card available is the image selected as the cover for the 2012 CD, The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Seven. It depicts California poet, humorist, artist, cowboy, and Pro Rodeo Sports News cartoonist Pat Richardson, at age 21 in Kansas where he rode polo colts for Polo Hall of Fame honoree Willis L. Hartman. The photograph was taken in 1955 by Pat Richardson's brother, Jess Howard.

The reverse sides of the postcards have information about the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry and Find larger views, the reverse-side text, and previous years' cards here.

Find larger views, the reverse-side text, and previous years' cards here.

Thanks to the following gatherings, organizations, and individuals for helping to spread the word by making information cards available to date and for providing space for them:

The Heritage of the American West show; the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Saddle Up! in Pigeon Forge, Sierra Vista's Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering, Wyoming Wintercamp Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Chadron State College Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Red Rock Writers, Montana Cowboy and Ranchwomen Dinner Show, Montana Country Poets and Pickers Annual Gathering, Festival of the West, Alpine Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, Nara Visa Cowboy Gathering, National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Kamloops Cowboy Gathering, Estes Park Cowboy Poetry and Music Round-Up, Wyoming's Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering, Lee Earl Memorial Scholarship Gathering, Oklahoma Cowboy Poetry and Songs, Kane County Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Dollarwatch Cowboy Show, Gila Valley Poets Spring Gathering, Idaho City Gathering, Booth Western Art Museum, Los Rios Rancho and Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Cowboy Culture Corner, Truckee Western Week and ProRodeo Cowboy Poetry and Music, Conifer Trails and Tales, Triple Creek Ranch, Eldorado Running of the Bull, Oklahoma Centennial Covered Wagon Rendezvous, Annual Reno Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering, Friends of Marty Robbins, Southwestern Idaho Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Visalia Fall Roundup, Annual Grand Union Gathering, Badger Clark Hometown Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering, Old West Days, Pinedale Roundup, Grand Junction Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Grass Valley Elks' Cowboy Poetry, Annual Gila River Heritage Round-Up, Cowboy Poetry Hootenanny, Spirit of the West, Annual Bosque County Chuckwagon Cookoff & John A. Lomax Music Festival, Annual Stony Plain Cowboy Poetry, Music & Art Gathering, and First Annual Utah, Arizona, Nevada (& Neighbors) Cowboy Poetry Gathering & "Old Timers" Get Together, First Annual Golden Spike Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, Annual Missouri Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Boys Town Nevada, Songs, Stories, and Cowboy Poetry—Celebrating the American West, Chama Cowboy Days, South Dakota Spirit of the West, Steppin' Back Guest Ranch, Cowboy Culture Extravaganza, Them Cowboys is Headin' Downtown, Riding 4 the Brand Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Rhymers Rodeer, Missouri Cowboy Poets Association An Evening in the West, Texas Independence Day Celebration and Cowboy Gathering, Annual Tyrone Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering, Southern Oregon Farm Festival, The Very First Ojai Valley Cowboy Show, Benicia Cowboy Poetry and Music Relay for Life Benefit, and Benefit Concert for the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy, Third Annual Historic Ritzville Days Western Art Show, Rileys at Los Rios Rancho, White Mountains Roundup of Cowboy Poetry, Music and Art, San Juan Western Heritage Festival, East Texas Wild West Fest, Open Range Magazine Cowboy Dinner Show, Them Cowboys is Trailin' North, Permian Basin Poetry Society, Cowboy Boot Camp, Wild West Days at Rough Cut, Annual Columbia Gorge Cowboy Gathering, Campfire Tales at the Ft. Worth Stock Show, Texas Crossroads Cowboy Poetry Gathering, KBHB radio, Vinton Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Scofield's Cowboy Campfire at Red Mule Ranch, Pincher Creek Cowboy Gathering, Durango Cowboy Gathering, Annual Bear Lake Cowboy Gathering, "This One's for the Cowboys," and A Montana Christmas, Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous, Cowboy Concert Series, Rapid City Public Library, Echoes of the Trail, Lost 'n Lava Cowboy Poetry Gathering, High Country Summer, and CSU Equine Teaching & Research Center; and Tom Morgan, Jeri Dobrowski, Smoke Wade, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Susan Parker, Ken Cook, Linda Kirkpatrick, DW Groethe, Gwen Petersen, Janice Coggin, Sandi and Jay Snider, Nika Nordbrock, Karen Neurohr, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Lauralee Northcott, Kathy and Van Criddle, Doris Daley, Tex Tumbleweed, Laurali Noteman, Alfred Janssen, Hal Swift, Diane Tribitt, Ann Blackford, Doc Stovall, Bobbie Hunter, Jim Hawkins, Al Mehl, Don Hilmer, Geff Dawson, Mick Vernon, PJ and Dallas McCord, Carla Bell, Jim Runge, Tom Cole, Linda Record, Cheryl Park, Lowell Moore, Jon Chandler, Jerry Brooks, Juanita Buckley, Almeda Terry, Ronna Lee Sharpe, Laura and Tony Argento, Sr., Ralph Smith, Steve Conroy, Donnette Engebrecht, Fred Liese, Harlo Birkholz, Mark McMillan, Beth Bender, Kay Duke, Jackson Mackenzie, Francie Ganje, Pat Richardson, Sam Jackson, Stan Tixier, Tom Weatherby, Jennie Cummings, Maryanne Patterson, Mike Moutoux, Cimarron Sue and Nevada Slim, Ted Flaum, Rick Nagle, Christopher Martinez, Janice Gilbertson, Cass Swanson, Jan Billups, Thayne Beard, Larry Krause, Kathryn Trigg, Bill Henderson, Don Collop, Mark Miller, Sally Smith, Laurel Paulson-Pierce, Terri Taylor (STAMPEDE!), Woody Woodruff, Pete Kennedy, Mikki Dennis, Joe Baker, Kathy Barlow, Diane Tribitt, Paul R. Hirdler, Denise Keary, Gari Merendino, Stephen McFadden, Rose Sanders, Jo Baeza, Doc Davis, Clark Crouch, Larry Krause, Kat Copeland, Jim Moore, Shawn Gannon, Duane Nelson, Jim Cardwell, Cindy Quiqley, Buck Helton, Bob Kinford, Betty Ramelli, Steven Spalding, Thomas Scofield, Martyn Hill, Linda Mannix, Arden Gailey, Laura O'Connor, T.J. Casey, Rod Miller, Dale Major, Rod Miller, John Pappas, Jerry Schleicher, Judy Howser, Payson Reese, Vi Tara,  Chuck Peterson, Marci Broyhill, and Kay Higdon.

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Venues with Monthly and Multiple Dates


Mavericks Coffee House  Visalia, California

From Gary Brown:

All concerts are at 7 PM. Doors open at 6 (open seating). Call 559 624-1400 for tickets beginning 30 days prior to a concert (Visa/MC). We are located at: 238 E. Caldwell Avenue, Visalia, CA 93277 (corner of court and Caldwell). Additional shows will be added throughout the year.

February 15, 2013 (Friday) DAVE STAMEY with ANNIE LYDON at Mavericks 10th Anniversary Show. (SOLD OUT)
March 16, 2013 (Saturday) JOYCE WOODSON with special guest RAY DOYLE

proudly presents

with Special Guest

Saturday, March 16, 2013
7 PM $25

Joyce Woodson, award winning singer/songwriter from San Juan Capistrano returns to Mavericks Coffee House in March. Joyce has a beautiful voice and is one of the best songwriters in western music. "Writing about the disappearing California landscape and her love for the land is Woodson's strength". She is often linked to the late, great folksinger Kate Wolf, however with a western bent. Joyce grew up on the family farm in the San Juan Capistrano valley. A college graduate and licensed teacher, Joyce initially spent 12 years playing folk music in Southern California and worked at the legendary McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, where she honed her musicianship. Joyce then tried the Nashville thing. She spent almost a decade writing songs, formed her own publishing company and performed in local clubs. Joyce returned to California to care for her aging father and taught songwriting workshops. Her interest led Joyce to being one of the Founders of the Western Music Association (WMA).

Her awards include Winner of the 22nd Tucson Folk Festival; Best Female Performer by the Academy of Western Artists (2008); and Song of the Year, the title song from her wonderful album
If I Hadn't Seen the West Joyce was invited by the BBC to perform at the Queens Festival in Belfast, Ireland and toured Wales and Great Britain. She has played all over the USA including the Napa Valley Music Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY, and Gene Autry Museum, as well as other venues.

Ray Doyle, for many years was with the Wylie and the Wild West where he played bass and backed up Wylie Gustafson on vocals. Ray is an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist who has two solo albums, the last being
The Emigrant Trail, which was influenced by his Celtic roots as Ray was born in Dublin. The album was nominated for several awards and in 2011 Ray won the WMA Outstanding Instrumentalist Award. This will be Ray's second visit to Mavericks.

What do others say about JOYCE WOODSON's talents:

"Joyce Woodson has the best alto voice I've heard since I first heard Kate Wolf sing." The legendary UTAH PHILLIPS

"Joyce Woodson is one of the rare artists who works so well in and is so natural with the Western sound that she's become timeless. R. WARREN, SING OUT, National Music Magazine

"Joyce Woodson's singing and songwriting are fresh and clean as a mountain stram. Her tender, lyrical music is the best western music and brings out the best in all of us." RANGER DOUG, RIDERS IN THE SKY

"I find your music almost ethereal in it's beauty - your voice, the words and melody and the backup." ANNETTE BOYLE

CALL 559 624-1400 OR STOP BY FOR YOUR TICKETS AT MAVERICKS COFFEE HOUSE, 238 E. Caldwell (Court and Caldwell).  Dooks open at 6 PM......Concert begins at 7 PM. Seating Limited.


April 6, 2013 (Saturday) COWBOP featuring BRUCE FORMAN.

May 3, 2013 (Friday)  KATY MOFFATT 
Frankly speaking, Katy puts more emotion into a song than anyone else. This petite red haired, Texan troubadour, who plays an acoustic guitar almost as big as she, is one of the most revered singer/songwriters in the world. The reviews of her music by critics who've heard musicians in all types of genres, hail her as one of the best in the business. Whether she is singing the blues, folk, old country, western ballads, pop standards or Americana music, she bowls them over with her strong yet melodic vocals and an unharnessed compassion for telling the story in lyric form, accompanied by driving guitar strokes.
Katy has recorded 16 albums over her career, the first KATY, produced by the famous award winning producer Billy Sherrill on Columbia Records in 1976. She plays across Europe on almost an annual basis. Katy has been featured in 4 mainstream Hollywood films beginning when she was in her teens in the cult favorite BILLY JACK. The others were HARD COUNTRY with Michael Martin Muphey, THIS THING CALLED LOVE directed by Peter Bogdanovitch and HONEYMOON IN VEGAS with Nicolas Cage. Katy was nominated by the Academy of Country Music in 1986 as the Best New Female Vocalist. Katy Moffatt has opened for acts such as: Muddy Waters, Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison plus performed with the likes of Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kate Brislin, Charlie Daniels, Tom Russell, John Prine, Dwight Yoakum, Rosie Flores, her brother Hugh Moffatt and the Allman Brothers. Katy is a superb songwriter. Some of those she's written have been recorded by artists like the late Hoyt Axton, Tom Russell, who she has co written many songs with and Janie Fricke.
Three of Mavericks' personal favorite albums of Katy Moffatt's are KATY MOFFATT, Up Close and Personal, recorded in front of a live audience.....just she and her guitar. Cyndy Walker's oftern recorded "You Don't Know Me" is on this album. Many people have recorded the song for obvious reasons, however no body does it like Katy!  COWBOY GIRL, produced by Dave Wilkie of Cowboy Celtic and Scott O'Malley is a great collection of mostly traditional cowboy songs. Cowboy singer extraordinaire Don Edward wrote a testimonial as to what a great recording it is. The third is TULARE DUST, a wonderful tribute album to Merle Haggard, produced by Tom Russell. Katy joins many great artists on this CD, however her rendition of "I Can't Be Myself" is worth the cost of the album alone.  
What do the critics say about this international troubadour:
"If ever there was the perfect singer-songwriter it is Katy Moffatt." LONDON DAILY EXPRESS
"Anyone unaffected should check their pulse." Fred Deller, MOJO
"Well-crafted songs frame her rich, thick soprano voice....exquisite." Don Zimmerman, USA TODAY
"A singer/songwriter of the highest order." MELBOURNE HERALD SUN
"Katy Moffatt is all perfection and substance. As both an interpreter and a marvelous voice for her compositions, Moffat sparkles." ALL MUSIC GUIDE
"One woman, one guitar, brilliantly written songs delivered with passion and empathy. This crowd brought her back for three encores." THE TIME HERALD, NEW ZEALAND
"I've never seen Katy Moffatt give less than 200% effort onstage." Brum Beat, Great Britian
Come on out an enjoy this wonderful performer in an "up close and personal" setting. Call 559 624-1400 for tickets (Visa/MC) or stop by Mavericks Coffee House, 238 E Caldwell Ave., Visalia, CA 93277 (Court and Caldwell). 
                                DOORS OPEN AT 6 PM, OPEN SEATING, SHOW AT 7 PM.


June 21, 2013 (Friday)  JUNI FISHER

Juni in June is a tradition here at Mavericks. This year she will singing songs from her recently released album "LISTEN to the Horse." It is a tribute to the horse with 11 songs, of which Juni wrote or co-wrote 9 of the selections. Her title song is worth the price of the album by itself. The album also includes a new collaboration with cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell "Still There" and a reprise of their wonderful "Who They Are." In addition, Juni sings a song written by Mike Beck, "Patrick," a nod to the horse of the late great horseman Bill Dorrance. She just keeps on producing wonderful Western music . . . what a creative talent!
In addition, she's won about every honor known to man or woman over the past 10 years:
2005  Western Music Association (WMA) Crescendo Award for best new Western performer
2005 Academy of Western Artists (AWA) Female Vocalist of the Year
2006, 2009, 2011 WMA Female Performer of the Year
2007 WMA Song of the Year
2008 Western Heritage Museum's Wrangler Award for Outstanding Western Album
2009 WMA Traditional Album of the Year
2011 WMA Entertainer of the Year
No doubt, she is one of the most popular singer/songwriters in Western Music today. Come see our own Tulare County born and raised perform in person. You'll be glad you did!
What do others say about her:
"Juni Fisher's luminous intensity ignites her writing and her performances. Known for her flawless performances and recordings, she blazes a unique trail of excellence in craft and entertainment." Margo Metegrano,
"Juni Fisher's the best thing to happen to Western music in a long time. Her ability to draw the audience back in time is a talent that will preserve the essence of the West." Waddie Mitchell, Cowboy Poet
"Juni Fisher's songwriting is thoughtful, creative and embellished with soaring melodies that transport the audience effortlessly to the grand vistas of the West." Mike Fleming, Director, Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival
"Best Solo Performer, Editor's Choice," TRUE WEST magazine, 2012
The best way to see Juni Fisher perform is by herself in a small, intimate venue like Mavericks Coffee House.
Call for tickets 559 624-1400 or stop by for a cup of "possibly the World's Best Coffee!" at  Mavericks, 238 E. Caldwell Avenue. Limited Seating.  Visa/MC accepted over the phone.

September 27, 2013 (Friday)  CANCELLED


October 5, 2013 (Saturday)


November 1, 2013 (Friday) 


December 16, 2013 (Monday)


March 15, 2014 (Saturday)

DAVE STAMEY  $30, 11TH Anniversary Show

Our new website is:

Updated 9/13

Big Hat Promotions Summer House Concerts  Altadena, California

•All of our gatherings are outdoor events held at a private residence in Altadena, CA or at another nearby private location.
•Dress is outdoor evening casual.
•Light snacks and beverages are provided.
•A suggested per person cash donation is requested for all events that goes to our performers to show appreciation for their talents and to cover their expenses. We are unable to accept credit cards or personal checks.
•Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required for all events.
•Doors open at 6:00pm and the show begins at approximately 7:00pm.
•With respect for our neighbors, we usually wrap things up no later than 10:00pm.
•Non-smoking environment. No pets allowed.
Please email  to make show reservations, ask questions, or to be added mailing list for future events.

Big Hat Promotions and the Historic Altadena Stables Proudly Present

May 11, 2013

A Very Special Evening With JUNI FISHER

Southern California CD Release Concert!
Saturday, May 11, 2013

Gates Open at 6:00pm. Performance at 7:00pm

Light Refreshments Available or Pack a Picnic

Altadena Stables, Altadena, CA

$25.00 Per Person Cash Donation Requested At The Door

Advance Reservations Required. Juni's shows sell out early.

Email for Reservations and Information

Please make plans now to join us for a very special evening with the exceptionally talented, Juni Fisher. This accomplished horsewoman, avid fly angler, award-winning singer and songwriter has chosen Altadena Stables for her new CD release party and live concert. As Juni stated, “There could not be a better setting for a concert aimed at the horse community than the Altadena Stables!”

Juni is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on her latest CD of songs for the horsemen and women she has known and admired. Juni says, “The songs have been several years in the making, and the album is dedicated to some of the great horsemen who've inspired so many of us”.

Make your reservations to join us for what promises to be an extraordinary evening with Juni Fisher. Plus, have rare the opportunity to be one of the first to obtain her new CD and have it autographed.

Born in the San Joaquin Valley of California, Juni Fisher spent her early years training horses, as well as working on cow-calf operations. She now tours the country full time, delighting audiences with her original songs, storytelling, and guitar playing. Juni writes and sings about the West. Her songs come alive with the land and the people who call it home. "Juni Fisher's luminous intensity ignites her writing and her performances." says one journalist "At the heart of her unique and complex artistry is her ability to bring alive what become unforgettable characters and images, stunning stories that often carry a deep and compassionate reflection of the human spirit."

A few of Juni’s most recent awards and accomplishments include:

2012 NRCHA Celebrity Cow Horse Challenge Champion
2012 True West Magazine Best Solo Performer, Editor's Choice
2011 Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year
2011 Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year
2011 Western Music Association Song of the Year
2009 Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year
2009 Western Music Association Traditional Album of the Year
2008 Western Heritage "Wrangler Award" for Outstanding Western Album
2008 Western Music Association Songwriter of the Year
2007 Western Music Association Song of the Year
2006 Western Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year


June 1, 2013

Next up, we invite you to join us for another CD Release Concert featuring:


Saturday, June 1, 2013
Door Opens at 6:00PM. Performance at 7:00PM
Light Refreshments Available

At Our Home in Altadena, CA
$25.00 Per Person Suggested Cash Donation Requested At The Door

Advance Reservations Required - Seats Are Limited!

Those of you who are familiar with Gary and Ian's cowboy blues will not be disappointed. They have recently spent a good deal of time in the studio producing their new CD of original songs and unique arrangements of a couple of classics. This new collection of work provides a listening experience that only these two talented musicians/songwriters can deliver. We were honored when Gary and Ian asked us to host their CD release concert. You will not want to miss out on this opportunity. Gary and Ian always rock the house when they perform here and Saturday, June 1 promises to be an amazing evening. Seats are limited and reservations are already coming in.



June 15, 2013

Then, 2 weeks later, Big Hat Promotions is extremely excited to welcome back to the stage the amazing musical talents of:


"Together Again Los Angeles Reunion"

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Door Opens at 6:00PM. Performance at 7:00PM

Light Refreshments Available

At Our Home in Altadena, CA

$25.00 Per Person Suggested Cash Donation Requested At The Door

Advance Reservations Required - Seats Are Limited!

Having recently completed a successful 4-week tour of Arizona, this dynamic trio featuring award-winning songwriter, Mike Fleming, renowned lead guitarist, Raul Reynoso, and the incredibly talented Dave Jackson on bass will make their Big Hat Promotions debut. Winner of three best song awards from the Academy of Western Artists and The Western Music Association, and the Will Rogers Award for Best Western Group, New West has toured the Midwest in as part of the Arts Midwest and APAP touring programs. They╒ve been a featured act at the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, and the Strawberry Music Festival in Northern California. It has been way too long since we've had the opportunity to enjoy New West performing their songs that pay tribute to the men and women of the American West. We hope you can join us for this rare event.

Posted 4/18


June-September, 2013
Scofield's Cowboy Campfire at 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 cowboy music, poetry, and story telling in an 1880s setting. In addition to Ron's traditional brand of old cowboy standards, special guest performers contribute their unique style of western wit, wisdom, satire, and song.

June 29 - Sourdough Slim

July 13 -
Dave Stamey

July 20 -
Old West Trio and Gary Lowe

August 3 -
Belinda Gail and Jim & Karen Ross

August 10 -
Dave Bourne and
Pat Richardson

August 17 -
The Gillette Brothers

August 24 -
Old West Trio and Ron & Gary Scofield

Sept 7 -
Old West Trio and Mark Twain

Find information for all performers at

Dinner is served at 6:30pm. Entertainment begins at 7:30pm with a break for intermission and dessert. After lots of music and poetry, it's "Happy Trails" around 10pm.

Total event cost per person is $45

Scofield's Cowboy Campfire, P.O. Box 12, Fiddletown CA 95629;; (209)-296-4519

Posted 6/17



January 25, 2013
Jim Thompson Cowboy Poetry Gathering 
Rapid City, South Dakota

From Jim Thompson:

Friday January 25th is the "Jim Thompson Cowboy Gatherin" at the Black Hills Stock Show! 6pm Rod Hoffman's great chuckwagon dinner for $10 a plate...the show at 7 is free to the public featuring Yvonne Hollenbeck and Randy Huston.

At the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center near the cattle sale ring on the east side by the Hotel. Come enjoy cowboy poetry and cowboy music...and Rod Hoffman's chuckwagon dinner....$10!!...good bleacher seating on a first come first served for the meal at the door.

Posted 1/18


January 28-February 2, 2013
The 28th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering  Elko, Nevada

The Western Folklife Center has announced the artists performing at the 29th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, to be held January 28 to February 2, 2013 in Elko, Nevada.

They are
Adrian, Baxter Black, Dave Bourne, Cowboy Celtic, John Dofflemyer, Carolyn Dufurrena, Elizabeth Ebert, Don Edwards, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Dick Gibford, DW Groethe, Kristyn Harris, Andy Hedges, Jessica Hedges, Brenn Hill, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Jess Howard, Linda Hussa, Chris Isaacs, Kay Kelley Nowell, Ross Knox, Los Texmaniacs, Bill Lowman, Corb Lund & the Hurtin' Albertans, Mary McCaslin, Gary McMahan with Ernie Martinez, Wally McRae, Waddie Mitchell, Andy Nelson, Joel Nelson, Rodney Nelson, Glenn Ohrlin, Ed Peekeekoot, The Quebe Sisters Band, Vess Quinlan, Henry Real Bird, Pat Richardson, Randy Rieman, Tom Russell, The Saddle Cats, Georgie Sicking, Al Simmons, Jesse Smith, R.P. Smith, Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong, Dave Stamey, Gail Steiger, Keith Ward, Wylie & The Wild West, Paul Zarzyski.

From a July 20, 2012 newsletter:

...Consider arriving in Elko early in the week of the Gathering (January 28 to February 2) to participate in a hands-on workshop. Learn to cook Italian food from an Italian chef with restaurants near Rome; learn how to make a mohair cinch; or improve on your rhythm guitar skills. In the evenings enjoy the poetry and music of the butteri, cowboys from the Tuscany region of Italy (Monday, January 28), and be thoroughly entertained by Paul Zarzyski, John Dofflemyer, and David Wilkie and Denise Withnell of Cowboy Celtic (Tuesday, January 29). The Gathering kicks into high gear on Wednesday night with an all-Texas show featuring the beloved Quebe Sisters Band and Los Texmaniacs, a high-energy Grammy-award winning band that merges traditional conjunto music with a dash of rock and blues.

We are thrilled that cowboy music legend
Don Edwards is joining us this year and will be performing shows with poets Joel Nelson and Waddie Mitchell. Singer/songwriter Tom Russell is also returning to Elko and will be performing a solo show and sharing the stage with Grammy-winner Ramblin' Jack Elliott. The Dinner Theater is back for two nights with a laughter-inducing show featuring Sourdough Slim titled "Sourdough's Wild and Woolly Revue." And there's so much more! If you are not on the mailing list to receive the Gathering brochure, please be sure to give us a call or send an email to  with your address so you don't miss out on this incredible Gathering. The ticketed show schedule will also be posted on our Gathering website in August...

From an October 4, 2012 newsletter:

The Western Folklife Center will feature Italian cowboys at the 29th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, to be held January 28 to February 2, 2013 in Elko, Nevada. From the Western Folklife Center:

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering—the nation’s greatest celebration of the American West, its people, culture and traditions—has its own long legacy of hosting ranch people and cowboys from around the globe. Past participants have hailed from Mongolia, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, France, Hungary, Australia and the British Isles. The 29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, will welcome butteri, cowboys from Italy, who have their own unique poetry, music, gear and traditional techniques, but still have much in common with their counterparts in the American West and cattle cultures across the globe. The event is produced by the Western Folklife Center and takes place January 28 to February 2, 2013, in Elko, Nevada.

The Italian cultural exchange is part of the Western Folklife Center’s ongoing effort to build understanding among herding cultures worldwide, explains Executive Director Charlie Seemann. “We believe it is important to introduce American ranchers and cowboys to others who share their occupation but may have different ways of accomplishing their work. Over the years, our cultural exchanges have created awareness and appreciation for how other cultures operate, and we’ve learned from each other. It’s been very rewarding for everyone involved.”

butteri are from the Maremma region of Tuscany where they have been raising and herding the large lyre-horned Maremmana cattle for centuries. Butteri ride the Maremmano horse and tend the cattle using a long stick or l'uncino. There are two types of saddles used in the buttero tradition, the scafardo, a military-type saddle built on a wooden tree, and the more simple bardella style. The buttero typically wears coarse cotton pants, leggings, a velvet jacket and a black hat. He protects himself from the rain with a large mantle called the pastràno.

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will welcome seven Italian guests to share the traditions and the art of the
buttero. They will participate in performances of music and poetry, as well as presentations of butteri culture and environmental preservation in the Maremma, and cooking workshops and demonstrations. The participants are: Drew Mischianti, buttero, writer, journalist, co-curator of the buttero program at the Gathering; Giulio De Donatis, buttero; Gianluca Zammarelli, zampogna (Italian bagpipe) maker and player, and director of the Etnomalia School of Music; Marco Ruffo, accordion and tambourine player; Francesca Prato, buttera; Natalia Estrada, buttera, photographer, filmmaker, co-curator of the buttero program at the Gathering; Valerio De Donatis, buttero, Maremma chef; and Rodolfo Lorenzini, buttero, historian, Chairman of the Italian Society for Horse and Environment.

The Western Folklife Center will also mount an exhibition of
buttero gear, tools and clothing, as well as contemporary and historic photographs, artwork and video depicting life herding cattle in the Maremma. Italian Buckaroos: Old World & New World will also feature the rich legacy of Italian-American ranching in the American West. The exhibition will open at the Wiegand Gallery of the Western Folklife Center during the 29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and will travel to arte italia, Nevada’s premier Italian cultural arts center in Reno, Nevada, in September 2013.

December 2012 newsletter: Find information in our feature here.

Tickets to the Gathering go on sale to Western Folklife Center members, Tuesday, September 4, and to non-members on Thursday, October 4.

See our list of performers at the Gathering since its inception in 1985 here.

Find more at the Western Folklife Center's National Cowboy Poetry Gathering web site.

Updated 12/17


February 1-3, 2013
19th Annual Montana Country Poets & Pickers Gathering Chinook, Montana

From Fred Liese:

Hello, poets, musicians and storytellers, the Montana Country Poets & Pickers will be holding their annual gathering of talent February 1 - 3 in Chinook, Montana.

We invite you to come on down and be a part of our program.

It's always a blast to see & hear all of the performers. If this strikes your interest, give us a shout at or call: 406.353.2383 or contact: D. W. Mailand, Box 472, Harlem, Montana 59526

Hope to see you in February.

Posted 10/29


February 2, 2013
16th Annual Will Rogers Cowboy Awards  Fort Worth, Texas

From Bobby Newton:

The 16th Annual Will Rogers Awards will be held Feb. 2, 2013 at the American Airlines Conference and Training Center in Dallas, TX. There will be a social hour, dinner, awards and dance and entertainment. Room rates are $89 a night, shuttle service from the DFW airport.

For more information, please email

Posted 7/23

February 8-10, 2013
21st Annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering  Sierra Vista, Arizona

The 21st annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering takes place February 8-10 in Sierra Vista, Arizona. The 2012 theme is "Water...Cool Water."

The gathering's poster, designed by Sierra Vista photographer Pauline Aiello Fredericks, depicts the late
Bud Strom, who helped start the event.

Featured artists include
Teresa Burleson, Walt "Bimbo" Cheney, Judy Coder, Ken Cook, Peggy Godfrey, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Mary Kaye, Jon Messenger, Terry Nash, Chuck Pyle, Saddle Strings, Jay Snider, Dave Stamey, Syd Masters & The Swing Riders, Morales Brothers, The Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers, and Vince Crofts & Mindi Reid.

Participating artists include
Gary Allegretto, William Boycott, Almeda Bradshaw, Broken Chair Band, Marci Broyhill, Buckshot Dot, Call Of The West, Allan Chapman, Sam DeLeeuw, Mike Dunn, Doug Figgs, Rolf Flake, Kerry Grombacher, Kristyn Harris, Sue Harris, Carol Heuchan, Allen "Hook" Hill, Jim Jones, Kay Kelley Nowell, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Susie Knight, Carol Markstrom, Slim McWilliams, Al Mehl, Miss "V" The Gypsy Cowbelle, Miss Devon and The Outlaw, Mike Moutoux, Dale Page, Steve Porter, Nancy Ruybal, Ann Sochat, Barry Ward, and the Yampa Valley Boys

Find more at

Posted 1/29

February 22, 2013
Born to This Land: A Visual and Musical Journey through the Rangelands of the West  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

From the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum :

Join your friends for the Oklahoma City debut of Born to This Land: A Visual and Musical Journey through the Rangelands of the West, a spectacular musical and visual concert showcasing some of today’s best in Western music with a group performance by Jean Prescott, Don Edwards, Dan Roberts, and Red Steagall. Visual elements include spectacular photographs by Bob Moorhouse and David Stoecklein.

Members, dinner with preferred seating $75 (space limited)

Not-yet-members, dinner with preferred seating $100 (space limited)

Members, general admission $50

Not-yet-members, general admission $60

The presenting sponsor for the concert is Remington Park. Reservations can be made online at  or by calling 405-478-2250, Ext. 219.

Find more information here at the museum's web site.

Posted 1/9

February 21-24, 2013
13th Annual Saddle Up! Celebration  Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

From the organizers:

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Rounds Up Western Entertainment During Saddle Up

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. –Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will host its 13th annual Saddle Up, Feb. 21-24, 2013. The four-day event, a tip of the hat to the American West, features concerts by cowboy musicians and poets, a chuck wagon cookoff and other activities designed to entertain the entire family.

Saddle Up is part of Pigeon Forge Winterfest, a four-month season of activities that begins in November and continues through February.

Performers for the 2013 event include cowboy poets Waddie Mitchell and Chris Isaacs, along with musicians Brenn Hill, the Quebe Sisters Band, Sourdough Slim, Dave Stamey, T. Scot Wilburn and the Shut Up -N- Playboys, and Wylie & the Wild West. Concerts at Grand Majestic Theater (3 & 7 p.m. on Feb. 22; 6 p.m. on Feb. 23) are $15 each.

Two Intimate Evening dinner shows are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21. A four-course dinner at Partridge & Pear restaurant will be followed by a performance from Wylie & the Wild West. The Quebe Sisters Band will entertain at Mama’s Farmhouse Restaurant, following a family-style meal that includes steaks prepared by the Red River Ranch chuck wagon team from Texas. Tickets for Intimate Evening diner shows are $50.

“Stories & Strings,” Feb. 22, features performances by a select group of Saddle Up musicians. Each will talk about personal musical influences and share favorite tunes and stories. The $15 concert at Smoky Mountain Guitar Shop will include a chuck wagon sampling, beginning at 11 a.m. “Stories & Strings” was a recent winner of a Gold Pinnacle award from the International Festivals & Events Association.

A chuck wagon cookoff competition, sponsored by Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association, will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, at Clabough’s Campground. Chuck wagon cooks prepare lunch for guests and evaluation by a panel of judges. Lunch begins at noon, and tickets are $10. Beginning at 9 a.m., visitors can hear cowboy entertainers and participate in cowboy-related activities free of charge.

A Cowboy Dance (tickets are $5), with music by T. Scot Wilburn and the Shut Up -N- Playboys, along with special guests, is Saturday night at Spirit of the Smokies Condo Lodge Ballroom. Cowboy Church, a non-denominational service at Stages West, is Sunday morning at 10 a.m. It is preceded by a chuckwagon breakfast that begins at 8:30. Breakfast tickets are $5; Cowboy Church is free.

A detailed schedule of Saddle Up activities is available at, where tickets may be purchased online beginning Oct. 29. Event tickets also may be purchased onsite during the event.

Posted 10/17

February 22-24, 2013
27th Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering (Sul Ross) Alpine, Texas

From the organizers:

"Preserving the traditions of the American West in words and music...each year in the Spring."

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a two-day event celebrating the oral tradition of the working cowboy in poetry, stories, and
music. Enjoy more than 50 performers in the classrooms and on the stages of Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas.

More than 50 performers take part. The 2013 headliners are Dale Burson, Bob Campbell, Jeff Gore, Kristyn Harris, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Carole Jarvis, Jean Prescott, R.P. Smith, Jay Snider, and Andy Wilkinson.

There is also a special Saturday afternoon show with Baxter Black. Find information about all of the event's performers here.

Find complete information at

Posted 1/24

February 23, 2013
11th Annual Toot, Snoot, 'n Hoot  Big Timber, Montana

From Gwen Petersen:


Proceeds will go to HELP BRING BAXTER BLACK TO BIG TIMBER April 27.

Wild and Woolly & Full of Fleas guarantees to have you holding your sides with laughter and filling your heart with soulful music!

Laugh at one-liner jokes as they bounce off the COWBOY JOKE WALL, hear Patsy Decline, Sweet Thing Christine, Buckskin Dave, Ten Fingers Tom, Dame Harmony, Disco Divas, Macho Muchachos, An Old Dawg, Debbie Downer, Double Trouble, Sky Pilots, Irish Buskers, the Velvet Troubadour, the Village Idiots and Older Than Dirt. A can’t miss show!

There will be special silent auction items and raffles.

Tickets: All Banks, Gusts, the Fort.

$10.00 or $20.00 for families.

Chili Contest & Supper 5:00. SHOW—7:00

Chili contest entry fee: $15.00 (includes admission to show)

Chili Contest forms: Library and Gust’s.


Information: 932-4227

Posted 1/28



March 1-3, 2013
Third Annual Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous Hyrum, Utah

From Dale Major:

Time’s fast approaching to circle the wagons and set up for the 3rd Annual Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous to be held March 1-3, 2013 at Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum, Utah.

Join us as we celebrate Utah cowboys with
Brenn Hill, Mary Kaye, Bob Christensen, Many Strings, Saddle Strings, Sam DeLeeuw, Robin Arnold, CR Wood, Dave Anderson, The Buckaroo Balladeers, and a whole herd of outstanding cowboy poets and musicians from the great state of Utah (and a few special guests from outside the state as well!).

"Don’t-miss" events include a Friday night concert with Brenn Hill and Mary Kaye, a Saturday afternoon "Pioneer Poets" round robin featuring pioneer cowboy poet Bob Christensen and others who helped popularize this genre, followed by a "Songwriter’s Circle" with Brenn Hill and others. As if that’s not enough, 3 stages will offer continuous entertainment with one dedicated as an "open mic" stage.

Local and regional craftsmen and artists will be on hand to display (and sell) their works and wares. Cowboy vittles will be available along with a slew of locally produced ag products. Budding poets can try their hand at reciting their favorite poems at the Youth Poetry Contest and can demonstrate their cowboy skills at the Kids Corral.

Western band Saddle Strings will top off Saturday’s celebration with a family dance, and we’ll all return home Sunday morning after Cowboy Church, held in the Livery Stable at the American West Heritage Center in Wellsville, Utah.

For ticket and other information go to

And remember, spurs and chaps are optional!

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March 15-16, 2013
Sierra Valley Grange Cowboy Show  Vinton, California

From Rich Moore:

Sierra Valley Grange March 15 - 16, 2013

Cowboy Poetry and Music Show


Dave Stamey, Jim King and Dave Bourne

Friday Evening Show at 7:30 PM


-- Matinee Show at 2:00 PM
-- Evening Show at 7:30 PM Dinner Fri 5 to 7 PM /Dinner Sat 4:30 to 7:00 PM

Adult Show Ticket: $23 Children $8

Adult Dinner Ticket: $12 Children $8 (Friday: Corn Beef and Cabbage / Sat: Roast Beef)

Dave Stamey: One of our favorite performers has been bucked off and stomped by many horses been. He's ridden in the rain, in the snow, in the rain some more, in pretty nasty heat, and in feedlot pens where the air was thick and decidedly fragrant. He's even wrangled dudes. He has been voted Entertainer of the Year, Male Performer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. His "one of kind" style makes him a top draw anywhere he performs.

Jim King: Cowboy Poet started his first cattle herd in 1966, wanting to "rope cows, not milk 'em!" Jim's interest in cowboy poetry began in 1986 when he was given a book of poems that dated back to the 1920's. . Jim now performs cowboy poetry near and far, but still tends to his ranch near Chico, CA. He says that the Vinton CB Poetry venue is his favorite place to perform.

Dave Bourne: Singer, Songwriter and Old Time Piano Player. His specialty in the past several years has been saloon piano of the 19th Century. It has led him to many amazing old west venues all over California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona. He worked on the first season of HBO's Deadwood as a featured background player, and was pleased to have them use his saloon piano recordings on the soundtrack for all three seasons that the show ran.

Contact Pam Olivieri: 831-345-9840 or email or visit web site; 

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March 23, 2013
16th Annual Cowboy Poetry Night  Gateway, Colorado

From Linda Moores

Cowboy Poetry Night

March 23, 2013
5:00 pm

Gateway Community Center, Gateway, Colorado

Admission: $4.00/person -- kids 12 and under get in free

Beef stew dinner: $3.00 per person

The Gateway Merry Mixer 4-H club is hosting their 16th Annual Cowboy Poetry Night with a dinner and some of the best Western music and cowboy poetry in the country. There will also be a silent auction and some great door prizes.

Performers include Peggy Malone, Tom Sharpe, Terry Nash, Al Albrethson, Deb Bukala, Ray Lashley, Pat Martin, Don Wynkoop, and others.

Come out and join us for a great evening of entertainment and fun and help raise money for the Merry Mixer 4-H scholarship program.

Contact Linda Moores, 970-931-2803.

Posted 3/7

March 28-31, 2013
5th Annual Crossroads Cowboy Gathering   Benson, Arizona 

From Bob Kinford:

The 5th annual Crossroads Gathering is dropping the "Texas" and moving to Benson Arizona. We are combining forces with the SWRRA for an event that rolls hardcore Californio style roping with the best in cowboy agritainment. Two full days of roping, vendors and main stage agritainment. Bring your instruments and play with the professionals in our cowboy style OPEN jams where everyone can play. Saturday night benefit dance for the Benson FFA featuring another Crossroads innovation, the "rolling" band. March 28th through the 31st, 2013.

Find more at

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April 6, 2013
Benefit for the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering and the Phippen Museum of Western Art  Prescott, Arizona

From Nika Nordbrock:

Don Edwards and the Prescott Pops Symphony with special Guest Rich O’Brien
Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, Prescott, Arizona
Tickets available February 4, 2013,  or 928-776-2000 

Posted 8/29

April  23, 2013
Cowboy Poetry Week at the Anadarko Library  Anadarko, Oklahoma   ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

Oklahoma poet, songwriter, and rancher Jay Snider and Lavern "Straw" Berry appear at the Anadarko Library on April 23, 2013, at 6PM in a special Cowboy Poetry Week show.

Updated 4/15

Find additional Cowboy Poetry Week information here.

April 11, 2013
Cowboy Poetry at the Golden Art Gallery  Goldendale, Washington  ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

With Ned Bodie

Posted 4/9

Find additional Cowboy Poetry Week information here.

April 12-14, 2013
10th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival  Kennewick, Washington

From Bodie Dominguez:

Our 10th annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Music Festival will be held April 12th, 13th, and 14th 2013 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick, WA (1500 S. Oak St.). Directions: Off of I80, take 395 exit, from 395, turn left on 10th St. coming from Yakima area or right on 10th St. coming from Oregon. Stay on 10th and you will run into the Fairgrounds on the right.

Friday starts at noon, Saturday starts at 9:00 am, and Sunday Cowboy Church starts at 9:00 am with breakfast starting at 7:00 am.

Get your tickets now!! Camping-Ticket Form 2013 (pdf). You don’t want to miss this event!

General Admission for daytime PLUS evening Concert is $15.00. VIP (RESERVED seating) for daytime PLUS evening Concert is $20.00. We will also have daytime only admission for $5.00.

Questions call: (509) 851-4287, 851-4288, 554-2638 or 851-9520. email:

More info at: 

Posted 1/28

April 12-14, 2013
5th annual Cowboy Idol Competition at the 10th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival  Kennewick, Washington

From Smoke Wade:

Cowboy Idol Competition:  The 5th annual Cowboy Idol competition will be held in conjunction with the 10th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Music Festival at the Benton County Fairgrounds, Kennewick, WA. April 12, 13, 14 - 2013. Four poets and four musicians will compete through out the weekend to gain the title of Cowboy Idol.
The Mission - To encourage new performers to attend the event that are above the line of open mic performers and have the ability to bring quality entertainment to the stage for the enjoyment of the audience. This event is a favorite of the audience and we will make every effort to make a big deal out of your appearance and participation.
The purse - Trophies, $500.00 first place and $200.00 second place to both the Cowboy Idol Poet and Musician finalists. First place winners may be invited back next year as featured performers. 
For more information contact or visit the website

UPDATE 4/8 from Smoke Wade:

The Cowboy Idol contestants for the 5th annual Cowboy Idol competition have been named. The event, hosted by Smoke Wade, Nevada, takes place in conjunction with the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering & Music Festival, April 12 - 14, 2013, at the Benton county fairgrounds in Kennewick, WA.
The selected poets are Susie Knight, Colorado; Dale Page, Indiana; Dena Fritz, Montana; and Ed Nesselhuf, South Dakota. The musicians in the competition are Dean Cook, Arizona; GT Hurley, Montana; Charlie Root, Washington and Coyote Joe & Little Joe, Oregon.
The Cowboy Idol contestants will compete throughout the weekend for $1400.00 in cash prize money, trophies and the title of Cowboy Idol  2013. 
Additional information about the Cowboy Idol contest and the featured performers of the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering & Music Festival may be found at

Posted 4/8

April 18-21, 2013
20th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival  Santa Clarita, California

From the organizers:


Celebrate 20 Years of Cowboy with the

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival!

Thursday, April 18-Sunday, April 21, 2013


For two decades, the City of Santa Clarita has paid tribute to legends of the West like Gene Autry and William S. Hart, and this year Santa Clarita’s rich western heritage once again takes center stage at the historic Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio and other venues within the City for the 20th Annual Cowboy Festival, hosted from Thursday, April 18 to Sunday, April 21, 2013. 

Recently awarded the “2013 Best Cowboy Music Gathering” by True West Magazine, thousands of spectators from all around the world come each year to the Cowboy Festival to throw back to the dusty days of saloons, wooden sidewalks and spurs. 

This year, get ready for the wildest Festival in the west as the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival presented by Logix Federal Banking, has planned an event that’s guaranteed to delight attendees of all ages.  The Festival’s gracious hosts, the Veluzat family, will once again open the doors of Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio for the event, providing a venue unlike any other.  Fresh off the film Django: Unchained, Melody Ranch is ready to set the stage and come to life on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21, 2013, with serenading performers, Dutch oven treats, western merchandise and much more!    

In celebration of the 20th anniversary, many beloved performers will be returning in addition to some great new offerings.  Step inside one of four stages at the Cowboy Festival to experience live performances from Grammy winners Riders in the Sky, and the always entertaining Baxter Black will hit the Main Stage on Saturday and Sunday.  Don Edwards, Hot Club of Cowtown, The Sons of the San Joaquin, The Saddle Cats, and Ginny Mac are also set to perform throughout the weekend, along with newcomers Kristyn Harris and The Haunted Windchimes who will also appear in the 2013 lineup.   

Come and relive the Old West and listen to western stories shared by some of the most recognized cowboy poets in the country including master poet Pat Richardson, comedic entertainer Andy Nelson and traditional storyteller Joe Herrington.   

Festival entertainment goes beyond show-stopping musical talent to include saloon pianist Dave Bourne, magician Pop Haydn, gun spinner Joey Dillon, banjo master John Reynolds, and trick ropers David Thornbury, John Hustead and Jim Townsley.

Bring the whole family and enjoy activities including panning for gold, leatherworking at Biskit Hatch’s Saddle Arts station and a living western history exhibit hosted by The New Buffalo Soldiers. At Buckaroo Story Time, children can hear award-winning authors share stories from Western tales and families can also stop by the Buckaroo Book Shop for the best in Western fiction, toys, and film.

One night each year, families can enjoy Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio as it is transformed into a theater beneath the stars for Melody Ranch Movie Night.  On Friday, April 19, 2013, attendees will have an intimate Western-style dinner under the stars on Melody Ranch’s Main Street and experience a once-in-a-lifetime viewing of the classic film “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” starring Western legends John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart.

Cowboy fans can also pay homage to some of the most famous buckaroos in Hollywood history at Santa Clarita’s Walk of Western Stars in nearby Old Town Newhall.  Each year, the Walk brings western culture to life when Cowboy stars are immortalized in bronze and terrazzo tile stamped into the streets of Old Town Newhall. Walk of Western Stars will unveil tributes to Lee Marvin, Rudolfo Acosta and Stuart Hamblen during SENSES, a block party on Main Street themed “Saddle Up,” to kick off the 2013 Cowboy Festival on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Throughout its 20 year history, the Festival has been a celebration of the men and women who have defined the Western genre and shaped the world’s view of the American West.  Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to visit Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio and experience the sights, sounds and flavors of the Old West by celebrating the 20th anniversary of the nationally acclaimed Cowboy Festival in spring 2013!

For a full schedule of the 20th Annual Cowboy Festival events or to purchase tickets, visit or call (661) 250-3735 Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Previous announcements:

November, 2012: Greetings from Santa Clarita! Mark your calendars ladies and gentlemen.

We are thrilled to share that 2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, which will once again take place at Melody Ranch T Motion Picture Studio and at other venues in the Santa Clarita Valley, April 18-21, 2013.

Special thanks to the Veluzat family for welcoming us to their spectacular home and the perfect setting for the Festival.

As always, the Cowboy Festival will feature the best in Western gear, food, clothing, living history exhibits, and of course some of the world's best Cowboy musicians and poets.

The 2013 Festival will feature outstanding performers on a variety of stages, including
The Riders in the Sky, Baxter Black, Don Edwards, Hot Club of Cowtown, The Sons of the San Joaquin, Sourdough Slim, Ginny Mac, The Saddle Cats, and two new young talents: Kristyn Harris and The Haunted Windchimes, just to name a few.

Pat Richardson, Andy Nelson and Joe Herrington will spin tales of the West and the Battalion Band of California will return with their authentic 19th century Civil War music. And the Festival's Medicine Show Stage will feature saloon pianist, David Bourne, magician Pop Haydn, banjo master John Reynolds and gun spinner Joey Dillon. There will also be Western, Native American and Hispanic song and dance to delight guests of all ages.

For those of you on our mailing list, keep an eye out for a post card with website and contact information and a reminder to save the date for what will surely be the best Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival yet!

If you can't wait and want to see what's planned for the 20th Annual Cowboy Festival, check out for a downloadable event schedule, show schedules, performer links and bios and community partner events. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 2, 2013!

If you're not on our mailing list, visit our website and sign up today so you'll be sure to receive updates about new events and happenings at the 20th annual Cowboy Festival!

As always, we look forward to seeing you at the 20th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival! For more information please visit  or call (661) 250-3735.


Greetings Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Fans!

The Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival first made its debut in 1994 by honoring the authentic Old West through music, poetry, cowboy gear, food and storytelling. This year, the City is excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Festival with a lineup that’s sure to delight guests of all ages!

Tickets for the 20th annual Cowboy Festival, presented by Logix, go on sale Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Here’s an exclusive preview of the event line up for the Cowboy Festival, taking place April 18-21, 2013 at Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio and other venues in Santa Clarita.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Festival will kick off with the Santa Clarita Valley Tour of some of the area’s most notable film locations. The Cowboy Couture fashion show returns at the Repertory East Playhouse, showcasing high Western fashion and giving guests a chance to pick up a great new outfit for the weekend. Newhall will host the City’s monthly SENSES block party with Saddle Up Cowboys from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Main Street. This free event is open to the public and will feature live music, dancing, food, and a variety of Western vendors.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Head over to Rancho Camulos to enjoy a delicious lunch while watching Sourdough Slim. A walking tour featuring Hart Mansion and the Walk of the Western Stars will also take place ending at Hart Hall. Friday evening, Don Edwards will perform at Hart Mansion and Melody Ranch Movie Night features dinner and a showing of
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

Saturday, April 20, 2013 AND Sunday, April 21, 2013

Walk the streets of Melody Ranch™ Motion Picture Studio for the 20th annual Cowboy Festival, equipped with great music, poetry, Western art, clothing, Cowboy gear and Chuckwagon cooking. The Riders in the Sky will perform at Hart Mansion and Cowboy Cabaret will return to the Repertory East Playhouse to thrill music lovers with Western jazz and swing, featuring Hot Club of Cowtown and The Saddle Cats.

Many events will sell out quickly so be sure to get your tickets early! Tickets can be purchased online or by calling our Box Office at (661) 250-3735 Monday-Friday between 8:00a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Visit us online to learn more about the 20th anniversary Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival at


Each year, the Cowboy Festival features some of the world’s best Western poets and musicians, and for the 20th anniversary, guests can expect live performances by new and returning show-stopping talent. Meet two of our younger acts who will perform on the Main Stage at the 2013 Cowboy Festival:

Ginny Mac
Saturday, April 20 and Sunday April 21

Entertaining audiences with her vocal style and natural ability, Ginny Mac is quickly becoming a household name in Western music. She keeps herself pretty busy as a singer, songwriter and musician, and recently she has teamed up with two-time Grammy award-winners Brave Combo.

The Haunted Windchimes
Saturday, April 20 and Sunday April 21

Listen to the vocal harmonies of traditional folk and American roots music with The Haunted Windchimes. They recently performed on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion” on NPR, a very popular show which can be heard worldwide. The blend of their voices and instruments has a vintage quality about them that paints a vivid picture and evokes emotion from people of all ages.

Check out the
Cowboy Festival website to learn more about these events and find out when your favorite acts are performing at Melody Ranch ™ Motion Picture Studio on Saturday and Sunday, April 20th and 21st. We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival!

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April 19, 2013
An Evening of Cowboy Poetry and Song  Rolla, North Dakota   ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

With Mark Kerr, Jarle Kvale, and special guest Gabe Brien.

Tickets $10 at the door, first come basis.

Rolla Legion Cabin, April 19, 2013, 7:30 PM

Contact Jarle Kvale:

Posted 3/25

Find additional Cowboy Poetry Week information here.

April 19, 2013
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Park County Library  Cody, Wyoming  ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

Rex Rideout with Otto Rosfeld and Ray and Shirley Jacobs at 2:00 PM.

Posted 4/1

Find additional Cowboy Poetry Week information here.