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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.

We regret that we can't list individual performers' or groups' shows or "shows" that have just one or two performers or groups, including house concerts; those are too numerous for us to maintain. (We do welcome information for established venues with a roster of regularly-scheduled programs, even if those programs feature just one or two performers. The season's schedule is welcome, at least several weeks before the season begins.)

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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.; $25 except where noted

January 4, Sat.  - ELI BARSI and BARRY WARD
February 15, Sat. - Lon HANNAH and Terry TALBOT,  a new Duo unveils new Album
February 21, Fri. - THE QUEBE SISTERS BAND
March 15, Sat. - DAVE STAMEY,  Mavericks' 11th Anniversary Show
May 16, Fri. - SOUDOUGH SLIM with his SADDLE PALS
May 24, Sat. - BRENN HILL
June 7, Sat. - BELINDA GAIL

Friday, July 18 - GT HURLEY  
August 22 Fri. - JUNI FISHER 

September 5, Fri. - R W HAMPTON

September 11, Thurs. - WADDIE MITCHELL
Saturday, October 4 -  SILENT WESTERN MOVIE NIGHT at MAVERICKS with Dave Bourne, Pianist 

October 17, Fri. - ADRIAN

December 15, Sat. - KATY MOFFATT 

In 2015:

January 17, Sat.  MIKE BECK 

March 14, Sat. DAVE STAMEY $30   Mavericks 12th Anniversary  Show


Our new website is:

Updated 10/24

June through September, 2014
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 28 - Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong

July 12 -
Dave Stamey

July 19 -
Old West Trio and Ron & Gary Scofield
Aug. 2 -
Riverbend Folk Band

Aug. 9 - Pipp Gillette and Jim & Karen Ross

Aug. 16 -
Juni Fisher and Jim King

Aug. 23 -
Old West Trio and Pat Richardson

Sept. 6 -
Old West Trio and Mark Twain (MacAvoy Layne)

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 4/21


Campfire Series at the Historic State Theater Oroville, California

From Gency Brown, WMA:

A new western music concert series in Northern California! We are so proud to join with S.T.A.G.E. (State Theater Arts Guild) to present some of our finest WMACC performers in the first-ever Campfire Series at The Historic State Theater in Oroville, California, .

Since 1928, the beautiful State Theater has provided culture and entertainment and is considered "The Jewel of The Historic Downtown District." Oroville is about 1 1/2 hours north of Sacramento.

Tickets are on sale now. Check out the theater website and consider purchasing the entire series at a nicely discounted price.


Juni Fisher, September 18th
Dave Stamey, October 9th
Cow Bop, November 6th


Carolyn Martin, January 22nd
Lacy J. Dalton, March 5th

Posted 10/2



January 16-19, 2014
25th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering Golden, Colorado

From the organizers:

For the past 25 years the Gathering has celebrated the cowboy life and culture. Come enjoy this year's all-star cast and
award-winning cowboy poets and musicians from the American West, Canada and Australia.

Baxter Black
Riders in the Sky
and many more amazing performers!

This year's newly expanded four-day roundup includes three evening performances, two full-days of popular theme session
matinees, campfire concerts, authentic chuckwagon cookin', as well as Cowboy Church Sunday morning, and a Sunday afternoon Jackpot Finale performance.

A weekend that captures the true spirit and lifestyle of the Cowboy heritage through poetry, song and verse.

This Year's All Star Line-up Includes: Baxter Black, Riders in the Sky, Mikki Daniel, Jeff Hildebrandt, Dave Stamey, Carol Heuchan, Jean Prescott, New West, Yvonne Hollenbeck, R.P. Smith, Bob Bovee, Ernie Martinez, Pop Wagner, Jon Chandler, Liz Masterson, Barry Ward, Mark Gardner / Rex Rideout, Terry Nash, Doris Daley, and Al Mehl.


Green Center Auditorium
Colorado School of Mines
923 15th Street
Golden, CO 80401

American Mountaineering Center
710 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401

Find complete information at

Posted 11/5

January 27-30, 2014
Cowboy Campfire Tales - Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering  Ft. Worth Stock Show, Texas

From the organizers:

Cowboy Campfire Tales - Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering Since 1997 is at the Fort Worth Stock Show again for 2014. Officially titled on the schedule as – “Campfire Stories” presented by Texas Cowboy Poets Association – West Arena. Join us again this year for more wonderful western Cowboy Music and Poetry at The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo! Our dates this year are MONDAY JANUARY 27, TUESDAY JANUARY 28, WEDNESDAY JANUARY 29 and THURSDAY JANUARY 30 of 2014. Starting at 12:00 NOON each day and ending at around 6:00 pm. IT’S FREE! WITH YOUR GENERAL ADMISSION TO THE FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW. Our website is 



February 19-23, 2014
14th Annual Saddle Up! Celebration
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Western Entertainers, Chuck Wagon Cooks Saddle Up For Pigeon Forge

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.--Pigeon Forge, Tenn., hosts the 14th annual Saddle Up, Feb. 19-23, 2014, a four-day tribute to the American West. The popular event features concerts by top cowboy and cowgirl musicians and poets, a chuck wagon cookoff and other western-themed activities for the entire family.

Performers for 2014 are
Don Edwards, Red Steagall and the Boys in the Bunkhouse, Hot Club of Cowtown, Belinda Gail, Andy Nelson, Ray Doyle, T. Scot Wilburn and the Shut Up -N- Playboys, and Joyce Woodson. Concerts at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge (3 & 7 p.m. on Feb. 21; 6 p.m. on Feb. 22) are $20 plus tax per person. A concert pass, good for all three shows, is available for $55 plus tax.

Two Intimate Evening dinner shows are scheduled at the LeConte Event Center on Thursday, Feb. 20, one featuring Don Edwards and the other Hot Club of Cowtown. Tickets for Intimate Evening dinner shows are $50 plus tax.

"Stories & Strings," Feb. 21, features performances by a select group of Saddle Up musicians sharing favorite tunes and stories.  Tickets for the noon concert at Smoky Mountain Guitar Shop are $20 plus tax.

A chuck wagon cookoff, sponsored by Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association, takes place Saturday, Feb. 22, at Clabough's
Campground. Chuck wagon cooks prepare lunch for guests and evaluation by a panel of judges. Tickets for the noon luncheon
are $12.50. Beginning at 9 a.m., visitors can hear cowboy entertainers and participate in cowboy-themed activities free of

A Cowboy Dance ($5), with music by T. Scot Wilburn and the Shut Up -N- Playboys, is Saturday night at the LeConte Event Center. The weekend wraps up with a chuck wagon breakfast ($5) beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the LeConte Event Center, followed by Cowboy Church at Stages West. Cowboy Church is free.

A detailed schedule of Saddle Up activities and event tickets are available here beginning Oct. 21. Remaining tickets also may be purchased onsite during the event.

Saddle Up! at Pigeon Forge

Posted 10/3

February 14-15, 2013
8th Annual Mesquite Western Round-Up  Mesquite, Nevada  

From Marleen Busma:

The 8th Annual Mesquite Western Roundup featuring cowboy poetry and western music has been scheduled for February 14 at 7 pm and February 15, 2014 at 1 pm at the Mesquite Community Arts Theater in Mesquite, Nevada, 150 N. Yucca St.

Cowboy poets from Utah and Nevada will perform, including
Lee Kimberlin, Barb King, Ken Marshall, Hap Stuart, Wanda Eckhardt, Mike Prince and Marleen Bussma. The program will also feature traditional cowboy and western music by award winning singer /musician David Anderson from Utah. Old time music will be provided by the Mesquite Strings N’ Things.

Tickets available at the door for $10 per person. For more information contact

Marleen Bussma at 435-574-2314.

Posted 11/22

February 28-March 2, 2014
Fourth Annual Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous  Hyrum, Utah

From the organizers:

It’s time to head the pack string towards  the  4th Annual Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous to be held  Feb 28, March 1,2  2014 at Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum, Utah.

Join us as we celebrate our Western heritage with a Friday evening  concert featuring Suzy Bogguss,  Sam DeLeeuw and  Trinity Seely,  Doug Figgs   will be the pre-show entertainment   Saturday afternoon events include a concert with Dave Stamey, Ernie Sites, and cowboy poet Steve Spencer, Jared Rogerson will be the pre-show entertainment.  There will be a   herd of outstanding cowboy poets and musicians from the surrounding area .  Special guest this year will be 10 year old Thatch Elmer from Bear River,  Wyoming.   

"Don’t-miss" events include a Saturday afternoon "Pioneer Poets" round robin featuring pioneer cowboy poet  Stan Tixier  and others who helped popularize this genre,  and also a "Songwriter’s Circle" with Dave StameyTrinity Seely, Doug Figgs, Jared Rogerson, 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.    There is also a Patriotic Poetry Contest for youth and adults.    $1000 in Smith and Edwards  (the Man Mall!) gift cards will be distributed to the winners of the youth and patriotic contests. 

Ernie Sites and the Sagebrush Ramblers  will top off Saturday’s celebration with a Cowboy  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!

Posted 1/27




April 11-13, 2014
11th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival  Kennewick, Washington

From Smoke Wade:

The 11th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival will take place April 11 -13, 2014 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick, WA. The event is organized by Budd & Judy Massengale along with the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival Board of Directors.   News on featured performers, open mic sign up and special events will be forthcoming. Visit

Scheduled daytime performances will be presented on Friday and Saturday, April 11 – 13, 2014, along with open mic sessions. Headliner shows will take place at 6:00 p.m. each evening. A cowboy church will be held on Sunday morning following the gathering.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be the 6th Annual Cowboy Idol competition for both poets and musicians hosted by Smoke Wade. There will be trophies along with $500.00 for first place and $200.00 for second place in both the poet and musician competition. In addition, all open mic performers will be judged throughout the weekend for the People's Choice Award with prize money and a trophy to the winner. Cowboy Idol contest applicants may contact Smoke Wade (435) 215-9675

For information regarding advance ticket sales, RV parking, special Motel rates, or vendor & performer applications,  visit  

Or contact: Budd Massengale,  (509) 851-4288 or Judy Massengale (509) 851-4287.

Update 3/26:

The Cowboy Idol contestants have been selected for the 11th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival which will take place April 11 -13, 2014 at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick, WA.

The Cowboy Idol poet contestants are Rusty Feathers, Oregon; Keith Ward, North Carolina; Geoff "Poppa Mac" Mackay, Manitoba, Canada; and Lynn Kopelke, Washington.

The Cowboy Idol musician contestants are
"Farmer" Dave Fulfs, Washington; Natalie Pyle, Washington; Dave McClure, Washington; and Shayne and Alane Watkins as the musical duo, "Beargrass," Idaho.

The Cowboy Idol contestants will be competing for trophies along with $500.00 for first place and $200.00 for second place in both the poetry and music competition. The winning Cowboy Idols in each category have the opportunity to be invited back as featured performers in 2015. The current reigning Cowboy Idols for 2013 are poet, Susie Knight, Colorado, and musical duo, "Little Joe and Coyote Joe," Oregon.

In addition, all open mic performers will be judged throughout the weekend for the People's Choice Award with prize money and a trophy to the winner. The 6th annual production of Cowboy Idol is hosted and produced by Smoke Wade, Nevada.

Scheduled daytime performances will be presented on Friday and Saturday, April 11 – 13, 2014, along with open mic sessions. Headliner shows featuring Nashville legends,
T. G. Sheppard and Rex Allen Jr. will take place at 6:00 p.m. each evening. The featured performers include: Nevada Slim & Cimarron Sue; Sam DeLeeuw; Zac Grooms and the band "Brewers Grade;" Bodie Dominguez; Susie Knight; Little Joe and Coyote Joe; Rod Erickson; and Les & Nancy Brockus. A cowboy church will be held on Sunday morning following the gathering.

News on all performers, open mic sign up, special events, ticket sales, RV parking, special motel rates and the weekend schedule may be found on the website - 

Updated 3/26

April 24-27, 2014
21st Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival  Santa Clarita, California

Don Edwards, Sons of the San Joaquin, Waddie Mitchell, Dave Stamey, Cow Bop, Paul Zarzyski, Jon Chandler, Belinda Gail, Tom Corbett Band, Allegretto & Espinosa, Mary Kaye, The Lucky Stars, Band of the California Battalion, Dave Bourne, Joey Dillon, Pop Hayden, Messick Family, Dave Thornbury, Dave Rainwater, Biskit Hatch, and The New Buffalo Soldiers.

From the organizers:

Tickets to Cowboy Festival and Popular Western Events Still Available

Calling all cowboys and cowgirls! Tickets to 2014 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union, are still available for all events, but they are going fast.

Named the “Best Cowboy Music Gathering” by True West magazine, the 21st Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival will take place on April 24-27, 2014, featuring the best in authentic Western gear, food, activities, living history exhibits and show-stopping live performances.

A few of this year’s spotlight events and premium tickets include:

Friends of the Festival ($150) – This all-access pass includes admission to the Cowboy Festival for both days at Melody Ranch (April 26 and 27), preferred seating in the first five rows for all performances at the Melody Ranch Theater, all-weekend access to the VIP Bunkhouse at Melody Ranch with free food and drink, VIP Shuttle service and one “Buckaroo Buck” good for the purchase of one item of Festival Merchandise (performer product excepted).

April 25: Melody Ranch Movie Night ($60) – Enjoy an intimate western-style dinner, exclusive shopping and a once-in-a-lifetime viewing of classic film The Magnificent Seven – all under the stars on Melody Ranch’s iconic Main Street.

April 24 and 25: Western Film Tour – Part 1 and 2 ($45 per tour / $80 for two) – Explore the rich Western film history of the Santa Clarita Valley with a two-part tour led by local historians E.J. and Kim Stephens. Part 1 of the tour (April 24) will depart from William S. Hart Park, passing iconic Western film sites like Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch and Vasquez Rocks. Part 2 (April 25) will explore several historic film sites outside the Santa Clarita Valley, including the Santa Susana Pass, “Lone Ranger Rock” and the Garden of the Gods.

April 26: Cowboy Cabaret featuring
Cow Bop and The Lucky Stars ($35) – Get up close and personal with the best Western swing musicians in the country as they jam the night away at the Repertory East Playhouse in historic Downtown Newhall.

April 24: An Evening with Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt Earp ($35) – Meet the real life Earp relatives as they perform their highly acclaimed, award winning play based on the true life accounts of the Tombstone events and Wyatt and Josie’s volatile relationship.

April 25: Growing up with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans ($50) – Join Cheryl Rogers Barnett, daughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and America’s foremost film historian, Leonard Maltin, for a night filled with stories, family home movies, rare career footage, and audience Q & A in the intimate living room of William S. Hart’s mansion (pictured above).

April 27: An Evening with
Jon Chandler and Belinda Gail ($70) – Join “America’s Western Sweetheart,” Belinda Gail, and the “Voice of the Colorado Rockies,” Jon Chandler, for a night of traditional and contemporary western music. Belinda is one of western music’s most awarded female artists, and Jon is widely regarded as one of America's best western authors and singer/songwriters.

For additional information about the 2014 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and other attractions happening around Santa Clarita during the festival weekend, visit or call (661) 250-3735.

April 25-27, 2014
6th Annual Songs of the Cowboys Cody, Wyoming   ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

From Leslie Keltner:

Runumuk Cowgirl Productions is proud to present the 6th annual Songs of the Cowboys weekend festival April 25-27 in Cody WY. We'll have 3 concerts and day sessions featuring 20 artists from 6 states performing cowboy music and poetry. Tickets are only $10.00 per concert, available at the door.

For information, contact Leslie at 307-250-5241, or

Posted 4/2


May 3, 2014
Florida Cowhunter Gathering Okeechobee, Florida

From the organizers:

Florida Cowhunter Gathering, May 3rd, 2014 (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM), Presenting & Exhibiting Cowboy Heritage of Past and Present Florida Cowboys (Music – Food – Cowboy Poetry – Arts – Photographs – Cowboy Exhibits)

12358 NW 112th St., Okeechobee, Florida (David R. Douglas Property) For further information contact Sally Carlton Breaux Ayres for more information 863-532-9384; Email:

Posted 4/15

May 16, 2014
First Ever Ranch House Cowboy Poetry Competition at the Calaveras County Fair and Frog Jump Jubilee Angels Camp, California

From the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee:

May 16, 2014
First Ever Ranch House Cowboy Poetry Competition

Frogtown's First Ever Ranch House Cowboy Poetry Competition

Old West Fun Highlights the 2014 Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee
May 16, 4 p.m. at the Ranch House

$200 cash prize for the best poem or lyric

Stories of today's, real working West are the theme for the First Ever Ranch House Cowboy Poetry Competition. We welcome poems and lyrics that say something special about cowboying, ranching or rural life - especially those based on personal experience. Beyond platitudes, we are looking for original, well-developed stories about today's real working West.

Competition Guidelines
The best entries say something new - or say something in a new way.
Fact used.
Your original works previously published elsewhere are welcome.
Contestants can accompany themselves on a musical instrument.
Content must be suitable for our wide audience, including young readers/listeners.
Men, women and children are welcome to enter.

We are not looking for poems or lyrics that -
Idealize the "Old West."
Reflect a "Hollywood" view.
Use worn jokes or bathroom humor.

$10 entry fee to be paid at the event.
Only one poem or lyric per person.
Must be your original work.
Submissions may be published on the Fair website.
Writer must appear to read/recite/sing at the event on May 16 at
4 p.m. at the Ranch House.
We reserve the right to refuse any submittal deemed unsuitable.

Submissions due by May 13, 2014
Email to

Mail to the Fairgrounds, PO Box 489, Angels Camp, CA, 95222;
Hand deliver to the Administration Building at Frogtown.

QUESTIONS? Call the Fairgrounds at 736-2561.

Posted 4/4



June 13-15, 2014
Best of the West Weekend  Pincher Creek, Alberta
(by organizers of the former Pincher Creek Cowboy Gathering)

From the organizers:

Best of the West Weekend is a brand new event happening in Pincher Creek, Alberta this summer. Rising from the ashes of the 26 year-old Pincher Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering, BOTWW will still take place on Father’s Day Weekend: June 13-15, 2014. Some older elements will remain, but attendees will have plenty of exciting NEW things to see and NEW performers to hear.

Format changes include being condensed to Friday, Saturday and the traditional Sunday morning pancake breakfast and Cowboy Church. The Horseshoe Pavilion will be the sole venue for all daytime and evening performances. This will make for a more vibrant and lively venue, giving The Pavilion a new life.

Besides some new performers, there’ll be some new faces in the Western Lifestyle Artisan Market as well as a Western Food Court and even a new supper offering. Authentic ranching demos will engage the whole family in “The Weekend” fun and games. Tickets are now available via our website,

June 12-15, 2014
18th Annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering Fort Scott, Kansas

From the organizers:

Organizer Judy Howser says “Bring the family for a weekend of music, tales, and authentic cowboy cookin’ at the 18th annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering at FSCC June 13-15.” There is something for everyone, and cowboy attire is not required. Families will learn what an authentic wagon train and chuck wagon look like, and what chuck wagon food was like when a really good cook made it.

Everyone will be admitted free of charge to the western trade show in the lobby of the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center, where a basket weaver, a yarn spinner, metal workers, leather workers, western artists, and others will display and sell their fine, handmade art, beginning around 5 p.m. on Friday, June 13 and all day Saturday, June 14.

Admission to the Fine Arts Center Theater is $20 Friday and Saturday, or $12 for just one day. Children 12 and under will be admitted free. Friday evening, cowboy poets and singers will compete to win a silver buckle and a chance to perform at Echoes of the Trail in 2015. Former Nashville singer and present day performer, artist, and cowboy preacher Steven Spalding and nationally acclaimed singer Judy Coder will judge the competition, which will finalize Saturday, June 14.

Doors will open Saturday, June 14 at 9 a.m. for the trade show, and entertainment will be non-stop in the Fine Arts Center Theater from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Slices of homemade fruit pies will be sold in the lobby, and proceeds will benefit local 4-H groups. The three winning pies will be auctioned Saturday evening. Last year, 4-H received $312 from the pie slice sale and the auction. Also in the lobby will be an open microphone for those who want to practice their singing or reciting skills or just entertain while the public shops or enjoys slice of pie.

At 3 p.m. the three winners of the Gary Wimmer Memorial Kids’ Cowboy Poetry Contest will read or recite their winning poems. This year, the winners were from the 5th grade classes of Mrs. Croan and Mrs. Hill at Eugene Ware Elementary. First Place winner Sadie Marchino will receive $50 from Echoes of the Trail. Second Place winner Draven King will receive $30, and Third Place Makenzie McDonald will receive $20. Contest chair Judy Johnston says she is grateful for the hard work of all the teachers and the 92 students who participated. The students used their research, history, writing, computer, rhyming, spelling, and creative skills among others as they completed the 12 line poems that reflect the theme of Echoes of the Trail. The teachers and parents of the winners will be admitted free to the Fine Arts Center Theater June 14.

Performers in the theater during the day will include Judy Coder, Gerry Allen, Harold Carpenter, D. J. Fry and Richard Dunlap, Ron Ratliff, Abe Reddekopp, Cliff Sexton, Royce Smithey, and Steven Spalding. Organizer Diann Tucker says audiences will hear tales and songs about life as it was on the range in the 1800s as well as the way it is for present day cowboys and farmers. Some are hilarious, such as Gerry Allen’s rendition of Ghost Chickens in the Sky, and others are sad stories of lost love, old horses, and old cowboys. Many songs, poems, and prose are original, written by these present day cowhands who still live the life today. Others will be traditional music and tales written by those who rode the range long ago.

At 7:30 p.m. June 14 in the Fine Arts Center theater, the cowboy poet/singer finalists will perform to see who is the Grand Champion, and who will win first and second place buckles in Cowboy Poetry and Cowboy Singer categories. The overall winner will be asked to perform at Echoes of the Trail 2015.

Also during the evening, the silent auction will be finalized, and the winning pies will be auctioned. Pie Contest entry forms must be in by May 31st. Forms are available online, at the Bourbon Co. Extension office, and at the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce.

Then, to end a perfect weekend Sunday morning, June 15, Rev. Steven Spalding will lead Cowboy Church, after which Denny and Donna Williams will provide a chuck wagon breakfast for a free will offering.  See for more information about the event, ad about the trail ride.

Organizers of the 18th annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering invite trail riders of all ages and abilities to join them June 12-15 for a fun weekend of riding on a 1,000 acre ranch in lush Southeast Kansas. On Thursday, June 12th, there will be an organized ride from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Then, riders will be transported or will drive their own vehicles about four miles to Fort Scott Community College, where they will enjoy an authentic Chuck Wagon dinner by Dennis and Donna Williams of Neosho, Mo.

On Friday, June 13th, there will be morning and afternoon rides, with different trails used each day. At 5:30 Friday evening, riders will enjoy a banquet in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center, followed by a cowboy poet and singer competition in the Theater. Again, transportation to and from the college will be provided for those who need it.

Saturday, June 14th, there will be a morning ride, after which riders are encouraged to enjoy a chuck wagon lunch near the authentic wagon train at FSCC. A free will offering is asked for that meal. In the Fine Arts Center, many talented craftsmen will display their wares, including leather, weaving, home spun yarn, hand made goat milk soaps, metal work, fine western art, rope baskets and crosses, western CDs, cedar furniture, and much more.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Theater, eleven fine cowboy poets and singers will perform, and at 3 p.m., the winners of the Kids’ Cowboy Poetry Contest will read or recite their poems. Riders are on their own for Saturday dinner, and will be admitted free to the Final Cowboy Poetry and Singing competition at 7:30 p.m. in the theater. Judy Coder will be one of the judges, and she will be performing at various times during the weekend, plus she will join the trail ride as well.

There will be a home made pie baking contest as well, and the three winning pies will be auctioned off Saturday evening. Proceeds from pie slice sales and the pie auction will go to the local 4-H. The Silent Auction will end during the evening as well, after bidders have one last chance to make the final, winning bid! Proceeds from the silent auction go toward next year’s Echoes of the Trail.

There will be primitive camping at the ranch, with water access for the horses, and a limited number of stalls available. Riders may put up their own portable fencing if desired, and should bring their own buckets and feed.

Sunday morning, June 15th at 9 a.m., riders are invited to Cowboy Church led by Rev. Steven Spalding, and a chuck wagon breakfast afterward.

For those who do not wish to camp, cost for the ride is $50 and does not include Echoes of the Trail performances in the theater or stall space. For the full ride that includes camping, stall space, tickets to Echoes of the Trail entertainment, the Friday banquet and Thursday chuck wagon meal, cost is $135. Riders may start the ride on Friday, June 13th if they wish, and the cost for the rest of the ride, minus June 12th, is $125. Kids 12 and under may ride free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Riders will find registration and release forms on, and they may print them out and mail them with a check to Echoes of the Trail, 2280 Hackberry Rd., Fort Scott, Kansas 66701, or they may complete the forms online and use PayPal. For more information on the ride, please call Diann Tucker at 620-224-7054.


July 13, 2014
27th Annual California Rodeo Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering  Salinas, California

From the organizers:

Sunday, July 13, 2014
Sherwood Hall
940 N. Main St.~ Salinas

Dave Stamey
Jim & Karen Ross
Ed Montana
Clem Albertoni

1:00 Wine Tasting & Silent Auction  1:45 Open Mic . 2:30 Show
including performances from Monterey County Free Libraries Youth Contest Winners
Tickets on Sale - Rodeo Box Office
(800) 549-4989 or
Show Tickets $30.00
Wine Tasting & BBQ Tickets Sold Separately

Our headliner, Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called him the Charley Russell of Western Music. He has been twice voted Entertainer of the Year, three times Male Performer of the Year and twice Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. He's delighted audiences in fourteen states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.

Clem Albertoni, our Master of Ceremonies, South County's poet laureate and funny man. Clem wrote his first poem at the age of five, he can write special poems for any occasion and is a true artist with special talents. He writes and reads on subjects of a personal nature, but we can all relate to the words he weaves.

Ed Montana is no stranger to the Western lifestyle and events as he grew up touring the country playing cowboy music at PRCA rodeos, state fairs and other events. He made his debut appearance at the California Rodeo Salinas in 1980 and 2014 marks his 34th consecutive year of performing at the Rodeo. He wrote "Saddle Up Salinas," the official song of the California Rodeo. Montana lives in Texas with his wife, Verlyn, a former Salinas resident and "Born Again Texan."

Karen and Jim Ross have been performing together for 14 years and live in Jamestown, California. Jim is a third generation rancher, raised in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California. He started cowboying for wages when he was 12 years old, and later he left home and buckaroo'd in the Great Basin, near Plush, Oregon. The bunkhouse had old cowboy poems pasted on the walls, and Jim spent the evenings learning the old classics. Karen, a silversmith, has been interested in poetry for many years, after reading poems in farm journals growing up.

Posted 3/26



August 1-2, 2014
37th Annual Northern Rockies Music Festival Hailey, Idaho

From the organizers:

What: 37th annual Northern Rockies Music Festival
When: Aug. 1-2, 2014
Where: Hop Porter Park, Hailey, Idaho

37th annual Northern Rockies Music Festival will be held 5-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, and 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at Hop Porter Park in Hailey, Idaho. This signature event in the Wood River Valley features live music, food and art vendors, raffles, beer and wine sales, merchandise, overnight camping, and a children’s playground in a lovely green park next to the Big Wood River.

Headliners are The Damn Quails, a roots band from Oklahoma on Friday and the Paul Thorn Band from Mississippi. Other featured bands are Jackson Tanner, and Far West from L.A., The Jimmy Robb Band from Portland, Smoke n’ Bones from New Orleans, plus Wood River Valley bands Sheep Bridge Jumpers, and Tylor Bushman. "Tweeners" include Spike Coggins, Connor Wade and Maude Mauder, and George Devore from Austin, Texas.

Started by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in 1977, the now independently-run Northern Rockies Music Festival is a 501c3 organization. Tickets are available on-line at a discount at Information also on twitter at @nrmfIdaho, and

Posted 6/17

August 14-17, 2014
29th Annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering   Lewistown, Montana

From the organizers:

29th Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering &

Western Music Rendezvous

AUGUST 14-17, 2014

Lewistown, MT – 406-538-4575  

WHEN: August 14-17, 2014 – 4-day schedule of events at multiple venues

WHAT: 29TH Annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Western Music Rendezvous, 2nd oldest gathering in the country! Celebration of the “history and heritage of the American cowboy of the upper Rocky Mountain west.” Please go to: .

WHERE: Day Headquarters at The Yogo Inn & Conference Center, 112 E. Main St., Lewistown, Montana, 59457

HIGHLIGHTS: SONS OF THE SAN JOAQUIN Sat. night, FREE Western Art & Gear Vendor Show, 50+ hours of cowboy poetry and western music, dinner train ride, dances, cowboy church

INFORMATION: or 406-538-4575. P.O. Box 86, Lewistown, MT 59457

Posted 3/7

August 23, 2014
Cimarron Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering  Cimarron, New Mexico

From the organizers:

This non-stop show will be held at the historic St. James Hotel in Cimarron, New Mexico "Where the West is Still Wild."

Enjoy live performances of traditional and contemporary cowboy music and poetry in a family-oriented atmosphere on the Old Santa Fe Trail. Singers and poets from New Mexico and neighboring states include Rod Taylor, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Terry Nash, Jim Jones, Randy Huston, Floyd Beard, Kay Kelley Nowell, Mike Moutoux, Dale Page, Dennis Russell, Gayanne Jeffers & Cara Mutz, Duke Vance, and Doug Figgs.

Lodging is available in Cimarron and nearby locations in Eagle Nest, Angel Fire, Taos, and Springer.

Cimarron Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering

Saturday, August 23
at noon - 8:00pm

St. James Hotel, 617 South Collision, Cimarron, New Mexico 87714

First Annual "Cimarron Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering" at the historic St. James Hotel

Performed by those who live and work in the West!  Cimarron, New Mexico. " Where the West is Still Wild"

Bring the Whole Herd!
Kids, Grandparents, Mom & Dad

Tickets at the Door
Adult $10 Six to Twelve $5 Under Five Free

Reserve Early - Special Room Rate at the St James Hotel - $60 (575) 376-2664

Other Lodging: Cimarron Inn & RV, Pine Ridge Inn, Ponil RV, Casa Del Gavilan, NRA Whittington Center, Cimarron Canyon Camping. Near by locations in Springer, Raton, Eagle Nest, Angel Fire, Taos

Sponsors: Special Thanks to the St James Hotel & Philmont Scout Ranch

Cimarron Art Gallery, Schwenks, Shrewd Arts, Cimarron West, Cimarron Chamber of Commerce and more to come.

Contact: D. Russell (575) 376-9207

More on Facebook:  and on the web site

Updated 7/2




September 4-7, 2014
26th Annual National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration  Lubbock, Texas

From the organizers::

LUBBOCK, TX – The National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration hosts the 26th annual event in Lubbock, Texas, September 4-5-6-7th, 2014 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. New attractions include sessions featuring performances by Mary Kaye and Pipp Gillette. History sessions on “Western Family Feuds” will be scheduled throughout, a Front Porch Pickin’ and Chicken Luncheon on Friday and a special session on the Fiddle Tunes of Bob Wills on Saturday. The Chuck Wagon Roast Coffee will be featured and for sale during regular show hours in the Exhibit Hall booth and Chuck Wagon area, and at the Chuck Wagon Breakfast on Sunday of the event. 

The purpose of the event is to celebrate, preserve and pass along our western heritage and cowboy culture. To carry out these goals, the event schedule includes a variety of talented performers throughout the day and nationally recognized artists Mary Kaye and Pipp Gillette for the Friday and Saturday night performances. Many talented musicians, poets and storytellers from across the nation will gather to perform as well as presentations of Native American demonstrations and dancing, western authors, horse handling demonstrations by Chance O’Neal of the Four Sixes Ranch, the Horse Parade, the National Championship Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, and exhibits of western artworks and merchandise.  

The event features more than 100 performers and presenters including cowboy and cowgirl poets, musical acts, storytellers, authentic chuck wagon cooks, special presenters, and exhibit spaces filled with the best in western art and goods. It truly is the premier event of its kind in existence today! One of the largest events annually held in Lubbock, the Symposium draws visitors from many states and multiple nations, and people from more than 30 nations have attended in the previous twenty-four years. 

The event has activities for the entire family! Show goers will be able pick and choose from a full schedule of entertainers, western programs, and activities each day of the event. A schedule of events and ticket information may be found on the official web site at . All-inclusive, one-price, “Wrangler Pass” and “Rustler Pass” admission tickets are available prior to the event. The Wrangler passes allow admission and meals for all three days and the Rustler pass is an all-inclusive one day pass for Friday or Saturday. All tickets may be purchased in advance through the office, on the web site, or in person upon arrival at the event. 

The show is open to the public Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 5-6-7th at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane (6th Street), Lubbock, Texas. Additional information about the event may be obtained at or .

Posted 8/27


September 7, 2014
Whistle Stop Ranch Fall Cowboy Roundup  Acton, California

From Big Hat Promotions:


Our pards, Mike and Paulette Tcherkassky at Whistle Stop Ranch, have asked us to spread the word for their upcoming Fall Cowboy Music and Poetry Roundup.

This year's event will take place on Sunday afternoon, September 7. It looks like it'll be a humdinger of an event too!

The Whistle Stop Ranch gates will open at 1:00pm for a traditional ranch picnic. The concert will begin at 3:00pm and
will feature Dave Stamey and Gary Robertson.

Dave Stamey has become the most popular Western performer in the country today. His polished performances and sharp wit keep folks coming back for more. It's no surprise the Dave has been voted three times Entertainer of the Year, three times Male Performer of the Year and twice Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. Dave will be performing some of your favorite songs as well as some new songs destined to be new favorites.

Gary Robertson, one of America's favorite cowboy poets, will also be entertaining us. Gary has been writing poetry for over 25
years and started performing and publishing his poetry in 1994. Most of Gary's writing details the concerns of contemporary ranch life - the daily trials and tribulations of the cowboy and rancher. He feels it's important to let people know that these
hard-working men and women of the West are alive and well. Gary's unique and poignant storytelling ability has made him a popular performer at gatherings throughout the West.

The Details:



Ranch Picnic Luncheon at 1:00PM - Performances at 3:00PM
$45.00 Per Person Suggested Donation Includes Luncheon and

For Reservations, email, or obtain pre-pay information by visiting

Hope you can all join us!

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Posted 7/15


October 2-5, 2014
26th Annual Durango Cowboy Gathering  Durango, Colorado

From the organizers:

The 26th Annual Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering will take place October 2nd through the 5th, 2014. Headquartered in the Historic Strater Hotel, it will feature a wide array of events which take place in various locations of downtown Durango, Colorado. A complete Schedule and ticketing information can be found at  or by calling 970-749-2995.

This year the Gathering features a stunning piece of artwork titled "Eye of the Beholder" by artist Billy Schenck. Using that theme, the Gathering will honor the Working Ranch Woman. Featured performers include
Georgie Sicking, Trinity Seely, Juni Fisher, Diane Tribitt, Kristyn Harris and many more. The opening show will be by popular singer/songwriter Tom Russell.

Other highlights of the weekend are special Gallery shows by western photographer
Barbara Van Cleve at Open Shutter, and author/painter Teresa Jordan with her husband, folklorist Hal Cannon at Sorrel Sky. Honoring local strong women, Toh Atin Gallery will feature a special tribute to founder and owner, Mary Jane Clark. The Boot Barn Cowboy Parade Grand Marshal will be local ranch woman, Francis Hotter who is 91 and has ranched in the area all her life.

Another special event at the Animas City Theater, will be a screening of a the documentary Ridin' and Rhymin' about the life of Wyoming rancher and poet, Georgie Sicking. This will be followed by a panel discussion with several ladies about the challenges and joys of being a ranch woman, hosted by Beth Warren Lamberson,.

To encourage more young performers in the genre of cowboy poetry and music, the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering has created a special Youth Show called "Rising Western Stars". This show is on Saturday Oct 4th at 1:30pm in the Henry Strater Theater. It will feature talented young performers from age 6 to 18 and is hosted by the popular young lady,
Mikki Daniel. This show is always sold out!

No cowboy gathering is complete without a dance, so the Durango Arts Center will feature a favorite band, "Wild Country" for a benefit dance on Friday October 3rd at 7pm. Tickets are $15 at the door to benefit the Arts Center.

The Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the highlight of the fall season in Durango. For complete details of the schedule visit

Gathering performers include Tom Russell, Juni Fisher, Ken Cook, Kristyn Harris, Diane Tribitt, Georgie Sicking, Kevin Davis, Trinity Seely, Skylar Harwood, Dick Warwick, Gary Allegretto, Jack Blease, Almeda Bradshaw, Ernie Buhler, Teresa Burleson, Nona Kelley Carver, Mikki Daniels, Mike Dunn, Thatch Elmer, Peggy Godfrey, Paul Harris, Miss "V" the Gypsy Cowbelle, Sid Hausman, Jim Jones, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Slim McWilliams, Peggy Malone, Al "Doc" Mehl, B.J. Smith, Laurie and Cora Rose Wood, Steve Porter, and others.

Posted 8/6


October 3-5, 2014 CANCELLED
1st Annual Triple Cross Ranch Cowboy Gathering and Trade Show  Jay, Oklahoma  CANCELLED

From the organizers:

1st Annual Triple Cross Ranch Cowboy Gathering and Trade Show

October 3rd, 4th & 5th At Triple Cross Ranch

13527 E. 380 Rd. Jay, Oklahoma

Friday night Cowboy Music and Poetry Show at 7:00 featuring five great performers:
Phil Rexwinkle, Francine Robison, Steven Spaulding, Peggy Coleman, and Jerry Schleicher.

Saturday's Schedule
10:00 a.m. Bullwhip demonstration by Ken Lorton
11:00 a.m. Round Pen Exhibition by Pastor Dew Stanford
12:00 Lunch at Chuckwagon
1:30 p.m. Music and Poetry Contest Begins
All non-professional entertainers are welcome to perform in either the music or poetry area. Each performer doing two selections within a ten minute time frame. The Audience will be given ballots for voting and the best ten people selected will perform on Saturday night, where the audience will select the top six there will be belt buckles awarded to the 1st. 2nd and third place winners in both music and poetry, six buckles in all. (A professional is any performer who earns a portion of their annual salary from performing for money) Saturday nights feature show will be at 7:30 p.m.

Chuck Wagon Meals will be provided Saturday. Lunch will be at 12:00 noon with dinner at 5:OO p.m.....A free will offering is asked at each meal provided by Dennis & Donna Williams of Neosho.

Cowboy Church Sunday morning Cowboy Church will be held at 10:30 a.m. with Pastors Dew James Stanford and Rev./Dr. Steven Spalding officiating. A Chuck Wagon Lunch will follow at 12:00 Noon.

There are plenty of good motels in Grove, Ok. Which is located 7 miles from the Ranch.

Admission is $20.00 per adult....$10.00 for students and children under age seven are free. This event is sponsored by Triple Cross Ranch and Circle S Ministry For information call 918-253-3994. To sign up to be in the poetry or music competition call Steven at: 417-459-5355.

Western fun, music and poetry, story telling and games for the kids.

Posted 7/16

October 9-12, 2014
18th Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival  Hailey and Ketchum, Idaho

From the organizers:


One would be hard pressed to find a more authentic or unique cultural heritage event than the 18th annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival, held October 9th – 12th, 2014 in the picturesque Wood River Valley of Idaho.  Every year the popular Trailing of the Sheep Festival celebrates the 150+ year tradition of moving sheep from mountain summer pastures south through the valley to traditional winter grazing and lambing areas.  This annual migration is Idaho living history and a weekend long family-friendly festival that highlights the people, arts, cultures, and traditions of sheep ranching in Idaho and the west.  This is not a reenactment; it is living history at its best.  The wild and wooly event has national and international appeal, drawing thousands each autumn to the charming mountain communities of Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley in central Idaho. 
The Trailing of the Sheep Festival has garnered its share of top accolades including being recognized as one of the Top Ten Fall Festivals in the World by travel, Top Ten US Fall Festivals by, Top Animal Festivals in the World  and Top Ten Fall Festivals by USA Today, One of the Greatest Cultural Events in the West by Northwest Travel and is the recipient of the Idaho Governor’s Award for Cultural Heritage.
In 2014, the Festival begins a three-year program “Celebrating Generations.” We listen, learn, share and save the memories of our western families – dreamers, all of them, who live and work the land and are the keepers of open space.   Ranching families will be attending from around the west to share their stories and help trail the sheep through the Wood River Valley.  The four-day Festival includes nonstop activities in multiple venues - history, folk and traditional arts, a Folklife Fair and Fiber Festival with classes and workshops, music, dance, storytelling and two days of Championship Sheepdog Trials.  There is dancing, singing, music and food honoring the tradition of welcoming fathers, brothers, sons and family home from a long summer of grazing in the mountains.  This Festival honors the colorful history, heritage and cultures of Idaho and the west.
2014 Highlights include:
  • Authentic Sheep Folklife Fair featuring Basque, Scottish Polish and Peruvian dancers and music, sheep shearing, sheep wagon displays, storytelling sessions, sheep and wool exhibits, and shops classes, children’s activities and lamb created by local chefs.
  • Culinary events like Cooking with Idaho Lamb classes, For the Love of Lamb Foodie Fest, Lamb Feast, authentic Lamb barbecue.   
  • Sheep Tales Gathering featuring Hank Volger and other renowned storytellers
  • Fiber Festival with classes, workshops, fleece competition, exhibits and special lectures.
  • Wool show and fleece competition including exhibits and free presentations
  • Championship Sheepdog Trials with 50 of the most talented border collies in the U.S.
  • Sheepherder’s Ball with the sizzling Hot Club of Cowtown, named the best music group of 2012 by True West magazine.
  • Trailing of the Sheep Parade starring 2,000 sheep trailing down Main Street Ketchum.  It’s a wall of wool!  Plus sheep wagons, ethnic dancers and musicians and Father Ken “blessing the flock” of sheep.
For information and detailed schedule of events,

Posted 9/10




November 21-23,
16th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival and Western Art and Gear Show
 Monterey, California


From the organizers:

Hope to see you all at the upcoming 16th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival ( to be held November 21-23, 2014 at the Monterey Conference Center in Downtown Monterey.

The Monterey Cowboy Festival's outstanding 2014 performer line-up includes multi-award-winning performers - the best of the best! You will enjoy seeing many of your favorites over the weekend:
Juni Fisher, Dave Stamey, Paul Zarzyski, Cow Bop, Verlon Thompson, Arvel Bird, Tom Russell, The Munsick Boys, Doris Daley, Mikki Daniel, Old West Trio and Chris Isaacs.

The festival has many shows scheduled over the three days plus a fabulous Cowboy Happy Hour with Meet and Greet with some of the performers on Friday night. There is also a Late Night Jam Session on Friday night, a Saturday Night Dance with the Munsick Boys performing plus a Best Dressed Cowboy and Cowgirl Contest, the free Christmas Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace, a Vaquero Breakfast, Silent Auction and adult Open Mic.

There are different performance sessions throughout the weekend that fits everyone’s schedule and interests, with a great mix of cowboy music and poetry. Come out and celebrate the “Cowboy Way of Life” in a comfortable indoor setting in beautiful downtown Monterey!

Tickets are now on sale including the crowd-pleasing Monterey Cowboy Festival All Event Pass and tickets to each of the individual shows. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to or call 1-800-722-9652.

Posted 11/13




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