Cowboy Idol – The Reunion, April 13-15, 2018, Kennewick, Washington

Cowboy Idol – The Reunion

From Smoke Wade:

The Cowboy Idol finalists have been selected for the 10th Annual Annual Cowboy Idol competition to take place in conjunction with the 15th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival, April 13 -15, 2018, held at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Kennewick, Washington.

The festival is organized by Judy Massengale along with the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival Board of Directors. The 10th season of Cowboy Idol is billed as The Reunion show. All contestants have competed before as Cowboy Idol contestants or People’s Choice award winners but have yet to win the title of Cowboy Idol.

The Cowboy Idol Poet contestants are: Smokey Culver, Texas; Dave Nordquist, Washington; Geoff “Poppa Mac” Mackay, Manitoba, Canada; and Duane Nelson, Oregon. The Cowboy Idol Musician contestants are: Charley Root, Washington; David Wilson, Washington; Janet Bailey, Oregon; and Lois Goodman & Einar Jensen, British Columbia, Canada. Lois & Einar are the 2017 People’s Choice award winners from the open mic sessions. Cowboy Idol is hosted and produced by Smoke Wade.

Scheduled daytime performances will be presented on Friday and Saturday, April 13 – 14, 2018, 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.

The Cowboy Idol contestants compete for trophies along with a $1400.00 purse divided $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.

There will be a Thursday evening BBQ social for early arrivals and performers at the event center followed by a jam session.

News on Cowboy Idol, featured performers, open mic sign up, tickets, schedule and special events can be found at