Cowboy Poetry Week News

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Find more about Cowboy Poetry Week here.

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NEWS AND EVENTS

Find Cowboy Poetry Week events on the April calendar.

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Once again Stan Tixier has organized a number of events for Cowboy Poetry Week at Utah‘s Weber County libraries. Joining him will be poets and musicians Robin Arnold, Bob Urry, Saddle Strings, Sam DeLeeuw, and David Anderson. Find the events on the April calendar.

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Oregon poet Tom Swearingen always takes an active part in Cowboy Poetry Week and this year he’ll be making appearances at the Tigard Public Library and the Wilsonville Public Library. Find the events on the April calendar.

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Each year, David L. Carlton, seventh-generation Floridian raised in the cattle industry, works with Florida officials for a Cabinet resolution from the Governor and Cabinet of the State of Florida for Cowboy Poetry Week. Here’s this year’s proclamation:

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Russ Westwood of the Nevada‘s Annual Mesquite Western Roundup has arranged programs at five Utah libraries: St. George Branch Library, Santa Clara Branch Library (St. George), Washington (Utah) Branch Library, and Hurricane Branch Library.Find the events on the April calendar.

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Nebraska Prairie Poet Marci Broyhill and her musician sister Teresa Kay Orr plan two appearances for Cowboy Poetry Week. They’ll present their program, Nebraska’s Outlaw Trail, HWY 12 “Songs and Tales Along the Trail” at the Sioux City, Iowa Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and The Betty Strong Encounter Center on April 9 and at the City Hall in Dakota City, Nebraska on April 23. Find the events on the April calendar.

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Washington poet and musician Lynn Kopelke received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Washington Governor Jay Inslee:wacpw

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A part of the Rural Library Program, Hanna, Alberta, Canada‘s Municipal Library “…will have on display western  poetry as well as ranching material for children and youth.  It will be advertised on our social media outlets and website.”

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A part of the Rural Library Program,  the Kerrville, Texas Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library “…will be doing a display for Cowboy Poetry Week…”

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Cowtrails  radio will celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week with guests on April 16, 2017. Find the event on the April calendar.

Award-winning DJ Barbara Richhart (“Western Belle”) presents the CowTrails show on KSJD radio from Cortez, Colorado, each Sunday, noon-2:00 PM, Mountain. The show, inaugurated in 2002, is streamed live at ksjd.org. Each show is also available on demand at Cowtrails with Western Belle.

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Tennessee musician and poet Shane Queener obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam:

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Arizona cowboy, packer, and poet Chris Isaacs obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Arizona Governor Douglas A. Ducey:

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Wyoming’s Shoshoni Library holds its 5th annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering in celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week, on Friday, April 21, 2017, 4-6 PM.

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Shane Queener is behind the First Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, April 21, 2017 in Lebanon, Tennessee, in conjunction with Cowboy Poetry Week, and hosted by American Heritage Trees (americanheritagetrees.com). Performers include Jeff Swanson, Ronie Powell, Troy Powell, Ray Doyle, and Woody Woodruff. Find more on Facebook and here at CowboyPoetry.com.

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Oregon poet Tom Swearingen received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Oregon Governor Kate Brown:

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Oklahoma rancher, poet, and songwriter Jay Snider received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. Also find the proclamation here on the Governor’s web site:

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Oklahoma’s Hope Retreat Ranch in Choctaw, Oklahoma, invites all to its 2nd annual “Cowboyin’, Horses, and Friends” event, in conjunction with Cowboy Poetry Week. They comment, “This family fun event is on Saturday, April 29 from 10am to 4pm. ” Jay Snider is among the performers.

From the organizers:

Hope Retreat Ranch is a 501(c)3 that provides FREE equine assisted therapeutic riding to children with disabilities and other functional and emotional issues. We are nestled on 37 acres in Choctaw, Oklahoma.

This is an annual fundraiser for our Ranch to help us raise money to build an indoor arena so that we may offer our services to these families year around. Please join us for the fun and festivities!

Find more on Facebook.

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North Dakota radio host and poet Jarle Kvale obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum:

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For the second year, Dove Schmidt has organized a Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Bristow, Oklahoma on Friday, April 21, 2017, in conjunction with Cowboy Poetry Week. She writes:

We want to invite all Cowboy Poets to our annual Cowboy Poetry Gatherin’ here in Bristow, Oklahoma, on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 3 pm to 6 pm, as we honor Cowboy Poetry Week.

We’ll be hosting this great event at the Bristow Library conference room, and hearing from great poets including Ryan Mileham, Ken Howry, Larry Hatfield, Elvin Anderson, and several others.

This year, we will be giving awards for the top poets, with a panel of judges keeping score sheets. It’ll be a fun time of getting together with great friends, and sharing some cowboy poetry poetry here in Oklahoma. There will be finger foods and the coffee pot will be on! If you would like to be in the line up of poets, just contact me either by private message or text or call me at 918-939-9085 and we’ll get you on the list!

Dawn sent a photos from last year, including one of the Bristow Mayor presenting a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation:

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Colorado’s Cortez Public Library celebrates National Poetry Month on Friday, April 21 at 10am with an Open Mic showcasing poets in the area, school children, residents of nursing homes and anyone interested in joining our celebration, including Cowboy Poets. Find more from the library here.

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The Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering presents a special movie preview Saturday, April 22, 2017. From their announcement:

EXCLUSIVE MOVIE SCREENING
Pre-theater release viewing
EVERYTHING IN THE SONG IS TRUE
SATURDAY, April 22 at 7:00 PM
Doors open at 6:00 PM
Tickets sold at the door
(cash/check only)
$20 (ages 17 & older)
$10 (ages 11-16)
$5 (ages 5-10)
NOTE– Facility is not ADA accessible, Restrooms are in basement, no elevator.
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3130 Youngfield St. Wheat Ridge, CO

Celebrate National Cowboy Poetry Week!

Everything in the Song is True is a feature length documentary film about four iconic characters who define the American West:

* Gary McMahan – renowned cowboy singer-songwriter, poet & champion yodeler
* Brice Chapman – one of the world’s most talented trick ropers and horse trainers
* Yvonne Hollenbeck – fourth generation rancher & award-winning poet & quilter
* Jeff Nourse – rancher, singer-songwriter & iron sculptor

Spanning the wide-open spaces from Colorado to New Mexico to Texas and the Dakotas, filmmaker Douglas Morrione traveled alongside these characters for nearly two years to capture the sights and songs that are unique to the American West experience. For more information – www.coloradocowboygathering.com.

WATCH THE TRAILER — VIDEO
Hosted and Presented by Colorado Cowboy Gathering, Inc.
Fund raiser to support CCG.
Thanks again for your support and we will see you at the movie screening.

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Cowboy Jubilee radio with Judy James has a special Cowboy Poetry Week show, Saturday, April 21, 2017, with special guest Terry Nash. The two-hour show is hosted live and on the internet every Saturday morning from 7:30- 9:30 AM. Listen at judyjamesradio.com.

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Totsie Slover, radio host of “Old West from the Real West, has received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez:

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Poet and reciter Jerry Brooks received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert:

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Colorado musician Rex Rideout appears in a Cowboy Poetry Week performance at Cody, Wyoming’s Park County Public Library,  April 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM and another at Golden, Colorado’s Arthur Lakes Library at the Colorado School of Mines,  April 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM.

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Arizona’s Pinetop-Lakeside Public Library is having a poetry contest for Cowboy Poetry Week, with the winner receiving at MASTERS CD. Find more on their Facebook page and at their web site.

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North Dakota radio host and poet Jarle Kvale and poet Mark Kerr will appear at the Rolla Public Library in a Cowboy Poetry Week event on Thursday April 20, 2017 at 7 PM.

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Prairie poet Marci Broyhill recieved a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts:

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from Bob O’Donnell plans a special Cowboy Poetry Week show on Saturday, April 22, 2017. He will feature each of the ten volumes of The BAR-D Roundup and MASTERS; 45 poems and 45 artists. He will also feature ten poems per podcast during Cowboy Poetry Week. Find more about the Western Jukebox on Facebook and find the podcasts here.

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Nevada poet Dan Bybee received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval:

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Oregon poet Tom Swearingen took the opportunity of introducing Cowboy Poetry Week at an event at the Rotary Club of Canby, Oregon, on March 31, 2017.

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Tennessee’s Wilson Post has an April 12 feature article by Ken Beck, “Preserving Western Heritage in words and music,” about Shane Queener and the First Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, April 21, 2017 in Lebanon, Tennessee, held in conjunction with Cowboy Poetry Week, and hosted by American Heritage Trees. Find the article here and more about the event on Facebook and here at CowboyPoetry.com.

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Award-winning DJ Barbara Richhart (“Western Belle”) of Cowtrails with Western Belle received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from the Cortez, Colorado city council:

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(photo via Barbara Richhart , courtesy of Stephanie Alderton of the Cortez Journal)

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Washington poet and publisher Clark Crouch writes, “Here at The Creekside Retirement home in Woodinville, we’re all set for a great Cowboy Poetry Week. A poetry group which I host here is featuring a western themed reading on the 19th and on the 22nd a featured entertainment will be the Notable Exceptions (with Judy Coder and Jennifer Epps, formerly with the Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band). Several times during the week the chef is going all out with western chow! It’s gonna be a fun week.”

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Each year for Cowboy Poetry Week, Andy and Jim Nelson’s “Clear Out West” Radio Show has a special show that includes top cowboy poetry and songs that were originally poems or collaborations with poets. This year the cowboy poetry selections are from the new MASTERS CD from CowboyPoetry.com.

This year’s program airs April 17-23, 2017, and the following week it is available for listening on the COW web site, clearoutwest.com. The music and poetry selections are:

The Texas Trailhands, “West of Santa Rosa,” a collaboration with poet Les Buffham
J.B. Allen recites his poem, “Reasons for Stayin’,” from the MASTERS CD
Dave Stamey, “A Poet with Something to Say,” a collabroation with Waddie Mitchell
Ray Owens recites his poem, “Tracks that Won’t Blow Out,” from the MASTERS CD
Jean Prescott, “March Winds,” a collaboration with Yvonne Hollenbeck
Larry McWhorter recites his poem, “Advice to the Traveler,” from the MASTERS CD
Sunny Hancock recites his poem, “The Horse Trade,” from the MASTERS CD
Wylie and the Wild West, “Lasca,” with Paul Zarzyski, from the poem by Frank Desprez

Clear Out West is “…a weekly syndicated cowboy radio show dedicated to introducing the cowboy culture to new folks, and bringing back some great memories to some old  cowboys. Join your hosts, Andy and Jim Nelson, every week for some great cowboy music, some awesome cowboy poetry and some serious goofing off!”

Find more at clearoutwest.com.

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Utah’s Terri and Steve Taylor of Stampede! and poets Dan Korth and Bill Gubler celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week at the Herriman Library, 5380 W. Main, in Herriman, Utah, Monday, April 17 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM.

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Washington’s Dayton Memorial Library, located in a small farming and ranching community, celebrates National Poetry Month with a cowboy poetry event, Thursday, April 27 at 6PM:

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Washington musican, songwriter, and poet Lauralee Northcott celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week with a show at the Winthrop Library on April 27. Find more about Lauralee at her web site.

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Wyoming’s Leslie Keltner, cowboy poet, Western songstress, and keeper of traditions received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Wyoming Governor Matthew H. Mead. Leslie is the CEO of Runumuk Cowgirl Productions, which for 7 years produced the Songs of the Cowboys in Cody, Wyoming. She tells us, “I am currently, blissfully engaged in the almost daily assistance of educating our our 6th generation American cowboy granddaughter [who, earlier this month, at age 2 1/2, competed in her first Western horsemanship competition] in the ways of her family legacy!”

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Montana poet and picker DW Groethe obtained a letter of recognizion from Montana Governor Steve Bullock:

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California poet and horsewoman Wendy Brown-Barry, always involved with Cowboy Poetry Week events,  let her Facebook friends know:

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Cowboy Poetry Week is April 16-22, 2017. The Mariposa County Library helps me and other cowboy poets celebrate this week every year. This year I am offering a Workshop for anyone interested in writing their own cowboy poem. Come share your story, and let’s keep the Spirit of the West alive! If you are interested, please sign up at the Mariposa County Library with your contact information in the next week or so, and we will schedule the workshop. And please visit my web site: www.wendybrown-barry.com.

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Popular Alberta poet Doris Daley writes in her newsletter:

April is Poetry Month and April 16-22 is Cowboy Poetry Week. Read a poem, write a limerick, think up a rhyme with your grandkids, read an old classic from your school days, visit www.cowboypoetry.com. Poets and songwriters are fanning the embers of our stories. Let’s all make an effort this coming week to unplug from one type of reality, just for a few minutes or hours, put down our phones and ipads (on which you are probably reading this email) and be dazzled by another type of reality: one called Real Life. Beauty. Words. Poetry. Magic. Commotion. Sparkle. Memory.  Let’s tune in to those during Poetry Month.

Find more about Doris at CowboyPoetry.com and at her site.

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Coloradans poet Terry Nash, dj Barb Richhart, and musician Rex Rideout each had a hand in obtaining a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. All three are involved in many great events throughout the state that celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week and cowboy poetry and Western music in general, including the Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Special thanks to Rex, who has obtained the Governor’s proclamation for many years.

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Tune in Thursday, April 20, at noon Central, on Equestrian Legacy Radio for a Cowboy Poetry Week program with poet Jay Snider, with hosts Jennifer Denison and Gary I. Holt.

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Cowboy poet Duane Nelson (above) and musician Joe Sartin appear Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at The Dalles-Wasco County Library  in The Dalles, Oregon at 6:30 PM in a special Cowboy Poetry Week program.

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Colorado’s Fort Morgan Public Library and Museum shared a photo of their Cowboy Poetry Week display:

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The library has regular Brown Bag programs (poets Jane and Dick Morgan have been a part of them) and the May 9 program, at noon, will feature cowboy humorist and author Stu Campbell.

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Nevada’s Spanish Springs Library shared a photo of their display:

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Managing Librarian Julie Smyres Machado, a friend of the late poet Hal Swift, who always had an energetic involvement in Cowboy Poetry Week, notes of Cowboy Poetry Week and their display, “It is very popular, and sometimes even draws media attention!”

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Oregon poet Tom Swearingen (above) shares photos of cowboy poet Duane Nelson  and musician Joe Sartin from their Cowboy Poetry Week event at The Dalles-Wasco County Library  in The Dalles, Oregon on April 20, 2017. They had Tom get up to do a few poems as well.

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Poet Mark Munzert celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week at two events:

April 22, 2017 Stony Creek Ranch Resort, Stony Creek, New York

April 23, 2017 The Stagecoach West Irving, New York

Mark administers a Cowboy Poetry Group on Facebook.

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Poet Wendy Brown-Barry is interviewed by Bob Borchard of Old Town Mariposa about cowboy poetry and Cowboy Poetry Week. Find the video here.

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THANK YOU!

It’s a great 16th annual Cowboy Poetry Week, and behind it are the people who make it and the Rural Library Program and everything else possible at the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry: the generous supporters.

Thanks to those who donated April 2016-2017:

Bryce Angell, Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering (Sponsor), Denise Arvidson, Sally Baldus, Valerie and Floyd Beard, C.W. Bell, Almeda Bradshaw (Sponsor), Jerry Brooks, Paul R. Brown III, Marci Broyhill (Sponsor), Marleen Bussma, Daniel Bybee, Greg Camp, David Carlson, Andy Carr, Stella and Jim Cathey, Christopher Chambers, Bob Coker, Ken Cook (Sponsor), Cowboy Poets of Idaho (Sponsor), John Dean, Robert Dennis, Devin Dingler, Jeri Dobrowski (Sponsor), Ray Doyle, Cameron La Follette, Pat Frolander, Janice Gilbertson, Joanne Grinage, DW Groethe, Del Gustafson, Doug Gustafson, Jean Mathisen Haugen, Yvonne Hollenbeck (Sponsor), Thomas F. Hawk, Heber Valley Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering (Sponsor), Judy James, Dee Johnson (Buckshot Dot), LaVerna B. Johnson, Mark Kerr, Andria Kidd, Robert Kinsey, Linda Kirkpatrick, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Susie Knight, Colleen Kohler, Lynn Kopelke, Jarle Kvale, KC La Course, Chuck and Cindy Learn (Sponsor), Deanna Dickinson McCall, Gary McMahan, Slim McNaught, Susan Matley, Al “Doc” Mehl, Robert Miller, Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival (Sponsor), Howard Moon, Paul Moon, Tom Morgan (Sponsor), Jane and Dick Morton, Mike Moutoux, Linda Nadon, Terry Nash, National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo (Sponsor), Andy Nelson (Sponsor), Rodney Nelson, Nika Nordbrock, Kay Kelley Nowell, Bill Ott, Dale Page, Susan Parker, Kent Penter, Jean Prescott (Sponsor), Cindy Quigley, Paul Quinton, Beth Rand, RANGE Magazine (Sponsor), George Rhoades, Kent Reeves, Barbara Richhart, Betty and Ken Rodgers, Roberta Rothman, Claud Roundtree, Sandy Seaton Sallee, Marjorie Satterfield, Scofield’s Cowboy Camprfire, Ron Secoy, Totsie Slover, Joelle Smith Art, Jay Snider (Sponsor), Marilyn and Kip Sorlie, Spalding Labs (Sponsor), Melissa and Dave Stamey, Dave Stanley, Rocky Sullivan, Tom Swearingen, Hal Swift, P’let and Mike Tcherkassky, Jim Thompson (California), Stan Tixier, Smoke Wade, Keith Ward, John Waters, Western Folklife Center (Sponsor), Daniel Wilson, and Rosemary Yull.

Thanks also to Laura and Edmund Wattis Littlefield, Jr. for substantial program support and the Margaret T. Morris Foundation for Cowboy Poetry Week program support.

Be a part of it all! Join this great community of people helping to preserve and promote the arts and life of the real working West: https://blog.cowboypoetry.com/joinus.

 

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GOVERNORS’ PROCLAMATIONS

For Cowboy Poetry Week’s second year, in April 2003, the United States Senate passed a resolution, with unanimous approval, recognizing our Cowboy Week celebration. In past years, twenty three states’ governors have officially proclaimed Cowboy Poetry Week and there are a growing number of activities across the West and beyond.

Last year (2016) poets and others who worked on Cowboy Poetry Week recognition from state officials, included: Chris Isaacs (Arizona), Rex Rideout (Colorado), David L. Carlton (Florida), Bobbie Hunter (Idaho), Geff Dawson (Kansas), Diane Tribitt (Minnesota), DW Groethe (Montana), Marci Broyhill (Nebraska), Hal Swift (Nevada), Totsie Slover (New Mexico), Keith Ward (North Carolina), Jarle Kvale (North Dakota), Jay Snider (Oklahoma), Heritage of the American West (South Dakota), Linda Kirkpatrick (Texas), Jerry Brooks (Utah), Lynn Kopelke (Washington), and Rhonda Stearns (Wyoming).

We’re interested in pursuing recognition in all states with ranching cultures and cowboy poetry activities. If you’d like to be involved, this year or in the future, please email us.

For 2017, the following states’ governors are being contacted, alphabetically by state. This list is updated frequently. Please let us know if you are contacting your governor, so that we can avoid duplicate efforts.

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Find more about Cowboy Poetry Week here.

Cowboy Poetry Week, April 16-22, 2017

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Below:
About Cowboy Poetry Week
Get Involved
Rural Library Program
MASTERS CD
Poster by Tyler Crow

Elsewhere on the blog:
Cowboy Poetry Week News
Cowboy Poetry Week Art Spur
MASTERS CD

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COWBOY POETRY
by Jane Morton

The round-ups, the brandings,
the calvings are done,
as ranchers sell out
and move on one by one.

We must tell the stories,
so memories live on,
past time when the tellers
themselves are long gone.

© 2004, Jane Morton

Cowboy Poetry Week is celebrated each year during April, National Poetry Month in the United States.

In 2017, Cowboy Poetry Week—the sixteenth annual—takes place April 16-22, 2017.

In 2017 it is made possible by generous support from Laura and Edmund Wattis Littlefield, a grant from the Margaret T. Morris Foundation, and the individuals and organizations who support the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry.

CowboyPoetry.com initiated Cowboy Poetry Week, and for the celebration’s second year, in April 2003, the United States Senate passed a resolution, with unanimous approval, recognizing our Cowboy Poetry Week celebration. Twenty-three states’ governors and other officials have recognized Cowboy Poetry Week since, and many activities take place in communities across the West and beyond.

See the 2017 events—to date—on the calendar here.


GET INVOLVED!

Get your schools, libraries, and community involved! Perform your poetry, donate a book or CD, share your knowledge.

Find ideas about how to get involved here.


THE RURAL LIBRARY PROGRAM

The Rural Library Program is an important Cowboy Poetry Week outreach activity, a part of our mission to serve a mostly under-served community of rural Westerners. Each year, a new compilation CD of top classic and contemporary cowboy poetry is offered, along with Cowboy Poetry Week posters, to many rural libraries across the West. The CD is also available for purchase.


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THE MASTERS CD

For 2017, the CD is MASTERS, a collection of poems by four late, respected poets: Larry McWhorter, J.B. Allen, Sunny Hancock, and Ray Owens. Introduced by Jay Snider, the compilation includes recorded poems, “live” performances, and the poets’ recitations of other masters’ works (Buck Ramsey, S. Omar Barker, and Henry Herbert Knibbs).

Find more about the CD here.

CDs are sent to libraries in Cowboy Poetry Week’s associated Rural Library Program, given to supporters (at the $40 level and higher) as thank you gifts, and available to the public. More information about Masters is forthcoming.

Find information about all of the previous CDs, the BAR-D Roundup series, at CowboyPoetry.com.

 

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THE 2017 POSTER

Cowboy and artist Tyler Crow‘s painting, “Makin’ a Break for It,” is selected as the 2017 Cowboy Poetry Week poster image and a special Cowboy Poetry Week Art Spur. Tyler Crow is the newest and youngest member of the Cowboy Artists of America.

He tells that the oil painting depicts his “good amigo Mike Eslick.”

From his official bio:

Tyler Crow spent his young life in the small town of Apache, Oklahoma. A 2007 graduate of Apache High School, Tyler always had paper and pencil with him drawing horses. This childhood interest continued throughout his high school years. During his Senior year he entered a pencil drawing in the Oklahoma Youth Expo at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Winning Reserve Best of Show and a scholarship gave him a chance to attend a week-long summer painting workshop co-taught by Bruce Greene and Martin Grelle. This was the first time he had ever held a paintbrush in his hand.

Since their first meeting, Tyler has attended three more painting workshops co-taught by Greene and Grelle. In April 2011, Tyler attended his second Cowboy Artist workshop taught by Mr. Greene at the Scottsdale Artists School in Scottsdale, Arizona. In Tyler’s two most recent shows, Bosque Arts Classic and Small Works Great Wonders, he received the People’s Choice Award. His future plans are to continue studying art and work toward a career as a Western artist.

Find more about Tyler Crow at CowboyPoetry.com; at his site, tylercrow.com; and on Facebook.

Previous poster artists include Duward Campbell, Shawn Cameron, Bob Coronato, Tim Cox, Don Dane, William Matthews, Gary Morton, the late Bill Owen, Jason Rich, R.S. Riddick, and the late Joelle Smith. Find more at CowboyPoetry.com.

Posters are never sold. They are sent to participants in Cowboy Poetry Week’s Rural Library Program and sent to Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry supporters (at the $40 level and higher) as thank you gifts.

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Cowboy Poetry Week Art Spur 2017, “Makin’ a Break For It” by Tyler Crow

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It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words…we know many that are worthy of a poem or a song. In Art Spur, we invite poets and songwriters to let selections of Western art inspire their poetry and songs.

Our 45th piece offered to “spur” the imagination is a special Cowboy Poetry Week  Art Spur, an oil by Tyler Crow, “Makin’ a Break For It.” He tells that the oil painting depicts his “good amigo Mike Eslick.”  The painting was selected as the poster image for the 16th annual Cowboy Poetry Week, April 16-22, 2017.

Submissions were welcome from all through Tuesday, April 11, 2017.  Thanks to all who participated.

Selected poems are posted below.

Find previous Art Spur subjects here and at CowboyPoetry.com, including one with a previous Tyler Crow painting, “At the End of His Rope.”

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POEMS

“Makin’ a Break For It,” by Kathy Moss of Oregon
“A Day at the Office,” by Al “Doc” Mehl of Colorado
“Running Amok,” by Marleen Bussma of Utah
“Oh No You Don’t!,” by Tom Swearingen of Oregon
“He’s a Rider,” by Jean Mathisen Haugen of Wyoming
“Endearment,” by Mark Munzert of New York
“The Elusive Dream,” by Ol’ Jim Cathey of Texas
“Ranch Ropin’,” by Lynn Kopelke of Washington
“Last of the Strays,” by George Rhoades of Oklahoma

painting by Tyler Crow, year: 2015, size: 30

MAKIN’ A BREAK FOR IT
by Kathy Moss

If given a chance a thousand times,
in tales they’re all the same,
Where cowboys lives repeat in rhymes,
and horses play the game.
Where wisdom beams from knowing eyes,
and the jester holds the rope,
They put you there a thousand tries,
and can only wish and hope
That your toss is true, your cinch is tight,
your hands honest on the bit,
When life throws you a wild fight,
makin’ a break for it.

When in doubt, you dally son,
take your turns, and head to the fire,
Be true as the one who has to run,
and pulling the weight you hire.
For when there is a rough one,
the truth is where you sit,
For his knowledge if respected
catches those makin a break for it.

© 2017, Kathy Moss
This poem may not be reposted or reprinted without permission.

painting by Tyler Crow, year: 2015, size: 30

A DAY AT THE OFFICE
by Al “Doc” Mehl

He’s a cowboy by profession,
And he works the open range;
Spend a day there in his ”office,”
You’ll discover something strange…

You could say he mans a cubicle
(A square with four straight sides);
But those sides are mountain ranges,
And his square’s a light-year wide.

Though he doesn’t own a smart phone,
He’s possessed with common sense;
He is less ’bout “build relationships,”
And more ’bout “build some fence.”

Yes, it’s true, he’s got a laptop,
Though it shifts when horse might buck,
And his only modern “key-board”
Is the starter in his truck.

Never had a written “E-val,”
Never joined a brainstorm group;
Though he’s heard about “team building,”
He would rather build a loop.

He’s not keen to learn new “paradigms,”
His “pairs” are cow-and-calf.
If he ever punched a clock,
His overtime would make you laugh.

He is all ’bout punching cattle;
Punching time clocks is a joke.
And when payday rolls around each week,
He’s all ’bout staying broke.

Seems his pension plan is simple,
He’ll just work until he’s dead.
And his filing cab’net’s just
A calving book; that… plus his head.

Come and spend a day at work with him,
Some cattle you’ll both punch.
Dress in layers, wear a hat, and come well-fed…
He don’t do lunch.

© 2017, Al “Doc” Mehl
This poem may not be reposted or reprinted without permission.

painting by Tyler Crow, year: 2015, size: 30

RUNNING AMOK
by Marleen Bussma

Loud banging can be heard throughout the pasture and the hills.
The calf is using both front feet like hammers as he mills
around the min’ral feeder that has given up its stash.
He pokes his head inside, brings in a foot, and starts to bash.

Perhaps he hopes that tasty morsels hiding in a crack
will drop like coins in Vegas when the slots give something back.
He’s taught it a good lesson drubbing dimples, dents, and dips.
He jolts it for good measure as he spanks it with his hips.

He finds an unsuspecting neighbor calmly eating grass,
then gives a hearty head-butt as he runs off full of sass.
His tail is high up in the air, a kite string blazing red.
The Overture of William Tell is blaring in his head.

His mother is a jumper who has challenged every fence.
An acorn does not fall far from the oak.  In his defense,
enough of his contrary mother rests within his genes
to make him act like he’s a new recruit for the Marines.

While running over grass that found a foothold in the spring,
he’ll jump across imaginary mountain streams, then wing
his way above deep canyons where no men dare scale.
This pest penned in the pasture is Tom Sawyer with a tail.

When born, he was no bigger than a minute as he hid
deep in the brush where Mamma left him off the rancher’s grid.
This sanctuary serves him yet when he needs an escape.
It’s branding time and lassos will be thrown his way to drape

around his neck and drag him to the dreaded branding fire.
He’s frisky and he’s full of pep with little thought to tire.
A rider comes upon him out of nowhere near his side.
He was too busy chasing shadows to go off and hide.

The race is on.  He heads for cover, but the horse is fast.
He dodges, darts, and ducks, but cherished freedom does not last.
He’s jerked down to the real world; thoughts to run away are blurred.
Now drug off through the dirt, he’s just another in the herd.

© 2017, Marleen Bussma
This poem may not be reposted or reprinted without permission.

 painting by Tyler Crow, year: 2015, size: 30


OH NO YOU DON’T!
by Tom Swearingen

Oh no you don’t!  I’ve seen that trick.
And this grey has seen it too.
You might think you’ve got us snookered,
But calf I’ve got news for you.

Your little zig, and sudden zag
You must thought would shake us loose.
But this cow horse has you figured
So you’re ’bout to feel my noose.

For this loop I built is sailing
And it’s heading for your neck.
So you might consider slowing
And diminishing your wreck.

Otherwise you’ll be stopped faster
Than I think you’d like to stop.
Put your head back where your tail is
In an instant ’bout-face swap.

Which might just send you a’ tumblin’
Like a bovine acrobat.
A cartwheeling heap of hairy.
Pretty sure you don’t you want that.

‘Cause your eye orbs might get dusty.
And your air might get woofed out.
Your nose might suffer a scrapin’
From your premature reroute.

Your tail might end up with a kink.
And a leg might get a sprain.
And I just hate to think about
The jumble’n  of your brain.

Now, the choice is yours, but hurry.
See, this twine’s about to soar.
So please straighten up and slow down
‘Cause I can’t delay no more.

Just need to change you from a bull.
Punch a tag there in your ear.
Inject you with some medicine.
Burn our brand into your rear.

Oh.  Maybe now I see your point.
Doesn’t sound like too much fun.
So I guess I’ll understand if
You just keep up with your run.

© 2017, Tom Swearingen
This poem may not be reposted or reprinted without permission.

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HE’S A RIDER
by Jean Mathisen Haugen

He’s a’ lopin’
and a’ ropin’,
working hard to catch that calf.
Where country’s high and wider,
He’s a rider
that few could beat by half.
There is blue sky,
where the winds sigh
and the mountains rise up tall.
Nothing’s hidin’,
as he’s ridin’,
for he truly loves it all.
He’s on the old ranch
on the north branch
of the old Popo Agie River.
For a century
in their memory,
his family’s loved to live here.
He’s a lopin’
and a’ ropin’,
working hard to catch that calf.
Where Wyoming’s high and wider,
he is a rider
few could beat by half!

© 2017, Jean Mathisen Haugen
This poem may not be reposted or reprinted without permission.

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ENDEARMENT
by Mark Munzert

Loopin’ strays and runaways
In air so warm and pure.
Lucky me for what I see
In open range grandeur.

Upon my colt as dogies bolt
There’s no way I can lose.
If I miss my throw, I’ll still know
It’s this cowboy life I choose.

On my steady mount I can count.
Together we are a team.
Just the two of us with no fuss.
Were just livin’ out our dream.

Mountains high, grass n’ water nigh,
Could you want of better scope?
Forage green and waif stock to glean,
For these things I’ll always hope.

When day’s done and I’ve had my fun
I’ll disengage to my sack.
Of my post I’ll have had the most
‘Midst endearment I shan’t lack.

© 2017, Mark Munzert
This poem may not be reposted or reprinted without permission.

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THE ELUSIVE DREAM
by Ol’ Jim Cathey

Old timers never quit, they just strive to renew,
Tho, sometimes they do ride “upstream,”
Their ever vanishing youth, to pursue.
…They seek the elusive dream.

I sat hossback, watchin’ that scene unfold,
Like it was only yesterday,
An’ it played out, as if the story had been retold,
To us travelers on our way.

An early Texas spring found us workin’ stock,
On the Quarter Circle C,
When I come acquainted that the Grey an’ young Brock,
Had that special chemistry.

Ahhh, I thought back to a scene from yesteryear,
An’ marveled at my recall,
An image of horse an’ rider, showin’ no fear,
A picture of “buck ‘n bawl.”

Before me the scene of an age old fight,
Man an’ beast as once before,
Then the subtle  hiss of the lariat’s flight,
The hoofs thud on desert floor.

Why, I could smell horse sweat, dust, an’ leather,
An’ feel the tug of a spring breeze,
Blowin’ the scent of sage an’ coming weather,
Gave me pleasant thoughts of gay soirees.

An’ gone were the aches an’ pains brought on by age,
At youthful spirit’s  return.
Thanks to that Grey an’ Brock, here at God’s own stage,
A life for which we often yearn.

So, I took a moment to say thanksto God,
For blessin’s He gave to me.
To live a good life on this western sod,
Where a cowboy can be free.

Old timers never quit, they just strive to renew
Tho, sometimes they do ride “upstream,”
Their ever vanishing youth, to pursue.
…They seek the elusive dream!

© 2017,  Ol’ Jim Cathey
This poem may not be reposted or reprinted without permission.

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RANCH ROPIN’
by Lynn Kopelke

My buddy Geof and me was wrastlin’ calves
Whilst workin’ for the Bar H Bar.
It’s a job can’t be done by halves.
Ground work’s hard. Just the way things are.
To this day, I swear
Through no fault of ours
One of them critters got clear
And took off with all his power.
Pickin’ up speed as his hooves gained traction
With thoughts of skinnyin’ under the rail
But Rob and John sprung into action
That freedom train to derail.
They shook out their loops and set out afoot.
No thought in their mind to fail
To return this wanderin’ galoot
Just as sure as the US Mail.
Their approach was slow, purposeful.
The beast might yet turn bold.
You couldn’t be too careful.
He must’ve been near three weeks old.
Oh, but they stood tall
Lariats all a twirl.
A symbol of America, never to fall,
Recognized throughout the world,
COWBOY
One young rancher named Terry
Not as impressed as the rest of us
With expression somewhat glarey
Set out purposely through the dust.
He, deftly, dodged the spinnin’ loops
And approached the cornered critter
And with a less than gentle scoop
Picked up that errant pup and returned him to the litter.
For a moment they still stood
Frozen in space and time
Robbed of their heroic cowboyhood.
Practicality had stolen their moment sublime.
But there was work to be done
Critters to be branded in kind
But amidst that spring’s other fun
That image remains etched in my mind.
A twin cowboy colossus, the inspiration for Gene and Roy,
Their kack twine, like Old Glory, bravely unfurled.
For when a cowboy feels like, well, a cowboy,
Catch or no, he’s king of the world.

© 2017,  Lynn Kopelke
This poem may not be reposted or reprinted without permission.

painting by Tyler Crow, year: 2015, size: 30

LAST OF THE STRAYS
by George Rhoades

We rounded up the strays,
The ones that got away
When we herded ’em to the pens
For the final sale day.

The spread was shuttin’ down,
The old Circle R was through;
They sold off the horses,
And most of the cattle, too.

A hundred years or more
Strugglin’ on the Texas plains,
Years of drought, low cow prices,
Too many losses, not enough gains.

They sold it all that day,
And the lively auction drew
From all around the county;
The crowd was more’n a few.

Hay bales and wheat drills,
Farmall tractors and John Deeres,
Along with mowers and combines
Sold off by the auctioneers.

Headgates and portable chutes,
All the gear sold and gone;
The ranch owners beaten down,
Tired of hangin’ on and hangin’ on.

Big ranchers bought the cows,
Bankers took the land,
The old Circle R faded away;
It had made its last stand.

Cowboys finished up their chores,
Said farewell and headed out;
Range getting’ smaller and smaller,
Times are changin’, no doubt.

The final things to go
On that melancholy day,
Was the last of the strays,
The ones that almost got away.

© 2017,  George Rhoades
This poem may not be reposted or reprinted without permission.

painting by Tyler Crow, year: 2015, size: 30

Thanks to all who participated.

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tylercrow    About Tyler Crow
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Tyler Crow is the newest and youngest member of the Cowboy Artists of America.

From his official bio:

Tyler Crow spent his young life in the small town of Apache, Oklahoma. A 2007 graduate of Apache High School, Tyler always had paper and pencil with him drawing horses. This childhood interest continued throughout his high school years. During his Senior year he entered a pencil drawing in the Oklahoma Youth Expo at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Winning Reserve Best of Show and a scholarship gave him a chance to attend a week-long summer painting workshop co-taught by Bruce Greene and Martin Grelle. This was the first time he had ever held a paintbrush in his hand.

Since their first meeting, Tyler has attended three more painting workshops co-taught by Greene and Grelle. In April 2011, Tyler attended his second Cowboy Artist workshop taught by Mr. Greene at the Scottsdale Artists School in Scottsdale, Arizona. In Tyler’s two most recent shows, Bosque Arts Classic and Small Works Great Wonders, he received the People’s Choice Award. His future plans are to continue studying art and work toward a career as a Western artist.

Find more about Tyler Crow at CowboyPoetry.com; at his site, tylercrow.com; and on Facebook.

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“This album represents four of the finest poets to ever come out of cowboy culture. We are not likely to see their kind again and the world should be grateful to Cowboypoetry.com for preserving their voices.”   Andy Hedges, songster and host of COWBOY CROSSROADS

“CowboyPoetry.com CDs have always been good, but this one is the best by far!”  Chris Issacs, cowboy, packer, and poet

Praise for previous CD volumes:

“…The annual anthology takes listeners on an oral excursion to places throughout the West, introducing them to colorful cowboy characters, explaining their connection to the land, and telling their tales of tough times and the rewards they receive from living the Western lifestyle…”   Jennifer Denison, Senior Editor, Western Horseman

“The Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry’s annual anthologies are creating a valuable, high quality and thoroughly enjoyable resource for everyone…” Steve Green, Archivist, Western Folklife Center

“…without peer…intelligently produced… I equate them to one of those Ken Burns specials, like his Civil War, Jazz, or Baseball….the best of the best.” Rick Huff, Rick Huff’s Best of the West Reviews

“For those of us who love cowboy poetry, this is perhaps the best anthology we’ve yet heard.”  Cowboy Magazine

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The MASTERS CD includes tracks from a “golden age” of Cowboy Poetry. From the introduction, delivered by Jay Snider:

We can look back at the turn of this century and see a golden age for cowboy poetry.  Four outstanding poets of that time who left this world too soon were Larry McWhorter, J.B. Allen, Sunny Hancock, and Ray Owens. They set standards toward which all poets and reciters can strive. Among them were fine cowboys, fine writers, and fine men.  This compilation includes recorded poems, “live” performances, and their recitations of other masters’ works (Buck Ramsey, S. Omar Barker, and Henry Herbert Knibbs). On these tracks, you’ll hear the love of their cowboy life and sometimes you’ll hear their love and respect for each other. To quote Ray Owens, a lifelong student of poetry and the West, all four have left “tracks that won’t blow out.”

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The Center’s Cowboy Poetry Week celebration—recognized by unanimous U.S. Senate resolution—takes place each April during National Poetry Month. Each year, a compilation CD and the celebration’s poster (by respected cowboy artist Tyler Crow in 2017) have been offered to libraries in the Center’s Rural Library Program. The outreach program is part of the Center’s commitment to serve rural communities and to preserve and promote our Western heritage.

The MASTERS CD is dedicated to all those who proudly carry on the ranching tradition.

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The Center’s Cowboy Poetry Week celebration—recognized by unanimous U.S. Senate resolution—is held each April during National Poetry Month. Each year, a compilation CD and the celebration’s poster—by Tyler Crow in 2017; by Gary Morton in 2016; by Don Dane in 2015; by Jason Rich in 2014; Shawn Cameron in 2013; by R.S. Riddick in 2012, Duward Campbell in 2011, Bill Owen in 2010, Bob Coronato in 2009, William Matthews in 2008, Tim Cox in 2007, and Joelle Smith in 2006 —are offered to libraries in the Center’s Rural Library Project. The outreach program is a part of the Center’s commitment to serve rural communities and to preserve and promote our Western heritage.

The annual CD is a premium for our supporters and also available for purchase. Find information about past years’ CDs here at CowboyPoetry.com.

We need your support to continue and expand these programs. Read here about how you can be a part of it all.

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Below:
Track list and sources
Acknowledgements
About the cover and photos 
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TRACK LIST

Introduction by Jay Snider

LARRY McWHORTER 1957-2003

WAITIN’ ON THE DRIVE from The Most Requested Poetry of Larry McWhorter (2001)
BLACK DRAUGHT from The Most Requested Poetry of Larry McWhorter (2001)
THE RED COW from The Poetry of Larry McWhorter (2010)
ADVICE TO THE TRAVELER recorded live at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (1993)
WHERE THE PONIES COME TO DRINK by Henry Herbert Knibbs (1874-1945) from The Open Gate (1998)

SUNNY HANCOCK 1931-2003

THE HORSE TRADE recorded live at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (2001)
A BEAR TALE recorded live at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (2000)
THE HIGH-STEPPIN’ KIND recorded live at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (1997)
THE COWBOY’S HEAVEN by S. Omar Barker (1894-1985) recorded live at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (2003)

RAY OWENS 1934-2007

COLOR BLIND recorded live at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (2006)
TRACKS THAT WON’T BLOW OUT recorded live at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (2006)
THE SADDLE HIS GRANDDADDY RODE recorded live at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (2006)
A RARE TREAT by J.B. ALLEN (1938-2005), recorded live at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (2006)

J.B. ALLEN  1938-2005

THE MEDICINE KEEPERS from The Medicine Keepers (1998)
REASONS FOR STAYIN’ from The Medicine Keepers (1998)
KINDRED SPIRITS recorded live at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (1996)
ANTHEM by Buck Ramsey (1938-1998) from J.B. Allen Classics (2005)

CENTER FOR WESTERN AND COWBOY POETRY RADIO PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (PSA) by Jay Snider

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Special thanks to the Western Folklife Center, which made all of the live recordings possible.

Thanks to Steve Green; David Roche; Jay Snider; Kevin Martini-Fuller; Verna Owens; Margaret Allen; Andrea Waitley; Jeffrey Hancock; Jean Prescott; Bette Ramsey; the estate of S. Omar Barker; Jerry Brooks; Gail Steiger; the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering; Chris Kirby; and Andy Nelson, engineer and co-producer (with Margo Metegrano).

Produced by the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry with generous funding support from Laura and Edmund Wattis Littlefield Jr.; the Margaret T. Morris Foundation; and sustaining donors.

THE COVER AND PHOTOS

The CD cover image is a design by Chris Kirby from a photograph, “Cowhands singing after day’s work. Quarter Circle ‘U’ Ranch roundup. Big Horn County, Montana,” 1939  by Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985); The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USF34- 027824-D.

Photographs of Larry McWhorter, J.B. Allen, Sunny Hancock, and Ray Owens are by Kevin Martini-Fuller, who has photographed participants of the Western Folklife Center’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering for over three decades. Find more at his web site.

ORDER INFORMATION

The MASTERS CD will is available for $20 postpaid. Order with a credit card at Paypal or by mail:  CowboyPoetry.com, Box 1107, Lexington, VA 24450.

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First Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, April 21, 2017 in Lebanon, Tennessee

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First Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering
 Friday, April 21, 2017
Lebanon, Tennessee

From the event’s Facebook announcement:

This event is being hosted by our good friends at American Heritage trees (americanheritagetrees.org) and in conjunction with Cowboy Poetry Week, as designated by The Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry.

For the second year in a row, We have received a proclamation by Governor Haslam declaring April 16-22, 2017 as Cowboy Poetry Week in Tennessee (see below).

The cost for this event is $20.00 per individual. All of the money will go to assist the artists, and proceeds will go to American Heritage trees.

RSVP’S ARE LIMITED TO THE FIRST 30 PERSONS

RSVP to westernwerks@yahoo.com  with “P&P#1” in the subject line and include the number in your party in the body of the email. You will receive a reply acknowledging your reservation. You will pay on the evening of the event. Since this event is limited, please honor your RSVP status.

The first hour of the evening will be a potluck style social. Be prepared to bring a simple finger food or dessert. Water will be provided, but feel free to bring beverages of your choice (alcohol included).

The second hour will be an in-the-round style presentation with our five, Tennessee resident, performers. Poets, story tellers, and singer/songwriters.

The facilities at American Heritage trees are spectacular! You don’t want to miss this maiden voyage! Come be a part of making history, while preserving history.

ARTIST LINEUP

* Jeff Swanson, Adam, TN
-Cowboy Singer
-Saddle Maker/Leather craftsman Swanson Saddlery
-Farrier
-Cattleman

*Ronie Powell, Mount Juliet, TN
-Writer/Poet/Illustrator
-Chuckwagon Cook
-Sweetest Cowgirl in Wilson County!

*Troy Powell, Mount Juliet, TN
– Troy Powell Equestrian Services
-Story Teller
-Bonifide Puncher

*Woody Woodruff, Centerville, TN
-Author/Poet/Humorist
-Actor (Pure Country 2)
-Former manager at George Jones’ Gold Country Estates

*Ray Doyle, Nashvi
-Singer/Songwriter
-Solo Artist Career
-Former member of Wylie & the Wild West

Poets & Punchers Performance & Event Venue
Lebanon, Tennessee
Poets & Punchers is a monthly soiree of cowpokes and rounders to showcase singer/songwriters and to bring a taste of the West to Wilson County, Tennessee.

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