Events: May

Find links to all months here.

• May 4-6, 2017
First annual Bryce Canyon Mule Days Tropic, Utah

• May 4-7, 2017
21st Annual Black Cowboy Festival Rembert, South Carolina

• May 5, 2017
19th Annual Cowtown Society Of Western Music Swingfest Mineral Wells, Texas

• May 11-14, 2017
The Western Heritage Classic Abilene, Texas

• May 12-13, 2017
Cattle Barons Weekend Pendleton, Oregon

• May 13, 2017
Western and Cowboy Music and Poetry  Rock Springs, Wyoming

• May 20, 2017
Cross Timbers Cowboy Poetry and Stories Mineral Wells, Texas

• May 21, 2017
56th Annual Topanga Banjo•Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival Agoura Hills, California

• May 23-28, 2017
47th Bishop Mule Days Bishop, California

• May 26-29, 2017
37th Annual Old West Days Jackson Hole, Wyoming

• May 26-28, 2017
Art in the Park Ritzville, Washington

• May 26-28, 2017
12th Annual Canadian Rockies Cowboy Festival Nordegg, Alberta

• May 26-29, 2017
12th Annual Cowboy Legends Memorial Day Celebration Antelope Island, Utah

• May 27-28, 2017
27th Annual Chuck Wagon Gathering and Children’s Cowboy Festival Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

• May 28-29, 2017
31st Annual Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering Medora, North Dakota

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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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26th Annual Trappings of the American West Exhibition & Sale Sept. 2-30, 2017

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Fine and functional art of the American cowboy featured at the 26th Annual Trappings of the American West Exhibition & Sale Sept. 2-30, 2017

(Flagstaff, Ariz.) March 31, 2017 – Celebrate the time-honored tradition of Western craftsmanship at the 26th Annual Trappings of the American West Exhibition & Sale, Saturday, September 2 through Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA), 3101 N. Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff. This event is presented in partnership with Dry Creek Arts Fellowship (DCAF).

The exhibition features new work by 80 of the country’s top artists from 15 Western states including members of the Cowboy Artists of America, Traditional Cowboy Arts Association and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Trappings showcases the talents of master painters, sculptors and photographers, along contemporary cowboy gear created by craftsmen and craftswomen. Saddles, boots, hats, knives, engraved bits and spurs, hitched horsehair and musical instruments will be featured in the exhibition.

Trappings explores the richness and complexity of cowboy heritage and artistic expression,” said Carrie M. Heinonen, MNA CEO and Director. “The event forges a strong connection to Western traditions here on the Colorado Plateau.”

“It is refreshing to know that traditions and art forms evolving from horse culture and the cattle industry are still cherished and nurtured,” adds DCAF Executive Director Linda Stedman.” Trappings connects visitors to the history of the country’s rural western culture, rooted in the principles of tradition, family, integrity and hard work.”

A series of public programs will occur each weekend and include: artist demonstrations, lectures, gallery tours, cowboy poetry, musical performances, an equestrian event and a Dutch-oven cook-off.

A member preview and artist reception will be held Friday, September 1, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Attendees will have the first opportunity to purchase artwork as well as meet many participating artists.

Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for students (w/ ID), American Indians (10+ with tribal affiliation) and youth (10-17). Children under 10, and MNA and DCAF members, are free.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is located three miles north historic downtown Flagstaff on scenic Highway 180 to Grand Canyon National Park and is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

For more information on the 26th Annual Trappings of the American West Exhibition & Sale contact the Museum of Northern Arizona at (982) 774-5213,, or Dry Creek Arts Fellowship at (928) 774-8861,


(submitted by Nika Nordbrock)

Events: April


Find links to all months here.


• through April 1, 2017
25th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Nashville, Tennessee

•  April 1, 2017
21st Annual Cowboy Poetry Night Gateway, Colorado

• April 8-9, 2017
Folkfest New Braunfels, Texas

• April 14th, 15th, & 16th, 2017
14th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival Kennewick, Washington

• April 14th, 15th, & 16th, 2017
9th Annual Cowboy Idol Competition at the 14th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival Kennewick, Washington

• April 15, 2017
Ranch Day at the National Ranching Heritage Center Lubbock, Texas

• April 20-22, 2017
Trappings of Texas Custom Cowboy Gear and Western Art Exhibit Alpine, Texas

• April 21-23, 2017
101st Annual Meeting, Texas Folklore Society Tyler, Texas

• April 21 – 22, 2017
Western Heritage Awards at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

• April 21 – 23, 2017
96th Annual Red Bluff Roundup Red Bluff, California

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• April 14-16, 2017
30th Annual St. Anthony Cowboy Poetry Gathering St. Anthony, Idaho

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•  April 15, 2017
Western Music Association Colorado Chapter Showcase Denver, Colorado



• April 16-22, 2017
16th annual Cowboy Poetry Week


Find more Cowboy Poetry Week news here.

Cowboy Poetry Week Events:

• Friday, April 7, 2017
Park County Library  Cody, Wyoming ( 2:00 PM)

• Sunday, April 9, 2017 ( 2:00 PM)
Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and The Betty Strong Encounter Center  Sioux City, Iowa.

• Saturday, April 15, 2017
Wilsonville Public Library Wilsonville, Oregon

Sunday, April 16, 2017
CowTrails radio  noon-2:00 MTN

• Monday, April 17, 2017
Herriman Library,  Herriman, Utah,  (6:30 PM – 8 PM)

• Monday, April 17, 2017
Weber County Southwest Branch  Roy, Utah  (6:30 PM)

• Tuesday, April 18, 2017
 Tigard Public Library  Tigard, Oregon (7:00 PM)

• Tuesday, April 18, 2017
St. George Branch Library St. George, Utah (6:00 PM )

• Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Santa Clara Branch Library St. George, Utah  (4:00 PM)

• Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Washington Branch Library Washington, Utah (7:00 PM)

• Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Hurricane Branch Library, Hurricane, Utah (5:00 PM)

• Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Weber County Pleasant Valley Branch South Ogden, Utah (6:30 PM)

• Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Cowboy Poetry at Creekside, Woodinville, Washington

• Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The Dalles-Wasco County Library  The Dalles, Oregon (6:30 PM)

• Thursday, April 20,  2017
Weber County Ogden Valley Branch  Huntsville, Utah (6:30 PM)

• Thursday, April 20,  2017
Equestrian Legacy Radio Cowboy Poetry Week Program  Noon, Central

• Thursday, April 20,  2017
Rolla Public Library  Rolla, North Dakota (7:00 PM)

• Friday, April 21, 2017
First annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering Lebanon, Tennessee (7:30-10 PM)

• Friday, April 21, 2017
Library’s National Poetry Month open mic Cortez, Colorado

• Friday, April 21, 2017
Second annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering Bristow, Oklahoma (3-6 PM)

• Friday, April 21, 2017
5th annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering Shoshoni, Wyoming (4-6 PM)

• Saturday, April 22, 2017
Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering movie screening  Wheat Ridge, Colorado   (7PM)

• Saturday, April 22, 2017
Cowboy Poetry at Creekside, Woodinville, Washington

• Saturday, April 22, 2017
Judy James’ Cowboy Jubilee radio Cowboy Poetry Week program
(7:30-9:30 AM Central)

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

•  Sunday, April 23, 2017
The Stagecoach West Irving, New York

•  Sunday, April 23, 2017
City Hall  Dakota City, Nebraska  (2:00 PM)

•  Thursday, April 27, 2017
Dayton Memorial Library  Dayton, Washington (6 PM)

•  Thursday, April 27, 2017
Winthrop Library  Winthrop, Washington (7 PM)

•  Friday, April 29, 2017
Arthur Lakes Library Golden, Colorado (12:00 PM)

•  Saturday, April 29, 2017
 2nd annual Cowboyin’, Horses, and Friends  Choctaw, Oklahoma (10 AM-4 PM)



•  April 19-23, 2017
24th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival Santa Clarita, California

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

•  April 28-20, 2017
6th Annual Genoa Cowboy Festival Genoa, Nevada

•  April 28-30, 2017
Stagecoach Indio, California

• April 29, 2017
Out of the Ashes Benefit (from everywhere!)

• April 29, 2017
 2nd annual Cowboyin’, Horses, and Friends  Choctaw, Oklahoma

• April 29, 2017
The Working Cowboy  Prescott, Arizona

• April 29, 2017
46th Annual Bob Wills Day Festival Turkey, Texas



30th Annual California Rodeo Salinas, July 16, 2017



From the organizers:

30th Annual California Rodeo Salinas
Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering
Sunday, July 16, 2017 ~ Sherwood Hall ~ Salinas
Doors Open at 1:00 pm
Open Mic – 2:00
Show Starts at 2:30


It’s our 30th celebration and hope you can attend. We have wine tasting and a BBQ prior to the show along with a silent auction offering a wide variety of treasures to bid on and a live dessert auction during intermission.

As you know this entertainment forum began around the campfires and in the bunkhouses of the Old West and we are proud to keep this great American tradition alive. We are pleased to bring great American Music and Storytelling to this year’s event as well as performances from Youth Orchestra Salinas (YoSal) and the winners of our kid’s poetry contest as a portion of our proceeds go to the Foundation for Monterey County Free Libraries. Entertainers include:

Master of Ceremonies, Clem Albertoni, South County’s poet laureate and funny man.

Los Vaqueros Hunting Club Traveling Band, a local country and western band that was born of campfire smoke, camaraderie, a love of tales and songs where creativity is not hindered by fact or truth. Featuring close friends, Randy Handley, Terry Handley, Rich Casey and Roger Hill.

We welcome Cowboy Poet, Humorist and Storyteller Chris Isaacs from Eagar, Arizona. Chris has been nominated for the Western Heritage Award by the Cowboy Hall of Fame and the winner of the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Excellence by the Academy of Western Artists.

Dave Stamey is back! He is the newest member of the Western Music Association Hall of Fame and has been awarded the 2016 Male Vocalist of the Year, 2016 Songwriter of the Year, and his 11th CD, Western Stories, was just awarded 2016 Album of the Year. Joining Dave on stage is the lovely Annie Lydon on harmony vocals.

Reserved tables are being offered at the Diamond level, first come first served closest to the stage. Regular tickets can be purchased online at or by contacting Clem Albertoni at (831) 678-3297 or Lydia Miranda at (831) 320-5939. Individual tickets are $30.00 in advance or $35.00 at the door. Wine Tasting and BBQ tickets may be purchased at the event for $10.00 each. We look forward to seeing you there.

HIS TRAIL OF TEARS by Shane Queener


photo by Danita Queener

by Shane Queener

The hum of the diesel, a drone drum roar.
A song of the past, silenced and heard no more.
It’s their world, their way, a violent machine.
Caught up in the rhythm, lukewarm and lean.
No sweet grass growing, no sage in bloom.
technological turmoil, with lawns to groom.
A bear trapped, in a sprung jaw clamp.
Caged without hope, like a songbird tramp.

He’s a raven soul in a black crow world,
Muscles tight and tense, knuckles knotted and knurled.
Rolling down 40, the big city nears.
Parallel to history, his trail of tears.

They travelled this path, also against will.
A people robbed of mission, sullen, silent, still.
Decades ago, yet a slave to the curse.
Same song, modern music, who knows what verse.
They all have tunnel vision, traveling in a fog.
Magpies scavenging through soot, smut, and smog.
The candle is dim. yet the flame still burns.
This path he’ll travel, for the West he yearns.

He’s a raven soul in a black crow world,
muscles tight and tense, knuckles knotted and knurled.
Rolling down 40, the big city nears.
Parallel to history, his trail of tears.

© 2014, Shane Queener, used with permission
This poem should not be reposted or reprinted without permission

Musician, songwriter, poet, former bare-back rider, and all-around good guy Shane Queener is currently exiled to Tennessee. He comments on this poem, “Being a bit ‘displaced,’ a longing for the West is consistently capturing my thoughts. Words, although sometimes hard to find, are an important venue for me to make an attempt to express the emotions associated with the daily reminders that, ‘this isn’t Wyoming.’ Thankfully, happiness isn’t relegated to whatever state I am in. But, the longing, the passion, and the deepest desire to stay connected to the West, and its way of life, are certainly at the core of who I am.”

But he blooms where he is planted. He’s the force behind the Poets & Punchers performance and event venue in Lebanon, Tennessee, “a monthly soiree of cowpokes and rounders to showcase singer/songwriters and to bring a taste of the West to Wilson County.” Find more about Poets & Punchers here on Facebook.

Shane is also an organizer of the First Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering, April 21, 2017 in Lebanon, Tennessee, in conjunction with Cowboy Poetry Week, and hosted by American Heritage Trees ). Performers include Jeff Swanson, Ronie Powell, Troy Powell, Ray Doyle,
and Woody Woodruff.

Shane obtained a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Find more about the event here on Facebook and here on this blog.

See more about Shane Queener at

This photo is by Danita Queener.


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



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 ( 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 to  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.


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

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

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

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

*Ray Doyle, Nashvi
-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.