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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

In 2014
Saturday, October 4 -  SILENT WESTERN MOVIE NIGHT at MAVERICKS with Dave Bourne, Pianist 

October 17, Fri. - ADRIAN

December 13, Sat. - KATY MOFFATT 

In 2015:

January 17, Sat.  MIKE BECK 

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

March 21, Saturday - DENNIS AGAJANIAN  ($25)   
April 24, Friday - BELINDA GAIL  ($25)    
May 1, Friday - RW HAMPTON  ($30)      

June 24, Wednesday - MISS DEVON & THE OUTLAW with special guests KRISTYN HARRIS and BROOK WALLACE

August 21, Friday - MARY KAYE, $25

October 7, Wednesday - DON EDWARDS, $35

October 14, Wednesday - REX ALLEN, Jr., $35 (First appearance at Mavericks)

October 24, Saturday - ERNIE SITES, $25

December 12 - Saturday, RICHARD ELLOYAN, $25


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Updated 6/10

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

June through August, 2015
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 27 -   
Old West Trio and Ron & Gary Scofield

July 11 -   
  Old West Trio and Jim & Karen Ross

July 18 -       Joni Harms

August 1 -    Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong

August 8 - 
 Dave Stamey

August 15 -
Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band

August 22 -
Riverbend Folk Band

August 29 -
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 3/22


January 10, 2015
Cowboy Poets of Utah Symposium  Payson, Utah

From Marleen Bussma:

The Cowboy Poets of Utah are gathering in Payson, Utah for their annual symposium on January 10, 2015. Included will be an educational session by Rod Miller and an entertaining evening of cowboy poetry and western music. Registration for the symposium starts at noon. The meeting and instruction will start at 1 p.m. and last until 4 p.m. There is no charge for the symposium. The evening show will begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Payson City Banquet Hall
439 W. Utah Ave., Payson, UT

For more information contact:

Marleen Bussma

Posted 12/11

January 22-25, 2015
26th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Golden, Colorado

From the organizers:

Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering
January 22, 23, 24 & 25, 2015


Back by popular demand, our Daytime Sessions are included in ONE single ticket on Friday and Saturday respectively. We are also offering the SUPER TICKET Weekend Pass that grants you access to any performance.

For over a quarter century the Gathering has celebrated the cowboy life and culture. Come enjoy this year's all-star cast of award-winning cowboy poets and musicians from the American West, Canada and from down-under, Australia.

This year's expanded four-day roundup includes three evening performances, two full-days of popular theme session, a Sunday matinee, as well as Cowboy Church Sunday morning.

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:

Doc Mehl
Andy Nelson
Bill Barwick
Bob Bovee
Carol Heuchan
Dave Stamey
Deb Carpenter-Nolting
Eli Barsi
Gary Allegretto & Ian Espinoza
Liz Masterson
M. Timothy Nolting
Mike Hurwitz
Mikki Daniel
Pipp Gillette
Sam DeLeeuw
Sid Hausman
Susie Knight

2 Convenient Ways To Get Tickets:
Over the Phone: 1-888-718-4253
Right here online, just click here:

The Colorado Cowboy Gathering returns to the:
American Mountaineering Center
710 10th Street
Golden, CO 80401

Visit -  or


SPECIAL OFFER: For a limited time get a General Admission ticket to our Friday and Saturday evening performances for half
off. Simply use Coupon Code 'SPUR' at check out.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you at the Gathering!

Posted 10/15

January 30-February 1, 2015
69th annual Montana Winter Fair  Lewiston, Montana

From the organizers:

The 69th Montana Winter Fair committee is proud to announce, BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, THE COLD HARD CASH SHOW on Friday, January 30th, at 7:30 p.m. at The Grand Hall of The Eagles, 124 W. Main St. in Lewistown!

Tickets, $15 each, and two for $25, will go on sale on Wednesday, October 22nd, at Don’s Store in Lewistown and online at THE COLD HARD CASH SHOW at the Montana Winter Fair last year completely sold out with standing room only, so get your tickets NOW!

The COLD HARD CASH SHOW delivers an original and innovative musical tribute to the music of Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Three! The performance includes selections from Johnny Cash’s early ‘rock-a-billy’ days at Sun & Columbia Records all the way through his stunning career, bringing to life the monumental impact of Johnny Cash, a legendary American music icon. During the show, close your eyes and you’ll be transported back to the electrifying energy of Johnny Cash performing live at Folsom and San Quentin. You’ll know every song.

Sponsoring this fantastic entertainment experience again this year is Realty Title Company, at 6th and Janeaux. Thank you Realty Title Company!

THE COLD HARD CASH SHOW is fronted by vocals and guitar by Merle Travis Peterson, with Fel Torres on drums and Ryan Yates on bass. The band has performed with Charlie Daniels, Darryl Worley, John Anderson, Eric Church, Charlie Daniels, Lonestar and Eddie Money and at events sharing the marquis with Katy Perry, Shawn Colvin, John Oates, Justin Timberlake, David Ryan Harris, and John Mayer.

THE COLD HARD CASH SHOW appeared on The Late Night Show with David Letterman in 2008 and has performed at the annual May Festival in Memphis in 2011, at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and Johnny Cash Festival-Roadshow Revival in Ventura, California.

THE COLD HARD CASH SHOW tours extensively nationwide. Please check out their website at:

Following THE COLD HARD CASH SHOW entertainment will continue at The Eagles with “Live Music” in the bar until the “wee small hours of the morning!” There is no cover the entertainment following THE COLD HARD CASH SHOW. Plan now for a brilliant night out on Friday, January 30th.....start the new year with an unforgettable evening of great music and fun at Montana Winter Fair! After all, out here we’re all about “John Wayne, Johnny Cash and John Deere!”

The 69th Montana Winter Fair is a non-profit, annual 3-day event celebrating Montana Agriculture since 1947. Over 25 Winter Fair events at multiple locations will take place in Lewistown between January 30 and February 1st, 2015. Information about the 69th MT Winter Fair, how to register to participate in various events and who to contact with questions can be found at



February 6-8, 2015
23rd Annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering  Sierra Vista, Arizona

From the organizers:

February 6 to 8, 2014; 23rd Annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music
Gathering, Buena Performing Arts Center, Sierra Vista, AZ
More than 40 poets and musicians will entertain.
Multiple sessions on Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Three headline shows -
Friday at 7:00 PM; Saturday at 7:00 PM and Sunday at 1:00 PM.
Tickets on sale at
Information only: (520) 249-3545

Featured Performers: Arvel Bird, Patty Clayton, Doris Daley, Sam DeLeeuw, Slim Farnsworth, Doug Figgs, Belinda Gail, Harpy Trails, Sue Harris, Kristyn Harris, Susie Knight, Peggy Malone, Al "Doc" Mehl, Mike Moutoux, Steve Porter, Gary Robertson, Saddle Strings, Lindy Simmons, Jay Snider, and Trails and Rails.

Participating Artists: Marci Broyhill, Call of the West, Van Criddle, Janice Deardorff, Miss Devon and the Outlaw, Purly Gates, Kerry Grombacher, Larry Harmer, Jim Jones, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Carol Markstrom, Carolyn Martin, Dale Page, Trinity Seely, Keeter Stuart, Jim Wilson, and Washtub Jerry.

Posted 1/20

February 20-21, 2015
9th Annual Mesquite Western Round-Up  Mesquite, Nevada  

From Marleen Bussma:

The 9th Annual Mesquite Western Roundup featuring cowboy poetry and western music has been scheduled for February 20 at 7 pm and February 21, 2015 at 1 pm at the Mesquite Community Theater in Mesquite, Nevada, 150 N. Yucca St.

Cowboy poets from Utah and Nevada will perform, including
Lee Kimberlin, Ken Marshall, Hap Stuart, Marc Bradshaw, Mike Prince, Russ Westwood, and Marleen Bussma. The program will also feature traditional cowboy and western music by singer /musician Jim Dunham from Prescott Valley, AZ.

Tickets available at the door for $10 per person. For more information contact Marleen Bussma at 435-574-2314 or

Posted 11/3

February 24, 2015
Cimarron Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering Winter Fundraiser  Cimarron, New Mexico

From Dale Page:

The highly successful Cimarron Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering will inaugurate its winter version on February 24, 2015 in the historic El Raton (New Mexico) Theater. The star-studded cast includes Western Music Association (WMA) award winners Jim Jones and Susie Knight; WMA multiple-award nominee Terry Nash; 2014 Western Wordsmith Cowboy Poetry Jackpot winner Dennis Russell; award winning poets Floyd Beard and Dale Page; and local Western music favorites Gayanne Jeffers and Kara Mutz.

With the support of KRTN radio and numerous local merchants and organizations, the show promises to be the highlight of the New Mexico/Colorado winter. Bring the entire family from 7PM-9PM for the best in Western music and cowboy poetry in an historic atmosphere. Check the gathering's website,, for more details. We look forward to seeing you there to celebrate the Western lifestyle in the Land of Enchantment. All proceeds will benefit the August 21-22 Second Annual Cimarron Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering at the St. James Hotel.

Posted 1/13

February 27-March 1,2015
Fifth Annual Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous  Hyrum, Utah

From the organizers:

It’s time to circle the wagons at the  5th Annual Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous to be held  Feb 27, 28 and  March 1, 2015 at Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum, Utah.

Join us as we celebrate our Western heritage with a Friday evening  concert featuring the Bar D Wranglers from Durango Colorado,   cowboy poet Thatch Elmer, and Jared Rogerson. Saturday afternoon events include a concert with Mary Kaye, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, and Dyer Highway. There will be a herd of outstanding cowboy poets and musicians from the surrounding area. 

"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 Mary Kaye,  Tel Dyer,  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. 

Jared Rogerson and the Ryegrass Riders 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 2/11



March 12-15, 2015
7th Annual Best Little Cowboy Gathering in Texas   La Grange, Texas

From the organizers:

Howdy and welcome to what will be The 7th Annual Best Little Cowboy Gathering In Texas. Mark those calendars, March 12 through March 15, 2015! First and foremost, we would like to extend a tip of the hat to everyone who was able to make it out this past year. We have a fantastic group of loyal fans who are able to join us each year and continue the fun times. We've been busy herding up details for 2015, where we have some new things happening which we are happy to share with y'all. The hardest thing about planning this event is deciding which artists not to invite. We have great entertainment every year and want to continue the dancin' good times.

Due to our continued growth and success, we are both happy and proud to make a combination of changes in 2015. It is our first goal to never let the event become so crowded that it quits being fun. 2014 got us very close to that point. For 2015, we will be adding an indoor stage featuring quality entertainment within the exhibit hall. The exhibit hall features a smooth, finished concrete floor which is great for dancing. In addition to adding another stage, we will be renting 250 chairs with tables to go with them. These spots will be set outside the dance hall and within the exhibit hall. This will allow us to continue to offer our fans a choice of very high quality bands in
a fun, comfortable atmosphere. Looking to the future, our goal is to expand further by having a tent setup with even more entertainment but that will begin to start affecting ticket prices. Not to worry, our prices for 2015 are same as last year where you'll see fine Texas entertainment all weekend.

Take a look at the lineup now and we know you won't be disappointed:


Entertainment Schedule:

3 PM -
Rance Norton, dance hall
7 PM -
The Survivors - (Curtis Potter, Tony Booth, Darrell & Mona McCall), dance hall

**Featured Female Artist,
Mikki Daniel**
Noon -
Heybale, dance hall
4 PM -
Shoot Low Sheriff, dance hall
4 PM -
Jeff Woosley, exhibit hall
8 PM -
Jake & Tommy Hooker, dance hall
8 PM -
Amber Digby & Justin Trevino, exhibit hall

(Outside on Main Stage)
11 AM -
KR Wood
1:30 PM -
Jody Nix Fiddle Extravaganza
3 PM -
Lake Travis Fiddlers
4:30 PM -
Billy Mata, Floyd Domino, with Special Guest Carolyn Martin
6 PM -
Texas Wildfire!, Mikki Daniel & Hailey Sandoz featuring the KR Wood Band

(Dance Hall)
4 PM -
Jody Nix
8 PM -
Billy Mata and Special Guest Carolyn  Martin

(Exhibit Hall)
8 PM -
Jason Roberts


We at The Best Little Cowboy Gathering In Texas are always looking for ways to improve the event and we listen to the suggestions of our fans. We are making an advance special offer to our email subscribers and Facebook fans where you can purchase reserved chairs at a table or a whole table within the dance hall. We have 500 spots open where we'll have tables setup for groups of 10 and 6, or you can purchase individual seats at table. Spots will go quickly as we are already reserving tables for returning guests and sponsors. Contact us at for any questions/special requests!

Pricing for reserved seating within the dance  hall:
$130: All 3 Days admission, reserved chair in
the dance hall, plus quality catered meals for both Friday & Saturday.
$100: All 3 Days admission, reserved chair in the dance hall, minus the catered meals.

Gather that group of friends for the weekend and reserve a spot for the whole group! Round up 5 couples, split
the cost of a table, 5 x $260 for a whole weekend of entertainment. For a group, designate one party to handle the reservation and please provide us with your name, address, email and phone number. If reserving a whole table, please provide us with the names for all of your party so we can hold the tickets for the correct person.

We also want to include our long time boot scooters and continue the tradition of dancin' with the one that
brought you so we are asking for help from our fans. We simply want you to share with those of us not as connected through Facebook and email, but still a long time supporter of the Gathering that these spots in the dance hall are available.

For the folks that don't get in on the advance 500 spots, ticket prices are below:
$70: All 3 days admission, plus the delicious catered meals for Friday & Saturday.
$40: All 3 days admission only pass.
$35: 2 day admission only pass.
$15: Thursday admission only.
$20: Friday admission only.
$25: Saturday admission only.
$10: Youth pass for any day.
$15: Catered meal for either Friday or
Saturday. (Price of meat has gone up, so we had to increase a bit here.)

A special note to all of our fans to be aware of:

From this year forward, there will be a limit to standing room within the dance hall. We have instruction from our fire marshall to not allow people to bring their own chairs in the dance hall and sit by the stage as we have done in the past. Also, other than a quick picture, there will be no standing in front of the bandstand. This is put in place for two main reasons, to allow the dance floor to be as open as possible along with the safety of our fans. We simply cannot have people standing on the dance floor. The only standing allowed will be in the back of the dance hall which is a fire exit, so no chairs allowed there. Because of the limited standing in the dance hall, if you did not reserve a spot, there will be plenty of other entertainment going on in the exhibit hall or main stage for you to experience. We want to ensure those that reserved a spot in the dance hall can shuffle those feet as intended.

Once again, we thank all our wonderful fans, entertainers, artists, and those that help put this shindig together. We will be updating you throughout the year and you can always check in at our website:  or on Facebook,

See y'all there,
The Staff at The Best Little Cowboy Gathering

Questions about tables? Email us at

Mail checks payable to:
PO BOX 763
La Grange, TX 78945

Posted 7/24

Update 10/15

Hello fellow two-steppers,

Just a few quick updates for things happening at The Best Little Cowboy Gathering In Texas for 2015!

Dance Hall Reservations
Better grab your spot in the dance hall quick. Out of 500 seats total, only about 100 spots are still available. Tables still available: only 4 - 10ft tables. 2 - 8ft, and several 6 ft. If you've already claimed your spot, we need your payment in as soon as possible. Please include a list of names for your reserved table with your reservation.

Around second week of November, we will be mailing out invitations for last years attendees of the Cowboy Gathering to give them the opportunity to purchase any remaining spots in the dance hall.

No Hassle Dinner Option
Don't forget the catered meals available! $30 gets you both delicious meals on Friday & Saturday evening. Save time and enjoy a tasty meal that you can enjoy without leaving the entertainment.

Update to the Schedule
Due to multiple requests, we are switching the entertainer schedule a bit. Jeff Woolsey will be performing in the dance hall at 4 PM on Friday. Shoot Low Sheriff performance has been moved into the exhibit hall.

We celebrate the cowboy culture and want to keep the Texas music we all love alive. We are encouraged by the young entertainers that will be joining us this year. Be sure you come to check them out and continue to support great Texas culture!

We certainly look forward to seeing you out at
The Best Little Cowboy Gathering In Texas



April 10-12, 2015
12th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival  Kennewick, Washington

From Smoke Wade:

The 12th Annual Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Western Music Festival will take place April 10 -12, 2015 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 the website -
Scheduled daytime performances will be presented on Friday and Saturday, April 10 – 12, 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 the Website:  

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

Posted 12/12

April 18-19, 2015
22nd Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival  Santa Clarita, California

From the organizers, October 2014:

The City of Santa Clarita announced today that the 22nd annual Cowboy Festival, presented by Logix Federal Credit Union, set for April 18 and 19, 2015, will be held in Old Town Newhall.

Since 1994, the Cowboy Festival’s full lineup has included events with partner agencies throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, while weekend programming has taken place at Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio™. Film contracts between Melody Ranch and a production company make it impossible to host both the production and Cowboy Festival’s weekend activities in 2015.

The 22nd annual event will provide the same level of music, entertainment, food, and shopping that Festival patrons have come to expect from the world-class event in a new, exciting setting. Old Town Newhall is part of the City of Santa Clarita’s recently revitalized Arts and Entertainment District, which features historic and film-focused points of interest like the William S. Hart Ranch & Museum and Walk of Western Stars. The City is coordinating with Old Town Newhall business owners, Los Angeles County and Hart Park, plus area business partners to ensure a memorable experience in 2015.

“Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio™ has provided one of the most unique Western experiences for Cowboy Festival patrons,” said Mayor Laurene Weste. “While we will miss the Ranch setting in 2015, we look forward to providing Festival guests with unique experiences in Old Town Newhall.”

Recognized as one of the most iconic Festivals of its kind, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year from across the Country and around the globe. The event showcases the music, movies, personalities, food, and clothing of the Old West and pays tribute to Santa Clarita’s rich Western roots.

Tickets for the 2015 Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival will go on sale in early January, 2015. Information about the Cowboy Festival, including dates, ticket availability, events times, prices, venues and more, will be available at   in the coming weeks.

Posted 10/31

April 24-26, 2015
Trail's End Sedalia, Missouri

From Jerry Schleicher:

Cowboy poets nationwide are invited to compete for cash prizes, custom buckles and other prizes in the first annual Trail's End Cowboy Poetry Competition on Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Sedalia, Missouri. The competition is part of the Trail's End celebration to dedicate a life-size bronze sculpture commemorating one of the first cattle drives from Texas to the railhead in Sedalia. The three-day celebration will also feature a singing cowboy and cowgirl competition, a fiddler's competition, a concert by the Sons of the Pioneers, a performance by cowboy and country gospel recording artist Rev. Steven Spalding, as well as a trail ride, western art show, chuckwagon meals, cowboy church, and many other events.

Applicants for the cowboy poetry competition should download an entry form posted on the Trail's End website, and submit the completed form along with an audition CD, cassette or DVD to: Rev. Steven Spalding, host of the contest, at 802 Wasson Drive, Nixa, MO 65174. Deadline for entry submissions is January 15, 2015, with contestants selected for the live performance notified by March 15, 2015. Judges will select six finalists from among all participating cowboy poets, with three winners selected from the finalists. First place winner will receive $250 prize money, a Trail's End commemorative belt buckle, and a custom bandana. Second place will earn $150 prize money plus a commemorative buckle and bandana, while third place will earn $100 prize money and a commemorative bandana.

Poets will be given five minutes to present two poems in the first round, and five minutes to present two additional poems if selected for the second round. Material may be humorous or serious, but must reflect western or cowboy culture. Poets may use a prop such as a rope, staff, cane or hat to emphasize their material. Extra points will be awarded for original material, with points deducted for those going over the time limit. Poets will be judged on smooth flow of lines, good use of inflection, proper diction and pronunciation, good voice and projection, proper microphone use, interaction with the audience, confidence, crowd appeal, showmanship, selection of material, enthusiasm and proper attire.

For more information, contact Rev. Steven Spalding at 417-725-0401 or 417-459-5355, or via email to;

Posted 12/11



June 19-20, 2015
19th Annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering Fort Scott, Kansas

From Judy Howser:

Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering organizers say there are several new features this year. The 19th event will be a week later than usual, and will be in FSCC’s Bailey Hall, where it began. Friday, June 19th, in the Round Room, RFD-TV singer and co-host of Best of America by Horseback Del Shields will entertain at 7 p.m. along with Echoes of the Trail co-founder and cowboy singer/composer Johnny Kendrick and his sons, The Branchy Boys.

After the Friday night show, the public is invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets and sit out by the chuck wagon campfire while cowboy poets and singers entertain on an open microphone, and Denny Williams and his “cookies” serve up cobbler baked in a Dutch oven. Good ol’ campfire coffee will be available, too, according to Denny. The chuck wagon cooks just ask for a free will offering.

Del Shields got his start in show business when he entered the Echoes of the Trail cowboy poetry contest in 2004. From cowboy poetry, he went on to singing and yodeling, playing guitar, and composing his own songs. On the RFD-TV show, he not only entertains the groups of riders, but helps lead the rides, shoes horses when they need it, and travels all over the country and even on cruise ships. In his spare time at home, he trains horses, raises cattle, and if the pipes break down, he has plumbing skills as well, according to organizer Judy Howser.

Johnny Kendrick has an equally varied background. He began his music career in Branson, Missouri, helped start the local Jubilee country music show in Fort Scott, and co-founded Echoes of the Trail along with historian Arnold Schofield. Howser says Johnny is a master on the banjo, a great guitar player, singer, composer, student of cowboy history, and father of two fine sons who sing perfect harmony with him. Johnny wrote the Echoes of the Trail theme song with the same name, and sings it at the beginning of each show. This year, he and his sons, who call themselves “The Branchy Boys”, will entertain with classic cowboy and maybe even a little bluegrass music.

Saturday, June 20th, organizers say the doors will open at 9 a.m. so the public can shop for hand tooled and braided leather goods, home-spun yarn, goat milk soaps, beads and beaded headbands, hand carved wood, country art and crafts, books and CDs of original cowboy poetry, stories, and music, and more. Local author Troy Peterson will have his western books on sale, and Fort Scott’s Country Cupboard will again display all sorts of western home décor, handbags, and more. Two more of our vendors are from Fort Scott, and they are Andy Humble with his Leanin’ H Leatherworks, and Cecil Nuzum with his carved wood.

Echoes of the Trail President Diann Tucker says the usual fine array of western items will be available for bids in the silent auction Friday evening and again Saturday June 20 until around 8 p.m. She says the committee is grateful to local businesses, event vendors, and fans like Edward Swink for the wonderful western items they donate to the silent auction each year.

Also to be auctioned, with the funds going to our local 4-H clubs, will be the three winning pies from the Pie Baking Contest. Tucker says to see for the contest entry form and rules, or check with the Bourbon County Ag Extension office. Saturday morning, following the pie judging, slices will be sold by 4-H members, with proceeds going to 4-H.

June 20th in the Round Room, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. audiences will be entertained by cowboy poets Harold Carpenter, Chuck Harris, Ken Lorton, Ron Ratliff, Francine Robison, Cliff Sexton, and Jake White. Cowboy musicians Gerry Allen, Richard Dunlap, D. J. Fry, Royce Smithey, and Bill White also will sing the old cowboy songs.

Howser says fans of the former Classic Country Music Show in Fort Scott will appreciate that Bill White will be among the musicians appearing in the afternoon and again during the evening show. This year, three to four cowboy singers and poets will be on the Round Room stage together, taking turns performing.

Then, at 7 p.m., the new FSCC President Alycia Johnston will welcome the audience, Johnny Kendrick and Arnold Schofield will open the show, and a special token of appreciation will be presented to Iola artist Gary Hawk. Hawk painted “Echoes of the Trail” and gave the first 10 prints to the steering committee. Founders Arnold Schofield and Johnny Kendrick, along with other local cowpokes appear in the painting. Hawk still donates $15 to Echoes of the Trail from each of those prints sold.

Cowboy poets and singers will entertain until 9 p.m. with a break at 8 p.m. to auction the winning pies, and for bidders to make their final silent auction bids.

For more information, see, or call 620-223-0736. Echoes of the Trail also has a Facebook page and group.

Posted 6/5


July 18, 2015
Coyote Springs Cowboy Festival  Elbow, Saskatchewan

From Larry Krause:

July 18, 2015 will find the Folks that enjoy Western entertainment, on the banks of Lake Diefenbaker, just south of Elbow, Saskatchewan, in the welcoming Coyote Springs Campground, for the second annual Coyote Springs Cowboy Festival. The establishment of tradition don't happen alot these days, but it is starting there at the Coyote Den. The Event kicks off with a Cowboy supper, followed by an evening of Western Singers and Cowboy Poets, MCed by Award winning host Larry Krause. Watch the Facebook page,, for details on performers, camping and tickets, or go to  Procedes go to STARS Helicopter Rescue.

Posted 11/13

July 12, 2015
28th Annual California Rodeo Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering 
Salinas, California

From the organizers:

California Rodeo Salinas
Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Sherwood Hall
Salinas, CA
Doors Open at 1:00 with wine tasting and silent auction
Open Mic at 1:45
Show starts at 2:00

Our entertainers for 2015 will be Clem Albertoni, our Master of Ceremonies and Poet, 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.

Amaya Rose Dempsey: Born and raised in San Luis Obispo County California 15-year-old Amaya Rose finds joy playing the fiddle and guitar along with singing and songwriting about her life as a country girl. Over the past year Amaya has had the opportunity to join the Grammy award-winning group Riders in the Sky on stage at the Clark Center in Arroyo Grande, meet and open for Merle Haggard, and join megahit writer Scotty Emerick in an open mic session. With numerous fiddle contest awards and vocal comparisons to the likes of Linda Ronstadt in Emmylou Harris, Amaya hopes to continue in her musical journey as a classic country singer , songwriter, guitarist and fiddle player.

Gary Allegretto is an award-winning Western singer/songwriter/musician whose rare abilities on the harmonica are virtually one-of-a-kind. His jaw-dropping performances have captivated audiences at concerts and festivals all over the globe. American Cowboy Magazine calls him "Amazing. You've never seen or heard anything like it." True West Magazine says "This harmonica wrangler is sure to impress the Cowboy hat off your head".

Cow Bop: “It’s hot, jazzy and has a drawl!” –San Francisco Chronicle

Mix swingin’ grooves, thrilling riffs, sweet and hot vocals, western sensibilities and tons of fun and you have only begun to describe Cow Bop. Formed in 2003 by internationally-acclaimed guitarist Bruce Forman, the cowboy jazz and western bebop band has toured extensively throughout the world, exciting audiences with their unique brand of music.

Recently inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame (2014), the band’s collective experience crosses the spectrum of American music, from the hottest jazz and the coolest swing to the fiercest down-home honky-tonk. Comfortable in diverse settings, from Carnegie Hall to roadside taverns, the band always hits the stage with an electrifying and entertaining assortment of music and frolic. Along with Bruce Forman on guitar, the band features Pinto Pammy on vocals, whose talent and experiences range from big band swing, old-time country and musical theater, and mutli-instrumentalist David Wise, whose sax and trumpet playing takes you from the streets of New Orleans to the wildest sounds found on range or asphalt. Put that on top of a rhythm section of Tino Tafarella, bass, and Ryan McDiarmid, drums, that are as swingin’ and rockin’ as rodeo bronc but as sure-footed as a prized pack mule and you get Cow Bop.

Also, performances from Youth Orchestra Salinas (YOSAL) and Monterey County Free Libraries Youth Poetry Contest Winners.

Posted 3/22


July 31-August 1, 2015
National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo 
Abilene, Kansas

 Geff Dawson announces information for the 2015 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo:

The dates for the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo are July 30-August 1, in Abilene Kansas. This is the during the biggest free fair and rodeo in the Midwest (Central Kansas Free Fair and Wild Bill Hickok PRCA Rodeo).

There will be lots to see and do so you may want to spend more time than just the days of the NCPR. The deal is made with the fair board and they have welcomed us with open arms.

If you would like to come as a contestant or a spectator, contact Geff Dawson, or call 785-765-2357 and we will get you hooked up. You're not going to want to miss this event. We have several special guests coming to judge and entertain, and contestants can win thousands of dollars and prizes. Entries are open now.

Find more in our feature on the event here.

Posted 1/13



August 6-8, 2015
28th Annual Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering  Prescott, Arizona

From the organizers:

The Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering will be held August 6, 7 & 8, 2015.

Headline entertainers will be Don Edwards, Belinda Gail and Trinity Seely.

Stay tuned for more information at:

Posted 1/22


August 8, 2015
Hancock/Flick Memorial Cowboy Show  Paisley, Oregon

From Jessica Hedges:

More exciting things happening for the Hancock/Flick Memorial Cowboy Poetry Show on August 8th! Funds have been released from the Lake County Arts Coalition, an account has been created, Craig Mills has agreed to be the auctioneer and we will have 2 poets, Tom Swearingen and Ross Knox! The Sage Rooms in Paisley has also come on as a sponsor to help make this evening happen!

In the meantime, we are still in need of sponsors and auction items! All the proceeds from this event will go to create a cowboy/rancher crisis/scholarship fund for Lake County. If you are interested in helping out in anyway, please message, email me at or call 541-216-0330!

Posted 6/3




August 13-16, 2015
30th Annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering  
Lewistown , Montana

From the organizers:

30th Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Western Music Rendezvous

"2nd oldest gathering in the country!"

August 13-16, 2015

Lewistown, MT 

Saturday, Aug. 15, Grand Stage Show  Starring
Red Steagall with special guest Dave Stamey!

Tickets go on-sale Black Friday, Nov. 28, online and locally at Don's Store in Lewistown.   Call 406-538-4575 for info.

Keepin' it Cowboy for 30 years

Posted 9/3/3014

August 21-22, 2015
Cimarron Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering  Cimarron, New Mexico

2nd Annual Cimarron Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering

Performed by those who live and work in the West

Friday - Saturday, August 21-22, 2015

Floyd Beard, Mike Moutoux, The Broken Chair Band,Terry Nash, Jerry Brooks, Kay Kelly Nowell, Dale Burson, Nona Kelley Carver, Kendra Dawn Price, Calvin Danner, Vess Quinlan, Doug Figgs, Dale Page, Sandy Reay, Earl Gleason, Dennis Russell, Randy & Hannah Huston, Saddle Sores, Gayanne Jeffers & Kara Mutz, Tom Sharpe, Jim Jones, Tom Swearingen, Susie Knight, Rod Taylor, Tim Krebs, Duke Vance, Peggy Malone, R.J. Vandygriff, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Keith Ward, Forest Mackey, Washtub Jerry, Doc Mehl, Jim Wilson, and The Mountain Saddle Band.

Find more at

Posted 7/20



September 18-20, 2015
6th Annual Lost n Lava Cowboy Poetry Gathering Shoshone, Idaho

From the organizers:

September 18, 19, 20, 2015
Lincoln County Community Center & Fairgrounds, Shoshone, Idaho
102 South Rail Street East


Kristyn Harris
Thatch Elmer
Brigid and John Reedy
Wayne Nelson
Panhandle Cowboy - Dave Fulfs & JB Barber
Colt Angell
Prairie Wind - Coyote Joe & Little Joe
Many Strings
Tony Argento
Stan Howe
Poppa Mac

Lost Lava Trail Ride will be held September 11, 12, 13, 2015

Night Around the Campfire Thursday, Sept. 17th. Music and Poetry around the campfire.

Day Sessions - Friday and Saturday

Night Concerts begining at 7pm with pre-show 6:15om Friday and Saturday
Jam Sessions following night concerts at 2nd Time Around Antique Mall
Cowboy Church at 10:00 am Sunday morning

For more information
Phone: (208) 886-7787

Posted 3/22





November 20-22, 2015
17th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival and Western Art and Gear Show
  Monterey, California


From the organizers:

The 17th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival is pleased to announce an outstanding line-up of multi-award-winning performers this year that are not to be missed: Don Edwards, Sons of the San Joaquin, Waddie Mitchell, RW Hampton, Katy Moffatt, Dave Stamey, Belinda Gail, Bruce Forman & Cow Bop, Sourdough Slim, Jesse Smith, Adrian, Jeff Gore, Pat Richardson, Karen Ross and Jim Ross. The Festival will take place on Friday through Sunday, November 20-22, 2015 at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center. Tickets will go on sale on June 1st including the popular Monterey Cowboy Festival All Event Pass and tickets to each of the individual shows.  


The Festival will be held for the first time ever in the beautiful 22-oak studded acres of the Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, in Monterey, CA, with performances and vendors inside the spacious Monterey and Salinas Rooms. There is free adjacent parking with many hotels/motels, restaurants and stores located nearby in the adjacent North Fremont Business District of Monterey.


About The Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival


The Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival is a popular annual event for all ages. It celebrates Monterey's contribution to our western heritage with cowboy poetry, music and a first class Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace. The festival brings together people from all over the United States and Canada to enjoy and learn more about the "cowboy way of life," including its culturally diverse history, including the Vaqueros, Californios and the Mexican and Spanish traditions, plus its current values and cowboy culture. 


The festival has many shows scheduled over the three days plus a Cowboy Happy Hour with a “Meet and Greet” with some of the performers on Friday night. There is a Late Night Jam Session on Friday night, a Saturday night dance, the Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace, and Adult and Kids Open Mic and more. There is a special Sunday morning Cowboy Church, which benefits The Salvation Army and features many of the top performers of the weekend.


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.”


About the Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace:


The Cowboy Art & Western Marketplace will be held inside the Salinas Room, located directly across from the Monterey Room, and features over two dozen artisans that offer an array of interesting items for Christmas gifts and collectors, including outstanding Western art, photography and books, clothing, (hats, jewelry, handmade boots, belts, purses, jackets, etc.), custom and antique saddles, Navajo blankets and much more.


About the Cowboys in the Schools Program:


The Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival has also coordinated the popular “Cowboys in the Schools Program” with a special educational event that was held at the Carmel Valley Trail and Saddle Club in early October, 2014 for hundreds of visiting schoolchildren. During the school year, volunteers worked with local educators to introduce the concept of Cowboy Culture and the influence of the vaquero to a diverse group of elementary school students. The "Cowboy Way of Life" program helps to teach youth self-esteem, ethics, values, writing, art and history. Young people also participate in the "Open Mic" event during the festival weekend. Monterey County has a long historic cowboy tradition that is celebrated at the Festival events. 




Sponsors are now being sought to underwrite the costs of the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival.  Festival sponsors will enjoy a wide array of great benefits described on




For more information about the Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival, to become a valued sponsor, or a volunteer, visit the website at or call Bob Massaro at (831) 649 6544 or email To schedule performer interviews and jpg photos, contact Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444 or


About the Performers



MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY – We're honored to have Michael Martin Murphey headline the festival. It is the 25th Anniversary of his highly acclaimed Cowboy Songs album; a Gold Record. Murph has 6 Gold Records (Wildfire was Platinum); 5 Cowboy Hall of Fame Wrangler Awards; 11 award winning BMI songs and is in the WMA Hall of Fame. Glad you're here Murph!


DON EDWARDS - The six time winner of the prestigious Wrangler Awards for Outstanding Traditional Music from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in OKC, as well as their Founders Award, sets Don Edwards apart from other western performers. The songster from Hico, Texas is a historian, author, musicologist, songwriter and a true American patriot. Bobby Weaver of the Cowboy Hall of Fame referred to Don Edwards as the “….the best purveyor of cowboy music in America today.” However, he remains a most humble man. Don is also one of the nicest persons you’ll ever meet. A real prince of a guy! The late, singing cowboy of the silver screen Rex Allen, in his opinion, said Don was: “The Best of the best.


SONS OF THE SAN JOAQUIN – The Hannah Boys are simply the best harmony trio to ever come along in western music. Starting out singing songs of the Sons of Pioneers, Joe and Jack added Joe’s son Lon and they formed the Sons of the San Joaquin over 25 years ago.  The WMA Hall of Fame trio have won numerous awards including, among others, the Western Music Association’s (WMA) Traditional Group eight times; three Wrangler Awards from the Cowboy Hall of Fame and Jack has won the Songwriter of the Year WMA award six times. They are cutting back on their tours nowadays and sticking closer to home, so this is a rare opportunity to see them perform.


WADDIE MITCHELL – For a guy who spent the majority of his life as a hired man on horseback, Waddie Mitchell has been honored by many in art and culture organizations.  Waddie Mitchell, Co-Founder of the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering, was named by People as the “Best Known Cowboy Poet.”  He was commissioned by the 2002 Cultural Olympiad to compose a commemorative poem.  Since then Waddie received the Cowboy Spirit Award by Arizona’s Festival of the West; Nevada’s Heritage Award; American Cowboy Culture Award; inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame; and an honorary Adjunct Professor from the University of Wyoming. Not bad for a cowboy who talks for a living.


R W HAMPTON – American Cowboy selected RW as one of the Top 50 Country and Western Singers of All Time. The genuine, sure nuff’ cowboy from New Mexico, has been awarded by the Academy of Western Artists (AWA) with the Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year (3 times), and Album of the Year. The Western Music Association (WMA) inducted him into their prestigious Hall of Fame, as well as presented awards for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Male Performer of the Year. RW has also won 3 Wrangler Awards from the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Dave Stamey once introduced RW at one of earlier shows as “the Voice” of western music; due to his unique baritone sound…it fits.


KATY MOFFATT – Nick Dalton of The London Express, noted: “If ever there was the perfect singer/songwriter, it is Katy Moffatt. Her voice is perhaps the most searingly beautiful thing you’ll ever here.”  This Texan has a following around the world. Katy has shared the stage with the likes of Muddy Waters, Everly Brothers, Hoyt Axton and our own Tom Russell, and appeared in four movies. Known for her versatility in music and not selling out to the suits in Nashville to suit the masses, Katy recorded the highly acclaimed Cowboy Girl  album in 2001, co-produced by David Wilkie (Cowboy Celtic) and Scott O’Malley. This lady puts more emotion into her music than anyone else in the music business today. We’re glad to welcome Katy to her first Monterey Cowboy Festival.


DAVE STAMEY – He’s one of the most sought out western performers today out on the sawdust trail. Cowboys and Indians called Dave “The Charley Russell of Western Music.” The 4 times WMA Entertainer of the Year, 5 times Male Performer of the Year and 5 times Songwriter of the Year is a remarkable singer/songwriter. True West in 2010 identified him as the “Best Living Western Solo Musician” and Western Horseman said his The Vaquero Song is “one of the greatest Western songs of all time.”  How can someone disagree! Dave Stamey has a large following at the Monterey Cowboy Festival. There is a reason.


BELINDA GAIL – Known as “America’s Western Sweetheart”, Belinda keeps racking up the awards from the WMA. Last November, she received the WMA Album of the Year award for her highly acclaimed Granite Mountain CD.  Belinda also has won their Female Performer of the Year award a remarkable 7 times!!! They may as well name the award after her. Belinda has won Duo of the Year twice with the late, wonder singer/songwriter Curly Musgrave and the AWA’s Female Vocalist of the Year 2 times as well. Belinda also is known for her wonderful rendition of Amazing Grace, which she performs in her gospel sets. Belinda also was selected by American Cowboy as one of the Top 50 Country and Western Singers of All Time. Way to go gal!!


BRUCE FORMAN & COW BOP – Led by the legendary jazz guitarist Bruce Forman, Cow Bop was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame. The San Francisco Chronicle said: “It’s hot, jazzy and has a drawl.” The late Herb Jeffries, The Bronze Buckaroo, after seeing them perform, commented: “These guys cook! The most fun you can have with your spurs on. Pinto Pammy is a wonderful vocalist and a star in her own right. Bruce of the Bruce Forman Trio has recorded 18 albums, 4 of which were with Cow Bop. He is the resident instructor in Guitar at the prestigious Thornton School of Music at USC. Rich O’Brien, western music producer extraordinaire and popular studio guitarist said: “Bruce Forman is my hero.” That’s good enough for us.


SOURDOUGH SLIM – There is only one Sourdough Slim. He is truly the “Last of the Vaudeville Cowboys”. Relegated to the role of a “sidekick” he takes it in stride and masters the role. The accordion playing songster, who also plays harmonica, guitar, does rope tricks, dances a gig, and yodels, all at the time, well almost, is referred to as a “on-man extravaganza”. He’s performed at venues such as the Elko Cowboy Gathering, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Don Edwards says “He is a master showman and one of the finest musicians I know.” Welcome back to Old Monterey Slim.     


JESSE SMITH - He has lived most of his life as the hired man on horseback. Jesse Smith, who grew up in Glennville, CA, called isolated cow camps home for many a year. He started composing poetry at an early age while working on the historic Tejon Ranch. He was invited to the first Elko Cowboy Gathering in 1985. Jesse knows the classics and recites them as well as anyone. He’s also written serious poetry such as High Sierras; however audiences love his sense of humor with poems such as the New Suit of Clothes or Jumper Cables.  Jesse and the late Sunny Hancock has a book of their work  – COWBOY POETRY Horse Tracks Through The Sage. Chris Isaacs, cowboy poet, calls Jesse “a natural comic and the kind of a guy that makes you laugh just to see that he is on the show.” We can all attest to that. Welcome back Jesse!


ADRIAN - The 24 year old “Buckaroo Girl”, with 3 albums of western music under her belt, returns to the Monterey Cowboy Festival. Truth be told, Adrian Brannan’s first cowboy/girl performance, was at the Open Mic session in Monterey, when she was only 14. Western Horseman identified her composition The Will James Days as one of the 13 Best Western Songs of All Time. Adrian has a powerful voice, infectious laugh, vivacious personality and positive attitude. Her folks raised her right!  Bill Reynolds, Publisher of Ranch and Reata, once commented on Adrian: “The new, young artist is a buckaroo’s Taylor Swift.” We like her just as she is!!


JEFF GORE – This is a return visit to the Monterey Cowboy Festival for Texan Jeff Gore. He was recently profiled in an article by Jennifer Dennison in Western Horseman (Jan 2015), entitled A Cowboy’s Mission. Yes, Jeff Gore is an ordained minister, however he rides, ropes and doctors cattle as part of being a “cowboy missionary”.  He’s also a popular speaker in public schools on the subjects of the Old West, Cattle Drives and making wise decisions. Jeff also had the role of “Mr. Fox” in Tommy Lee Jones The Good Old Boys TV movie (1995) and in a Maxwell Coffee commercial. He is a gifted songwriter and has a wonderful tenor voice. His album Old Glory contains the song by Sonny Throckmorton – Jesus Always Chose the Weakest Man, which has become Jeff’s personal life story.  


PAT RICHARDSON – The Monterey Cowboy Festival just wouldn’t be the same without Pat Richardson reciting his irreverent but always humorous poetry. The former professional Rodeo Bronc and Bull rider….that explains it…..won the AWA’s Best Male Poet (2003), as well as another Will Rogers Award from the AWA for his book of poems Unhobbled. The book also contains some his drawings. Most people probably don’t know he was once the cartoonist for Rodeo Sports News. Baxter Black once said “Pat’s poems are always a treasure trove of cleverness gone awry.” Glad to have you back Pat…..however we’re watching you.


KAREN ROSS - The other part of the Jim Ross family, is his witty wife Karen. Karen is a cowboy poet aficionado and appreciates the classics such as English playwright and theater critic - Frank Desprez’s dramatic Lasca. It was first published in a London magazine in 1882 based upon Desprez’s adventures as a cowboy in Texas in the 1860s.  Karen is most known for her amazing recitation of Rinderfella, a comical satire on the Cinderella story, previously recited by the late Alice Hancock, wife of the cowboy poet Sunny Hancock.  The story is it was from a Hee Haw skit featuring Archie Campbell. It is worth the price of admission to hear Karen recite it. Priceless! 


JIM ROSS – A longtime favorite cowboy poet of the Monterey Cowboy Festival is Jim Ross, from the Jamestown area of the Gold Country. The former working cowboy from the Mt. Shasta area recites the classic cowboy poems as well as own compositions. One of the best is his Hot Shot Wars. If you’ve worked the chutes before, you’ll have an appreciation what might just happen when cowboys play at work and the foreman is not around.   Jim also sports one of the best mustaches among the cowboy poets.   He has recited his poetry many times at the Elko Gathering.

Updated 7/28




December 4-5, 2015
27th Annual Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering Wickenburg, Arizona

From the organizers:

27th Annual Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering
Cowboy Christmas….Out Wickenburg Way!
We invite you to visit our western community for this special heritage event sponsored by the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce.

The heritage event kicks off with a Cowboy Reception on Friday, December 4th; admission is $10 advance ticket, $20 at the door and includes beverages and appetizers at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 North Frontier Street. Featured cowboy poets & entertainers
Ross Knox, Trinity Seely, Matt Robertson, and Larry Maurice will perform throughout the evening giving you a small taste of what will be featured at the Saturday Night show. Limited tickets are available for the reception.

Saturday evening the featured entertainers will perform on stage at the Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine Street in the historic district of downtown. Admission: $15 advance tickets - $25 at the door.

For information please contact: Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce
Tickets for the Gathering are available online or by calling 928-684-5479



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