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Western Folklife Center
2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017

The Western Folklife Center mission is to enhance the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West. This mission is implemented through the annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and through performances, exhibitions, educational programs, media productions (radio and television), research, documentation, and preservation projects that celebrate the wisdom, artistry, and ingenuity of western folkways.



Ken Cook
2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017

Third-generation cowboy Ken Cook spends his days ranching and writing in South Dakota. He's been privileged to entertain folks at regional gatherings and as a featured performer at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Named the Academy of Western Artists 2010 Male Poet of the Year, his is an authentic voice, bringing a deep respect for past generations to cowboy poetry.



National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo
2007-2007, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017

The National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, driven by the concept of "excellence through competition," is a competitive event fashioned after a stock rodeo, with an overriding goal of advancing the genre of cowboy poetry to a degree benefitting both performer and audience.


Clear Out West (C. O. W.)
2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017

The award-winning weekly Clear Out West (C. O. W.) Radio Show from Pinedale, Wyoming, is co-hosted by brothers Jim and Andy Nelson, aired on many stations and broadcast on demand on the web. Andy Nelson co-produces The BAR-D Roundup.





The Western Way and the Western Music Association
2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017

In August 1988, a group of Western Music performers and fans met in Las Vegas to organize an association and present a festival. The Western Music Association was incorporated in 1989 and has continued to grow since then. The open membership policy encourages Western Music performers, poets and fans to join and participate in the organization to keep the musical heritage of the American West alive, from traditional trail songs, through the era of the movie cowboy, to contemporary Western song and poetry writing. The WMA Showcase & Awards Show, held annually in Albuquerque, provides the very best in Western entertainment, as well as workshops to help performers grow both professionally and personally and the opportunity to get to know each other and their fans.



Marci Broyhill
2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017

Marci Broyhill, Prairie Poet, grew up between Highway 20, Nebraska’s Cowboy Trail and Highway 12, Nebraska’s Outlaw Trail. She generates her prose and poetry from “been there, done that” experiences. She also visits small local historical societies; researching stories, giving voice to those who struggled to maintain their way of life or forge a new one during the Western Movement. Marci balances her presentations with information, reflection, and humor.



Jay Snider
2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017

Jay Snider was born into a ranching and rodeo family in southwest Oklahoma. He stays busy raising cattle and ranch horses and team roping. Writing and reciting cowboy stories in verse since 1996, he says: "I've been researching the cowboy way for life for nearly 60 years. I felt a need to preserve some of the stories I heard from the old timers, and I wanted to try to relive some of my own experiences." Jay has appeared at many of the major cowboy gatherings.




Yvonne Hollenbeck
2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017 

A multi-award winner in the world of cowboy poetry, Yvonne Hollenbeck performs throughout the United States, captivating audiences in her wake. She is one of the most published cowgirl poets in the West and is not only a popular banquet and civic entertainer, but also co-writes songs with many western entertainers. In addition to her presentations of cowboy poetry, her "Patchwork of the Prairie" presentations shows her collection of family quilts, spanning 140 years, including her own prize-winning creations. Poetry about quilts and quilters is presented throughout this awesome trunk show, which is enjoyed by men and women alike.




Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering
2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017

With award-winning Western shows and the best musicians, poets, cooks and artists in the West, the mission of the Heber City Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Buckaroo Fair is, "To promote the cowboy way of life through music, poetry and art by holding an annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Buckaroo Fair and by giving back to the community along the way."




Jean Prescott
2013-2014, 2014-2015 , 2015-2016, 2016-2017 

Jean hangs her hat just a little bit south of Abilene, Texas, and finds herself immersed in sharing the history of the West in song. Her music has been described as the "Spiritual Essence of the West" and her rich alto voice brings a ring of truth to every song she sings. Jean has played her style of cowboy music from coast to coast and Europe and Canada. Referred to as "The Songbird of the Prairie," this multiple-award-winning singer/songwriter has been recognized by the State of Texas for preserving our Western heritage in song. Whether on stage at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko or singing 'round a campfire in West Texas, Jean Prescott's music is toe-tapping good!


RANGE Magazine
2013-2014 , 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017 

RANGE is an award-winning quarterly publication devoted to issues that threaten the West. Started in 1989, RANGE has more than 170,000 readers from coast to coast plus 23 foreign countries, and its website, www.rangemagazine.com, gets from 1.5 to 2 million hits each year, most from urban areas. RANGE is an advocate for cowboys, sheepherders and other resource providers. It has been called "a national treasure," "provocative," and "The voice of reason amidst a cacophony of madmen."




Almeda Bradshaw and the M2B Ranch Bed & Breakfast
2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017

Multi-instrumentalist Almeda Bradshaw is one of Montana's talented Western singer/songwriter/poets. Her love and appreciation for the cowboy life shows clearly in heartfelt original and traditional songs and poems of the West. Born and raised a town girl, Almeda married former Marlboro Man, Merritt Bradshaw, and now lives her Western dream in Huntley, Montana where they train AQHA performance horses and host Western Music concerts at their M2B Ranch Bed & Breakfast. Almeda has performed at Western gatherings throughout Montana and beyond since 1997; her sincere style relates the romance and reality of cowboy life.



Spalding Labs' Flying SL Ranch Radio Show
2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017

Streaming radio station NFLY—No Fly Radio, featuring the "Flying SL Ranch Radio Show," serves up a heapin' helpin' of tasty cowboy music, poetry, western swing, live concerts, wildly amusing Wild West anecdotes, cowboy church and much, much more! Our ever-expanding playlist of over 15,000 tracks include recordings by stellar musicians and poets such as Baxter Black, Michael Martin Murphey, Doris Daley, Ian Tyson, Randy Rieman, Juni Fisher, Wally McRae, Brenn Hill, Yvonne Hollenbeck, RW Hampton, Waddie Mitchell, Jean Prescott, DW Groethe, Jerry Brooks, Riders In The Sky, Andy Nelson, Stephanie Davis, Dave Stamey, Elizabeth Ebert, Mary Kaye, Don Edwards and a thousand more! Got horses? You'll love Rick Lamb's interviews with famed equine experts! Plus, you'll hear tips, instructions and how-to’s from framed Light Hands Horsemanship clinicians like Dr. Robert Miler, Richard Winters, Jon Ensign, Lester Buckley, Eitan Beth-Halachmy and Julie Goodnight. It's FREE! And no log in, no passwords, no hassle. Just saddle up and join us for the ride! Find the "Flying SL Ranch Radio Show" on Facebook or visit: vjam5.spalding-labs.com.



Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering
2015-2016, 2016-2017 2017-2018, 2018-2019

The Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering strives to keep it “cowboy.” We invite 60 cowboy poets and musicians to share their poetry and music with our audiences—3 ticketed night shows, 80 free day sessions on Friday afternoon and all day Saturdayto enjoy your favorites. Come to mile-high Prescott, Arizona and enjoy the west at its best!





Cowboy Poets of Idaho
 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2016-2017 

Cowboy Poets of Idaho, Inc. was organized in 1988 as a not-for-profit corporation open to anyone who has an interest in cowboy poetry and western music. It is to serve as a vehicle to perpetuate the folk art of poets and musicians. Stated purposes are to present a collective voice for the cowboy poets, present traditional cowboy poetry as an art form, establish a registry, assist in cowboy poetry forums, seek to uphold quality performance and work with young people to encourage them to write poetry and music


Chuck and Cindy Learn

Chuck and Cindy Learn are great friends of the BAR-D.


Cowpoke Fall Gathering

The Cowpoke Fall Gathering, where cowboy poetry, music and storytelling reinforce the "cowboy way" at the heart of Western traditions.


Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns

Award-winning writer, poet, and cowgirl Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, supporting the lifestyle, principles and arts of the ranchlands.

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