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Newest: Don Kennington inducted into Hall of Fame; Trey Allen, 1971-2016; DW Groethe in Montana Magazine; Marcia Molnar art for Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering; Jeri Dobrowski in Montana Magazine; Ranch & Reata ceases publication; Echoes of the Trail (updated 6/22); Western Horseman, RANGE,  The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Ten; 15th annual Cowboy Poetry Week; Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music FestivalNational Cowboy Poetry Rodeo; and more...


 

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Western and Cowboy Poems and Songs: New, Old, and Classic  






Newest: Bruce Kiskaddon, Trey Allen, Bruce Kiskaddon, Jay Snider, poems for July 4th, Judge Lysius Gough, Jim Gough, Valerie Beard, Bruce Kiskaddon, Linda Kirkpatrick, Memorial Day poems,  Badger Clark, Dee Strickland Johnson "Buckshot Dot," Slim McNaught, Becky Sprague, Bruce Kiskaddon, Georgie Sicking, Linda Nadon, S. Omar Barker, Mother's Day poems, Larry McWhorter, Joel Whitten, Henry Herbert Knibbs, J.B. Allen, Ken Cook, Andy Nelson, Larry McWhorter, Art Spur, Badger Clark, Bj Smith, Bruce Kiskaddon, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Tom Nichols, Arthur Chapman, Rod Nichols, and many more ...

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Picture the West   

Picture the West shows the real working West in modern and vintage photos.

 Newest:  Mike Moutoux's New Mexico spring branding photos

Previously: Linda Nadon shares views from her Saskatchewan ranch; Mike Moutoux's New Mexico fall branding photos; Deanna Dickinson McCall on water and the ranch in New Mexico; Lavonne Houlton and the Western Morgan Horse; Tom Swearingen's photos from Oregon's Steens Mountain, Deanna Nelson-Licking's Colorado photos; Valerie Beard's branding photos; Charmaine Delmatier's Wyoming photos; Daniel Bybee's lively family history; Sara Nelson's photos of a young hand;Dale Page's photos from a Colorado gather; Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns' vintage Wyoming family and horse photos; Nebraska rancher and cowboy Deanna Nelson-Licking shares horse-training photos; and many more....

See the index of all Picture the West postings.

Send your vintage and modern photos of the real West.

 


Art Spur 

  Poets and songwriters are invited to be "spurred" by John Michael Reedy's "Shadow Bronc" in a National Day of the Cowboy special Art Spur. Submissions are welcome through July 19, 2016. Find more here.

Previous Art Spur, for Cowboy Poetry Week, was Gary Morton's "A Life Less Ordinary":  Submissions were welcome through April 13, 2016. Selected poems and lyrics are here, from Marleen Bussma, Tom Swearingen, Kay Kelley Nowell, Doug Gustafson, Jim Cathey, Michelle Turner, Glen Enloe, Lynn Kopelke, Merv Webster, Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, and Jean Mathisen Haugen.
 
 

 


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complete Events calendar with hundreds of events here

  

Newest: Running of the BULL (Texas-July);  29th Annual California Rodeo Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering (California-July), Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival (California-November);  National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo (Kansas-August); 31st Annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering  (Montana, August 2016) ... and many more on the Events calendar
 

The above links are announcements received from event organizers; find the complete Events calendar with hundreds of events here.

Gathering reports:  30th Annual Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering
 

 

 

The BAR-D Roundup  

Now available: The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Ten, a double-CD collection of the best classic and contemporary cowboy poetry.

Poets and reciters included are Randy Rieman, Larry McWhorter, J.B. Allen, Gary McMahan, Waddie Mitchell, Paul Bliss, Joel Nelson, Jerry A. Brooks, Sunny Hancock, Paul Zarzyski, DW Groethe, Jesse Smith, Jay Snider, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Ken Cook, Red Steagall, Virginia Bennett, Kent Rollins, Andy Nelson, Georgie Sicking, Diane Tribitt Scott, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Doris Daley, Carole Jarvis, Elizabeth Ebert, Chris Isaacs, Linda M. Hasselstrom, Trey Allen, Buck Ramsey, Gail I. Gardner, Wallace McRae, Rod Nichols, Pat Richardson, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Rodney Nelson, Jane Morton, Brigid Reedy, Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”), Linda Kirkpartick, Harry Jackson, Hal Swift, Robert Service, Dick Morton, Charles Badger Clark, Gail Steiger, James Richardson, with a PSA by Baxter Black.

Find order information and more about each of the volumes of The BAR-D Roundup here.

 
 

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  Cowboy Poetry Week (April 17-23, 2016; April 16-22, 2017)  

 

 

Looking For: Poets and Poetry, Musicians, Artists, and...     

                    
Newest:   National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo
(August 4-6, 2016); Cowboys & Indians Photo Contest (deadline  October 28, 2016).

Chronicle of the Old West seeks gathering articles; BCCHS Mike Puhallo Memorial Scholarship (deadline December 31, annually); Families of Gil Traveller and Frank Burns




New Cowboy and Western Poetry & Music Releases      
Your new release news is welcome. Find submission info here.
Also see Rick Huff's Best of the West reviews here and Jeri Dobrowski's Cowboy Jam Session here.


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ewest: The Old Tried and True by Jay Snider; I Won by Andy Nelson; Sun and Saddle Leather by various artists from the Western Folklife Center; Poems from the Million Star Resort by Doris Daley; The Black Ace—Yodellin' Hitch Hiker by The Black Ace and others; Fillin' Tanks by Susie Knight...

Lovers, Wives & Mothers: A Western Woman’s Voice by Almeda Bradshaw; Jane Morton Records Her Poems of the Old West and the New
by Jane MortonClassics II and Classics III by Dick Morton; Goodnight from Texas by Tom Hiatt The LaVonne Houlton Compendium: Ponies, Poetry and Prose, edited by Janet Gingold; After the Chisholm by George Rhoades; Brush Poppers by Dale Page; Bulls, Broncs, and Barrooms by Del Gustafson; A Remnant Gather by Trey Allen; Custom Made by Jarle Kvale; Spirit Rider by Brenn Hill; Cafe Del Norte by T. Scot Wilburn and the Shut Up-n-Playboys; Daron Little's Dos Amigos; Gail Steiger's A Matter of Believin'; Yvonne Hollenbeck's Rhyming the Range; Marleen Bussma's Scrapin' By; Trey Allen's Cowpoke and Lowly CowboyAmy Hale Auker's The Story is the Thing; Waddie Mitchell's 100 Poems; Sweat Equity by Waddie Mitchell; Goodnight Goes Riding and Other Poems by Rod Miller;
and more ...



Other Books, Recordings, Publications of Western Interest   

   
Newest:  Dark Desert Night by 3hattrio; Rough Patches by Deanna Dickinson McCall; Summer of '58 by Janice Gilbertson; Shooting Arrows and Slinging Mud; Custer, the Press, and the Little Bighorn by James E. Mueller; Unspoken by A.K. Moss A Texas Cowboy's Journal: Up the trail to Kansas in 1868, edited by David Dary
; Ankle High and Knee Deep; Women Reflect on Western Rural Life, edited by Gail Jenner; Charles M. Russell, Photographing the Legend, by Larry Len Peterson; 3hattrio's Year One;  and more...

 




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Newest: Georgie Sicking turns 95
(updated 5/19); Troy McNaught Westby turns 100;  Diane Tribitt and Sam Scott wed; Mark Munzert and Kimmy Hudson wed; Andy Nelson is a grandfather, Barry Andrew Nelson born April 27, 2015;   and previous items
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In Our Thoughts    

                
Never Forgotten: Trey Allen 1971-2016; Jim Gough, 1931-2016; Duane Dickinson, died May 18, 2016; Senator Conrad Burns (1935-2016); Jack Walther (1919-2016);Pat Richardson (1934-2016); Leon Overbay, March 27, 2016 Gary E. Brown (1939-2016); Renee Miller (1930-2016); Jess Howard (1936-2016); Vern Woodbury (1929-2016); Curtis Potter (1940-2016); Ray Hanzlik (1929-2016); Shelley Macdonald (1945-2016); Don Sardeson (1948-2015) and others...

 

   In Our Thoughts: Syerra Marie Dawson (updated 7/1; Lavern "Straw" Berry (updated 6/10); "Buckshot Dot," Dee Strickland Johnson (updated 5/10); Slim McNaught (updated 5/2), and others

 

 

Western Memories    

Western Memories collects reminiscences and photographs about the lives of cowboys, ranchers, and Western settlers.

Jane Morton has written, ""... it is so important for people to write down what they know about the history of their ranches. If they put it off it might be too late. It could be a project for family Christmas presents. What better than a ranch history?"

Newest:   Daniel Bybee's "French Cowboys in New Mexico, with vintage photos; Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns' "Horses Are My Heritage" and vintage Wyoming family and horse photos

Find an index of all Western Memories postings.

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Awards News      

      

Newest:  Academy of Western Artists' Buck Ramsey poet awards
; Western Music Association award recipients; Will Rogers Medallion Award recipients; and more...


 

 

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    With great sadness, we've learned of the death of popular cowboy, ranch manager, and poet Trey Allen. Trey died July 7, 2016, after a long, brave battle with multiple myeloma.

His many, many friends and loving family know that Trey, in the words of his wife, Janice Hannagan-Allen, was "a true cowboy, thru and true all the way." Janice commented today that Trey was, "A man that has touched a million lives, not just as a poet but as a friend to all of us .... He loved you all as much as you loved him .... Your love and prayers for our family are much appreciated ..."

In a recent article in
Western Horseman by Senior Editor Jennifer Denison, his friend, poet Jay Snider, is quoted, "Trey is one of those guys that lives every day by the same code of ethics as the old-timers. It means something to him that your word is your bond and that you do what you say you're going to do."

We were honored to have a painting of Trey as the 2015 Cowboy Poetry Week poster. Photographer Carol Barlau took the photograph that was featured in Don Dane's painting of Trey Allen, "Cowboy True, Thru and Thru."

There will be a celebration of Trey's life this fall.

[photo by Bruce L. Hogle]

Updated 7/12

 



 

 

   The much-loved late Don Kennington is a 2016 inductee to the Utah Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame (utahcowboymuseum.org). The ceremony takes place July 9, 2016, in conjunction with Ogden Pioneer Days.

Cowboy poet, farrier, and all-around nice guy, his bio tells, "Don was born and raised on a Idaho/Wyoming cow ranch where he herded cattle 20 years for the Bear Lake Cattle Association. He moved to Ogden, Utah where he was a horseshoer for 40 years, shoeing over 33,000 horses." He was a popular performer at cowboy poetry gatherings, often along with his brother, Phil. Don Kennington died January 1, 2015.

The mission of the Utah Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is "to honor the cowboy, along with those men and women whose lives exemplify the independence, resilience and creativeness of the people who settled Utah and continue to champion the Western way of life..."

Find a news article here. See more about Don Kennington and some of his poetry at our feature here.

Posted 7/8

 


 

 

Montana Magazine continues a focus on eastern Montana with a profile of ranch hand, poet, and picker DW Groethe in its July issue, "Western Poet DW Groethe gives landmarks for finding home," by editor Lance Nixon.

In the article, DW comments about the popularity of cowboy poetry:

There are what you could call "surface themes," where maybe you’re talking about the weather, maybe a dying calf, stuff like that, but then there are what you could call "subthemes" that are common to us, I don’t care if you live in the heart of New York City, or San Francisco, or if you live here. That gets down to what it means to be a human being – being tied to something; so themes like love and the more abstract ideas.

Those are still there in the songs about the land and the poems about the land, the cows and the horses. It’s kind of a two-layered thing. That probably goes back to why people who have been raised in cities, who have been raised away from the land, will tie into it – because they recognize something in it. When push comes to shove, at one time or another you all came from the land somewhere in the past. And I don’t think people can shake that. I think somewhere, genetically, in some little cell pattern in your brain, it’s there.

The piece tells about DW roots, his work, and his music and poetry and includes photos by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

See our feature about DW Groethe here.

Find the entire article here.

Posted 7/5

 


 

 

  Prescott artist Marcia Molnar's painting, titled “Dust ‘n Dogies,” is featured on the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering 2016 poster.

The poster is the theme for poets and musicians, and some create poems and songs inspired by the art (and that practice was the inspiration for Art Spur here at CowboyPoetry.com).

Marcia Molnar's web site notes, "Marcia lives in Prescott, Arizona with her artist husband George Molnar. Together, they explore and paint Arizona ranch life as well as the Grand Canyon." Find more about Marcia Molnar at her web site, marciamolnar.com.

The Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering takes place in Prescott, August 11-13, 2016.

More than 50 performers include headliners Jim Jones, Mary Kaye, and R.W. Hampton along with Jay Snider, Gail Steiger, Amy Auker, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Dale Burson, Kevin Davis, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Audrey Hankins, Vess Quinlan, Doug Figgs, Mike Dunn, Curt Brummett, Dean Cook, Rolf Flake, Bimbo Cheney, Sally Bates, Floyd Beard, Terry Nash, Dale Page, Randy Huston, Kay Nowell, Nika Nordbrock, Tom Weathers, Mary Matli, Mary Abbott, and many others.

Find more about the event at azcowboypoets.com.

Posted 7/1

 

 


 

 

  Photojournalist and Cowboy Jam Session columnist Jeri Dobrowski is featured in the April/May, 2016 Montana Magazine, in an article titled, "Child of the Plains: Wibaux-area photographer celebrates eastern Montana," by editor Lance Nixon.

She is quoted about her response to peoples' conception of Montana being western Montana with its impressive mountains, "...having been raised on the Plains, that’s not my Montana. That’s not where my roots are...“I look at them and say, ‘Well, that’s not my Montana. I was raised on the opposite end of the state and it’s grassland, rolling hills.’ They look at me with confusion – they don’t associate anything with Montana other than the mountains. So I do my briefest explanation of the wide open spaces and cattle grazing and glorious sunsets, and they still are convinced that Montana is mountains."

She adds, “All of my great-grandfathers came here and homesteaded here. My mom’s and dad’s families, they’ve all been here since the late 1800s, early 1900s. They came here for a reason and I guess I’m just a child of the Plains. It was born and bred into me.”

Read the entire article and see its photographs here.

Jeri Dobrowski is also known for her portraits of Western entertainers. Shee those and more at her web site, jeridobrowski.com.

Posted 7/1


 


 

 

  Ranch & Reata magazine, which was always filled with excellent features, photography, and art, has ceased publication. In a letter to readers, publisher William Reynolds wrote:

In 2011, just a little over five years ago, I along with some incredible partners launched Ranch & Reata as a bi-monthly journal to provide high-quality content and presentation to folks who love the American West....Unfortunately, even with best efforts, we have not been able to attract enough subscribers making it impossible for us to financially continue. So after much thought and frankly, anguish, we are ceasing publication of Ranch & Reata with this issue, 6.1 [May/June 2016]....For the last five years, I have breathed Ranch & Reata as it was a dream come true for me. So to all of you who chose to come along on this unique publishing journey with us, we are deeply grateful and thank you for your support and encouragement."

The publication wrote:

You enabled Publisher BR [William Reynolds] to live a dream by building and sharing Ranch & Reata with you all. You allowed the rest of the Ranch & Reata team to be part of a family grounded in integrity, honesty and appreciation for a world that, though fading from mainstream, is as fascinating, beautiful and valuable as ever.

Back issues of the magazine are available for a limited time at ranchandreata.com.

Posted 7/1

 


 

 

  The popular Echoes of the Trail gathering celebrated its 20th anniversary in Fort Scott, Kansas, June 17-18, 2016, and it was the gathering's final year. Find a news article here from the Fort Scott Tribune, "After 20 years, it's the end of the trail," by Mike Dunivan. A later article, "Echoes of the Trail organizers recognized," by Jason E. Silvers, is here.
 

Previously, we posted this from the organizers:

The 20th annual Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering, June 17-18, at Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, KS will be celebrated with old traditions and new events. A new event this year is a western dance featuring the music of singer Kinley Taylor Rice & the band Crossfire. Doors will open at 7 p.m. at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center. The dance will be from 7:30 to 10:30 on Friday, June 17. There will be a dance floor for those who want to dance and ample seating for those who simply want to listen to the music, watch and enjoy as others dance. Local 4-Hers will sell refreshments.

According to organizers, the schedule for Saturday entertainment on June 18 in the FSCC Academic building (Bailey Hall) includes a virtual “who’s who” of cowboy music and poetry. Jim Hoy, a Kansas Hall of Fame folklorist, and former director of the Great Plains Studies at Emporia State University, will be returning to tell stories that bring the history of the American cowboy to life. Hoy was with the event at its beginning.

Echoes of the Trail President Diann Tucker says that two of the cowboy poets will appear for the first time at this event. One is Jay Snider, Academy of Western Artist’s 2008 “Best of the Best” at the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo in Utah. She heard him in Texas and says he will make you laugh and cry as he relates cowboy experiences in poetry stories. Jay has recently appeared at similar cowboy gatherings in Texas, Arizona, British Columbia, and Nevada. In addition he appeared on CMT’s “Christmas in Cowboy Country”, hosted by Clint Black.

Also appearing will be Trey Allen, renowned performer, who has appeared all over the U.S, and won the Kansas State Cowboy Poetry Competition in 2011.

Tucker continues to say “Joining Echoes in our 20th anniversary celebration for an ‘encore performance’ will be Geff Dawson. Geff is returning to sing and recite stories and poetry as he wins the hearts of his audience. A true cowboy entertainer, Geff has appeared at Silver Dollar City, MO in its Salute to the Great American Cowboy numerous times, has been the legendary winner of “Best of the West Shootout, Best of the Best Silver Buckle Champion”, and in 2012 was inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame.”

Organizers say that, featured at the Saturday evening performance will be co-founders John Kendrick and Arnold Schofield, along with Geff Dawson and Del Shields. Del Shields has won numerous awards, is a singer-songwriter and recording artist, and is featured on RFD TV’s “Best of America by Horseback” in a weekly series. Del told fellow Echoes committee members that he has written a new song that is currently being considered as the theme song for a soon-to-be released movie about the life and legendary rodeo champion, Casey Tibbs.

This is only the beginning of the line-up of talent to be found at the 2016 Echoes of the Trail Cowboy Gathering, according to Secretary-Treasurer Judy Howser. She says to see their web site, echoesofthetrail.com, for a more complete list of the entertainment.

Howser invites area young and old to “a week-end filled with affordable entertainment for the entire family, the 20th anniversary celebration of Echoes of the Trail. She says it will be a year to remember. Other features will include the Gary Wimmer Children’s Cowboy Poetry Contest, with the top 3 winners reciting their poetry; a pie baking contest with proceeds going to area 4-H youth; a chuck wagon lunch; and western vendors. Half price tickets will be offered to our active military and veterans, to “honor and salute” those who serve or have served our country. Mark your calendars, say Howser and Tucker.

Find our feature about the event here.

Posted 5/26

 


 

  The May, 2016 issue of Western Horseman has much of interest for the cowboy poetry and Western music world.

Almeda Bradshaw's Lovers, Wives, & Mothers CD has a featured review ("A voice for women everywhere"). Reflections of the West, a compilation of poetry and art from RANGE magazine, is also reviewed ("...dynamic anthology about the rewards and realities of ranch life").

Popular cowboy chef, poet, and storyteller Kent Rollins offers a calf fries recipe in his regular feature, and commentary in "Oyster Oversight." Top cowboy poet and philosopher Baxter Black writes about "A Chance Meeting" in his regular back-page column. A letter from rancher and poet Deanna Dickinson McCall about the coverage of the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering is included in the Feedback section.

Other outstanding articles include Christine Hamilton's profile of photographer Scott Baxter, with many pages of cowboy photographs, and editor Ross Hecox' story and photos, "Buckaroos and Cowpunchers." There are many additional pieces on ranching, rodeo, horsemanship, and more.

Find more at westernhorseman.com.

Posted 5/19

 


 

  The Summer, 2016 issue of RANGE Magazine includes poet Vess Quinlan's story, "Lessons from Leo"; poet Bill Jones' opinion piece, "True Confessions, Ramblings and Observations of a Legal Gun Dealer"; and writer, teacher, and poet Linda Hasselstrom's commentary, "Dressing for Success in the Soggy West."

The popular "Confessions of Red Meat Survivors" feature includes profiles of nonagenarian ranch people by poet Yvonne Hollenbeck and writer Deanna Nelson-Licking.

The magazine includes photography and many more feature articles.

Find more at rangemagazine.com.

Posted 5/19


 




 

 

  We're pleased to announce the release of The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Ten, a double-CD compilation of vintage and contemporary recordings of some of the best cowboy poetry.

This tenth and final edition of The BAR-D Roundup collects the most popular classic and contemporary poetry tracks from the past volumes, including those from early volumes that are long out of print. You’ll find the authentic voices of National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellows (Buck Ramsey, Wallace McRae, Joel Nelson); past Texas State Poet Laureate Red Steagall; classic poets in their own voices (Gail I. Gardner, Robert Service, Charles Badger Clark, Jr.); and of many other men and women, respected poets and reciters who are cowboys, ranchers, and Western writers.

Poets and reciters include
Randy Rieman, Larry McWhorter, J.B. Allen, Gary McMahan, Waddie Mitchell, Paul Bliss, Joel Nelson, Jerry A. Brooks, Sunny Hancock, Paul Zarzyski, DW Groethe, Jesse Smith, Jay Snider, Jo Lynne Kirkwood, Ken Cook, Red Steagall, Virginia Bennett, Kent Rollins, Andy Nelson, Georgie Sicking, Diane Tribitt Scott, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Doris Daley, Carole Jarvis, Elizabeth Ebert, Chris Isaacs, Linda M. Hasselstrom, Trey Allen, Buck Ramsey, Gail I. Gardner, Wallace McRae, Rod Nichols, Pat Richardson, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Rodney Nelson, Jane Morton, Brigid Reedy, Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”), Linda Kirkpartick, Harry Jackson, Hal Swift, Robert Service, Dick Morton, Charles Badger Clark, Gail Steiger, James Richardson, with a PSA by Baxter Black.

The CD's cover picture is James F. Walker Nelson (1920-1993) in the late 1970s, farrier and father of poet Andy Nelson and Jim Nelson, co-hosts of Clear Out West (C.O.W.) Radio. Inside the CD there's a photograph of the Texas ranchers Sylvia and Joel Nelson, taken by top photographer Walter Workman (walterworkman.com).

 

The Center's Cowboy Poetry Week celebration—recognized by unanimous U.S. Senate resolution and by twenty-four states' governors and officials—is held each April during National Poetry Month. Each year, The BAR-D Roundup CD and the celebration's poster (this year by respected cowboy and artist Gary Morton) 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.


CDs are also thank-you gifts to CowboyPoetry.com supporters and are for sale.

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

Find order information and more here.

Posted 4/22
 

 


 

  The fifteenth annual Cowboy Poetry Week was celebrated April 17-23, 2016, sponsored by the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry (CowboyPoetry.com). We celebrate a venerable and popular folk form. Cowboy poetry records the voices of the working West, a tradition—stories of cowboys, ranchers, and Western writers—that spans three centuries. The Cowboy Poetry Week celebration included many events taking place in communities, libraries, and elsewhere.

Inaugurated in 2002, Cowboy Poetry Week was officially recognized by unanimous resolution of the United States Senate. The celebration, with a special focus on rural libraries with its Rural Library Program, is held during the third week of April each year, in conjunction with National Poetry Month in the United States and Canada.

 

A painting by respected cowboy and artist Gary Morton of New Mexico, "A Life Less Ordinary,"  was selected as the 2016 Cowboy Poetry Week poster image. He comments on its inspiration, "The cowboy life is never boring. Most of the West is still worked on horseback. Days are long and the weather is sometimes a challenge. These cowpunchers saddled up and rode out when daylight was just a promise on the eastern horizon. They have been in a high trot to get to the back side in order to make a drive. The cowboss is scattering the riders and each will gather cattle back to the roundup. It will require a sure footed horse and a good hand to handle the job. Many spur of the moment decisions will have to be made for a smooth works. Each day is a different experience and truly it is, 'A Life Less Ordinary.'"  Posters are sent to libraries as a part of the Center's Rural Library Program and are available to Center supporters.


Find more here and find more in pages of Cowboy Poetry Week news.

 


 

  California's Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival plans another outstanding lineup for its 18th annual event, November 18-20, 2016.

Poets and Musicians include Don Edwards, Joel Nelson, Randy Rieman, Mike Beck, Dave Stamey, Ross Knox, R.W. Hampton, Rex Allen Jr., Juni Fisher, Jim Ross, Karen Ross, Skip Gorman & his Waddie Pals (Connie Dover and Tom
Sauber), Bruce and Pam Forman of Cowbop, Juni Fisher, The Hanson Family, Hotclub of Cowtown, Rich O'Brien's Monterey Cowboy All Star Band with Hot Club of Cowtown, Bruce Forman, Mike Beck, Connie Dover, The Hanson Family, Skip Gorman and Tom Sauber with guest vocalists R.W. Hampton, Juni Fisher, Calvin Hampton, Janet Bailey and Pamela Forman.

There are a variety of interesting shows planned, including a WLS nostalgia show that includes Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan, Don Edwards and others; a show with stellar poets Joel Nelson and Randy Rieman and others, that pays tribute to those who have gone before; and a "Guitars Only" show with Mike Beck, Rich O'Brien, Bruce Forman, and Whit Smith of Hot Club of Cowtown. Find some details of the variety of interesting shows here at CowboyPoetry.com.

See our feature about the event here.

Find more at www.montereycowboy.org and on the event's Facebook page.
 

 


 

The National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo is gearing up for this year's event, scheduled August 4-6, 2016.

The event's focus is on "excellence through competition." Headed by Dawn and Geff Dawson, the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo takes place in conjunction with the during the biggest free fair and rodeo in the Midwest (Central Kansas Free Fair and Wild Bill Hickok PRCA Rodeo).

Find information about past events, entry forms, and rules on the web site. Visit their Facebook page, and see our feature here.

 


 

Additional recent news items continued here... Conrad Burns, Georgie Sicking, Pat Richardson, Paul Sheldon art on Santa Clarita poster, Ranch & Reata, Gary E. Brown, Rod Miller workshops, Keith Ward in The Western Way, Sandy Seaton Sallee in Western Horseman; Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Range, Badger Clark CD, Buck Ramsey Award, Reflections of the West, National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Western Horseman, Range, Western Music Association, Expressing the Rural West, The Western Way, Will Rogers Medallion Award,  and more...

 


 

News Bits and Links

We receive and come across all sorts of interesting information from a wide range of sources. Below, we gather some quick links to news stories, web features, and other items of interest gathered from the web, social media, and from you, the most recent posted first.

Your suggestions for consideration of inclusion are welcome (as well as your comments). Email us.
 



 

"Animal Similes," by Baxter Black (audio) Western Horseman, July 11, 2016

"Whoa, Mule!," by Baxter Black, the latest column at BaxterBlack.com, July 11, 2016

"Barrel-racing grandma thrills fans in Calgary Stampede rodeo action," by Wes Gilbertson, Calgary Sun, July 9, 2016

"The Top Ten things that don't make sense to farmers and ranchers," by Mark Parker, Farm Talk, July 9, 2016

"The 12th Annual National Day of the Cowboy Celebration comes to Sedona," Gateway To Sedona, July 8, 2016.


"Dave Stamey 'Buckaroo Man' with the Grinnell Symphony," YouTube, July 7, 2016

"Chief Theater hosts night of Western music and cowgirl poetry," by Tom Ross, Steamboat Today, July 7, 2016

"The bucolic beauty of the middle of nowhere," by Jackie Friedman and Lauren Hansen, The Week, July 6, 2016

"Western View: Rodeo Time in Salinas," by Len Wilcox, Western AgNet, July 6, 2016

"Top cowboys, cowgirl to be inducted into Utah Cowboy museum," standard.net, July 5, 2016


"Citizen Soldiers," by Baxter Black (audio) Western Horseman, July 5, 2016

"Cattle ranchers, scientists work side by side to keep Utah ranch alive," by John Hollenhorst,
ksl.com, July 1, 2016

"Western Poet DW Groethe gives landmarks for finding home," by Lance Nixon,
Montana Magazine, July 1, 2016

"Rangers to Ranchers," (audio) Mentors for Military, June 21, 2016
 

"Reno Rodeo Foundation supports Northern Nevada 365 days a year," by Jordan Wines, Reno Gazette-Journal, June 29, 2016
 

"Old West showdown? Freeway cattle drive pits Utah ranchers against state," by Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News, June 29, 2016

"Paradise Found," by Bryan Wendell,
Cowboys & Indians, July, 2016

"Ryan Bell," by Courtney Brockman,
The Montanan, Spring 2016

"Christoval's Running of the BULL Festival a Different Kind of 'Bull," by Holiday Bailey,
sanangelolive.com, June 28, 2016
 
"Goodbye, Old Paint," by Rod Miller (blog), June 27, 2016


"Mushroom Mishap," (video) by Kent Rollins,
Western Horseman, June 28, 2016


"
The Lake Valley Dance," by Baxter Black (audio) Western Horseman, June 27, 2016

"Echoes of the Trail organizers recognized," by Jason E. Silvers, Fort Scott Tribune, June 21, 2016

"The cattle drive: visions of the Old West," Blue Rain Gallery

"
The Loose Cow Party," by Baxter Black (audio) Western Horseman, June 20, 2016

"National Day of the Cowboy" in Amarillo," American Quarter Horse Association, June 19, 2016

"
The Cowboys of the Twenty-First Century," by Emily Anne Epstein, The Atlantic, June 16, 2016

"After 20 years, it's the end of the trail," by Mike Dunivan, Fort Scott Tribune, June 15, 2016

"
Spring Works on the Sixes," by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, June, 2016

"
Local photographer inducted into Idaho Rodeo Hall of Fame," by Elizabeth Youmans, mtexpress.com, June 15, 2016

"
Chuck Wagon Cooking: Cowboy Breakfast at Cow Camp," (video) by Kent Rollins, YouTube, June 2, 2016


"
Carnophobia," by Baxter Black (audio) Western Horseman, June 13, 2016

CowboyYoyo.com


"Rancher on horseback lassoes would-be bike bandit...," by Nicky Woolf, The Guardian, June 10, 2016
 

"Wendy Vaughan carries on family tradition," Cochrane Eagle, June 9, 2016

"How to become a good ranch employee, even if you're the boss," by Burke Teichert, BEEF, June 1, 2016
 

"Keep ranchers on the land, and the land stays open," by Andy Rieber, hcn.org, June 7, 2016

"
Wild West: Plains to the Pacific" exhibit June 18-September 11, 2016, Legion of Honor, San Francisco

"
Brenn Hill Makes More Music," by Rod Miller (blog), June 4, 2016

"
Cowboy Artists Ride on Historic Ranch," by Ross Hecox, Western Horseman, June, 2016


"
Will Cows Eat Juniper?," by Baxter Black (audio) Western Horseman, June 6, 2016

"This not-so-glamorous life...," by Jessie Veeder, Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (blog) June 6, 2015
 

 
 

 


 

Features

 

Rick Huff reviews Western music and cowboy poetry recordings and other releases of Western interest in his Rick Huff's Best of the West Reviews. They appear in The Western Way from the Western Music Association.

We'll be posting the newest in batches. The newest include:

The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Ten by various artists from CowboyPoetry.com
I Won by Andy Nelson (with Brenn Hill)
Rhyme 'Em Cowboy by Tom Swearingen

Find the newest reviews here.

Also find an index with links to hundreds of Rick Huff's previous reviews here.

Posted 6/1

 


 

   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 43rd piece offered to "spur" the imagination is a special National Day of the Cowboy Art Spur, a photograph, "Shadow Bronc," by songwriter, poet, and photographer John Michael Reedy (reedy.photoshelter.com, twistedcowboy.com).

We asked John Michael Reedy to tell us about the photograph, and he commented:

I made the photograph at the Jefferson County Fair Rodeo in Boulder, Montana. Since most rodeos have photographers dedicated to catching the “action,” my focus tends more towards light, composition, and story. This is our hometown rodeo, a very small-town and (almost) always dry and dusty affair held at the end of August. However, this particular year we experienced absurdly unusual wet and muddy conditions. I felt an urgency to get a good shot on this day, to capture the striking tension between the (still) very clean cowboys and the inevitable mud bath. In this shot, the small-town setting and the prominence of the flag catching the sun at that moment creates a mood, and the classic position of the rider is iconic. Mostly I like the the body language of the horse as he appears to stomp his own shadow in the mud.

Submissions are welcome from all through Tuesday, July 19, 2016.  Find submission information here.

Poets are invited to be inspired by the art; a literal representation of the art is not expected.

The Twelfth Annual National Day of the Cowboy is Saturday July 23, 2016. Find more about the organization at  nationaldayofthecowboy.com and on Facebook.

 



 


  We are pleased to feature "Shadow Bronc" by John Michael Reedy as the 2016 National Day of the Cowboy Art Spur. Find a feature with other examples of his photography here.

As his bio tells, "John Reedy lives an artistic life with his young family in the Boulder Valley of southwest Montana. Through music, songwriting, poetry, and photography, he attempts to capture the beauty and soul of Montana life in art that is both romantic and real."

Find some of John Michael Reedy's poetry and lyrics here.

Visit his web site, twistedcowboy.com, and also view more of his photography at reedy.photoshelter.com.

[photo by Heather Reedy]

Posted 6/9


 

   Events across America celebrate the twelfth annual National Day of the Cowboy, July 23, 2016. 

American Cowboy magazine launched the National Day of the Cowboy in 2004. Bethany Braley was involved with that launch and now she heads the National Day of the Cowboy organization, which works year round on the celebration.

Find more, including a special National Day of the Cowboy Art Spur, in our feature here.

Posted 6/9

 

 


 

 

Picture the West aims to show the real working West in modern and vintage photos.

See the most recent Picture the West entry: Mike Moutoux's New Mexico spring branding photos

Previous postings include: Linda Nadon's photos from her Saskatchewan ranch; Amy Hale Auker's photos of the year's last camp; Mike Moutoux's New Mexico fall branding photos; Deanna Dickinson McCall on water and the ranch in New Mexico; LaVonne Houlton and the Western Morgan Horse; Tom Swearingen's photos from Oregon's Steens Mountain; Deanna Nelson-Licking's Colorado photos; Valerie Beard's branding photographs; Charmaine Delmatier's Wyoming photos; Daniel Bybee's lively family history; Sara Nelson's photos of a young hand; Dale Page's photos from a Colorado gather; Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns' vintage Wyoming family and horse photos; Nebraska rancher and cowboy Deanna Nelson-Licking shares horse-training photos; Wylie Gustafson's photos of coming down from summer leases; Herbert Krill's Song of the Cowboy film; Susie Knight's photos and poem about Colorado rancher Ernie Snare; Jean Mathisen's old family cabin photos; Jeri Dobrowski's scrap heap photos; Stan Howe's photos of Montana's old Milwaukee Railroad stockyards; Jay Snider's photos of the historic Magdalena railroad corrals; Del Gustafson's vintage family photos; Cindy Quigley's view of the West; Deanna Nelson-Licking's photos of moving pairs in Nebraska's Sandhills; Moving cattle with A. Kathy Moss and Billie Price Flick; and many more....

See the index of all Picture the West postings.

Share your part of the West or the West of your past. Help show a worldwide audience the real West. To send photos, just email us.

 



Photo courtesy Nell Daley, local gal  We read the history of the lives of cowboys, ranchers, and Western settlers in the many poems and poets' biographies that come our way. Those real life stories of a vanishing way of life—historical treasures—should be gathered, shared and preserved. That's the inspiration for
Western Memories, another kind of "gathering," to celebrate and document Western life. 

Jane Morton encourages others to preserve their family ranch histories. She writes, "... it is so important for people to write down what they know about the history of their ranches. If they put it off it might be too late. It could be a project for family Christmas presents. What better than a ranch history?"

You can get involved by sharing your own memories, by urging others to share theirs, or by interviewing those with a story to tell.  Email us.

Find all of the entries to date here.

 


 

Additional recent features continued here...

 


BAR-D News

The BAR-D supporters make all of the programs of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry possible: Cowboy Poetry Week, the Rural Library Program, and CowboyPoetry.com.
 


Supporters, 2016  (*indicates banner sponsors; **multiple donations)

Eileen Dirksen ~ Denise Arvidson ~ Joanne Grinage ~ Dee Strickland Johnson ("Buckshot Dot") ~ Gary Brown ~ Hal Swift ~ Robyn Stangel ~ Sally Smith-Joelle Smith Western Art ~ Betty and Ken Rodgers ~ Rodney Nelson ~ Valerie and Floyd Beard ~ Susan Parker ~ Almeda Bradshaw* ~ John Waters ~ Chuck Learn ~ Jim Thompson (California) ~ Ray Doyle ~ Dan Wilson ~ Marjorie Parker ~ C.W. (Charles) Bell ~ Wendy Brown-Barry ~ Ken Cook* ~ Saddle Up at Pigeon Forge ~ Douglas Gustafson ~ Susie Knight ~ Yvonne and Glen Hollenbeck** donations in memory of Ray Hanzlik, Jess Howard, Pat Richardson, and Jack Walther ~ Cindy Quigley ~ Cowboy Poets of Idaho ~ Marleen Bussma ~ David Stanley ~ Terry Nash  ~ Jerry Brooks ~ H. Paul Moon-WESTDOCUMENTARY.COM ~ Melissa and Dave Stamey in memory of Pat Richardson ~ KC La Course ~ Scofield's Cowboy Campfire ~ Jean Prescott Music* ~ Denise Arvidson in Memory of Ross Christian Arvidson ~ RANGE* ~ Jean Haugen ~ Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival* ~ Chuck Learn**


Significant 2016 program support:
Laura and Edmund Wattis Littlefield Jr.

Cowboy Poetry Week 2016 Foundation support:
Margaret T. Morris Foundation
 

Supporters, 2015 (*indicates banner sponsors; **multiple donations)

Kent Penter ~ Sandy Seaton Sallee ~ Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns* ~ Betty and Ken Rodgers ~ Rodney Nelson ~ Tom Hawk  ~ Linda M. Hasselstrom, Windbreak House Retreats ~ Susan Parker ~ Almeda Bradshaw* ~ Del Gustafson ~ Wendy Brown-Barry ~ Shelly Pagliai—Prairie Moon Quilts ~ Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering* ~ Scofield's Cowboy Campfire ~ Stella and Jim Cathey ~ Andria Kidd ~ Marleen Bussma ~ Pat Richardson ~ Gordon White ~ Ken Cook* ~ Tom Morgan* ~ Jean Prescott* ~ Joanne Grinage ~ Stuart Hooker** ~ Cowboy Poetry Week Event (Mark Kerr, Jarle Kvale, Rodney Nelson) ~ Marge and Steve Conroy ~ RANGE Magazine* ~ Susie Knight ~ Gary Brown ~ Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival* ~ Heber Valley Western Music and Cowboy Poetry Gathering* ~ Andy Nelson* ~  Hal Swift* ~ Lynn Kopelke ~ Jeff Campbell ~ Bryce Angell ~ Kristi Cobb ~ Western Folklife Center* ~ anonymous honoring Willis Howard ~  Chuck Learn* ~ (contributors continued, below)

Thanks to those who helped  meet a vital challenge grant:

Challenge donation period donors: Chuck Learn ~ John Michael Reedy ~ Chris Isaacs ~ Anonymous ~ Shannon and Kent Rollins' Red River Ranch Chuck Wagon ~ Jeff Thomas ~ Sandy Seaton Sallee ~ Betsy and Dennis Lutge ~ Lynn Kopelke ~ Andy Carr ~ Dan Bybee ~ Tom Swearingen ~ David Carlton ~ Joanna Wotipka ~ Susie Knight ~ Jean Mathisen Haugen ~ Stella and Jim Cathey ~ Terry Nash ~ Mark Munzert ~ Deanna Nelson-Licking ~ Betty and Ken Rodgers ~ Hal Swift ~ Linda Kirkpatrick ~ Linda Nadon ~ Del Gustafson ~ Sally Baldus ~ Dick May ~ Michael Henley ~ Paul Quinton ~ Yvonne Gresnick ~ Kay Kelley Nowell ~ Jane and Dick Morton* ~ Shelly Pagliai - Prairie Moon Quilts ~ Chuck Learn* ~ Paulette and Michael Tcherkassky ~ Keith Ward ~ Dale Page ~ Beth Rand ~ Cj Hadley-RANGE ~ Marleen Bussma ~ Shane Queener ~ Derek Knapp ~ Deanna Dickinson McCall ~ Al "Doc" Mehl ~ Kip Sorlie ~ Stella and Jim Cathey* ~ Christopher Chambers ~ Mike Diaz ~ Marci Broyhill ~ Nika Nordbrock ~ Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival ~ Roberta Rothman ~ Jim Thompson-Creative Broadcast Services ~ Sandi and Jay Snider ~ Annette Sacks ~ Jeri Dobrowski-Cowboy Jam Session ~ Marilyn and Greg Camp ~ Rex Rideout ~ Yvonne Hollenbeck ~ Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns ~ Smoke Wade ~ Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering

*multiple donations to the challenge

Significant 2016 program support:  Laura and Edmund Wattis Littlefield Jr.

Cowboy Poetry Week 2016 Foundation support: Margaret T. Morris Foundation

Cowboy Poetry Week 2015 Foundation support: Sage Foundation and Margaret T. Morris Foundation

 


 

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The most recent BAR-D e-newsletters went out in early June, 2016. The general newsletter rounds up news and announcements. You can subscribe here.

The supporters' newsletter is a preview of features and announcements and is sent to the generous supporters of the BAR-D.

Posted 6/28



Each year, thanks to individuals and gathering organizers, many thousands of CowboyPoetry.com information cards are distributed at gatherings and events.

The newest cards are the 2015 Cowboy Poetry Week poster image, a painting by noted Western artist Don Dane and a card with the image selected as the cover for the 2014 CD, The BAR-D Roundup: Volume  Nine. It depicts sixth-generation cowboy Rusty McCall (1986-2013) in a photo by Kevin Martini-Fuller.

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