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Marley's Ghost performs "Sierry Petes (Tying Knots in the Devil's Tail)" during the 37th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering "Rodear Year." Words by Gail I. Gardner & music written by Bill Simon. Originally a poem written in 1917. There are many versions of this poem/song. Powder River Jack and Kit...
Ismay sings about the legendary Darby Ram and the shearer who was tasked with giving him a haircut. Ismay and Andrew Allen-Fahlander perform "The Shearer + the Darby Ram" during the 37th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering "Rodear Year."
George's clear-eyed ode to his dear ranch dog begs the question, who brings who to heel? George Wallace recites "Hedge Your Bets My Wild Domestic" featured during the 37th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering "Rodear Year."
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Fort Collins, CO
George Wallace has farmed ...
From his own home, George reads two of his stirring poems about home and the feelings home evokes. George Wallace shares his "Homecoming" and "A Poem in My Eye" in this short film featured during the 37th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering "Rodear Year."
Jonathan Odermann's poems show off his Badlands home and humor, and his amiable pal, Penny the Hen. One of the original voices keeping the cowboy poetry tradition going, Jonathan Odermann recites a set of new material. Interspersed with scenes from h...
The Martin Sisters entreat their teen idol to propose by presenting grandma with cows-in-disguise. Dachuneeh and Tewakeedah Martin perform "K-Pop Dream Boy" during the 37th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering "Rodear Year."
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The Martin Sisters
Montezuma Creek, UT