FEATURING: Floyd Beard, John Doran, Meghan Doran, Sariah Knight, Larry Maurice, Philip Page.
For the second year, the G Three stage hosts a handful of poets and musicians who have graced the open mic stages during the week. Selected by audience feedback, these wordslingers and tunesmiths--amateur and professional alike--speak (and sing) to the spirit of the Gathering. They demonstrate the value of participation, the vitality of tradition, and the sheer delight of self-expression. Drawing from their connection to life, land and the lot of you, the evening's performers lend credence to a Gathering credo: the voices in your midst can both entertain and enlighten ... lend an ear!
Hosted by Floyd Beard, Denise Withnell.
From the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
"I Have Never Fallen off My Horse"
"He Came to Sell Good Horses"
"The Lucky One" (words + music by Robert Lee Castleman)
"Never Very Far" (words + music by Randall Rademaker)
"Don't Come Easy" (words + music by Patty Griffin)
"Cowboys and White Shirts"
"The Sagebrush Sea"
"For All the Meals I Cook"
"Before Broncs Went to Town"
"Harley's Last Parade"
"Sermon From My Mount"
"Master of the Bean"
"Microbes" (excerpt from poem by Bruce Kiskaddon)
"Coyote's Lonesome Song"
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Floyd Beard is a livestock producer who traces a ranching heritage back five generations on one side of his family, and six on the other. He grew up around Roy and Mills in rural northeastern New Mexico and graduated from high school in Hotchkiss, in western Colorado. Floyd has been a cowboy most of his life, working on his own ranch operation in southeastern Colorado as well as earning wages as a ranch manager. He and his wife, Valerie, run a crossbreed operation producing high-quality beef for people to eat. His third and newest CD of cowboy poetry is titled Horse Tales and Cow Trails.
John Doran rides horses and fights fires for a living. He is a smoke jumper and is a military trainer for equine combat use.
Meghan Doran grew up singing Irish folk music with her dad in North Central Washington, where her family has a ranch. She was a wrangler and guide and enjoyed singing folk, Americana, and gospel any chance she got.
Sariah Knight is a ranch wife from Elko County and is also a member of the Elko County CattleWoman. A CattleWoman is a strong, enthusiastic woman, willing to stand up for what she believes in. She is someone who strongly supports the cattle industry and America's Agricultural heritage.
From the pilgrims of "Plymouth Rock" to the Vaqueros of old California, from Mexico to the "Grass Beyond the Mountains" of British Columbia, Larry continues to tell the story of the Cowboy. Steeped In the dust of yesterday and in the board rooms of today, at the campfire and in the class rooms, he celebrates the spirit, the lore and the legacy of the great American Cowboy.
Hunter Ostler was born in Montana and is now living in Nevada. He grew up around mountains, ranching, and music, playing country, rock and blues. He has always returned to his roots when it comes to writing his own songs.
Philip Page is a singer-songwriter, story teller, cowboy and horse trainer. He has been making a living with horses since 1976.
Filmed in front of a live audience at Western Folklife Center’s G Three Bar Theater in Elko, NV on Feb. 4, 2023.
Made possible by the multitude of staff, artists, volunteers, and community members working behind the scenes to make this show happen.
Brought to you by the Western Folklife Center, using story and cultural expression to connect the American West to the world.