38th Gathering

38th Gathering

Enjoy this playlist from the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

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38th Gathering
  • Lowland Trail

    When the going gets tough Margo looks for a lowland trail. Margo Cilker performs "Lowland Trail" during the "Wish Upon a Western Star" show at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Margo Cilker
    Goldendale, WA
    Originally from California, singer-songwriter Margo Cilker has s...

  • Opening Lines

    FEATURING: Floyd Beard, Straw Berry, Tom Sharpe.

    Three cowboys walk into the Pioneer Saloon. . . Which one has the best opening line? Floyd Beard, Straw Berry, and Tom Sharpe take the stage with poems from classic to "cowboy poultry."

    From the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

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  • Suits Me Fine

    Kristyn shares a song about married life in 400 square feet. Kristyn Harris performs "Suits Me Fine" during the "Rosin the Bow" show at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Kristyn Harris
    Burleson, TX
    Kristyn Harris is a multi-award-winning singer, songwriter, and enterta...

  • Big Sky Cadences

    FEATURING: Mike Beck, DW Groethe, Wylie Gustafson, Brigid + Johnny Reedy.

    Who knew there was so much talent in the state of Montana? These four acts are sure to entertain. Mike Beck, DW Groethe, Wylie Gustafson and Brigid and Johnny sing, play music and perform poetry from the heart.

    From the 3...

  • Different Strings for Different Folks

    FEATURING: Pipp Gillette, Marley's Ghost, Sourdough Slim + Robert Armstrong, Denise Withnell + Keri Lynn Zwicker.

    How many stringed instruments will you see on this stage? Add a couple without strings for more fun. Texas's Pipp Gillette, the West Coast's Marley's Ghost, California's Sourdough Sl...

  • Close the Gate Behind You

    FEATURING: Maria Lisa Eastman, Dick Gibford, Dave Stamey.

    Poets Dick Gibford and Maria Lisa Eastman join singer/songwriter Dave Stamey onstage to entertain and educate. They will take you on a journey through time and place on foot and horseback. Always remember to close the gate behind you.

    Fr...

  • Poetry, Song, and Beyond

    FEATURING: Corb Lund, Waddie Mitchell, Michael Martin Murphey + the Rio Grande Band,.

    What happens when you combine a talented Texan, an accomplished Albertan and a novel Nevadan on stage? A stellar show you don't want to miss. Michael Martin Murphey + the Rio Grande Band's cosmic cowboy sound w...

  • Laughter–It's What's for Dinner

    FEATURING: Chris Isaacs, Jake Riley, Kent Rollins, Sourdough Slim + Robert Armstrong.

    No matter who you are, or what you do, chances are your favorite shows have one thing in common–laughter. Bring your insatiable hunger for a good joke and a slick story. The perfectly-seared comedy of Arizona'...

  • Jugs

    R.P. explains that some "ranchy" terms can easily be misunderstood. R.P. Smith recites "Jugs" during the "Wild Abandon" show at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    R.P. Smith
    Broken Bow, NE
    R.P. Smith is a fourth-generation rancher from Broken Bow, Nebraska. In the ranch...

  • Barbed Wire

    Margo sings for all of us who have fought barbed wire. Margo Cilker performs "Barbed Wire" during the "Wish Upon a Western Star" show at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST
    Margo Cilker
    Goldendale, WA
    Originally from California, singer-songwriter Margo Cilker has spent th...

  • Pulling the Caking Truck Blues

    In Yvonne's years as a ranch wife, she has learned that helping hubby can be a chore. Yvonne Hollenbeck recites "Pulling the Caking Truck Blues" during the "Wild Abandon" show at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Yvonne Hollenbeck
    Clearfield, SD
    Yvonne Hollenbeck is a ...

  • Rosin the Bow

    Featuring: Kristyn Harris, Hot Club of Cowtown, The Quebe Sisters

    Rosin up the bow and watch the strings fly. These three female-fronted acts put the swing in western music. Kristyn Harris handles all the tricky syncopations with her guitar. Hot Club of Cowtown whizzes along with frontwoman Elan...

  • Over the Mountain

    Carin sings a song of hope. Carin Mari performs "Over the Mountain" during the "Songs for a New West" show at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Carin Mari
    Buena Vista, CO
    Inspired by the mountains of Colorado where she was born and raised, Carin Mari is passionate abou...

  • A Camp Cook Story

    Renowned camp cook and storyteller Kent shares a story about a beagle and some mushrooms. Kent Rollins tells this story during the "Laughter-It's What's for Dinner" show at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Kent Rollins
    Hollis, OK
    Kent Rollins was born and raised alon...

  • Harley's Last Parade

    Floyd shares a tale of two brothers. Floyd Beard performs
    "Harley's Last Parade" during the "Highlights of the Open Mic" at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Floyd Beard
    Kim, CO
    Floyd Beard is a livestock producer who traces a ranching heritage back five generations o...

  • Pierce the Blue

    The Quebe Sisters share a melancholy tune written by Grace and Sophia. The Quebe Sisters perform "Pierce the Blue" during "The Quebe Sisters" show at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    "This song has two parallel themes running through it. It’s about a difficult season of our lives we we...

  • Song of the Cistern

    R.P. asks what can go wrong when fixing a cistern? R.P. Smith performs "Song of the Cistern" during the "Wild Abandon" show at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    R.P. Smith
    Broken Bow, NE
    R.P. Smith is a fourth-generation rancher from Broken Bow, Nebraska. In the ranchi...

  • All O'er the West

    Featuring: Andy Hedges, Corb Lund, Jake Riley

    From the northern reaches of Alberta to the plains of Nebraska and all the way down to the Texas Panhandle, these three troubadours are all about going the distance. Corb Lund shares songs from growing up ranching in the foothills of the Canadian Roc...

  • Last Horse in Dad's String

    Deanna shares the story of a good horse being moved to pasture. Deanna Dickinson McCall recites "Last Horse in Dad's String" during the "Ranch Family Show" at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Deanna Dickinson McCall
    Piñon, NM
    Deanna Dickinson McCall writes about both ...

  • Cowboy and the Vet

    Bill shares an experience with hauling a sick cow. Bill Lowman recites "Cowboy and the Vet" during the "Wild Abandon" show at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Bill Lowman
    Sentinel Butte, ND
    Bill Lowman, a multi-talented visual, literary, and performing artist, is a ch...

  • Lights of Town

    Matt shares a song about how the landscape of the American West is changing. Matt Robertson and Gail Steiger perform "Lights of Town" during the "Ranch Family Show" at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    Matt Robertson
    Prescott, AZ
    Raised in Wheatland, Wyoming, Matt Rob...

  • His Queen

    Deanna shares a poem about living in a cow camp. Deanna Dickinson McCall recites "His Queen" during the "Ranch Family Show" at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Deanna Dickinson McCall
    Piñon, NM
    Deanna Dickinson McCall writes about both the past and current-day West. C...

  • Along the Western Trail

    Featuring: Dale Burson, Wylie Gustafson, Yvonne Hollenbeck, R.P. Smith, Jessie Veeder.

    Driving the Western Trail was a storied route of long stretches, notorious cow towns, serious weather, and all manner of trouble, from Texas up to the burgeoning northern railways and ranches. As the Trail cut...

  • Joy Harjo + Living Nations, Living Words

    FEATURING: Joy Harjo, nila northsun, Painted Horse, Henry Real Bird, M.L. Smoker.

    A journey celebrating creativity through acknowledgement of the ancestors of poetry and music in the story field of the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo.

    Hosted by Kristin Windbigler.

    From the...