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Yvonne Hollenbeck performs "Rebel Rouser" during the "I Just Wanna Be a Comic Cowboy" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. She takes us on a humorous vacation(?) riding a Yamaha motorcycle on the way to Sturgis. She paints colorful images of a cowboy turned biker and his wife.
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."
Mike shares history as sung from the horse's point of view in this epic penned by a legend. Mike Beck performs "La Primera" by Ian Tyson during the "Ian Tyson Tribute" show at the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mike Beck is a professional musici...
Juni Fisher sings a song from the perspective of the horse. There is special magic when the horse and rider become one. Juni performs "Listen" during the "The Real Deal" show as part of the 2022 Wild Ride.
Juni played music with her sisters as a child, formed a...
Doris Daley performs "Let It Be" during the "I Just Wanna Be a Comic Cowboy" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. This rhyme asks whether poetry or songwriting is more difficult. She references songs and ends with a nod to the Beatles.