40th Gathering Featured Artists

40th Gathering Featured Artists

Enjoy this collection of performances by the invited performers for the 40th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 27 - February 1, 2025.

Poster artwork "Blowing Cold" (2024) watercolor by Don Weller

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40th Gathering Featured Artists
  • The Brutal Boss

    Dick laments working for this gol danged ranch boss. Dick Warwick recites "The Brutal Boss" from his barn.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Dick Warwick
    Oakesdale, WA
    Dick Warwick lives with his wife Sue on the old home place amid the rolling hills of the Palouse country of eastern Washington state. Together, ...

  • Bragging

    We either know or are someone like Jarle describes in this poem. Jarle Kvale recites "Bragging" during the "I Just Wanna Be a Comic Cowboy" at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT T HE ARTIST

    Jarle Kvale
    Dunseith, ND
    Jarle turns his experiences with horses, rodeo, and North Dakota r...

  • Spurs

    Darrell describes a beloved family member through the history of a pair of spurs. Darrell Holden recites "Spurs" during the Juab Poetry Gathering in Nephi, Utah in 2024.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Darrell Holden
    Vernon, UT
    Darrell Holden is a proud fifth-generation rancher who raises cattle on Utah’s Wes...

  • In Elko

    Jonathan shares some rhyme over warm-hearted memories of Elko and a warm cup of cocoa. Jonathan Odermann performs "In Elko" during the 37th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering "Rodear Year."

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Jonathan Odermann
    Medora, ND
    Jonathan Odermann is a third-generation rancher who raises ca...

  • Night Riders Lament

    Sterling sings and yodels a familiar cowboy song. Sterling Drake performs "Night Rider's Lament" with Thor Davidson on harmonica.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Sterling Drake
    Big Cypress, FL
    Steeped in the traditions of roots music, songwriter Sterling Drake’s journey has taken him from the Big Cypress of s...

  • Slow Burn

    Marleen dramatizes the "glamourous" life of a ranch wife. Marleen Bussma recites "Slow Burn" at her local library.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Marleen Bussma
    Dammeron Valley, UT
    As a young girl, long hours spent on horseback herding cattle stirred Marleen Bussma’s imagination and sparked a desire to emula...

  • Max's Last Ride

    Andy offers advice when scattering a friend's ashes. Andy Nelson recites "Max's Last Ride" from his ranch in Wyoming.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Andy Nelson
    Pinedale, WY
    Andy Nelson is an energetic and high-spirited cowboy poet and humorist from Pinedale, Wyoming. As a second-generation farrier raised in...

  • Drifting Down to Elko Town

    Dick invites Adrian to join him onstage. Adrian Brannan sings "Drifting Down to Elko Town" while Dick Gibford recites "We Remain Buckaroo" during "The Long Ride" show at the 26th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    Adrian Brannan
    Ventura, CA
    Adrian Brannan is a chart-topping si...

  • How Quick Could a Good Picker Pick

    Ed demonstrates his blazing guitar licks and his understated Cree humor. Ed Peekeekoot performs a medley during the "Tuneful Troublemakers" show at the 29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Ed Peekeekoot
    Crofton, BC, Canada
    Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and storyte...

  • The Long Eared Bull

    Ross regales us with a classic cowboy poem. Ross Knox recites "The Long Eared Bull" by Bruce Kiskaddon during "An Evening of Celebration" show at the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Ross Knox
    Skull Valley, AZ
    Ross Knox first aspired to be a cowboy as a little boy, when h...

  • Fall Works Poem

    Amy gives us a glimpse into her life on the land where love and hard work equal joy. Amy Hale performs "Fall Works Poem" during the "Family Ties" show at the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Amy Hale
    Prescott, AZ
    Amy Hale is an award-winning author who lives and works on ...

  • Spanish Is the Loving Tongue

    Michael Martin Murphey plays this well-circulated song based on a Badger Clark poem. Michael Martin Murphey performs "Spanish is the Loving Tongue" during the "Ian Tyson Tribute" show at the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Michael Martin Murphey
    Walden, CO
    Michael Mart...

  • If You Were a Cowboy

    Jessie premieres a song about the merits of being with a cowboy. Jessie Veeder performs "If You Were a Cowboy" during the "Back in Elko Town" show at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Jessie Veeder
    Watford City, ND
    Jessie Veeder writes and sings about the Badlands of w...

  • The Moonshine Steer

    Gail schools us with a moral lesson about moonshine and bovines. Gail Steiger recites "The Moonshine Steer" by his grandfather Gail I. Gardner during the "After a Night on a Cowboy Town" show at the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Gail Steiger
    Prescott, AZ
    Gail Steiger...

  • Ornery Old Woman

    Dave shares a tune about an older couple still in love. Dave Stamey performs "Ornery Old Woman" during the "Family, Friends + Community" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Dave Stamey
    Orange Cove, CA
    Dave Stamey has made it his life's work to celebrate the rural...

  • June

    R.P. composes himself amidst the fracas as family foreman. Family togetherness, ranch style. R.P. performs "June" during the "I Just Wanna Be a Comic Cowboy" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    R.P. Smith
    Broken Bow, NE
    R.P. Smith is a fourth-generation rancher...

  • From Force to Feel

    Tom shares what colts taught him about the relationship of horse and rider. Tom Sharpe performs "From Force to Feel" during the "Opening Lines" show at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Tom Sharpe
    Loma, CO
    Born and raised in south central Colorado, Tom Sharpe grew up w...

  • My Home's In Montana + Cattle Call

    Trinity shares a medley of two familiar songs. Trinity Seely sings "My Home's In Montana" and "Cattle Call" during the "Cowboy Caffeine, Extra Strong" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Trinity Seely
    Ojai, CA
    Trinity Seely grew up in the heart of cow country in ...

  • Roadrunner

    Olivia shares a tale of a magical journey in the desert. Olivia Romo recites "Roadrunner: the Chosen Prophet," during the "Gimme Open Roads + Fresh Air" show at the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Olivia Romo
    Santa Fe, NM
    Olivia Romo is a farmer, poet and water rights ac...

  • Sins of Bucking Horses

    Matt shares a song about the irresistible draw of a hump-backed bronc. Matt Robertson performs "Sins of Bucking Horses" during his solo show as part of the 2022 Wild Ride.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Matt Robertson
    Okotoks, AB, Canada
    Raised in Wheatland, Wyoming, Matt Robertson currently resides in Sout...

  • Sheep Camp

    Jake tells one of those first-person sidesplitters that’s only funny after the fact. In fact, it’s “almost entirely true”—happened to him in Farmington, New Mexico, in 2000. Jake Riley performs his poem "Sheep Camp" during the "Better Part of Living" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gather...

  • Shorty

    Waddie remembers a cowboy who influenced his youth and beyond. Waddie Mitchell recites "Shorty" during the "Paying Tribute" show at the 39th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Waddie Mitchell
    Jiggs, NV
    Waddie Mitchell was immersed in the cowboy way of entertaining as a boy on t...

  • Tiger Rag

    Brigid and Johnny entertain with a song first recorded in 1917. Brigid and Johnny perform "Tiger Rag" during the "Ranch Family Show" at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    Brigid and Johnny Reedy
    Whitehall, MT
    Brigid Reedy first entertained Elko crowds by yodeling at th...

  • Buster

    Sam Platts and the Plainsmen share a song about a real character of a cattle hauler. They perform "Buster" during "The Real Deal" show from "The Wild Ride" in 2022.

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS
    Sam Platts and the Plainsmen is an energetic Americana band from Montana, focused on bringing traditional country...