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
  • Santa Ana Wind

    The Munsick Boys perform a song written by Tris Munsick. The Munsick Boys sing "Santa Ana Wind" by Tris Munsick during the "Ranch Truck Radio Show" at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    The Munsick Boys
    Dayton, WY
    The Munsick Boys (Dave, Sam, and Tris) have a natural a...

  • The Big Man (Veritas Atrox)

    Lara tells the history of a Spaniard who brought settlers into New Mexico via Mexico. Lara Manzanares performs "The Big Man (Veritas Atrox)" during the "Both Feet on the Ground" show during the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST
    Lara Manzanares
    Tierra Amarilla, NM
    Lara Manza...

  • To Be a Top Hand

    Annie learns a lesson from Georgie Sicking. Annie Mackenzie recites "To Be a Top Hand" by Georgie Sicking during the "Paying Tribute" show at the 39th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Annie Mackenzie
    Jordan Valley, OR
    While known as the family rambler, Annie Mackenzie has her ...

  • Second Cutting

    Bill expounds upon life in the Badlands. Bill Lowman recites "Second Cutting" 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 charter member o...

  • Farr Away Blues

    Hot Club of Cowtown performs "Farr Away Blues" during the "Stay a Little Longer" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Hot Club of Cowtown
    Austin, TX
    Hot Club of Cowtown has been stunning audiences worldwide for over 20 years. Their trademark blend of hot jazz, we...

  • My Daughter-In-Law

    Yvonne shares an "affectionate" little poem. Yvonne Hollenbeck recites "My Daughter-In-Law" during the "Wild Abandon" show at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Yvonne Hollenbeck
    Clearfield, SD
    Yvonne Hollenbeck is a South Dakota cattleman’s wife who writes poetry about...

  • Barrel Racing Angel

    Brenn does an ode to cowgirls, and to his friend, mentor, champion, and personal hero, Ian Tyson. Brenn Hill covers "Barrel Racing Angel" during the "Ian Tyson Tribute" show at the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Brenn Hill
    Hooper, UT
    Brenn Hill is a singer/songwriter w...

  • The Red Cow

    Andy recites a Larry McWhorter piece—one of our all-time favorite poems with a lesson. Andy performs "The Red Cow" during the "Words Growing Wild in the West" show at the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Andy Hedges
    Lubbock, TX
    Andy Hedges is a songster, reciter, storyte...

  • 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...

  • Killa Killa Narafrader

    Gary Haleamau + Kāwili perform "Killa Killa Narafrader" on location during the 37th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering "Rodear Year."

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    Gary Haleamau & Kāwili
    Las Vegas, NV
    Gary Kawiliau Haleamau of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, began his musical career at age 12; first as a solo artist ...

  • 200 Tons To Go

    Wylie and crew keep it lean and mean with a working man's song about bucking bales. Wylie & the Wild West perform "200 Tons To Go" during the "Battle of the Bands" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Wylie Gustafson
    Conrad, MT
    Singer, songwriter, rancher, horsem...

  • The Funeral

    DW describes a confounded funeral experience. DW Groethe performs "The Funeral" during "That Seventies Show" at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    DW Groethe
    Bainville, MT
    DW Groethe is the son of a son of pioneers. He was born and raised in the west of Dakota and has l...

  • Grandpa

    Pipp and Lloyd joke and sing about the foolhardiness of the best-laid plans, with the help of lyrics penned by Waddie Mitchell. Pipp Gillette and Lloyd Wright perform "Grandpa" during the "Cowboy Stew" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    Pipp Gillette
    Crockett,...

  • That Little Blue Roan

    Dick shares a classic horse poem. Dick Gibford recites "That Little Blue Roan" by Bruce Kiskaddon during the "Horse Tails" show at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Dick Gibford
    New Cuyama, CA
    Dick Gibford was raised on a small cow outfit on the central coast of Califo...

  • Tall Grass Lonesome

    Patricia memorializes Rodney Nelson. Patricia Frolander shares "Tall Grass Lonesome, in Memory of Rod Nelson" during the "Back in Elko Town" show at the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST
    Patricia Frolander
    Sundance, WY
    Patricia Frolander, Wyoming's fifth Poet Laureate, live...

  • Little Joe the Wrangler

    Dom does his rendition of a classic cowboy misfortune ballad penned by collector Jack Thorp. Dom Flemons performs "Little Joe the Wrangler" during the "Tribute to Don Edwards" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Dom Flemons
    Silver Springs, MD
    Dom Flemons is an a...

  • Listen

    Juni sings a song from the perspective of the horse. There is special magic when the horse and rider become one. Juni Fisher performs "Listen" during the "The Real Deal" show as part of the 2022 Wild Ride.

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    Juni Fisher
    Strathmore, CA
    Juni played music with her sisters as a child, formed a...

  • Home

    FEATURING: Maria Lisa Eastman, John Dofflemyer, Carolyn Dufurrena

    Three poets, who live on ranches in sparsely populated areas, read their poems about life, people, critters, and living in remote areas of the West. Sit back as they introduce you to their lives.

    From the 36th National Cowboy Poe...

  • John Dofflemyer

    FEATURING: John Dofflemyer

    Filmed on location, John shares his verse, his heart, and his land. Take a journey with John Dofflemyer on his California ranch where he finds inspiration. He writes with the spirit of place, with love and humility. John is the poet and the poem.

    From the 37th Nationa...

  • 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...

  • Let It Be

    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.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST
    Black Diamond, AB, Canada
    Dor...

  • Road to Las Cruces

    Margo sings a familiar tune to the delight of the audience. Margo Cilker performs "Road to Las Cruces" by Ian Tyson during the "Free Life and Fresh Air" show at the 39th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

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

  • Ghost Riders in the Sky

    Sourdough and Robert bring their special touch to this old "saw" of a tune. Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong perform "Ghost Riders in the Sky" during the "How the West Swung" show at the 33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 2015.

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong
    Paradi...