Beloved Songs

Beloved Songs

Give a listen to the classics and old favorites of working cowboy music.

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Beloved Songs
  • Red River Valley

    Marinna does her riff on this cowboy love song, a standard in both oral and popular tradition. Marinna Mori performs "Red River Valley" during the "Anchoring the Tradition" show at the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Marinna Mori
    Tuscarora, NV
    Marinna MoriI is a 12-yea...

  • The Old Double Diamond / That's How the Yodel Was Born

    Gary doubles up with this twofer of songs washed down with a toast, a joke, and a yodel. Gary McMahan performs "The Old Double Diamond" and "That's How the Yodel Was Born" during the "Cowboy Songs: Open Session" at the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 1985 (in 2000, the event was renamed the Nati...

  • Annie Laurie

    Denise Withnell, in a special tribute to Don Edwards, sings the romantic Scottish ballad, "Annie Laurie," during the "Tribute to Don Edwards" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Denise Withnell
    Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
    Denise Withnell is best known at ...

  • 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...

  • Someday Soon

    Shandee shapes a song that shaped her, with a captivating cover of an Ian Tyson composition, backed with harmonies by Rigby. Shandee Layne and Rigby Summer perform "Someday Soon" during the "Ian Tyson Tribute" show at the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Shandee Layne
    Br...

  • Streets of Laredo

    R.W. shares an old traditional cowboy song. R.W. Hampton sings "Streets of Laredo" during the "Cowboy Caffeine, Extra Strong" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    R.W. Hampton
    Cimarron, NM
    R.W. Hampton has lived and worked on ranches throughout the West. Whether d...

  • I'd Like to Be in Texas for the Roundup in the Spring

    Don sings this traditional cowboy song that has been named one of the top 100 cowboy songs of all time. Don Edwards, accompanied by Rich O'Brien, performs this song during the 10th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST
    Don Edwards
    Hico, TX
    Don Edwards was a Grammy-nominated singer-s...

  • This Cowboy's Hat

    Genetics can be very strong. Ned shares a song made famous by his father, Chris. Ned LeDoux performs "This Cowboy's Hat" during the "Cowboy Caffeine, Extra Strong" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Ned LeDoux
    Northeastern KS
    Ned LeDoux is a musician and the son...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Coyotes

    Lauren dedicates her performance of this classic to the man most known for it, her grandfather Don Edwards. Lauren Padgett performs "Coyotes" with Elana James on fiddle and Matthew Purpora on guitar during the "Tribute to Don Edwards" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE...

  • Amarillo by Morning

    R.W. sings a familiar song that was co-written and recorded by Terry Stafford in 1973. R.W. Hampton performs "Amarillo by Morning" during the "Cowboy Caffeine, Extra Strong" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    R.W. Hampton
    Cimarron, NM
    R.W. Hampton has lived and...

  • Will James

    Don sings Ian Tyson's ode to Will James. Will James was a Canadian-American artist and writer of the American West. Don Edwards, the ultimate songster and troubadour, accompanied by Rich O'Brien, performs this song during the 10th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST
    Don Edwards
    Hi...

  • The Brazos River Song

    Michael Stevens sings "The Brazos River Song," also known as "The Texas River Song," during the "Cowboy Classics" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 2020.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Michael Stevens
    Alpine, TX
    Michael Stevens grew up on a farm near the little town of Newcowerstown, Ohio...

  • Man Walks Among Us

    Be still, take heed. Dave finds the groove with this Marty Robbins' favorite and Don Edwards' standard. Dave Stamey performs "Man Walks Among Us" during the "Tribute to Don Edwards" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Dave Stamey
    Orange Cove, CA
    Dave Stamey has...

  • Wolves

    Stephanie will make you think as she reflects on the ones the wolves pull down. Stephanie Davis performs "Wolves" during "The Northern Home Ranch Today" show at the 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST

    Stephanie Davis
    Austin, TX
    Stephanie Davis is a fourt...

  • Four Strong Winds

    The legendary Ian Tyson honors the crew with this tribute to all the things that don't change. Ian Tyson sings "Four Strong Winds" during the "Ian Tyson Tribute" show at the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, joined on stage by Mike Beck, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Ryan Fritz, RW & Calvin Hampton...