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 grew up on a farm near the little town of Newcowerstown, Ohio. He’s been in the horse business as a trainer since he was 19, he’s also a guitar builder and player. In 1986 he was hired to start the Fender Custom Shop in California, and in 1991 he and his wife moved to Alpine, Texas, and ran into the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering. He was on their Steering Committee for 16 years, including about 10 years as president. In 2013 he was the recipient of the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering’s Heritage Award, and he considers himself lucky to have had Buck Ramsey, J.B. Allen, and Joel Nelson as tutors.
"The Brazos River Song" (traditional)
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Elko Convention Center's Laurena Moren Theater on Jan. 30, 2020.
Made possible by the multitude of staff, artists, volunteers, and community members working behind the scenes to make this show happen.
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