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  • Over the Top with a Rope Trick and a Yodel

    What do you get when you combine a flat loop, a squeezebox, and a yodel? Overworked Sourdough! Sourdough Slim shows off during the "Bull-Slingers, Braggarts, & Blowhards" show at the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.


    Sourdough Slim
    Paradise, CA
    A performance by Sourdough ...

  • Joy Harjo + Living Nations, Living Words

    FEATURING: Joy Harjo, nila northsun, Painted Horse, Henry Real Bird, M.L. Smoker.

    A journey celebrating creativity through acknowledgement of the ancestors of poetry and music in the story field of the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo.

    Hosted by Kristin Windbigler

    From the ...

  • A West That Works

    FEATURING: Lesli Allison, Robin Boies, Erik Glenn, Rick Knight, Gail Steiger, Jim Stone.

    "Heard any good news lately?" It often feels as though we are being fed and inordinate amount of discouraging words. Not to fear! Across the West, hundreds of people are working to strengthen ties between ru...

  • Ian Tyson

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    Ian Tyson, a rough stock rider, started playing the guitar while recovering from a rodeo injury. He went on to become a legendary performing artist. Ian’s highly successful 60-year career in the music business included numerous releases and popular TV shows. He was inducted into the Canadian Coun...

  • Why the Cowboy Sings

    Join Hal Cannon on a winter time quest across the West to discover what makes cowboys sing. On the journey hear the songs and stories of: Stephanie Davis, Larry Schutte, Glenn Ohrlin, and Henry Real Bird.



    Stephanie Davis
    Austin, TX
    Stephanie Davis is a fourth-generation...

  • Visit Elko

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    Learn about other sights and experiences awaiting you in Elko, Nevada, home of the Western Folklife Center and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

  • Poems & Songs About Elko

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    From landmarks to its place in cowboy culture, our hometown is featured in many a song and poem.

  • Artist Music Videos

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    Enjoy these music videos produced by artists featured at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and other Western Folklife Center events.

  • The Horse Trade

    Sunny deadpans a yarn about trying to come out on top a booger of a deal. Sunny Hancock performs "The Horse Trade" at the 5th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

    Sunny Hancock was born and reared on a ranch outside of Williams, Arizona. He was either in or close to the cow busine...