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  • 39th Gathering Featured Artists

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    Enjoy this collection of performances by the invited performers for the 39th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 29 - February 3, 2024.

    "Blue Skies and Good Horses" by Teal Blake

  • The Classics

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    Whether you're new to cowboy poetry or a lifelong fan, these poems by the likes of Badger Clark, Frank Desprez, S. Omar Barker, Curley Fletcher, Gail Gardner, and Bruce Kiskaddon, are the bedrock of the cowboy poetry tradition. Every week, we search our archive for beautiful recitations of these ...

  • The New Classics

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    Written during the poetry renaissance ignited by the first Gathering, these are the new classics.

  • Humanities

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    These talks and discussions about sometimes overlooked aspects of rural life in the American West will inspire and leave you yearning for more.

  • 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...

  • How to Play the Bones

    Dom gives a lesson on playing the bones. Whether your bones are traditional bones or wooden ones, Dom Flemons can teach you how to play them with both hands.

    Dom Flemons
    Silver Springs, MD
    Dom Flemons is an award-winning musician, singer-songwriter, and slam poet. Carrying on th...

  • 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 ...

  • 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.