Anchoring the Tradition
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Shows • 1h 23m
FEATURING: Waddie Mitchell, Marinna Mori, Trinity Seely.
Two penmasters who were born to the ranching life open the gate to a herd of words. The inimitable Waddie Mitchell, a Gathering founder, pairs perspectives with singer, songwriter, and ranchwoman Trinity Seely. This show pairs the promise of old and new, words and music, songs and stories, and features their award-winning number “The Hand,” winner of the 2016 Spur Award for Best Western Song. Butch Hause and young local cowgirl and musician Marinna Mori make special guest appearances.
Hosted by Kristin Windbigler.
From the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
In addition to being a seasoned musician, Butch, a member of a pioneer Colorado family, is a record-producer, sound engineer, two-time Grammy award nominee, and friend to dozens of nationally known entertainers around the country.
Twin Bridges, NV
Waddie Mitchell was immersed in the cowboy way of entertaining as a boy on the Nevada ranches where his father worked. The art of spinning tales in rhyme and meter about a rich lifestyle of pushing cows and living off the land came to be called cowboy poetry. Waddie recites the older classics as well as his own works, eloquently expressing moments grand and common, humorous and tragic. In 1985, Waddie helped organize Elko’s first Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Since then, he has kept busy writing, publishing, and recording.
Marinna Mori is an 11-year-old singer, guitarist, and poet who lives and works on her family’s ranch near Tuscarora, Nevada. A fourth-generation rancher, Marinna brings her youthful perspective and personal experiences of ranch life to her original songs and performances. Music is a family affair, and Marinna learned to play guitar and sing from her grandfather. She has been performing at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering since she was eight years old. She loves roping, branding, and working cows on horseback. She won the Junior Branding Champion title at the 2018 Carlin Bronco Bash in Carlin, Nevada.
Trinity Seely grew up in the heart of cow country in the Chilcotin region of British Columbia. Inspired at an early age by this rugged sea of jackpine forests and grasslands, she learned to work hard from kitchen to corral on the family’s guest ranch. As a teen, Trinity moved to California to attend The Thacher School, and her love affair with the vaquero way was born. With humbling honesty and a honey-smooth voice, Trinity sings about loving cowboys and horses, and living “in the middle of nowhere.” She flourishes as a cowboy’s wife and mother to three buckaroos and a buckarette.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Western Folklife Center's G Three Bar Theater in Elko, NV, on Jan. 28, 2019.
Made possible by the multitude of staff, artists, volunteers, and community members working behind the scenes to make this show happen.
Brought to you by the Western Folklife Center, using story and cultural expression to connect the American West to the world.
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