Patricia Frolander, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Jessie Veeder.
As self-proclaimed "ranch wives," Wyoming wordsmith Patricia Frolander, and South Dakotan verse-spinner Yvonne Hollenbeck are no strangers to a challenge. Nor is North Dakotan singer-songwriter Jessie Veeder -- she doesn't just sing the blues, she bests them. With a pinch of pluck, a bit of mettle, and heaps of excitement, these intrepid performers wELKOme you back to the Gathering.
Hosted by Kristin Windbigler.
From the 38th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
"Requiem in Lace" - Patricia Frolander
"A Plain Ol Ranchwife" - Yvonne Hollenbeck
"Work (Girl)" - Jessie Veeder
"Tall Grass Lonesome, in Memory of Rod Nelson" - Patricia Frolander
"The Little Red Geranium" - Yvonne Hollenbeck
"It Ain't Easy" - Jessie Veeder
"Directions in Ranch Country" - Patricia Frolander
"Dining Out" - Yvonne Hollenbeck
"If You Were a Cowboy" - Jessie Veeder
"Empty Corrals" - Patricia Frolander
"Perfect Grandparents" - Yvonne Hollenbeck
"Horses and Home" - Jessie Veeder
"For Sale" - Patricia Frolander
"The Gourmet Code of the West" - Yvonne Hollenbeck
"The Boat Song" - Jessie Veeder
"What Do You Do With Old Cowgirls?" - Patricia Frolander
"Meal Time" - Yvonne Hollenbeck
"Raining" - Jessie Veeder
"Why I Stay" - Patricia Frolander
"Give Your Horse Its Head" - Yvonne Hollenbeck
"Baby Blue" - Jessie Veeder
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Patricia Frolander, Wyoming's fifth Poet Laureate, lives and works in the Black Hills on her fifth-generation ranch near Sundance. She has garnered two coveted National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Wrangler Awards, two Willa Cather Awards, and a High Plains Book Award among others, and is featured in many anthologies. Pat’s work focuses on community, family, nature, and ranch life. She is at work on her fourth collection of poems.
Yvonne Hollenbeck is a South Dakota cattleman’s wife who writes poetry about her life on a beautiful, remote ranch where she helps with everyday duties–putting up hay, feeding a crew, doing bookwork, or working cattle. Her writing, often humorous, takes a serious side when she reflects upon the hardships experienced by her parents and ancestors. Yvonne is a freelance author, penning a weekly column in the Farmer & Rancher Exchange, an avid quilter (her master quilting and appliqué work can be seen in the Western Folklife Center’s Pioneer Saloon), and the creator of her one-woman show, Patchwork on the Prairie. Most of her writing and quilting is done while waiting on meals for her husband and hired hands, waiting for a cow to safely birth a new calf, or in evenings when the ranch day’s work is done, what she calls her “found time.”
Watford City, ND
Jessie Veeder writes and sings about the Badlands of western North Dakota where she grew up as the fourth generation on her family’s cattle ranch. She released her first original album at 16 and has gone on to tour nationally, releasing three more original albums and two books about rural living. Blending western, rock, blues, and heartfelt, honest lyrics, Jessie sings, writes, and talks about raising cattle, kids, and community. She and her husband work alongside her father on the ranch, raising their two young daughters and Angus cattle. She chronicles life on the land with her popular blog, column, and podcast, all titled Meanwhile, back at the ranch.... Jessie was voted North Dakota’s favorite folk musician and is a recipient of the North Dakota Governor's Award for Individual Achievement in the Arts.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Western Folklife Center's G Three Theater in Elko, NV, on Jan. 29, 2023.
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.