FEATURING: Dylan Clough, Tom Swearingen, Jessie Veeder.
Do you learn lessons easily or do you ascribe to the "School of Hard Knocks?" This show takes you on a thoughtful ride through lessons that were learned in life, love, and friendship. This trio of performers will wow you with their talent, music, poems, and moments of illumination.
Hosted by Amy Hale.
From the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
"One to Ride the River With" - Tom Swearingen
"It Ain't Easy" - Jessie Veeder
"Grand Round-Up" - Dylan Clough (poem traditional)
"Cowboy's Lament - Dylan Clough (words & music traditional)
"Language of the Land" - Tom Swearingen
"Raining" - Jessie Veeder
"Restless Farewell" - Dylan Clough
"For the Coffee Creek Inmate Quilters" - Tom Swearingen
"Leave the Light On" - Jessie Veeder
"Snake Eye Blues" - Dylan Clough
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Spanish Fork, UT
Dylan Clough is a horseman, rambler, folklore enthusiast, and singer-songwriter, calling no place home but hailing from Utah. His sound is raw, gritty, and as real as dirt beneath boots, taking the listener from sagebrush plains and red rock plateaus to Rocky Mountain pines and bluebell meadows. Bandcamp advises that Clough is “best listened to alone by [the] fireside and paired with bourbon.” He writes blues/folk-inspired tunes that capture the spirit and sound of the American West.
Tom Swearingen is an Oregon horseman whose original cowboy poetry is often inspired by his own experiences and observations from the saddle. A two-time winner of the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Contest, and three-time Western Music Association top-five finalist for Male Poet of the Year, Tom brings his stories to life with rhythm and rhyme and a style that makes him a popular performer not only at cowboy gatherings and horse camps, but wherever else you find folks who appreciate the heritage of the West. His two CDs Horses and Happiness and Rhyme 'Em Cowboy! have each been recognized as finalists for Western Music Association Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year. His recording of Cowboy’s Opinion is included on the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry’s Masters: Volume Two, the poetry of S. Omar Barker.
Watford City, ND
Jessie Veeder writes and sings about the badlands of Western North Dakota, where she grew up on the family ranch. Blending western, rock, blues, and heartfelt honest lyrics, Jessie sings about the buttes and creeks of her family’s working cattle ranch and her experiences of the huge oil mining boom in the region. Since 2010, Jessie, her husband, and their two young daughters have worked alongside her father as the fourth-generation stewards of the Veeder Ranch. She chronicles life on the land on her blog “Meanwhile, back at the ranch…”, as well as through a weekly column for Forum Communications newspapers and as a commentator on Prairie Public Radio.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Western Folklife Center’s G Three Bar Theater in Elko, NV, on Jan. 31, 2020.
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.