The Real Deal
National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Shows • 1h 27m
FEATURING: Juni Fisher, Pipp Gillette, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Waddie Mitchell.
These seasoned performers take you on a journey through original and classic poetry, original songs, and childhood memories to aging with wild abandon.
Hosted by Kristin Windbigler.
From the 2022 Wild Ride.
"The Class Reunion" - Yvonne Hollenbeck
"Ride With Your Heart Open" - Juni Fisher
"Purt Near!" - Waddie Mitchell (poem by S. Omar Barker)
"I Like" - Pipp Gillette (words by Waddie Mitchell & music by Pipp Gillette)
"Money in Horses" - Yvonne Hollenbeck
"Still There" - Juni Fisher (words by Waddie Mitchell & music by Juni Fisher)
"Story with a Moral" - Waddie Mitchell
"Long Trot" - Pipp Gillette (words by Waddie Mitchell & music by Pipp Gillette)
"Perfect Grandparents" - Yvonne Hollenbeck
"Listen" - Juni Fisher
"For Woody" - Waddie Mitchell (poem by Rod McQueary)
"38 Cents" - Pipp Gillette (words by Waddie Mitchell & music by Pipp Gillette)
"Give Your Horse It's Head" - Yvonne Hollenbeck
"Hallelujah" - Juni Fisher (words & music by Leonard Cohen)
"Bet at the Bar" - Waddie Mitchell
"Myrtis" - Pipp Gillette (words by Waddie Mitchell & music by Pipp Gillette)
"Putting Down Old Red" - Yvonne Hollenbeck
"Whippoorwill" - Juni Fisher
"The Work" - Pipp Gillette (words by Waddie Mitchell & music by Pipp Gillette)
"Evening Chat" - Waddie Mitchell
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Juni played music with her sisters as a child, formed a bluegrass band as a teen, then fronted a dance orchestra, singing big band standards in college while she captained her winning college horse show team.
Nowadays, Fisher is a multi-award winning singer, songwriter, and entertainer who has toured throughout the US and Canada, and finds peace and connection training and showing her cutting horse, Reydio Airplay.
Pipp Gillette lives and works on the family ranch near Lovelady, Texas, where his grandfather started raising cattle and cotton in 1912. Pipp and his late brother, Guy, received the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Original Western Composition and Outstanding Traditional Western Album (which Pipp also received himself a few years later). Drawing on a lifelong interest in western history and music, Pipp plays traditional cowboy music on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and bones.
Yvonne Hollenbeck is a South Dakota cattleman’s wife, who writes poetry about her life on a beautiful and remote ranch where she helps with everyday duties, such as putting up hay, feeding a crew, doing bookwork, or working cattle. Although her poetry is often humorous about situations that were not humorous when they happened, her writing also takes a serious side when she reflects upon the hardships experienced by her parents and ancestral family members. Yvonne also is a freelance author, penning a weekly column in the Farmer & Rancher Exchange, an avid quilter, and creator of her one-woman show, Patchwork on the Prairie. Most of her writing is done or quilts made by hand in what she calls her “found time”…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. An example of her beautiful quilt and applique work is on display in the Western Folklife Center's Pioneer Saloon.
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.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Western Folklife Center's G Three Bar Theater in Elko, NV, on Jan. 28, 2022.
Made possible by the NV Energy Foundation, Nevada Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, and 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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