FEATURING: Yvonne Hollenbeck, The Munsick Boys, Jonathan Odermann, Jack Sammon.
Sit back and enjoy poetry and songs by those who make their living on the land. Yvonne Hollenbeck's wit and creative thinking will have you gasping for breath with laughter, Jonathan Odermann's poetry will take you on a journey from laughter to heavy emotions, and The Munsick Boys, father Dave and sons Sam and Tris, will leave you wanting more of their tight harmonies.
Hosted by Annie Hatch
From the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
Jack Sammon - "Those That Come Behind" Jack Sammon
"Sincerity and Interest"
"The Dog-gone-Fencing Blues"
"My Trusty ATV"
"Why Must Prairie Dogs Dig Holes"
"The Banker and the Insurance Man"
"Those Advertising Caps"
"Daylight Savings Time"
"The Class Reunion"
The Munsick Boys
"Buckaroo Ball" (by Dave Munsick)
"Weakness" (by Wade Montgomery)
"Sleepy-eyed John" (by Tex Atchison)
"The Bartlett Colts" (by Dave Munsick)
"Seven Below" (by Dave Munsick)
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Jonathan Odermann is a third-generation rancher who raises cattle in the badlands of western North Dakota, running cows about 25 miles north of Medora, sharing the landscape with Theodore Roosevelt National Park. He was moved to start writing verse after hearing cowboy poetry at the Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Jonathan’s original work runs the gamut from short, funny pieces to longer, epic sagas, and he likes to amuse and delight his audience with a blend of humorous and thought-provoking poems inspired by his real life experiences. Jonathan really enjoys cowboy poetry and encouraging others to share their stories through written and visual art.
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.
The Munsick Boys
The Munsick Boys (Dave, Sam, and Tris) have a natural appeal to enthusiasts of western culture. Hailing from northern Wyoming, they have ranched and made music together for most of their lives. They participate in horsemanship clinics, help out at local brandings, and do day work on neighboring ranches. Their unique sound, a cross between sagebrush country and open-sky folk, is drawn from the people and places they've gotten to know as they have worked and played around the West. They have opened for icons such as Ian Tyson and Lyle Lovett, grown a popular fan base on internet radio, and headlined music festivals in the U.S. and Europe. They've also won honors that include the Rocky Mountain Music Best Country Song, a past New Mexico state Fiddle Championship, and the AWA Will James Best Country Band Award.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Western Folklife Center’s G Three Theater in Elko, NV, on Jan. 30, 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.