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Floyd Beard

Kim, CO    website

3 Trails West

Kansas City, KS      website

Floyd Beard and his wife Valerie are ranchers in the canyons of Southeastern Colorado near Kim, Colorado. Floyd writes down his experiences and observations while in the saddle working cattle, turning these thoughts into stories and songs. Floyd has been writing for over 30 years and has been presenting Cowboy Poetry from the Mexico border to Stony Plains, Alberta, Canada.  Floyd’s stories are inter-woven with his western code of high ethics and integrity and are richly sprinkled with humor. His philosophy is simple: “Life is a journey not a destination, and is best viewed from atop a good horse.” Floyd was honored to be named the Western Music Association's 2016 Male Poet of the Year.  His poem, "Ain't a Hermit," won the Spur Award for the 2016 Best Western Poem from the Western Writers of America.

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Silver Screen Cowboy and Western Swing Music.  Band Members: Leo Eilts, Roger Eilts, Jim Winters, Bill Dye, Ken Lovern, Marvin Gruenbaum 

Almeda Bradshaw

Huntley, MT    website

Almeda is one of Montana’s talented Western singer/songwriters. Her love for the life she lives as a western woman is clearly expressed in heartfelt songs and poetry.

Though born a town girl, all she wanted was to be a cowgirl. When her family moved to the country, a young girls dream of having a horse came true and horses have remained with Almeda ever since.  

Almeda raised her family in Big Sandy, Montana, where she also raised and showed AQHA performance horses, ran a hundred-fifty cows, finished hogs and operated a seed and feed business. She and her husband, former Marlboro Man, Merritt Bradshaw, now own and operate the M2B Ranch Bunkhouse and train performance horses on the Yellowstone River in Huntley, Montana.

Patty Clayton

Honolulu, Hawaii    website

Patty Clayton is an award winning performing songwriter whose original and borrowed Buckaroo ballads and Western Swing songs celebrate the present and yesteryears of the West. She knows her subject well; she was raised in the West, in a family rich with ranching history in the Pacific Northwest.  Currently residing in Honolulu, Hawaii, Patty still calls Colorado home and finds her way back over the mighty Pacific a couple times a year to travels thru the West, sharing her stories with those who love and live the Western way of life.

Patty has garnered multiple awards for her vocal talents and was presented with a Western Swing Album of the Year Award by the Western Music Association for her most recent full CD ‘Dancin‘ In Denver’.   In January of 2016, Patty

The Cowboy Way

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We are "The Cowboy Way"!!! A Western music trio combining the talents of Jim Jones, Doug Figgs, and Mariam Funke. Both Jim and Doug are multiple award winning singer/songwriters (Mariam co-writing on many of their songs) and Mariam is the master musician that ties it all together. We hope you'll join us as we "Race With the Wind".We are "The Cowboy Way"!!! A Western music trio combining the talents of Jim Jones, Doug Figgs, and Mariam Funke. Both Jim and Doug are multiple award winning singer/songwriters (Mariam co-writing on many of their songs) and Mariam is the master musician that ties it all together. We hope you'll join us as we "Race With the Wind".

Doris Daley

Black Diamond, AB TOL 0H0    website

Doris Daley has never roped a bear. Even so, just turn her loose, let her wander over yonder till she sees the mountains rise.  Writing, reciting and performing for over 20 years,  this Alberta ranch-raised poet is a favourite on stages throughout the US and Canada. Waddie Mitchell says, "If cowboy poetry were fresh milk, and the cream that rises to the top was the very best, then Doris would be very rich and very fattening." See her recent Ted Talk on youtube.  Doris became a Mehl-order bride in October 2016; she and Doc live in Black Diamond, Alberta.

Kristyn Harris

McKinney, TX    website

Kristyn Harris, age 21, is the winner of the 2012 WMA Crescendo Award.  She is noted for her singing, songwriting, swing rhythm guitar style, big bass thumping, and yodeling (named the WMA Female Yodeler of the Year in 2012, and awarded the WMA Janet McBride Yodeling Award in 2011).  Her heart lies in western and western swing music, being inspired by classic and contemporary western icons as well as her own ranch life.

Along with her passion for playing western music is her passion as a horseperson. She has trained two wild mustangs - her best friends - and draws inspiration from her horses daily.  Kristyn performs throughout the nation and Canada, and has appeared on national television programs on RFD-TV and Nickelodeon.

With a Texas flair and a love for the West, Kristyn never fails to gallop right into the hearts of her audiences with her warm, genuine and energetic personality.

Carolyn & Dave Martin

Joelton, TN    website

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Carolyn is a Texas born, Nashville based swing singer and member of the Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame. She was inducted into the Northwest Western Swing Music Society’s Hall of Fame in 2014 and will join the Western Swing Society of the Southwest’s Hall of Fame in 2015. In 2014, the  Cowtown Society of Western Music named Carolyn a “Hero of Western Swing”, and Carolyn was the recipient of the Academy of Western Artists’ Will Rogers award as the Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year in 2008, 2010, and 2014.

Syd Masters Band

Edgewood, NM    website

Syd is a singer and songwriter of traditional western music.  He is the author and recording artist of the Official State Cowboy Song of New Mexico. The Western Music Association, Academy of Western Artists, and The New Mexico Music Industry have combined to nominate him for more than 60 awards over the past decade.  He has been honored with titles such as “Vocalist of the Year,” “Country Song of the Year,” “Best Album,” Best Band,” Most Humorous Song,” and “Best Song.”

Doc Mehl

Westminster, Colorado    website

From his newly adopted home in Black Diamond, Alberta, Al “Doc” Mehl weaves the history and the mystery of the West into his original “west-clectic” poetry and music.  His CD recordings of original music include  “Asphalt Cowboy” (2005), “I’d Rather Be…” (2008), and “Doc & Tub, Live” (2014), a live recording featuring the duo of Doc Mehl and his sidekick Washtub Jerry, accompanied by the 70-voice Littleton Chorale.  Doc Mehl’s spoken-word poetry recordings include “Cowboy Pottery” (2005) and “The Great Divide” (named the “Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year” in 2013 by both the Western Music Association and the Academy of Western Artists). In the words of Rick Huff, “There’s a unique mind at work here that may be one of a kind in the Western Music arena.”  And songwriter Jon Chandler comments, “Listening to Doc is like having Lyle Lovett in one ear and Tommy Smothers in the other!”

Tom Swearingen

Tualatin, Oregon    website

Tom Swearingen is an Oregon horseman whose original cowboy poetry is often inspired by his own experiences and observations from the saddle.  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.  Two-time winner of the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Contest and 2015 and 2016 finalist for Western Music Association Male Poet of the Year, Tom’s poems have been published by the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, featured in Cowboys & Indians Magazine, and recognized by such organizations as the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.  Tom’s Horses and Happiness CD was a two-time finalist for WMA Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year.  His newest CD Rhyme ‘Em Cowboy! was a 2016 finalist for WMA Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year.

Joyce Woodson

San Juan Capistrano, CA    website

Joyce Woodson grew up on her family’s farm in San Juan Capistrano, California back when cattle still grazed the vast ranches surrounding the valley in the southern end of the Orange County.  Riding horses as a child was a part of growing up in the rural landscape as well as riding on her father’s diesel tractor in the fields.

Joyce went on to become a Grammy-nominated performer and recipient of Song of the Year from the Western Music Association in 2008 for her song "If I Hadn't Seen the West" as well as Songwriter of the Year in 2014.  She now has 28 cuts by other western music artists including Belinda Gail, Jean Prescott, Gary Prescott, the Wall-Eyed Moles, and Liz Masterson. She also received Performer of the Year in 2008 from the AWA.  Joyce tours here in the U.S., England, and in Sweden and teaches at

Barry Ward

Eureka, KS    website

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Barry Ward (The Bear) received his inspirations for Barry’s original songs come from his experience growing up in the heart of rural America. Barry was a fourth generation farmer/rancher from Southwest Kansas. His singing and songwriting are a tribute to Western traditions and lifestyles that he shares from his heart.

He was Cultural Olympiad in Utah in conjunction with the 2002 Olympics. He performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City with the Great American Cowboy in Concert and was Male Vocalist of the Year of the Western Division of the Country Gospel Music Association.

He won the AWA Song of the Year and was the Finalist for Male Performer of the Year.  He also was the WMA Finalist for Male Performer of the Year, along with Finalist for Best Traditional Western Album of the Year, Finalist for Song of the Year, and Finalist for Song Writer of the Year.  And he was The FIRST WESTERN MUSIC ENTERTAINER to perform in Cameroon, Africa.

Randy Houston

Cuervo, New Mexico    website

With the release of his latest album, Cowboys and Girls, Randy Huston establishes himself as one of the premier western music artists.  Cowboys and Girls is a musical ride into his world of horses, cattle, bumps and bruises and the wide-open spaces of New Mexico. 

The CD has already garnered recognition from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum with its Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Traditional Western Album. Randy not only sings and writes about the cowboy lifestyle; he also lives it on a daily basis from sun-up to sundown.  Whether it’s herding cattle, doctoring a horse, or pairing up with his daughter, Hannah, for a day of working on the ranch, Randy’s songs bring to life all that makes up this traditional lifestyle.

His family operates a ranch near Cuervo, New Mexico, where he and his father tend to a herd of Corriente cattle.  Hence, Randy’s life is literally a musical opus where each day is filled with the events that feed his musical passion.

Susie Knight

Evergreen, Colorado    website

Hangin’ her hat in Conifer, Colorado, Susie Knight, is a horsewoman and has worked most of her life as a wrangler on guest ranches, trail ride outfits, and on her family’s ranch in Pine Ridge, SD. This past summer, she returned to wrangling dudes on horseback rides at Bear Creek Stables located along the foothills near Denver. Raised in an entertainment family, she’s been on stage since a child and began writing cowboy songs & poetry as a teen.  

Susie Knight is in high demand on stages all over the West for her superlative storytelling skills and animated stage presence. In 2016, Susie Knight ranked #1 on the TOP 40 List for Most Heard Cowboy Poets on radio.

The 2014 & 2016 Western Music Association Female Poet of the Year, 2013 Academy of Western Artists’ Cowgirl Poet, 2013 Cowboy Idol Poet, and winner of the 2012 & 2016 WMA’s Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year, Susie Knight is Colorado’s Own All-Around Cowgirl Entertainer.

Vic Anderson

Estes Park, CO    website

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Valerie Beard

Kim, CO

Valerie is a rancher's wife, teacher, writer, crew cook, quilter and reader.  She and her husband, cowboy poet Floyd Beard, live in Southeast Colorado twelve cattle guards from the pavement.  The Beards run Corriente cattle with their daughter and son-in-law and keep a few Border Collies around to stay humble.  Valerie writes original poetry and also recites classic and contemporary cowboy poetry.  She has been a performer at the Arizona Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the Cimarron Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering and at the Western Slope Gathering in Grand Junction, CO.

Almeda has produced four albums of original work: "Voices From The Range”; a poetry album "A Way Of Heart”, which received a nomination for Poetry CD of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists in 2012; and "Lovers', Wives & Mothers: A Western Woman's Voice", which received a 2016 Spur Award nomination from the Western Writers of America for Song of the Year, a 2016 nomination from the Western Music Association for Song of the year and a 2017 nomination from the Academy of Western Artists for Album of the Year.

Almeda’s recent release, TRIBUTE, includes the song LARRY DEVER DID, which pays tribute to the late Sheriff of Cochise County, Larry Dever.

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Dave & Kathy McCann


James Michael

Rociado, New Mexico    website

Dennis Russell

Cimarron, NM    website

Mark Munzert

, NY    website

Mark Munzert is the 2017 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo 'Rising Star' (Serious Poet) Champion and 2017 inductee to the Adirondack Cowboy Hall of Fame.  With paternal roots in Arizona, and presently residing in upstate New York's Adirondack Mountains region, Mark has been branded 'the Cowboy Poet of the Northeast'.  The day-workin' ranch-hand, descendant of horse-folk, cow-losopher performs regularly at Western events, dude ranches, Cowboy Gatherings, conventions, and equine expositions.  Mark reveals "that in my heart, I knew I was meant to be a Cowboy. An' while situations didn't always allow the fate, along the bumpy trail, I did a fair piece of day-workin'.  I made a hand, biddin' my skills with horses, cows, cowgirls, cowboys, and too many fences."  Mark is an ardent preserver and promoter of cowboy and western culture in everyday actions as well as the Trail Boss of 'Cowboy Poetry' (Facebook open group) and a Board Member of the Western Music Association Western Wordsmiths Chapter.  Mark's writing, and moreover spirited telling of tales, captures that which embodies the spirit of 'cow-folk' and blazes the trail for young buckaroos to follow.

Rocky Sullivan


Steve Jones is excited to now be a solo act.  For seventeen years he was the lead singer, songwriter and rhythm guitar player for the Yampa Valley Boys.  As such, he has performed multiple times at several cowboy music and poetry gatherings—Cochise, Durango and the Colorado Gathering.  He does about 150 shows per year, including county and state fairs, plus many other public and private functions.  He still has a friendly, infectious stage presence that reaches out to any audience-—no matter the size-—to make his show seem as intimate as a campfire sing-along.  Some have dubbed him the “Cowboy Irish Tenor”, his voice being his best instrument.   He likes a good Irish song—cowboy or otherwise—in addition to the cowboy, western, classic country and original songs that he does.  He has two solo CD’s, “That Irish Kid” (2011)   and “PIcasso” (2017).  He still flavors his shows with humor in song or story.

A Kansas native, Rocky Sullivan has been living in the southwest working on ranches among other things for the better part of three decades. During the last few years he has brought his poetry into the limelight, gaining respect and praise from peers and audiences. Rocky won in his division of the 2015 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo in Abilene, KS and again in 2017. Rocky has been asked to perform at numerous venues since. He is grateful to God for his talents and his wife for her patience. Rocky has performed at the Arizona Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Prescott AZ and the Cimarron Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering in Cimarron, NM

The stage comes to life with the energy, talent, and enthusiasm of Lisa, Theresa, and Daniel Hanson. Dazzling audiences everywhere with new and fresh arrangements, this dynamic trio brings you the best of Western Swing, yodeling mastery, rousing fiddle tunes and blazing harmony combined with humor and audience participation.

The beautiful harmonies and vocal arrangements of The Hanson Family have gained them much recognition in the music world as well as the honor of winning, among other awards, the 2014 Academy of Western Artists Duo/Group of the Year, the 2014 Western Music Association Crescendo Award, the 2013 Kamloops Cowboy Festival "Rising Star Showcase", the 2016, 2015 and 2006 WMA Marilyn Tuttle "Best of the Best" harmony award, and the 2005 WMA "Youth Yodeler of the Year".

Dennis Russell blends his original western poems and songs as well as sharing some of the classics at campfires or cowboy gatherings. Dennis and his wife Jana have a cow-calf operation in Redwing, Colorado while their headquarters are in Cimarron, New Mexico.

Dennis was appointed the first Poet Laureate of Cimarron, New Mexico and won the first Western Music Association (WMA) Western Wordsmiths Chapter Cowboy Poetry Jackpot in the Novice Division in 2014. He was also was elected Vice President of the WMA Western Wordsmiths Chapter for 2015. Nominee for WMA 2016 Cowboy Poetry CD of the year. Western Radio Top 10 CD for 2016. Western Radio Top 15 Poet for 2016.

Dennis is the founder of the Cimarron Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering held at the Philmont Scout Ranch annually the last week in August.  

the Summersongs songwriting camp in Cambria, California.  Recently, Rockmount, the legendary western clothing store in Denver, asked to sell her latest CD.  It features the song “Thank Jack,” about the founder of that famous retail store – Jack A.Weil.  This year Joyce is proud to announce the release of Living the Western Dream - her long-awaited new album of all original western songs.

They have entertained at the Alaska State Fair, Pendleton Roundup, Paramount Theater in Seattle, New York City Center Theater in New York, the Wyoming State Fair and hundreds of other events and venues across the US and Canada.

With great instrumentation, spectacular yodeling mastery and a deep love for music, The Hanson Family is fast becoming a popular group in the entertainment world!

Notable Exceptions

Ellensburg, WA    website

Notable Exceptions is a tidy bundle of energy, talent, experience, and musical joy.  The Notable Exceptions sound is a potpourri of Folk, Western, and novelty tunes.  From house concerts to concert halls, Judy Coder and Jennifer Epps are known in the world of western music for their finely crafted vocal harmony.  Their original tunes are lighthearted and conversational.  For accompaniment, Judy's tasteful rhythm guitar is right on the button; Jennifer sweetens the sound with tidbits of harmonica, rhythm instruments, flutes and whistles.  The result is fun, fresh, bold Americana.  This delightful pair is the Western Music Association’s 2015 Harmony Duo of the Year.  

From their home “way out west where the sun sinks low,” these troubadours live on the road, touring for 6 months of the year.  Judy, a classically trained composer, is currently engaged in her first masterwork: a one-act opera with a western theme.  Notable Exceptions is driven by a commitment to spreading joy and laughter through song.  Follow their adventures on Facebook, and catch them live when they blast through your town.  You’re in for "Rootin' Tootin', Nose-Flutin' Fun!"

released her first single entitled ‘Swingin’ On A Gate’ that landed in the #1 position for number of airplays on Western Radio for the first quarter of 2016, and remained on the charts thru the summer months. The Western Music Association named her Female Performer of the Year, and the Academy of Western Artists assuring her a spotlight amongst the West’s best performers also presented her with the Will Rogers Award for Western Music Female Vocalist of the Year.   

True West Magazine Owner and Editor, Bob Boze Bell says:

“The OK Chorale’s approach to Arizona’s History is truly unique.”

Dedicated to the preservation of the legendary old west, the OK Chorale has been entertaining audiences throughout the Southwest for the past 20 years with their unique blending of harmonies, storytelling and poetry.    

The OK Chorale is delighted to again be a part of the wonderful Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering and we can’t wait to the load up the buckboard with goodies and mosey on over to the “Barn Dance” for a Dad-Gum good time.  

See you there pardn’r.

OK Chorale Trio

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Ramblin' Rangers

Hot Springs, SD    website

Chuckwagon cookouts.  A gathering in Montana.  Heritage Centers.  State Parks.  Ranches.  Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, the Midwest and the Dakotas.  If you're traveling these parts, looking for music honoring the western way of life, you'll likely find the Ramblin' Rangers.  This year marks eleven years singing to the hearts of romantics everywhere.  Bonnie Jo and Brad Exton, former park/forest rangers, based out of Hot Springs, SD, bring a special insight to their story telling.  Songs that history claims, that awaken the nostalgic need slumbering in our souls.  Songs of joy and heartache, of labor and love.  Songs that bear on our very essence.  Entertainers and songwriters, they offer a distinct sound blending Bonnie Jo's tender harmonies with Brad's easy voice, “smooth as a velvet comforter”.  Add to that, the sound of the musical saw played by Bev Gray, you'll hear a unique sound not often found in the western genre.  Playing and telling, mixing with fans and friends, it adds up to a sort of sharing the Ramblin' Rangers took aim at a decade ago.  

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Trinity Seely

Cascade, MT    website

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