Saturday Daytime Performers - Only

Ticketed Performers  & Saturday Daytime Performers

Participating  Performers

(placeholder)

Featured  Performers

3 Trails West

Kansas City, KS      website

Live in Sierra Vista, visit our sponsors, thank them by throwing some business their way while you wait for next years gathering.

Gordon Freitas

??    website

Harris Kristyn

McKinney, TX    website

Mike Moutoux

New Mexico   website

To

Tualatin, Oregon    website

Joy

San Juan Capistrano, CA    website

Bar

Eureka, KS    website

Rocky Sullivan

??    website

Vic Anderson

Estes Park, CO    website

Valerie Beard

Kim, CO

Cimarron Sidekicks

Glendale, AZ    website

The Hanson Family

    website

Gail Star

Carefree, AZ   website

Steve Jones

    website

Claudia Nygaard

??   website

Steve Lindsey

Canelo, AZ    website

Terry Nash

Loma, Colorado    website

Washtub Jerry

McDonald Observatory, TX    website

Marty Davis

Prescott Valley, AZ    website

Marlene Bussma

Dammeron Valley, UT   website

Miss "V" ~ The Gypsy Cowbelle

Thermopolis, WY   website

Last Featured Performer

Last Participating Performer

Ga

Carefree, AZ   website

Tr

Cascade, MT    website

Susie Knight

Conifer, Colorado   website

Washtub Jerry is a recognized authority for building and playing the washtub bass. In 1999, he was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by the Western Music Association. Jerry has performed with Patsy Montana, Yakov Smirnoff, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Riders In The Sky, Peter Yarrow, Johnny Gimble, and yes, Don, Waddie, Red and R.W. (plus hundreds of other musicians)! He participated in musical cultural exchange tours in Russia, Germany and Ireland. Jerry has authored and published four books. Washtub Jerry is the fifth generation descendant of South Dakota homesteaders and has lived among West Texas ranchers and cowboys for over four decades.

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". 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!

3 TRAILS WEST is named after the three famous routes to the New Frontier which originated in Kansas City; The Santa Fe, California and Oregon trails.  Brothers Roger and Leo Eilts who head up the six-piece ensemble are true sons of the Kansas Soil, and proud of it.  Along with their Pal Jim Winters and the Trails Hands Orchestra (Marvin Gruenbaum, Ken Lovern and Bill Dye) they pump out enough energy to jump start a Mac Truck.  Tight three-part harmonies backed by legendary Kansas City instrumentalists, the band takes no prisoners and delivers the goods. wma

Cimarron Sidekicks is a western music foursome based in Phoenix, Arizona, but who have performed throughout the State. The group is known for their close harmonies that they developed while singing in the renowned award winning Phoenicians barbershop chorus. They sing western songs from the silver screen, television, radio and those old cowboy standards we all love. Songs popularized by Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Sons of the Pioneers and others bring back memories of the old west with great vocal harmonies, foot-stompin’ instrumentals and plain old-fashioned good fun. Their audience sing-alongs and recitation of cowboy poetry round out a typical performance. Cimarron Sidekicks have performed in places such as the Sharlott Hall Folk Music Festival in Prescott, Arizona, The Glendale, Arizona Folk Festival, and recently at the Saddlebrooke Western Heritage Preservation Association in Oracle, Arizona. In addition, they have performed for numerous private events in the Phoenix area. They are active members of the Arizona chapter of the Western Music Association (WMA) and have competed in both the harmony and poetry contests at the WMA national convention. Both lead singer Bob “Lefty” Sampson and bass man Dan “Doc” Wilson have written original music for the group as well as cowboy poetry.

VERDANA TEXT HERE. Syd is a singer and song writer of traditional western music. He is the author and recording artist of the Official State Cowboy Song of New Mexico and was recognized as The Academy of Western Artists National Male Vocalist of the Year. His latest CD won “Best Country CD” & “Best Song” amidst 5 nominations at the New Mexico Music Industry Awards. The Western Music Association, Academy of Western Artists and The New Mexico Music Industry have combined to nominate him for more than 40 awards over the past 15 years. “Vocalist of the Year,” “Country Song of the Year,” “Best Album,” Best Band,” Most Humorous Song,” and “Best Song” are some of the categories in which he was victorious.

Born a Texan, he grew up the way most West Texas boys did, working hard under that big, open sky. He came to know the cowboy as an icon of character and integrity. His grandfather and uncle were storytellers and from them Joe learned to weave tales and appreciate the power of words. Strongly influenced by the old cowboy heroes of his childhood, Joe began as his early cowboy mentors had done, to add rhyme and cadence to many of those stories. The result of such a mixture evolved into a blending of stories and poems that not only entertain, but also prod the soul with a truer understanding of the deep values and solid character of the American Cowboy. In 1981 he traded his spurs for Mouse ears and has worked as a Walt Disney Imagineer for the past 37 years. But when the campfire flickers, there is still a stirring in his soul. A yearning swells to recall the life lessons of his cowboy youth, the people and events of good days past, and tell their story.

Joe Herrington

Canyon Country, CA    website

Kristyn Harris, a Texas-bred musical powerhouse, is the 2016 WMA Entertainer of the Year, and the youngest person to have received this honor. Her singing has been praised as "timeless”, “powerful” and “shimmering”, and is complimented on stage by her swing guitar playing, yodeling, songwriting, and energetic stage presence. Now 23, Kristyn tours across the U.S. and internationally. When she’s not playing music, her passions find her trick riding, training horses and working cattle, including her own small herd of black angus. She draws most of her artistic inspiration from these experiences, as well as the vintage melodies and arrangements found in classic western swing and B-western music, and styles from other songwriters. Kristyn brings joy and passion to her music. She is the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Awards Western Swing Female Artist of the Year and named the WMA Female Performer of the Year in 2014 & 2015. As one venue put it: "This bundle of energy and talent is 'the rage' on stage from the east coast to the west and if you can stay seated when she finishes her performance you're prob'ly 'bout ready for the grave!!"

Ramblin Rangers

??    website

Mike Moutoux is a cowboy-singer-songwriter from Silver City, New Mexico. Also known as “New Mexico’s Enchanting Cowboy”, he specializes in turning ranch work into cowboy songs and cowboy poetry that will put an audience as close to being in the saddle as words and music allow. His work has taken him high into the Pecos Wilderness in northern New Mexico and to the flat mesquite plains near Carlsbad. He has shared stages with all the western music greats and has been a friend to all as a radio DJ, festival emcee, and concert producer. Mike performs a variety of things on stage mixing his own cowboy poetry and music with a few classics audiences will surely recognize. There will be wild rides, cattle drives, and endless big blue skies all wrapped up in poetry and song. With his smooth voice, authentic material, and a wonderful sense of humor, it doesn’t take long for an audience to appreciate what enchanting means: captivating and charming.

A bona fide troubadour, The Gypsy Cowbelle (a.k.a. “V”) offers intriguing glimpses into American culture, history and lore. Her musical performances pair a diverse selection of original ballads with traditional cowboy, country and Americana covers. Compelling lyrics accompanied by solid rhythms on the guitar and her homemade “Plank Banjo” define “V”s signature “Genuine Cowbilly” sound. Her subtle humor, engaging personality, creative spirit, and penchant for discovering ‘the road less travelled’ culminate in unique performances that entertain and provoke thought in equal measure. Listeners enjoy stepping back to rural places and simpler times. While caretaking a homestead ranch for fourteen years, Miss “V” honed skills such as driving teams, making tack, running pack strings, building banjos, and cowboying. Two decades spent exploring rural America and her backcountry have afforded “V” her rich understanding of the land and its people. The Gypsy Cowbelle’s fascinating story has been captured in magazines, books, newspapers, radio interviews, and television broadcasts nationwide. “Nothing Fancy But Guaranteed Authentic!”

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.

Raised in Eastern Colorado on a farm/ranch, Terry Nash now lives in Loma, Colorado, where he and his wife raise horses, cattle and hay. When he’s not horseback on the mountain with his cattle, Terry can be found at various Cowboy Poetry Gatherings throughout the west reciting his original poems and many classics. He has recorded two CD’s of Cowboy Poetry, Calf Pullin’ Made Simple and December Stragglers. Terry Nash was a top five finalist for the Western Music Association “Male Cowboy Poet of the Year” in 2013 and again in 2014.

Vic Anderson Cowboy Troubadour, is a western entertainer, singer/songwriter, WMA champion yodeler,(2003, 2010) world class melodic whistler, author, columnist and freelance writer . Raised in Montana, he cowboy’d on large and small ranches working cattle, horses, sheep, and buffalo. He rodeo’d for several years, riding bareback broncs and team roping. He was a big game guide and outfitter for many years. He now lives in Estes Park, CO, where he is a member of the newly revised Lazy B Wranglers, and was a member of the original, legendary LazyB Wrangler. He played guitar for Tex Williams on Tex’s last tour, and shared the stage with many noted musicians and western and country western Stars. Vic is known as a whistling virtuoso. He utilizes whistling as an instrument, much as you might use a fiddle. He has recorded three CD’s, PLAIN AND UNVARNISHED, RIDE EASY PARD and an extended play, PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE. Vic’s novel GHOST BEAR ISLAND, is the first of a three book series. Number 2, THE TRAIL, is struggling toward the finish, with the third to follow.

Floyd Beard

Kim, CO   website

Floyd Beard and his wife Valerie run a cow calf operation on the High Plains of Colorado near Punkin Center. Floyd began writing poetry while out working his cattle in the late 1970’s. Jotting down his experiences and observations while in the saddle, he “smithed” these thoughts into his stories and songs. Floyd was named the 2015 "Cowboy Poetry Idol" at the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering and Music Festival and he also won the Colorado State Fair Cowboy Shoot-Out in 2006. He has presented as far away as Stony Plains, Alberta, Canada, and is the current President of the WMA Colorado Chapter. Floyd’s stories, which he has recited and presented for 30 years, are inter-woven with his western code of high ethics, integrity and sprinkled richly with humor. His philosophy is simple: “Life is a journey not a destination, and is best viewed from atop a good horse.”

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.

Marlene Bussma

Marty Davis

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. Visit www.irishcoyotemusic.com.

I was born in Patagonia AZ in 1958 and raised up on the family ranch in Canelo AZ. This is the same ranch my great Grandfather homesteaded in 1910 after he left his fathers ranch in Parker Canyon AZ. That makes me a 5th generation Arizona rancher raising the 6th I married my wife Naomi in 1979 in Benson AZ were we resided for the first 15 years of marriage, and then in 1994 moved back to the family ranch. Along with my two sisters and their family's we are trying to keep the ranch afloat. What a great way to raise kids! Speaking of kids, Naomi and I have nine wonderful children, ranging in ages from 23 to 8. What a privilege to be entrusted with so many lives, and we are never bored or lonesome. We are ranching a Forest Service lease on the West Side of the Huachuca Mountains. The country is rugged and beautiful and we are the happiest people around just knowing we are raising a commodity that the rest of the nation needs. And it does help in the fact that it has rained here a little more than in other places lately. Cattle look good and the market is up, so we are in good shape! I have done poetry all over the country, even reciting a poem for a congressional committee on natural resources in Washington D.C. I have been to Nevada, Prescott, Gilbert with my good friends the Flakes and lots of other places in-between. I feel it is a blessing to be able to write and recite my own poetry, especially from the ranchers' point of view. From bad markets to good, drought years and wet to good and bad horses, these poems are from my heart.

Claudia Nygaard

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.

Gail has been singing for a long time on stages, at campfires and corporate events. The cowgirl in her came from the beginning when she saw her Heroes on the television that led her from the fantasy world of the cowboy/girl, to the real world of the West. Her life has been based on the western ways as she has traveled, worked with ranchers, and helped bring the romance of the West to folks. The Cattle Drives, the Chuck Wagons, and the time on the trail have helped the past meet the present. These experiences have given her the soul that is needed for an authentic western serenade. She works plenty hard on her Arizona ranches in Carefree and Skull Valley. When she plays and sings she brings to life the cowboy lifestyle and soulful cowboy music. So, when Gail gets her guitar out of that case, wherever she may be, get ready to go back in time, and have a good time remembering the cowboy Heroes of years gone by. Sit back, listen to the yodel and sing along! Happy Trails!

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