35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering — Cowboys and company reflect on past, look to future, in poetry and song

35th Annual Cowboy Poetry Festival, Elko Nevada
The 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is January 28-February 2, 2019, in Elko, Nevada. Tickets went on sale to Western Folklife Center members Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Produced by the Western Folklife Center, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the nation’s original cowboy poetry and music festival.35th Annual Cowboy Poetry Festival, Elko NevadaFor 35 years, the Gathering has honored the arts and culture of rural life in the American West and around the world. The 35th anniversary will celebrate the vitality of the rural West with appearances by the best classic and contemporary cowboy poets, western and roots musicians, dance bands, gearmakers, craftsmen, storytellers, and visual artists. Nearly 50 poets, musicians, and musical groups from the U.S. and Canada will perform on nine stages at four venues.
A full list of invited poets and musicians, along with their hometowns, is below. For artist bios, audio samples, and show descriptions: www.nationalcowboypoetrygathering.org.
“The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering has long celebrated the dynamic cultural expressions, and self expressions, of the American West. We welcome people to Elko to share in the stories, artistry, and sheer delight of life lived on the land,” explains Kristin Windbigler, Western Folklife Center Executive Director. “Over 35 years, we’ve earned a reputation as the ‘most big-hearted’ festival around. As we look toward the future, we are remembering our roots and building from this grand tradition of hospitality and creativity.”
The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is an international festival that honors the arts, culture, and traditions of the rural West, including poetry, music, storytelling, dancing, workshops, exhibitions, discussions, films, food, and fellowship. Since 1985, ranchfolk and aficionados of the American West have traveled to remote Elko, Nevada, to meet others who love the West, to be captivated by poets and musicians whose art is an expression of their life on the land, to participate in creating traditional Western gear and art, to learn about current challenges and creative solutions in Western land stewardship, to peruse fine goods from the Western Mercantile vendors, to experience the special exhibitions at the Western Folklife Center’s Wiegand Gallery, and to kick up their heels and enjoy a week filled with entertainment, learning, and laughter.
Tickets to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering can be purchased online at www.nationalcowboypoetrygathering.org, or by calling 888-880-5885. Western Folklife Center members can purchase tickets beginning September 4, 2018, and the general public can purchase tickets beginning October 4. Western Folklife Center members receive a free ticket to members’ shows and discounts on 3-Day Deluxe Passes during the members’ pre-sale period.

35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Featured Poets and Musicians

3hattrio, Virgin, UT
Amy Hale Auker, Prescott, AZ
Mike Beck, Monterey, CA
Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Eunice, LA
John Dofflemyer, Lemon Cove, CA
Joshua Dugat, Tuscaloosa, AL
Maria Lisa Eastman, Hyattville, WY
Mary Flitner, Greybull, WY
Jamie Fox & Alex Kusturok, Harlem, MT & St. Paul, AB, Canada
Ryan & Hoss Fritz, Longview, AB, Canada
Dick Gibford, New Cuyama, CA
DW Groethe, Bainville, MT
Andy Hedges, Lubbock, TX
Brenn Hill, Hooper, UT
Tish Hinojosa, Austin, TX
Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield, SD
Ross Knox, Sasabe, AZ
Ned LeDoux, Northeastern KS
Daron Little, Saratoga, WY
Corb Lund, Southern AB, Canada
Carolyn Martin’s Swing Band, Fort Wayne, IN
Sid Marty, Lundbreck, AB, Canada
Deanna McCall, Timberon, NM
Gary McMahan, Bellvue, CO
Waddie Mitchell, Twin Bridges, NV
Michael Martin Murphey, Walden, CO
Joel Nelson, Alpine, TX
Rodney Nelson, Almont, ND
Diane Peavey, Hailey, ID
Shadd Piehl, Mandan, ND
Vess Quinlan, Florence, CO
Halladay & Rob Quist, Kalispell, MT
Henry Real Bird, Garryowen, MT
Brigid Reedy, Whitehall, MT
Randy Rieman, Choteau, MT
Jake Riley, Riverdale, NE
Matt Robertson, Okotoks, AB, Canada
Olivia Romo, Santa Fe, NM
Trinity Seely, Cascade, MT
Sean Sexton, Vero Beach, FL
Sourdough Slim, Paradise, CA
Dave Stamey, Orange Cove, CA
Gail Steiger, Prescott, AZ
Colter Wall, Swift Current, SK, Canada
Paul Zarzyski, Great Falls, MT

The 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is supported by Nevada Humanities, Nevada Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Elko Convention and Visitors Authority, the City of Elko, the Elko County Recreation Board and many more foundations, businesses, and individuals.

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