An Evening with Trinity
Thursday, October 3rd at the Henry Strater Theatre

Two Showtimes: 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Tickets $45, reserved seating

Trinity Seely ~ Cascade, Montana
Trinity grew up in the heart of cow country in the Chilcotin region of British Columbia. Inspired at an early age by a rugged sea of jackpine forests and grasslands, she learned to work hard from kitchen to corral on the family’s guest ranch. As a teen, Trinity moved to California to attend The Thacher School and her love affair with the vaquero way was born. Her life has taken her from Ojai, California, to the high plains of Wyoming, the Sandhills of Nebraska and finally to the Big Belt Mountains outside Cascade where she and her husband Jeff and their three young boys live and work on a cattle operation. With humbling honesty and a honey-smooth voice, Trinity sings about loving cowboys and horses and living “in the middle of nowhere” with honest lyrics that touch the heart.Trinity has been awarded the Western Music Association and Academy of Western Artists’ Song of the Year, and recently released a CD collaboration with cowboy poet Ross Knox, The Horse in the Middle.
Visit Trinity Seely's website here

 

Join us for two evenings of Cowboy Poetry and Music!


Friday, October 5 ~ 6:00
Saturday, October 6 ~ 8:00

"Cowboy Humor"
Henry Strater Theatre

Reserved seating: Tickets $35 premier seating, $25 regular

Host: Thatch Elmer
Margaret Wilhelm
Brooke Turner
Bill Lowman

  Friday, October 5 ~ 8:00
Saturday, October 6 ~ 6:00

"Classic Cowboy"
Henry Strater Theatre

Reserved seating: Tickets $35 premier seating, $25 regular

Greg Hager
Ross Knox
Mary Kaye
Host: Nolan King


 
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Thatch Elmer, HOST
Bear River, Wyoming
The “Bear River Buckaroo” is a 16 year old that has been reciting cowboy poetry since he was old enough to speak a complete sentence. Thatch enjoys writing and reciting originals along with the classics. He has been influenced by his father, grandfathers and family friend Don Proffit. Thatch has spent his years listening to stories about ranch life as it used to be from his great-grandpa who was a cowboy all of his 88 years. Thatch enjoys riding his horse, roping and riding mini bulls throughout Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. Thatch was co-recipient of the first Rod McQueary/Sue Wallis scholarship presented at the 2014 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko. He is published on CowboyPoetry.com and in the book Cowboy Rhymes-N-Dreams of Other Times, and is celebrating the release of his first CD, The First Go Round.
Visit Thatch Elmer's website here    
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Nolan King, HOST
Cortez, Colorado
Born and raised in Cortez, Nolan has spent his entire life working with livestock, horses and the land. After falling in love with the sound of yodeling at a young age, he taught himself how to yodel and sing, and later started learning how to play the guitar and other instruments. He has a wide range of influences, from Roy Rogers, to Bob Wills, to Bing Crosby. He cowboyed on the Texas/Oklahoma border for two years, during which time he would travel to the Fort Worth Stockyards every week to perform with Devon Dawson and the rest of the Cowtown Opry. Now back in Colorado, Nolan continues to ranch, while also pursuing his passions of Western music and ballroom dance.
Visit Nolan King's Facebook page here

 

Margaret Wilhelm
White Sulphur Springs, Montana
Margaret lives on a ranch in Montana. People say she sees life from a little different slant … who else would write a tribute to her washing machine or an ode to the neighbour’s goat. Margaret loves to laugh and hopes her contemporary poetry about ranch and rural life will produce a chuckle or at least a smile. A popular American performer, Margaret has a poem about William Shakespeare as a cowboy. “Mother up, you milky mooies! Get thy beefy arses,” she recites, imitating Shakespeare instructing his cows.
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Greg Hager
Valley City, North Dakota
Greg's rural Western roots run deep, and he writes and sings about the life he knows and lives. Valuable lessons about honesty, integrity, and keeping your word—no matter what—were instilled at an early age, and form the backdrop of his musical perspective. Worldwide, Greg’s music is making a difference. In spring 2017 and also in 2018 he completed two concert tours of Japan – performing a total of 48 concerts of only his original Western, Country, Cowboy and Gospel songs. He writes everything he sings and his style is heavily influenced by other great 12-string guitar pickers and story-tellers like John Denver, Roger Whittaker, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Overstreet, Clint Black, George Strait and many others. His style is described as “easy-going, melodic and clever” relating to more traditional Country and Western music prior to the pop-culture influences. Greg and his wife and three children live in southeast North Dakota near the family homestead.
Visit Greg Hager's website here

 
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Brooke Turner
Clarinda, Iowa
Brooke has used his music to reach the hearts of people throughout the country. He owns and operates a working cow-calf outfit along with the help of several dogs and horses, three kids and a top-hand wife. Brooke said his poetry and music are “guaranteed to make some people laugh, some people cry and everyone think.” He draws inspiration from all areas of his life, from bull riding, to fishing with his kids, to calving in a blizzard or just riding out across his ranch in the morning light. In the past few years, Brooke’s greatest inspiration has been his sister Jyl, who was paralyzed in a ranching accident. To help her, he did the thing he knew best...he cowboyed his way to Nashville by riding over 730 miles on horseback to perform a song he wrote in tribute to her as well as raise awareness and money for Spinal Cord Injury Research.
Visit Brooke Turner's Facebook page here
 
Ross Knox
Sasabe, Arizona
Ross aspired to be a cowboy as a little boy after watching his father work their ranch in central Oregon. At 16, he quit school and moved to Nevada to buckaroo, where he also began writing poetry to occupy his time alone. He has worked at both the Grand Canyon and Saguaro National Parks in Arizona, packing in supplies and tools for trail and fire crews. Ross has also led pack trips in Yosemite. He now works on the historic Rancho de la Osa in Sasabe, Arizona. Known for reciting the classics, Ross also writes original poetry from his life experiences and has more than 100 poems committed to memory. He recently released a CD collaboration with musician Trinity Seely, The Horse in the Middle.
Visit Ross Knox's website here

   

Bill Lowman
Sentinal Butte, North Dakota
Bill was raised on the family ranch in Sentinel Butte and rode horseback with his two brothers and sister to school at the one-room Westerheim School three miles from the ranch headquarters. He grew up wrestling and roping calves during branding season and went on to weekend rodeoing and riding bulls in the Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association. An undiagnosed dyslexic, he struggled with school and spent time pencil sketching instead of studying. He pursued his aptitude for art by studying commercial art at the Art Institute of Miami in Florida, returning to the ranch each summer. His cowboy “get ‘er done” capabilities impressed his classmates, whose privileged upbringing didn’t include improvising to accomplish necessary tasks - a second-nature skill for rural North Dakotans.

After returning home, Bill took a series of ranch jobs and began to sell his artwork. When times got lean, he operated heavy equipment building state and federal highways, eventually buying his own equipment to start Lowman Construction with his wife, JoAnn. In the late 1990s, the Lowmans built a log hunting and guest house, Lowman’s Lodge, on their picturesque ranch. Bill is the founder and annual organizer of the Dakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Medora.
Visit Bill Lowman's website here
 
Mary Kaye
Escalante, Utah
A multiple award winning entertainer, Mary Kaye tours extensively throughout the United States and Canada with her unique brand of Western Roots music, a mix of Western Folk, Traditional, Americana and Western Swing. She is a native born Texan and as a young woman ventured off to Utah where she "married her a cowboy.” Their family has deep roots that go back six generations and reside in the small western town of Escalante, a 140-year-old ranching community in southern Utah. The authenticity of her music emerges from her life of mothering cowboys, wranglers and rodeo sweethearts, caring for livestock and living in one of the most remote places in the western United States. Mary Kaye combines traditional trail songs with fresh, contemporary material and award-winning originals. She has been married to her husband Brad for 32 years and they have 10 children.
Visit Mary Kaye's website here
 
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DAYTIME SESSIONS OF COWBOY POETRY, MUSIC, STORYTELLING AND FOLKLORE ~
10:30 am to 4:30 pm ~ Strater Hotel, General Palmer Hotel and Rochester Hotel.
The “heart” of the Gathering, featuring 40 invited performers in four concurrent theme sessions every hour. In open sessions anyone can entertain.
To sign up, please call Lindy Simmons at 970-946-2460.
FREE admission.
 
POETS & MUSICIANS
 
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Almeda Bradshaw
Huntley, Montana
Her family’s move to the country brought horses into Almeda’s childhood and they remained a staple of her adult life. Almeda raised her family in north-central Montana while breeding and showing performance horses, running 150 cows and operating a seed plant and feed business. She now helps train AQHA performance horses with her husband, former Marlboro Man Merritt Bradshaw, on the Yellowstone River. A multi-instrumentalist, Almeda studied cello and piano through college, has a BA in Elementary Education and is self-taught on the guitar, mandolin and various other stringed instruments. She taught students of all ages to play strings from her former private studio and retail store. Almeda has written poetry, journals and songs since her teen years and has been performing at cowboy gatherings throughout the West for nearly two decades.
Visit Almeda Bradshaw's website here
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Rick Buoy
Ainsworth, Nebraska
Rick is a rodeo judge, retired brand inspector and first-time grandpa.
He has shared his original poetry with many people around the country and never tires of meeting new friends. His poetry is homespun from life experiences and shared from the heart. His new motto is, "Say yes to new adventures," and he looks forward to sharing some with you.
Visit Rick Buoy's website here

 
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Ol' Jim Cathey
Marlin, Texas
Jim is a native from deep in the heart of Texas, and his young bride Stella is his number one fan. Jim loved listening to his granddad tell stories about growing up in the Texas Panhandle in the late 1800s and early 1900s and this started his love for storytelling as he uses this material in his tales and poems. He won the Silver Buckle and the All-Around Championship Award at the 2012 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo in Kanab, Utah. Most of his work is in rhyme with a Texas Western flair and a love and appreciation for God’s bounty.
Visit Jim Cathey's Faceboook here
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Thatch Elmer
Bear River, Wyoming
The “Bear River Buckaroo” is a 16 year old that has been reciting cowboy poetry since he was old enough to speak a complete sentence. Thatch enjoys writing and reciting originals along with the classics. He has been influenced by his father, grandfathers and family friend Don Proffit. Thatch has spent his years listening to stories about ranch life as it used to be from his great-grandpa who was a cowboy all of his 88 years. Thatch enjoys riding his horse, roping and riding mini bulls throughout Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. Thatch was co-recipient of the first Rod McQueary/Sue Wallis scholarship presented at the 2014 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko. He is published on CowboyPoetry.com and in the book Cowboy Rhymes-N-Dreams of Other Times, and is celebrating the release of his first CD, The First Go Round.  
Visit Thatch Elmer's website here

 
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Two Bit Pete
Fort Worth, Texas
Two-Bit-Pete, aka David Hansford, spends much of his spare time in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards where he and his wife, along with other like-minded members of a re-enactment group, work to preserve, portray and capture the spirit of the old West cowboy as it was in the late 1800s. He recites humorous, classic and traditional cowboy poetry and is a regular performer at the Cowtown Opry and other venues.
Visit Two Bit Pete's Facebook page here
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Chris Isaacs
Eagar, Arizona
A three-time winner of the Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Award, Chris is a poet and storyteller who has lived the life he writes about. He has seen life from a cowboy’s point of view for all of his 60-plus years, and his poems and stories are alive with the heart and humor of life from a cowboy’s point of view. He can usually find the funny side of any situation and is considered by many to be one of the finest humorists in the country.
Chris has been published in numerous magazines, has two books of his work published and five albums of his poetry recorded. He has worked at many different aspects of the cowboy life from being a full-time working cowboy to rodeoing to many years as a packer. In between jobs you could usually find him making a living as a horseshoer. He has a passion for good horses and mules, and has even owned a good dog or two. He currently day-works for area ranches and travels the country with his poetry.
Visit Chris Isaacs's website here

 
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Nolan King
Cortez, Colorado
Born and raised in Cortez, Nolan has spent his entire life working with livestock, horses and the land. After falling in love with the sound of yodeling at a young age, he taught himself how to yodel and sing, and later started learning how to play the guitar and other instruments. He has a wide range of influences, from Roy Rogers to Bob Wills to Bing Crosby. He cowboyed on the Texas/Oklahoma border for two years, during which time he would travel to the Fort Worth Stockyards every week to perform with Devon Dawson and the rest of the Cowtown Opry. Now back in Colorado, Nolan continues to ranch, while also pursuing his passions of Western music and ballroom dance.
Visit Nolan King's Facebook page here
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Emelia Knaphus
Escalante, Utah
Young Emelia and her mother, multiple award winning singer-songwriter Mary Kaye, are helping define the music of the West they love. The authenticity of their music emerges from a life of raising horses and ranch work in one of the most remote places in the western U.S. They combine traditional trail songs with fresh, contemporary material and award winning originals.
Visit Emelia Knaphus website here

 
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Jarle Kvale
Belcourt, North Dakota
Jarle turns his experiences with horses, rodeo and rural living into humorous verse. He's been writing cowboy poetry for over 20 years, sharing his stories with friends and family members over trail ride campfires, at various community events and at cowboy poetry gatherings. He is program director at KEYA Public Radio, located on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation in north central North Dakota. He is also host and producer of "Back at the Ranch," a weekly half-hour radio show featuring a mix of Western music and cowboy poetry. Jarle and his wife, along with an ever-changing number of horses, live north of Dunseith, not far from the Canadian border.
Visit Jarle Kvale's Facebook page here
 

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Paul Larson
Rochford, South Dakota
Paul acquired many talents before making his home in the sacred Black Hills of South Dakota. He spent several years on the road competing in and judging rodeos, including competing in the Charlotte, South Carolina, World Finals Rodeo in 1997 in the team roping event. His talents serve him well as many a neighbor call upon him for round ups and brandings. He is also a talented carpenter and his history of performing in rodeos and creating with a hammer and nail made following his passion for music a seamless fabric of a cowboy. Known for his baritone voice and cowboy yodel, he was once introduced by an announcer as a man with the voice he’d hire to ride circles around a rangy herd of cows to keep them quiet through the evening.
Visit Paul Larson's website here
Visit Paul Larson's Facebook page here


 
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Allora Leonard
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Allora was born and raised a fourth-generation south Texas cowgirl, and now resides on the family ranch in Pagosa Springs. Allora and her mother break, train and show Quarter horses in multiple events including reined-cow horse, cutting and barrel racing, and Allora participates in barrel racing in the New Mexico and Colorado pro rodeo circuits. On top of her horse is where Allora discovered her love for music, singing to her horses as she rode. She began performing the National Anthem at rodeos where she competed and later, at the age of 12, decided to pick up the guitar. Now 15 years old, this cowgirl has a passion for classic Country music, admiring the greats such as Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Bob Wills, Roy Rogers and others. When she’s not working cattle or running barrels, she has a guitar in her hand and a song in her heart.
Visit Allora Leonard's Facebook page here
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Carol Markstrom
Tucson, Arizona
Carol sings with the heart of a folk singer with her musical inspirations including Western Roots, Americana, and Outlaw and Classic Country. She is a two-time (2015 and 2017) recipient of the Western Female Vocalist of the Year Award from the Academy of Western Artists, and a top-five finalist for 2018 Female Performer of the Year Award with the International Western Music Association. Her third album, Desert Rose, received the 2018 Country and Western CD of the Year Award from the Rural Roots Music Commission, and was a finalist for awards from the Native American Music Awards and the Academy of Western Artists. Her album Crossing Borders was awarded the 2017 Original Classic Western CD of the Year from the Rural Roots Music Commission. Carol draws inspiration from many sources and loves to tell stories about engaging people, places and events of the West. Her ballads and love songs range from the whimsical to bittersweet, and she loves to perform crowd favorites delivering them with a fresh approach. Carol’s vocal delivery comes through with clarity and emotion, and listeners are quickly engaged.
Visit Carol Markstrom's website here

 
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Dan McCorison
Youngtown, Arizona
Dan grew up in Colorado and began playing Western Swing and Country music soon after college. He has recorded for MCA, Maranatha and Columbia records and has appeared on shows with Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Marty Robbins and Linda Ronstadt to name a few. In addition to shows all around the Western U.S. and Canada, he has performed in Europe and Japan, as a solo artist as well as with the award-winning group Journey West. He also plays lead guitar for the Western Swing group, Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers, and for Joni Harms when she performs in Arizona. His newest album, Montana Moon, remained at the top of the Western Music chart for months after its release and the title song climbed to number two! Dan's version of the Will Dudley song, "Colorado Horses," was a finalist for Song of the Year from the Pro Cowboy Country Artists Association and was featured as the opening song on the award show broadcast nationwide on the RFD Cowboy channel.
Visit Dan McCorison's website here
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Slim McWilliams
Lewis, Colorado
A fourth-generation Colorado native, Slim was reared on the stories of Will James. He started riding when he was four and grew up wanting to ride the rough string. Slim spent many years on working ranches, breaking colts, packing and guiding for outfits from Arizona to Montana. He learned many traditional cowboy songs around a campfire, in a bunkhouse or in the cab of a pickup on the rodeo trail. He writes songs and poems based on his experiences and the semi-true stories of his friends. He and his wife Sue live in southwest Colorado.

 
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Kathy Moss
Canyon City, Oregon
An author and performer also known as A.K. Moss, Kathy is very definite about who she is.  “I am not a cowgirl. I am a western woman," she said. Like so many other western women, Kathy is happy keeping up the home front, supporting the community and living a western life. Her stories and poetry reflect this and when she recites one of her poems, her quiet voice commands that you listen. Her sense of cadence and rhythm are excellent, and her writing comes straight from the heart. “I don’t ask for a lot,” she says, “mainly support and understanding, a quiet time in the horse corral or just sitting and writing.”
Visit Kathy Moss's Faceboook here
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Dave Munsick
Dayton, Wyoming
This Wyoming rancher and performer escorts audiences to a country few have imagined and even fewer have seen. Drawing from a diverse palate of experiences, his Western Folk style combines with a unique harmonic and lyrical smoothness to create a genre of music he describes as “Western Americana.” A former New Mexico state fiddle champion, Dave’s songs are about the people, places and times of a West that lives without borders – a West where stories fly and horses run. He has performed across the West for 40 years and has worked as a sideman or opened for acts including Chris Ledoux, Ian Tyson and Lyle Lovett, both as a solo artist and as a member of the bands he has led, including his family band, The Munsick Boys, voted Western Band of 2016 by the Academy of Western Artists.
Visit Dave Munsick's website here

 
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Sam Noble
Durango, Colorado
Sam grew up in Bayfield, Colorado, and has lived and ranched north of Durango all his adult life.  He’s been involved with agriculture, rodeo and the cowboy world which has given him a background for his own brand of cowboy poetry and humorous stories. For 13 years, Sam and his wife Tanna followed their sons as they competed in rodeo events. Today, Sam and Tanna operate a little farm and ranching operation north of Durango. Sam has written cowboy poetry for 30 years. Since 1991, he has also recited inspirational poetry at the Bar D Chuckwagon chapel. He is an active participant in Durango’s Cowboy Church and hosts “A Cowboy and His Creator” during the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
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Jonathan Odermann
Medora, North Dakota
Jonathan is a third-generation rancher who tends cattle in the Badlands of western North Dakota along with his wife Marie. Jonathan began sharing cowboy poetry in 2015 and likes to amuse and delight his audience with a blend of humorous and thought-provoking poems. He has had the pleasure of performing at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, as well as several other gatherings. Jonathan enjoys encouraging others to share their stories through written and visual art. Lately, he has been spending some time experimenting with drone photography and film making.
Visit Jonathan Odermann's Faceboook here

 
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The Sawyer Family
Weatherford, Texas
You’re sure to enjoy this great combination of family, fiddles, fun and song. The Sawyer Family has played to audiences as far away as England and as close as the State Fair of Texas, offering Western Heritage, Texas Swing and Gospel original tunes. David leads the band with outstanding fingerpicking guitar, and Kathy takes you through the journey of their show with her warm, energetic style and lead vocals. Leah (age 17) is a vivacious, talented musician, and young David (age 15) has a smile and fiddling that will knock your socks off.
Visit the Sawyer Family's website here
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Don Schauda
Comstock, Nebraska
Don began playing guitar while attending college and has long been an active songwriter, once winning the Amateur Songwriter of the Year Award from the Nebraska Country Music Foundation. He got his first ranch job at the age of 12 and likely would still be in that work had not God called him to "search for strays on a different range." With the help of R.P. Smith, Don organizes the annual Comstock Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering and has also been active in the work of Rodeo Bible Camps as well as leading many cowboy church services. But even in the course of life in ministry he has had time to operate a small cow/calf operation on the Loughran Homestead, a central Nebraska ranch that has been in his wife Sue’s family since 1874.

 

Lindy Simmons
Mancos, Colorado
Lindy has lived on a ranch with her husband Eldon for 45 years. She followed the family on the rodeo road for several of those years and has done ranch work from bringing in hay to feeding cows in the mud.
Her poetry is rooted in the true stories of cowboys of history and present day. She is fluent in Spanish and is a southwest and Mexican history buff. Lindy's "day job" was as a professor at Fort Lewis College in Durango over a span of 40 years. She retired to write poetry and history, dedicating lunch time to the local historical society.


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Tom Swearingen
Tualatin, Oregon
Tom is a horseman who tells stories about the people and land of the American West through original cowboy poetry that is often inspired by his own experiences and observations from the saddle. He brings his stories to life with rhythm and rhyme and a style that makes him a popular performer. A two-time winner of the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Contest and four-time finalist for the International Western Music Association's Top-5 Male Poet of the Year, Tom’s poems have been published by the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry and in several publications. His live concert CDs have been nominated four times for IWMA Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year. Tom is a featured performer at gatherings and in Monterey, Kamloops, Cochise, Cimarron, Columbia River, Ellensburg’s Spirit of The West and others.
Visit Tom Swearingen's website here

 
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Kacey and Jenna Thunborg
Lemitar, New Mexico
This young musical duo has been performing in front of audiences since they were eight years old. They got their start in classic Western music through award-winning instrumentalist Mariam Funke. For the past five years, they have studied guitar, vocals and piano under Mariam’s guidance and mentoring. Now 14, Kacey plays guitar, trumpet, ukulele, percussion instruments and provides backup vocals. Jenna provides main vocals and plays piano. They received the International Western Music Association's Youth Harmony Duo of the Year award in 2017, as well as the Young Performers Education Scholarship and Sky Velvet Vassar Music Foundation's Skybird Scholarship. They have performed at numerous venues, including appearances with The Cowboy Way, the 2018 IWMA Group of the Year, and with Doug Figgs, the 2018 IWMA Male Performer of the Year.
The twins live on a working farm helping with the family livestock and chores. They are members of the local 4-H chapter, school band and golf team, and Kacey volunteers in “Bugles Across America.”
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Cora Rose Wood
Crow Agency, Montana
Cora is a ranch kid who sings cowboy songs, including her own compositions, and writes cowboy poetry about her favorite things: horses, dogs and helping her dad work cows. She is active in 4-H, plays softball, trains ponies and is an avid rodeo competitor. Cora began performing with her mother at the age of four, and wrote her first poem at age five. Now 17 years old, Cora was named the Western Music Association’s Youth Yodeler of the Year in 2008 and  2010, and released her first CD titled Cora’s Cowgirl Yodel in 2009. She has been an invited performer at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, sang before the Wyoming State Legislature, entertained the governors of two states and has had the honor of singing the National Anthem at a number of rodeos throughout the western states.
Visit Cora Rose Wood's website here

 
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Laurie Wood
Crow Agency, Montana
Laurie was born and raised in southern New Mexico and started playing guitar when she was 16. After playing in “at least a dozen” different Country bands over as many years, she said she grew disillusioned with the music and the lifestyle, finally quitting music altogether. A couple of years ago she felt the call to dust off her guitar and began touring and performing with her daughter Cora.