Elko! – A Cowboy’s Gathering – Double CD Set


This recording is an effort to give you – the listener – a glimpse of what you would hear if you were to attend the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. It is not a ‘best of’ nor a ‘definitive works.’ It is mererly a sampling of the diversity of poetry, music, voices, subjects and generations that are The Gathering.

Disk 1


Baxter on Elko – Baxter Black


Ay Ay Ay – Rich and Valerie O’Brien


The Elevator Scale – Rodney Nelson

Disk 2


We are the Poets – Virginia Bennett


Jerry Ambler – Ian Tyson with Gord Maxwell & Gord Matthews


Square – Head – Walt LaRue


Humans tend to label and categorize traits and styles. At the earliest stage when we decided to call it a ‘Cowboy Poetry Gathering’, we simply meant to give folks an idea of what we hoped to celebrate for one weekend in the middle of the winter, in the middle of nowhere, twenty years ago.

We didn’t know that a ‘Cowboy Poetry Gathering’ would be as much about music as poetry, but that became apparent as the genre found itself. Comedy, intelligence, emotions, politics, historical to contemporary stories, issues, nature, family and relationships all found they were welcomed. People who have attended Elko or any other cowboy poetry gathering around the country, have accepted this inherently. It’s all part of it. “You can’t explain it, you’ve got to be there.”

This is a comment that literally scores of people have told me they use when asked by the uninitiated why they would travel to hear cowboys spew poetic and play and sing the lost music of the West. “It’s magic.”


Disc 1

  1.  Baxter on Elko – Baxter Black
  2. Ay Ay Ay – Rich and Valerie O’Brien
  3. The Elevator Scale – Rodney Nelson
  4. Powder River, Let ‘Er Buck – Skip Gorman & the Waddie Pals
  5. International Glenn (Whatever that is?) – Glenn Ohrlin
  6. The Drover Road to Amulree – David Wilkie & Denise Withnell
  7. The Hooves of the Horses – Randy Rieman
  8. Ragtime Annie – Hot Club of Cowtown
  9. Not Gone – Janine Haig
  10. Angels Can Do No More – Andy Wilkinson
  11. Doctor, Doctor – Jesse Smith
  12. Geronimo’s Men (45 Horses) – Jon Chandler with Butch Hause & Ernie Martinez
  13. One Moment Please! – John C. Dofflemyer
  14. Plains of St. Augustine – Jill Jones & the Lone Star Chorale
  15. Bizarzyski – Mad Bard & Carpenter Savant of Manchester, Montana Feeds the FinickyBirds – Paul Zarzyski
  16. Silver Spurs – Sons of the San Joaquin
  17. Dream of Spotted Buffalo/ Night Song of the Crow – Henry Real Bird.
  18. The Time it Never Rained – Lyn Messersmith
  19. Roll on Owyhee – Brenn Hill with Gord Matthews & Gord Maxwell
  20. Things of Intrinsic Worth – Wally McRae
  21. Spanish is the Loving Tongue – Michael Martin Murphy & the The American Buckaroo Orchestra

Disc 2

  1. We are the Poets – Virginia Bennett
  2. Jerry Ambler – Ian Tyson with Gord Maxwell & Gord Matthews
  3. Square – Head – Walt LaRue
  4. Cattle in the Cane – Ruthie Dornfield with Patrick Sauber
  5. Equus Caballus – Joel Nelson
  6. Wild Places – Michael Fleming
  7. Saying Grace is Saying Thank You – Long John Best
  8. Hooves of the Horses – Wylie & the Wild West
  9. Real Wealth – Peggy Godfrey
  10. Born to Be a Cowboy – R.W. Hampton
  11. Slant of Light – J.V. Brummels
  12. Big Bad Bill – Sourdough Slim
  13. Full Value – Oscar Auker
  14. Red River Rose – Red Steagall
  15. Habitat – J.B. Allen
  16. All This Way for the Short Ride – Tom Russell with Paul Zarzyski & Andrew Hardin
  17. Rooster Poem – George Sicking
  18. Evening Chat – Waddie Mitchell
  19. The Campfire Has Gone Out – Don Edwards

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Weight 0.475 oz

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