Play: There’ll Never Be Another Ewe
Paul Ferron Bliss is a renowned and well respected cowboy poet who lives the Western life style from his “headquarters” in Salem, Utah, on a small ranch at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. Paul, his wife Stacy– an accomplished horsewoman herself– and their 2 children operate a cow/calf and heifer development program and enjoy traveling to regional poetry and music gatherings where Paul performs.
A former three time High School Rodeo finalist, Paul has “cowboyed” throughout the Great Basin – from the Arizona Strip to the high mountain valleys of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. As a rancher, trail boss and wagon master. Paul has dedicated his life to preserving the Western culture.
In 1999, Paul founded the Utah Western Heritage Foundation and has since planned, organized and led several re-enactment wagon trains across the west, including numerous trips from his hometown in Salem to Kanab while herding a 100 head remuda – a distance of over 290 miles! He was the wagon master on a wagon train that departed from Spanish Fork, Utah and traveled a distance of over 800 miles on the Old Spanish Trail to San Bernardino, California in 2001 for that city’s 150 year sesquicentennial celebration. Another year, he rode his horse and led 2 pack horses all the way from home to the Elko Poetry Gathering in January with most of the trip in blizzard and deep snow – where he performed with all the famous Western poets.
Paul’s poetry has been published in the ‘Las Vegas’ and ‘Der Spiegel’ magazines, and well known cowboy poetry book ‘The Big Roundup.’ His poetry has been recorded in Elko, Nevada, and on Hal Cannon’s ‘Christmas in Lapland’ as well as numerous local radio broadcasts. He is a past winner of the National Poetry Rodeo (2011) and was Western Music Association Utah Chapter’s ‘serious poet of the year’ in both 2001 and 2002. In March of 2013, Brigham Young University’s Modern Dance Ensemble created and performed a choreographed production to a sold-out crowd based on Paul’s poem “Cowboy Poetry in Motion.” With his newest CD titled –Pure Bliss– just released in April 2013, Paul inherits a new title as “Singer/Song Writer” in this fast growing Western genre which he has helped to grow and find wide acceptance. Though more comfortable “on the range than in town” … Paul still considers himself just a cowboy. With all of his traveling, he may be a little hard to catch up with, but when you do … it’s “Pure Bliss.”