2015 Cowboy Poetry Utah Poets & Music

Andy Nelson

Andy Nelson

As a second-generation farrier, Andy Nelson has the experience and the talents and humor to bring authenticity and entertainment to an audience. Raised in Oakley, Idaho, Andy traveled the Great Basin of southern Idaho, northern Utah and northern Nevada with his father on farrier jobs. From the time he was a child until he went off to college, at Utah State University, he shod horses. Andy...

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Jeff Carson

Jeff Carson

Jeff, distant cousin of Kit Carson, lives high in the Wasatch Mountains. Those long nights alone with his mules has led Jeff to spoutin’ poetry and prose like a hot tin coffee pot on a blazin’ campfire. Jeff was born and raised in Utah and has lived in Heber City for the past 20 years with wife, 4 daughters, and several mules. His passion in life is spending time on pack trips in the...

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Jo Lynne Kirkwood

Jo Lynne Kirkwood

Jo Lynne Kirkwood was born in the small northern Arizona town of Fredonia. Her great-grandfather was an original settler of the area, and her family has worked with livestock for generations. Jo’s poems reflect her intimate relationship with the land and the people of the Arizona Strip country, as well as an often tongue-in-cheek appreciation for daily agricultural life in central Utah, where...

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Bar J Wranglers

Bar J Wranglers

The Bar J Wranglers from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, deliver some of the purest harmony, best musicianship and funniest ranch humor ever seen on stage. As soon as the Bar J Wranglers take to the stage, listeners leave behind their busy life and settle into a time long ago – a time of the singing cowboy. Babe Humphrey As a general rule, the formation of any successful musical organization relies...

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Heifer Belles

Heifer Belles

The Heifer Belles began as friends getting together for some casual picking and singing. The result, a blend of back porch Americana, took them out of the living room into the world to perform their music. Juliet Gobert’s songwriting ranges from tongue-in-cheek to heartfelt to socially insightful—a gamut of women’s experiences in today’s world. Juliet leads on vocals and guitar, with a...

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Home Free

Home Free

You’re going to love Home Free as they entertain audiences from around the globe with high energy peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor. Austin Brown Matthew “Austin” Brown was born in a small town in South Georgia. His friends call him Austin and so should you. As a child, when he wasn’t touring on the...

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Pat Richardson

Pat Richardson

I’ve written so many biographies about myself, I’m unsure how much of it’s true, they say a lie told often enough is hard to tell from the truth. But being a man of few words, and even fewer interesting stories I’ll stick as close to the truth as I can without embarrassing myself:Born and raised on ranches where my dad worked, I spent the majority of my time training stick horses for the...

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R.P. Smith

R.P. Smith

Play: It’s Almost Fall Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. R.P. Smith is the fourth generation to raise cattle on the Pine Crest Ranch in Custer County, Nebraska. Pine Crest Ranch marked its centennial in 2006. R.P. says that it still isn’t a...

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Yvonne Hollenbeck

Yvonne Hollenbeck

A working cattle ranch in South Central South Dakota is where Yvonne Hollenbeck calls home and where she works alongside her husband, Glen, raising commercial Angus cattle and registered quarter horses. Whether helping outside with the livestock, putting up hay, paying bills, or feeding a crew, Yvonne puts real life experiences into her poetry which in turn delights audiences of all ages.

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Doug Keller

Doug Keller

Doug Keller grew up on a ranch near Zion Canyon in southern Utah. For several years he owned a dude string [a string of horses for taking folks on horse rides] near the Grand Canyon. He has written Cowboy Poetry for at least 35 years and in 2012 published a book called Sons of the Land Poems of the West. Doug is also a Silver Buckle winnert the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo. He is currently the...

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