Performers - Heber Valley Cowboy Poetry


Waddie Mitchell

From his earliest days on the remote Nevada ranches where his father worked, Waddie was immersed in the cowboy way of entertaining, the art of spinnin’ tales in rhyme and meter that came to be called cowboy poetry, a Western tradition that is as rich as the lifestyle that gave birth to it. Within his stories, old in a voice that is timeless and familiar, 

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John Anderson

One of the greatest country music singers to ever step up to the microphone, John Anderson possesses one of the most instantly recognizable vocal instruments in the history of the genre.

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Suzy Bogguss

During the creative explosion that was country music in the 1990s Suzy Bogguss sold 4 millions records with sparkling radio hits like Outbound Plane, Someday Soon, Letting Go and Drive South. One of country
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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.

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Max T. Barnes

He wrote his first hit song at the age of 19, Vern Gosdin’s “Way Down Deep,” Max T. Barnes has been topping the charts ever since. Writing “Let Go of the Stone” by John Anderson “At the Sound of the Tone” by Dukes of Hazard’s John Schneider and

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Dave Stamey

A cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. Dave Stamey has been voted seven times “Entertainer of the Year” and “Male Performer of the Year” as well as five times “Songwriter of the Year”

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Hot Club of Cowtown

The Hot Club of Cowtown is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, the Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and
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Brenn Hill

Brenn Hill is a singer/songwriter who doesn’t just sing about the West, he reveals its heart to anyone who will take the time to listen. He is not just an observer or narrator of western lore, but one of its strongest interpreters. Brenn’s career spans twelve recordings of mostly self-penned music and over two decades on the road. Brenn is an artist who gives great insight into the West that he calls Heaven.

Jack Hannah

An award-winning song writer, winning four “Wrangler Awards” given by the Westem Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame, Jack Hannah has also been the Western Music Association’s “Song Writer of the Year” multiple times. His song writing has also been awarded by The Academy of Western Artlsts. Jack Hannah is also a member of the internationally acclaimed singing trio, The Sons of the San Joaquin, releasing 13 albums and performing across America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Ed Peekeekoot

Multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and story-teller, Ed Peekeekoot is a skilled and seasoned performer. He has a timeless kind of cool that appeals to audiences of all ages. Ed’s performances go from blazing guitar work to foot stomping fiddle and haunting Native flute – all sprinkled with his Cree humor and philosophy. He takes people on a wildly varied musical journey from country folk to a touch of classical and jazz.

Ryan Fritz

A true product of the West, Ryan Fritz was born in BC, raised in Alberta, and now calls Saskatchewan home.
He is a Singer, Songwriter, Musician and Recording Artist in addition, has worked on some of Canada’s largest ranches, including the Gang Ranch and Douglas Lake. He runs his own outfit on the prairies of Saskatchewan with his family, where traditions of cowboying, ranching and music are a part of everyday life.

Randy Rieman

Randy Rieman has been reciting cowboy poetry for over 34 years. He is well known as a reciter of traditional verse from the American West as well as Classic Australian Bush Poetry from the land down under. Randy plays guitar and sings “when the spirit moves“ occasionally reciting some of his own poems and often interjecting stories from his 40 years of working with horses and cattle on ranches in Montana, Nevada, California, New Mexico, and Hawaii.

Trinity Seely

Trinity Seely’s life has taken her to many different places. Ranging from the Chilcotin of British Columbia, where she grew up. To Cascade, Montana where she and her husband and kids live on a working cattle ranch. Trinity’s personal look into the life of a ranch wife gives her a deep perspective and appreciation into a lifestyle that some say is a bygone era. Trinity released her fourth album was released in 2017.

Charley Jenkins Band

Charley’s career has been gaining tremendous momentum as he has opened for many top 20 country headliners including LeAnn Rimes, Alan Jackson, Lonestar, Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler, Taylor Swift, Josh Turner and many others.

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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.

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Dyer Highway

Between driving fiddle solos, heartfelt choruses, and sweet sibling harmonies, anyone listening to this group will find themselves in the middle of a musical experience that they won’t want to end. The four sibling harmonies sweeten up old favorites and new hits, and the group’s original songs have a distinctly “real life” flavor. Tel, Tiann, Mady, and TayLynn Dyer have been making music together all their lives, and the thing they love most is letting other people be part of it.

High Country Cowboys

Remembering the good old days of Western Music and the silver screen cowboys like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and the Sons of the Pioneers, the High Country Cowboys present to you, their brand of this Classic Genre. Awards include: Western Music Associations “Yodeler of the Year,” the PCCAAs “Music Group of the Year” in 2017, and the WMAs “Best Traditional Album of the Year 2017.”

Gary McMahan

Known for his award-winning songs, captivating stories, uproarious humor, and national championship yodeling, Gary McMahan’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Garth Brooks, Ian Tyson, Chris LeDoux, Riders in the Sky, Dave Stamey, and Juni Fisher. His songs, stories, and poems embody what many believe to be the heart of the new West.

Stacy Despain

Stacy grew up on a ranch in the beautiful small town of Tabiona, Utah, which is nestled in the south slope of the Uinta Mountains. She loves the small town country life and accredits her upbringing for her love of country western music. While growing up, she watched and listened to her grandpa sing old western songs and has loved them since. Some of her favorite artists are Jim Reeves, Johnny Horton, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, and Marty Robbins, just to name a few.

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.

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Nancy Elliott

No voice could be more authentic than the Ohio River accent of Nancy Elliott. Her feeling for Southwestern Culture gets displayed in each concert she performs. A mix of historical stories, cultural stories, and contemporary experience — Nancy displays an unmatched warmth on stage. Her guitar and persona create a feeling of being upclose and personal to her refreshing musical treatment of polished, acoustic, singing, and storytelling.

Randy Huston

With the release of his latest album, Cowboys and Girls, Randy Huston establishes himself as one of the premier western music artists. Cowboys and Girls is a musical ride into his world of horses, cattle, bumps and bruises and the wide-open spaces of New Mexico, and for the first time features Huston’s daughter, Hannah. The 14 songs that comprise the album are proof that the old western traditions are alive and well in the new west of Randy Huston.

Stewart MacDougall

Now well into his fifth decade as a professional musician and songwriter, New Brunswick native Stewart MacDougall continues to be one of Alberta’s most diverse performers. Before pursuing a solo career in 1997 he was best known for his keyboard and vocal work with Laura Vinson, k.d. lang, Ian Tyson, and Great Western Orchestra.

Doris Daley

A favorite on stages throughout the west, Doris Daley is a ranch raised, free range, puffed and powdered, spangled and wrangled wordsmith and western poet. Jack Hannah (Sons of the San Joaquin) says, “She’s the pre-eminent female poet in this genre…her verbal paintbrush is as captivating and as visual as the paintings of Russell and Remington.” Doris and her husband Doc Mehl live in Black Diamond, southwest of Calgary. She has never roped a bear.

Many Strings

Tony and Carol Messerly make their home in Salem Utah. They are Many Strings and Co. Their music and songs are often referred to as vintage western with a twist of vaudvillian fun, sometimes quirky and rarely serious. They were among the top five finalists for the 2012 Western Duo of the year by the Academy of Western Artists as well as a 2013 nominee for Duo of the year by the Western Music Association.

Kenny Hall

Preserving the great cowboy heritage that was passed down to him is of utmost importance to Kenny Hall He is well known through out the Intermountain West for his sincere performances of Western Cowboy Music. Being a ‘True Cowboy’, his songs and music reflect this image, and will leave folks wanting more.

JoLynne Kirkwood

A well-known storyteller and cowboy poet, Jo’s tales reflect the values and lifestyle of the rural West. Jo is a Lariat Laureate on, and has been named Female poet of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. Her poetry has received numerous other awards and has been published in magazines and anthologies. Her poems are sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, and sometimes prayerful.

Al Doc Mehl

With one foot in the past and one in the present, Doc weaves the history and the mystery of the West into his original “west-clectic” poetry and music. Doc Mehl’s poems and musical lyrics have been featured on the website, and his poems have been published in Rattle magazine. His spoken-word album “The Great Divide” was named “Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year” by both the Western Music Association and the Academy of Western Artists.

Kristen J. Lloyd

(aka Krazy Ani) is an all around talented musician, cowgirl poet, and wild west performer from Midway, Utah. You’ll see her robbing the Cowboy Express Train with rope tricks, gun spinning, whip cracking, and singing. Her unique style adds flavor to classic western tunes that we all love. She is a cowgirl through and through, growing up on a dairy farm in Idaho and entertaining her entire life.

In Cahoots

From Park City to New York City, and from Jackson Hole to Germany, In Cahoots has entertained audiences with their brand of cowboy tunes and tales for more years than they care to remember! Pickin’ and grinnin’ through an acoustic dose of old standards mixed with a healthy helping of their own originals, In Cahoots will give you some of the best cowboy entertainment you’ve ever stomped your foot to.

Heber Valley Orchestra

The Heber Valley Orchestra started in 2014 in response to the desires of musicians in the valley.  40 members hail from Heber City and surrounding communities-from Midway to Park City.

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