Photo by Les Stukenberg.
No drugstore cowboys, these are the real McCoy cowboys and cowgirls who ply their storytelling craft around the campfire, and work poems in their head on horseback under the summer sun and winter rain.
The 30th Annual Gathering of Cowboy Poets takes place with three 7 p.m. shows Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 10-12, at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. Tickets run from $20 to $35.
More than 50 authentic cowboy poets and singers will share their heritage and the culture of the American Cowboy over three nights and two days. Poetry and music sessions are free all day on Friday and Saturday beginning Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“I think it’s going to be the best ever,” said Jim Buchanan, chair of this year’s Gathering, and 28-year member of the Cowboy Poets committee.
Featured performers include Dave Stamey (Thursday), Trinity Seely (Friday), and Don Edwards (Saturday).
Stamey – cowboy, mule packer, dude wrangler – is one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. He was voted Entertainer of the Year and Male Performer of the year six times, and Songwriter of the Year five times by the Western Music Association. He also received the…
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