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Jeff Gore has been performing since he was four years old. He has spent he last 30 years traveling and singing Cowboy and Gospel music all over the US and abroad. The recipient of Male Vocalist of the Year award in Cowboy Music from the Academy of Western Artists (1997), and a lifetime achievement award for Western Music by the American Cowboy Culture Assn. (2005, the youngest ever to receive this award), he has also produced and acted on television, has appeared in film and is presently producing, directing, and starring in a film based on his 2010 novel, Jingle In The Horses.
In spite of these and other accomplishments, he is proudest when he is asked to ride out with a crew of cowboys at the wagon on ranches from Texas to Idaho. He and his wife Donna of over 30 years have two daughters who live with their husbands here in Abilene, and five grandsons. Jeff grew up working on ranches and still does, living out and singing about the cowboy life.
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Tony and Carol Messerly are “Manystrings & Co”. Their music is referred to as Western Folk, sometimes quirky and rarely serious. Tony was named Male Yodeler of the year in 2013 by the International Western Music Association and they are recipients of the Academy of Western Artists 2018 western duo of the year. You can be sure that the musical duet of Manystrings & Co. will take you back to yesteryear with their whimsical ballads, cowboy songs and mountain man originals. This Wyoming/Utah duo has six CDs and has performed at venues across the west.
Deanna has cows, horses and a love of the land bred into her, coming from a family that began ranching in Texas in the 1840’s. She has ranched in several western states, including 22 years raising her family on a remote Nevada ranch without phones or electricity. She now ranches with her husband in the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico.
Her writing and performances have won numerous awards: The Will Rogers Medallion Awards, the Georgie Sicking Award, NM/AZ Book Awards, Women Writing the West, Western Music Assoc., The Academy of Western Artists, the Texas Poets Gathering Heritage Award, The Della
Johns Scholarship, and The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Wrangler Award.
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Floyd Beard has been a cowboy most of his life. Along the way he’s had many other jobs to support his cow habit. Floyd and his wife Valerie currently run a cow calf operation in the canyons south of Kim, CO.
Floyd began writing poetry while out working his cattle in the 1980’s. He would write down lines and verses about what he experienced while out in the saddle and dealing with his livestock and horses. He would then mold these thoughts into stories and songs when he got back to the house that evening. His poetry is about his own experiences and his observations of the western way of life.
Floyd’s stories are inter-woven with his western code of high ethics and integrity and sprinkled richly with humor. Floyd also recites some cowboy poetry classics, from some of the best cowboy poets from the past, keeping the western spirit and history alive.
Floyd served three years as the President of the Colorado Chapter of the Western Music Association. Floyd has also been honored to win several cowboy poetry awards which include silver buckles at the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo.
Floyd has also been honored to be named Western Music Association's Male Cowboy Poet of the Year for 2016 and 2017. His latest CD, Short Grass Country was nominated and became a Top Five Finalist for WMA Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year, and has been in the Top 10 Cowboy Poetry CD's played on the radio since its release in 2016.
His philosophy is simple: “Life is a journey not a destination, and is best viewed from atop a good horse.”
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Valerie Beard is a Cowboy Poet reciter and poem writer, she won the 2015 Western Music Assn. Cowboy Poetry Jackpot Novice Division with her first poem.
She was born, raised, and still greets the sun each morning in Colorado. Over the years she's had the opportunity to share in the delights and disappointments of "life on the range." These experiences provide fertile ground for writing and poetry.
Valerie and her husband, Floyd, ranch in the canyons of Southeastern Colorado.
Yampa Valley Steve, the Cowboy Irish Tenor, or just Steve Jones, is beginning his third year as a solo artist. He brings enthusiasm and energy to the stage with an audience friendly show. He performs cowboy/western, folk, classic country and Irish cover, traditional and original songs.
He has performed at the prestigious 3 Forks Ranch, which straddles the Colorado/Wyoming border in the
beautiful Little Snake River valley. He has appeared solo at the Arizona Folklore Preserve, Cochise and Durango Gatherings, Steamboat Pro Rodeo series, county fairs and many other public and private events. As a member of the Yampa Valley Boys, he has also performed at the the Cochise, Durango, Encampment, Nebraska (Valentine, NE) and Colorado Cowboy Gatherings. During the winter, he is most often found at the Bar Lazy L Family Ranch sleigh ride venue.
The great Vic Anderson put out a nice compliment about Steve, saying, "Steve has one of the purest voices I've ever heard. Any Western song is enhanced by the clean, pure, soaring tenor voice...."
Steve has also been known as the cowboy Irish Tenor. He has two solo CD’s, “That Irish Kid” (2012) and “Picasso” (2017). He continues to write new songs, and another CD is in the planning stage.
A cattle raiser from the Grand Junction, CO area, Terry lives the western life he writes about.
Never passin’ up a chance to say something, wherever folks will listen, Terry performs his poetry and classics for Gatherings throughout the west. He has been twice selected to perform at Elko, NV – the biggest cowboy poetry gathering in the country.
"All of us have a rural heritage in our past, even if it was multiple generations ago,” says Nash. “This genre of music and poetry speaks to that heritage, and therefore speaks to each of us and helps us all recognize the commonality between all humanity.”
Terry was named the 2018 Male Poet of the Year by the International Western Music Assn. His CD, “A Good Ride”, won 2018 Cowboy Poetry CD at the IWMA convention.
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Jamie is a Wyoming native who grew up working on her parents’ ranch in Star Valley. This is where she developed a love for the cowboy culture and taste for western music. She started teaching herself guitar at age 17 with the goal of one day being able to perform some her favorite cowboy songs and to share some of her own. Jamie is a student at the University of Wyoming and is majoring in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management and she hopes to share her love of the cowboy way of life through music.
Caitlyn Taussig is a fourth-generation rancher from Kremmling, Colorado. She runs cow-calf pairs with her mother and sister on their high-country cattle ranch. Caitlyn’s interests include travel, cattle care, learning to be a better roper, and studying up on bridle horses in the Californio tradition.
Caitlyn has been singing since childhood and has performed at ranch brandings, cowboy gatherings, and ranch ropings. She draws inspiration for her songwriting from Colorado's rugged and beautiful landscapes, her experiences summering cattle at 9,000 feet, cowboying in rough high country and dark timber, working on the family ranch, and listening to her 92-year-old father’s wild stories. An article about the Taussig family appeared in the February 2016 issue of Western Horseman.
Caitlyn's debut album, The Things We Gave Up, was released in January 2015.
“Cowboy music is a great way to keep in touch with our traditions and reaffirm freedom as western people.” – Sheriff Jim Wilson
Jim Wilson is a native Texas who was born in Austin and raised in San Antonio. For nearly 30 years, he served as a Texas Peace Officer in Denton and Crockett Counties. In 1988, he was elected Sheriff of Crockett County (Ozona), Texas, and served in that capacity until his retirement from law enforcement in 1996.
Wilson began playing folk and country music while he attended Texas Christian University, in the 1960s. However, his earliest musical recollections were of his father singing the old cowboy songs, such as “Leaving Cheyenne” and “Streets of Laredo.” With the emergence of contemporary cowboy music in the 1980s, Wilson naturally returned to his musical roots.
In May of 2002, Jim Wilson released his first album, Border Bravo. In November 2003, BORDER BRAVO received the award for “Best Traditional Album” from the Western Music Association.
He is an active supporter of the Western Music Association and has served on the board for several years, holding the position of vice-president when his term expired in 2003.
Wilson began writing for gun magazines while he was still Sheriff of Crockett County. About 1995, Jim began an exclusive association with Shooting Times magazine and its parent company, Intermedia. He was handgun editor for the magazine and wrote Gun Smoke, the popular backpage column.
He currently writes the “Straight Talk” column for Shooting Illustrated and does feature stories for Shooting Illustrated, American Rifleman, and American Hunter magazines. His work is also featured in Handloader magazine and other publications by Wolfe Publishing Co.
In 2008, Wilson also began doing a regular segment on the NRA’s “American Guardian” TV show and is often featured on the other NRA TV shows that air on the Outdoor Channel.
Josh & the Long Haul are a Colorado Classic Country trio from Fort Collins, CO. Their sound and style draw from the sounds of Western Swing, Classic Country and Rockabilly, with influences ranging from Merle Haggard, Bob Wills and Junior Brown.
The Trio is led by Josh Long, electric guitarist and vocalist. Long graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Jazz guitar, and has been playing along the mountain ranges of Colorado since. He has had the opportunity to play with bands such as Trucker’s Daughter, Sugar Britches and the Gasoline Lollipops. Long’s true passion is country music and preserving the legacy left before him.
Long is backed by Clark Harden on drums and vocals and Clyde S. Dale on the bass/vocals. Harden is a veteran drummer from Bakersfield who has had the opportunity to play with Red Simpson and the Darn Thursty Cowboys. Harden keeps a solid beat with a smile and swagger. Clyde S. Dale is steady on the bass and vocals, providing harmonies and humorous commentary keeping the trio in check.
If you’re looking for that classic country sound that will have you dancing and singing all night long, look no further than Josh & the Long Haul.