Performers

Doris Daley

Doris Daley

Cowboy Poet and Custer County Cowboy Gathering Emcee for 2018

“If cowboy poetry was fresh milk, and the cream that rises to the top was the best of the cowboy poets, then Doris Daley would be very rich and very, very fattening!” – Waddie Mitchell, Elko, NV.

Fast paced, witty and authentic, Canadian top poet Doris Daley walks on stage and immediately feels like the girl next door. Twice voted top female cowboy poet in North America, she is a regular headliner at cowboy festivals throughout the west, including Texas, Nevada, California, Colorado, Utah, and of course western Canada. She comes from a gene pool that includes Mounties, desperados, Saskatchewan homesteaders, sorry team ropers, fancy two-steppers, Alberta ranchers, petitcoated-bushwackers, and good pie makers: the perfect pedigree for a cowboy poet!

Sons and Brothers

Sons and Brothers

“These guys are fearless. Their energy and dedication to their music and life itself are addictive. A true down-to-earth all American family playing true down-to-earth all American music – what a concept!”
Don Edwards

This group combines the best elements of western, bluegrass, Gospel, and country music into one completely unique and eminently entertaining presentation of music and stories. Whether it is power of the full six-piece band rocking to some new Americana swing or the simplicity of the all-acoustic brother trio, this band brings something for everybody to enjoy.

Waddie Mitchell

Waddie Mitchell

Buckaroo Poet

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. Within his stories, told in a voice that is timeless and familiar, are the common bonds we all shared, moments both grand and commonplace, the humorous and tragic, the life and death struggles and triumphs that we each recognize. And yet, Waddie presents his material with personal insights and lessons learned during his life as a buckaroo.

Waddie has performed internationally for audiences from Los Angeles to New York, Zurich to Melborne and all points in between. Waddie has performed on many syndicated television shows and featured in a wide variety of nationally notable magazines. His series of recordings for Warner Bros. Records and more recently for Western Jubilee Recording Company have earned him critical acclaim. Currently, he continues performing and hosting at festivals, private gatherings, rodeos, corporate events, concert halls and an extraordinarily wide variety of functions.

San Joaquin Junction

Lon Hannah & San Joaquin Junction

Sons of the San Joaquin toured extensively throughout the world for over 30 years. Their uncanny vocal blend and true love of Western music made the Sons of the San Joaquin the barometer for all Western harmony groups and Lon Hanna continues that legacy with San Joaquin Junction.

Dalisay Johnson began playing the fiddle at age six and is a five-time California State Fiddle Champ. Dan Kehler is known for being an excellent bass player, is a composer in the film and video industries, and has won four California ADDY Awards. Keith Hamm is a guitar and dobro extraordinaire. Together they are Lon Hanna and San Joaquin Junction.

Cowboy Celtic

Cowboy Celtic

David Wilkie, founder of Cowboy Celtic, has been tracking down the roots of cowboy music all the way to the Celtic isles. He has discovered that cattlemen from Ireland and Scotland brought their culture and musical traditions with them when they moved to North America. The music of Cowboy Celtic demonstrates that those traditions live on in the cowboy songs of today.

Cowboy Celtic, centered in Turner Valley, Alberta, includes David Wilkie on mandolin and vocals, Denise Withnell on guitar and vocals, Keri Lynn Zwicker on harp and vocals, and Joseph Hertz on fiddle. David Wilke has produced several Cowboy Celtic albums that have been internationally recognized. Their second CD, Cowboy Ceilidh, won the Oklahoma City National Cowboy Hall of Fame Wrangler Award for Outstanding Traditional Western Music Album. They were the first Canadians to ever win this award.

Grass It Up

Grass It Up

Colorado Blue Grass

Steeped in American music traditions such as bluegrass, folk, ragtime, rock and country, Grass It Up has shaped a unique brand of Americana that expresses the feeling of life in today’s American West. Grass It Up is renowned for their thought-provoking songwriting, high energy and engaging live performances.
Grass It Up has been producing their own original music since 2005, and is celebrating their 6th full-length album, Borrowed Time. Recorded by Bill Douglass, Borrowed Time is a compelling snapshot of Grass It Up’s live show which has won a devoted following and earned them five Indy Music Awards honors. Grass It Up musicians include David Jeffrey on Mandolin, Shannon Carr on guitar, Jon Bross on bass, Jim Marsh on banjo and David Siegel on fiddle.

Saturday Only

The River Arkansas

Mike Clark & The River Arkansas

Mike Clark is a Colorado native living on the banks of the Arkansas River in Pueblo. In the winter of 2014 he penned a collection of songs about heartbreak, love, and escaping the clutches of day-to-day society. The following spring, Clark decided to make that collection into a record. By good fortune Macon Terry, a base player and good fried of Clark’s happened to be in the neighborhood the day the studio was booked for the recording.

Though Terry arrived not knowing any of the songs, what they captured was the beginning of something great. Later they would add drums, violin and piano. The band has traveled the Midwest, south and throughout the western United States as well as playing shows across Colorado delivering their distinctive mixture of Country, Blues, Folk and Americana.

Sunday Only

Sara Lou and the Cowboy

Sara Lou and the Cowboy

Sara Lou and the Cowboy are a versatile and masterful duo who perform Western and traditional Country Music. They perform throughout the Western states including Arizona, Texas, Missouri, North Dakota, Idaho, Nevada and many states in between. Sara Lou has a Baccalaureate in Music and Piano Performance. Although she has had a successful career in Law, she has a greater passion for music and performing and has pursued her music career through performing and recording. The Cowboy Darren Oliver, has been playing the guitar and performing since a very early age starting his musical career with his father’s band. He spent many years performing and recording. His profession in sales leadership and business development did not overshadow his love for entertaining audiences. Subsequently, he and Sara Lou married and together they have become Sara Lou and the Cowboy.

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