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4th Annual Cimarron Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering

Friday - Sunday, August 25-27, 2017

Cimarron New Mexico     "Where the West is Still Wild"

Historic St. James Hotel            The Philmont Scout Ranch
Training Center Auditorium
Friday & Saturday   Friday 7-9:30 PM
sidewalk serenades, breakfast
& Friday lunch
  Saturday 11 AM-4 PM & 7-9:30 PM
jamming after 9:30 PM   Cowboy Church Sunday 9 AM

Tickets at the Door:      $10


2014 Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering Feedback

Jim Jones
Jim Jones

On June 6, I performed at the St. James Hotel in Cimarron, NM. Rod Taylor happened to have a rare opening in his busy performance schedule so he came out to hear me. At break, we were sitting with Dennis Russell who told us he wanted to organize a cowboy gathering at the St. James. We thought it was a fine idea. We also thought he was talking about 2015. “Nope”, he said, “August 23rd, 2014.” It turned out both Rod and I had openings in our schedules and we both signed on. We were a bit skeptical about whether he could pull it together though. After all, he only had 2 ½ months to get the performers scheduled, find sponsorships and lodging, and get the word out to the public. Turns out we were dead wrong. When a cowboy makes up his mind to do something, he doesn’t stop until it’s done. Dennis got’er done.

We had performers from as far away as Monrovia, Indiana (that would be Mr. Dale Page), Texas (Kay Nowell from Alpine) and Colorado (Terry Nash, Floyd Beard). New Mexico was well-represented, too. Besides me and Rod Taylor, we had Mike Moutoux from Pinos Altos, Doug Figgs from Lemitar, Randy Huston from Rociada, Deanna Dickinson McCall from Timberon, Gayanne and Kara from Eagle Nest and finally, from the shortest distance (about .2 mile is my guess), Dennis Russell. We had poet Duke Vance as well and for the life of me, I can’t remember where he’s from (sorry Duke). Legendary local cowboy, historian and author, Steve Zimmer, was our emcee and he did a stellar job. We also had the great group, Saddle Sores, who provided the background music at the beginning and break as well as providing the sound for the event. They were as friendly, cooperative and competent group of sound engineers as I’ve ever worked with.

No event, even the best planned ones, ever goes off without a hitch. One problem Dennis hadn’t anticipated was the weather. No, it didn’t rain; he was prepared for that. The weather was BEAUTIFUL. It was a warm…VERY warm…clear day and the sun got pretty intense. We should always have this kind of problem. People accommodated by congregating in the covered areas and the show went on. Rod Taylor wasn’t able to be there for his early afternoon performance…no problem. Wonderful Utah poet, Jerry Brooks…okay, Brooksie is how we all know her…stepped into his slot at the last minute and delivered an outstanding performance. WMA Hall of Famer RW Hampton and his lovely wife, Lisa, stopped in just to support the event and late in the afternoon, Rod Taylor prevailed on RW to jump up on stage. RW, Rod and Steve Zimmer started working together as cowboys at Philmont back in the 70s so they go WAY back! Randy Huston and I threw in some mandolin, guitar and harmonies and we had as an “instant” band. For his last song, RW deferred to his 13 year old son, Calvin, (how can you be SO tall at 13??) who sang a beautiful rendition of the song, “Home,” from the mini-series, “Gods & Generals.” Looks like there’s another budding star in the Hampton family.

Some friends of mine from Albuquerque came up to attend their first cowboy gathering. By the end of the day, they had been thoroughly entertained and were completely satisfied. The next morning, they attended their first-ever Cowboy Church and described it as a very spiritual experience. It was hard to tell how many people attended the event during the day because they were so spread out in their quest to avoid the sun’s searing rays. Late in the afternoon, when the sun went down far enough, Steve Zimmer directed folks to pull their chairs out in front of the beautiful stage (constructed by Dennis, Dale Page and his cousin, Harvey). They just filled up the patio area. Some folks came early and stayed for awhile. Some came later and stayed till the bitter end (well, it was more of a “sweet” end). Some brave souls came early and stayed late.

I’m writing about this event because I think it represents something special that you tend to find in the Western community. When someone has a good idea, folks tend to pitch in and do whatever it takes to make it happen. There is a sense of camaraderie that makes all the hard work seem like fun. People look out for each other and do whatever they can to lend a hand. That is the spirit of the West and it was embodied in this gathering. Thanks to the Express St. James Hotel and Philmont Scout Ranch, along with the other sponsors, for their support. Thanks to Dennis Russell and his lovely wife, Jana, for all their hard work. Good job. Hope to see all of you next year at the SECOND Annual Cimarron Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering.


There is a photo album on Facebook called "Cimarron" where you can see photos from the event. Here is the link. Enjoy. Wish you could have been there.

Terry Nash
Terry Nash
Dennis Russell's first annual Cimarron Cowboy music and Poetry Gathering was a great success! Folks like Jerry Brooks, Todd Carter and his band, Dale Page, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Jim Jones, Farrier Figgs, Kay Nowell, Sandy Reay, Floyd Beard, Randy Huston, Mike Moutoux, Rod Taylor, J Duke Frances Vance and a few others sure put on a good show! Durn, it was great to be part of the first one! Heck, RW Hampton and Lisa showed up too! Make your ressies for the 3rd one now!

Shirley Dale made the Swag Bags for for the performers and worked the gate all day long. While I'm grateful for the special thought this dear lady wanted to send, It is we that need to be thanking her for the special gifts and the hard work. We are all fortunate to share this woman's medicine bag.
Dennis Russell

Thank you from Shirley Dale
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Dale Page
Dale Page

Good evening, Wordsmiths.

For those of you who did not hear, the First Annual Cimarron [NM] Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering went off like Secretariat at the 1973 Belmont Stakes.

Despite rain the day before, skies were clear for the entire day in northern New Mexico. Fourteen performers, mostly from New Mexico, entertained all afternoon from noon until 8. Poets Terry Nash, Floyd Beard, Dale Page, Kay Nowell, Deanna McCall, Duke Vance, Jerry Brooks and Dennis Russell alternated with pickers Jim Jones, Randy Huston, Mike Moutoux, Doug Figgs, Gayanne Jeffers & Kara Mutz, The Broken Chair Band, and Rod Taylor.

RW Hampton showed up and shared a few numbers with Jim, Randy, and Rod. I never get tired of hearing "Donnie Catch a Horse." It's the first thing I ever heard him sing back in 2004. But RW and Lisa's thirteen-year-old son, Calvin, really stole the stage with his solo.

Some of the audience stayed all day long, a testament to the quality of the show and the atmosphere. The historic St. James Hotel in Cimarron, built by Abraham Lincoln's chef, Henri Lambert, was the perfect host.

Thanks to nearly the non-stop work of Dennis, northeast New Mexico and southern Colorado really supported the event. The only downside was too much sunshine! Next year: party tents for shade!

This gathering is an example of what can be done if folks put their minds to it. It was all put together in about two months, the result of an idea and a resolve to make it happen. If your area doesn't have a gathering, Dennis can tell you how he made it happen.

Yours for rhyme and meter,
Dale Page


For more information, contact us on Facebook 
or call Dennis Russell (719) 330-1797

Co-Producer: Dale Page


Thanks to our volunteers:
Shirley Dale, Kaye Peery, Jack Brugger


The St. James Hotel & Staff
The Philmont Scout Ranch
KRTN Radio

The Albuquerque Journal August 2016

"The Cimarron Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering: How to Put on a Cowboy Gathering" from the Winter 2015 The Western Way.

Thanks to our 2016 Top Hand Sponsors: The Philmont Scout Ranch, The St. James Hotel & Staff, Express Ranches, C S Ranch, Cimarron Health Center, AcousticByLines; and our performance sponsors:Broken Horn Music, Cabinets by Connie, Cimarron Maverick Club, Cimarron United Methodist Church, Bob Burns, Fred Lambert, Markus Printing & Stationary,  Schwenk's Antique Hall. Please support our sponsors. Be a 2017 sponsor and put your business link here! Contact us on Facebook or call Dennis Russell (719) 330-1797