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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


2017 Performers

Special Guests: t.b.a.

Floyd Beard   Jim Jones
Valerie Beard   Peggy Malone
Broken Chair Band   Terry Nash
Dale Burson   Claudia Nygaard
Janice Deardorff   Dale Page
Doug Figgs   Sandy Reay
Purly Gates   Dennis Russell
Danner Hampton   Rod Taylor
Randy Huston   Washtub Jerry
Jill Jones   Jim Wilson
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Floyd Beard and his wife Valerie are ranchers on the High Plains and canyons of Colorado. Floyd, a lifetime cowboy, sixth-generation rancher, and 2016 WMA Male Poet of the Year, comes from Southeastern Colorado. Drawing from his own experiences and observations of the western way of life, Floyd delights his audience with humor and by bringing alive original, classics and contemporary cowboy poetry. His philosophy is simple: “Life is a journey not a destination, and is best viewed from atop a good horse.”

Floyd Beard
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Valerie Beard is best known for her spectacular nature and ranching photography as well as her tireless support of cowboy events. In 2015, she won the first Western Musid Association Colorado Chapter "Branded Western" Top Hand Award.

Recently, Valeried tried her hand at writing Cowboy poetry. She won the 2015 Wesetern Music Association Cowboy Poetry Jackpot Novice Division with her first poem, "No Better Life." Sometimes she performs with her husband, Floyd.

Valerie Beard
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The Broken Chair Band is Todd, Melinda and Dani Carter. They ride for the brand as beef producers for TM Ranches. Their original music and poetry is branded 'Americowboyfolkgrass', and have delighted audiences on main stages and side venues, but are most comfortable around the campfire. Todd leads on acoustic bass and lead vocals, with Melinda on acoustic guitar and vocals, and daughter Dani joins the two to sing lead and harmony vocals and is playing fiddle! Their latest album "Little Victories" released March 29, 2013 at the Crossroads Gathering in Benson, AZ, and the title song"Little Victories" has been adopted as the ranch theme. Broken Chair Band
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Dale Burson has spent most of his life on the sections of the Texas Panhandle that he calls home. It is a piece of land that has formed the foundation for his lyrics, which tell tales of his childhood and the surrounding area. This singing cowboy is a mostly self-taught musician to whom Granny Burson tried her very best to teach the finer aspects of music.

Since those early days, Dale has taught himself to play guitar, mandolin, banjo and fiddle. Using these abilities and his beautiful voice, Dale has had the privilege of touring North America with Red Steagall for the past 21 years. In 2004, Dale won the prestigious Wrangler Award, presented annually by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, formerly the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Making this accolade so much more special to Dale was the fact that his friend Steagall made the presentation at the awards ceremony.

Dale Burson
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Janice Deardorff is a cowgirl at heart, who fell in love with the west, through the ears of a horse, when she was five years old. She is a native Arizonan, who grew up immersed in songs of the West. Her newest CD, Part of the West, contains well loved classics, plus original songs that share the heart and stories of the West. On Janice’s CD "Just a Horse", she shares her love for horses, rescue horses and the west.

Janice was recently appointed program coordinator for Arts Arizona, an American western heritage program for children, through Arts Express, an award winning arts nonprofit entity that's committed to creating opportunities for children and adults to experience the power of the arts. In 2015 and 2016 Janice was a top five nominee for the Western Music Association Crescendo Award.

Janice has been doing music most of her adult life, as an entertainer, educator and worship leader. She believes that music is a gift from God to be given the listener. She got her start in western music by singing at cowboy cookouts, to barter for horseback riding. Janice enjoys sharing western music, as she travels the west with her husband Kevin. Janice’s warm and captivating western music will draw you into a memorable musical experience.

Janice Deardorff
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Doug Figgs is a horseshoer, a cowboy, and a Western music singer/songwriter. With over twenty years of shoeing horses he holds the title of “Certified Journeyman Farrier”, the highest level attainable through the American Farrier’s Association. Doug also raises Paint Horses on his place in New Mexico. In the last few years he has turned his attention to Western music.

Doug’s long list of awards includes the following:

  • 2014 Western Music Association’s “Harmony Trio Award”
  • 2014 Academy of Western Artists’ Best Western Song, “Socios”
  • 2015 WMA Song of the Year, “Socios” (won the Western Writers of America
  • 2015 “Spur Award” for Best Western Song, “Charlie and Evangeline” Co-written with Todd Carter
  • 2015 New Mexico Music Awards Best Western Song,“Running With the Wind”
  • 2015 WMA Songwriter of the Year.
Doug Figgs
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Purly Gates accompanies herself and others with guitar, banjo, accordion, ukelele, harmonica, and umpteen odd or home-made instruments.Her musical styles range from mostly folk and swing, to Cowboy, country, a touch of blues, bluegrass or even an occasional rap. And she may do a little story-telling between songs. If you're lucky, she'll perform one of her funny original cowboy poems.

Expect to see Purly on stage with a number of other performers during a weekend festival.

Purly Gates
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Danner Hampton was almost born into the world of cowboy music. At nearly 48 hours old he attended his first concert, hidden under the CD table while mom produced the show, and both dad and grandpa were on stage. He is the six foot tall, 14 year-old son of R.W. and Lisa Hampton, both heavily involved in writing, singing and producing Cowboy Music; one of his older brothers, Colter, writes and sings; his uncle is an author and playwright; and his grandfather is a cowboy poet.

Raised on the family’s horse ranch in Northern New Mexico, Calvin Danner has grown up surrounded by stories of the West, riding horses, raising cattle, and listening to some of the biggest names in Western Music singing in his living room. His first love is singing and he is a favorite at jam sessions but he is also working on song writing, learning the guitar and will be filming his first speaking role in a made for DVD Western this summer. He has already attended almost every Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering in the country, but has recently become more of a presence on stage than behind his Dad’s CD table.

Danner Hampton
photo by Bill Patterson
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Randy Huston is a fourth generation livestock producer, and partners with his father on their ranch in New Mexico. He started breaking horses for wages at the age of 13 and spent many years in rodeo arenas through high school and college. In the early 1990s, Huston pulled from his experiences as a cowboy and former resident of the West to write and record “Keepin’ The New West Wild.” His latest album is, “There’s A Hole in Daddy’s Rope.” Randy was voted one of the top five male entertainers in 2007 by the Academy Of Western Artists, and was 2010 Academy Of Western Artists male vocalist of the year.

Randy Huston
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Jill Jones is part of the contemporary Cowboy/Americana/ folk band 3 Hands High. With her strong lead vocals and rhythm guitar, she was founder and lead singer of The Hays County Gals and The Lone Star Chorale, recipient of the 2002 Academy of Western Artists Cowboy Group of the Year Award. A veteran of cowboy gatherings across the country, she has appeared with Willie Nelson on TNN’s “Legends of Country Music” and Ian Tyson at the Elko National Cowboy Gathering. She has also been featured on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion and Texas Country Reporter. In 1994 Jill won the Western Music Association’s Grand National Yodeling Championship and the 1998 Academy of Western Artists Yodeling Award.

Jill Jones
photo by Bill Patterson
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Jim Jones tells it like it was, is, and will be in the great American West. Native Texan, student of the West, he lives, sings and writes about cowboys, horses, cattle rustlers and such. He also knows there’s more to the story…how the coming of the train changed the West, how critical water is for survival. Jim’s songwriting, guitar-picking and unique vocal style keeps him in demand on the Western music circuit and at house concerts, coffeehouses, schools and libraries throughout the country.

He now has eight Western Americana albums and three Western historical fiction novels under his belt. His award-winning books, the Jared Delaney trilogy-Rustler’s Moon, Colorado Moon and Waning Moon- are set in northern New Mexico, “loosely based in fact…basically, a pack of lies I made up.” They have educated, informed and entertained readers around the world.

  • 2013 Western Writers of America Spur Award for Western Song of the Year for his “Texas is Burnin’.”
  • 2014 Western Music Association Male Performer of the Year
  • 2015 Academy of Western Artists Western Music Song of the Year, “The Fires of Goliad”
Jim Jones
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Peggy Malone is a country, western, pop singer performing at family style venues, large groups and conventions. Ageless audience appeal. Large repertoire of songs. Listen or dance! Crowd participation is her specialty, with her stick horses and maracas. Ghost Riders in the Sky is especially fun, when audience members ride around on her corral full of stick hosses!! "Don't know who has more fun, her or her audience!" - Randy Witte, Publisher, Western Horseman Magazine.

She was one the Top Five Western Music nominees for "Best Female Vocalist of 2001." Her song, "Singin' A Cowboy Song" won an Emmy for Performer/Songwriter in 2001. It is also heard on the PBS Special, "A Night At The Rodeo." She was inducted into the Colorado Country Music Association Hall of Fame on August 20, 2006.

Peggy Malone
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Terry Nash was raised on a farm/ranch cow/calf operation on the High Plains of Colorado, near Idalia. In the late ‘60′s, after the farm was lost in an estate battle (the subject of one of his poems), Terry drifted into a thirty-five year career trucking, workin' to pay for his cow habit, and drifted to a small ranch near Loma, Colorado.

He and his wife have cut back to a semi-retired forty hours a week that keeps their horses and cattle in feed, and Terry spends his "spare" time writing and reciting cowboy poetry and spendin’ as much time a’horseback as possible.

Terry Nash
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Claudia Nygaard is the daughter of a California rancher and his city slicker wife. Growing up believing that cowgirl boots are appropriate footwear under a ball gown, she straddled the fence between country and urban life in comfort. It is not surprising now, that her music with it's roots in the adobe clay of the San Joaquin Valley, should marry with lyrics that tell stories about TV western heroines, wide open spaces, well loved horses and even better loved cowboys. Delivered by a strong and sensual alto voice, her riveting storytelling is unabashedly intimate, often irreverent, frequently incisive, and sometimes joyously silly. Claudia Nygaard
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Dale Page was born and raised in Oklahoma, the great-grandson of a participant in the Land Rush of 1889. While attending Oklahoma State University, he worked as a horseshoer, bull rider, stable manager, farm and ranch reporter and on the movie set of “The Cheyenne Social Club.” With a degree in English, Page combined his appreciation of poetry with his horseback experiences and began writing cowboy poetry in the mid 1970s. His performances include trail rides, charity events, private parties, church classes, cowboy church services, Friends of the Library, public and private schools, the Indiana State Museum, and cowboy poetry gatherings in seven Western states.

  • 2008 Best Performer at the Oklahoma State University library's Cowboy Poetry and Songs event.
  • 2010 First Place, Rising Star Division, Serious poet, National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo
  • 2015 Western Music Association Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year, “Once We Were Kings”
Dale Page
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Sandy Reay is a songwriter, poet and website wrangler from Colorado.  When she was 7, she moved to Denver, and brought her family with her.  Her life-long dream was to live on a horse ranch in the mountains which, eventually, she did.  There she learned a lot about horse ranching, most notably that it does not in any way resemble anything she ever saw on TV.

Sandy feels honored that her song "Already Gone" was a Western Music Association 2010 Finalist for Best Original Song.

Sandy Reay
photo by Valerie Beard
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Dennis Russell shares his original poems and stories as well as sharing some of the classics at campfires or cowboy gatherings. He was appointed the first Cimarron Poet Laureate of Cimarron New Mexico and won the first Western Music Association (WMA) Western Wordsmiths Chapter Cowboy Poetry Jackpot in the Novice Division in 2014.

A singer-songwriter, he was also elected Vice President of the WMA Western Wordsmiths Chapter for 2015. In addition, he is the founder of the Cimarron Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering.

Dennis Russell
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Rod Taylor, originally from Lubbock, Texas left his home to pursue the cowboy life and has worked at Vermejo Park, TO, and UU Bar before spending the last 30 years cowboying on the Philmont Ranch.

He has been playing music even longer, both as a solo artist and with regional bands including currently playing with The Rifters. Rod has several albums and other music projects. He lives with his wife Patty on the Philmont Ranch near Cimarron, New Mexico.

Rod Taylor, Rincon Creek Studios
photo by Rincon Creek Studios
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Washtub Jerry began ukulele in college and later began designing, building, and playing washtub bass. Jerry regularly performs with many groups, which has led to many recordings and CDs. A sought after sideman, he backs head-liners and beginners. He has performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Silver Dollar City, Branson for five seasons, was a featured soloist with the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra, and participated in cultural exchange tours in Russia, Ireland, and Germany. Jerry’s conservative playing style and extra low notes greatly enhance the lead musician’s performance.

Washtub Jerry was voted 1999 Instrumentalist of the Year by the Western Music Association and received an American Cowboy Culture Award in 2013. Take a look at the four books Jerry has authored and published.
Washtub Jerry
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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.

Sheriff Jim Wilson

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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