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Cowboy Poetry Gathering planned during Old West Days on Oct. 6-9

Caroline Sabin North Platte, Neb.

A cowboy’s life on the cattle drive was captured in crooning tunes that drifted across the range along with the winds. The days of a solitary life on the range may be a thing of the past, but the legacy of the Old West lives on through the Cowboy Poetry Gathering held during Old West Days in Valentine, Neb., on Oct. 6-9, 2011. Award winning singers, poets and story tellers will perform their original works at this 20th annual gathering of artists.

“It’s a celebration of the history of the west – past and present. Cowboy poetry tells about country life,” said Yvonne Hollenbeck, a multiple award winning poet recognized and honored by the Academy of Western Artists. “A lot of the old cowboy songs were Irish tunes that had rhyming words put in. Western music in is purest form is a big part of cowboy poetry.”

Cowboy poets, story tellers, and singers describe ranchlife and rural living as they have experienced it. Their creative works may tell of working with cattle, family values passed on, the lessons of nature, or an appreciation for a life living off the land. Politics, romance, religion, or crude jokes are not considered appropriate topics to include in cowboy poetry. It may often center around an event that had its share of ups and downs or unusual circumstances, but above all cowboy and cowgirl poets hold themselves to a standard of accurate portrayal of country living through the years. Accompaniment may be by guitar or fiddle, but no electrical instruments are allowed. Occasionally an artist will use a novelty instrument such as a washboard or harmonica.

A cowboy’s life on the cattle drive was captured in crooning tunes that drifted across the range along with the winds. The days of a solitary life on the range may be a thing of the past, but the legacy of the Old West lives on through the Cowboy Poetry Gathering held during Old West Days in Valentine, Neb., on Oct. 6-9, 2011. Award winning singers, poets and story tellers will perform their original works at this 20th annual gathering of artists.

“It’s a celebration of the history of the west – past and present. Cowboy poetry tells about country life,” said Yvonne Hollenbeck, a multiple award winning poet recognized and honored by the Academy of Western Artists. “A lot of the old cowboy songs were Irish tunes that had rhyming words put in. Western music in is purest form is a big part of cowboy poetry.”

Cowboy poets, story tellers, and singers describe ranchlife and rural living as they have experienced it. Their creative works may tell of working with cattle, family values passed on, the lessons of nature, or an appreciation for a life living off the land. Politics, romance, religion, or crude jokes are not considered appropriate topics to include in cowboy poetry. It may often center around an event that had its share of ups and downs or unusual circumstances, but above all cowboy and cowgirl poets hold themselves to a standard of accurate portrayal of country living through the years. Accompaniment may be by guitar or fiddle, but no electrical instruments are allowed. Occasionally an artist will use a novelty instrument such as a washboard or harmonica.

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A cowboy’s life on the cattle drive was captured in crooning tunes that drifted across the range along with the winds. The days of a solitary life on the range may be a thing of the past, but the legacy of the Old West lives on through the Cowboy Poetry Gathering held during Old West Days in Valentine, Neb., on Oct. 6-9, 2011. Award winning singers, poets and story tellers will perform their original works at this 20th annual gathering of artists.

“It’s a celebration of the history of the west – past and present. Cowboy poetry tells about country life,” said Yvonne Hollenbeck, a multiple award winning poet recognized and honored by the Academy of Western Artists. “A lot of the old cowboy songs were Irish tunes that had rhyming words put in. Western music in is purest form is a big part of cowboy poetry.”

Cowboy poets, story tellers, and singers describe ranchlife and rural living as they have experienced it. Their creative works may tell of working with cattle, family values passed on, the lessons of nature, or an appreciation for a life living off the land. Politics, romance, religion, or crude jokes are not considered appropriate topics to include in cowboy poetry. It may often center around an event that had its share of ups and downs or unusual circumstances, but above all cowboy and cowgirl poets hold themselves to a standard of accurate portrayal of country living through the years. Accompaniment may be by guitar or fiddle, but no electrical instruments are allowed. Occasionally an artist will use a novelty instrument such as a washboard or harmonica.