January 10, 2024 newsletter

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Howdy everyone!

Here's the news release that's going out this week.

All the best,
Kay and Gene Nowell
Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering


Saddle up for a poetic three-day celebration of cowboy culture at the Annual Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering, slated to take place from February 15 to 17, 2024, at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. This beloved event brings together cowboy poets, musicians, and enthusiasts from across the Lone Star State and beyond.

Event Producer Bob Saul, a cowboy at heart with roots in ranching going back generations, says that there's a feeling of family that has become synonymous with the gathering. "Many of our attendees are regulars year after year. They get to know one another and enjoy an annual family reunion atmosphere."

Saul took the reins as the event producer in March 2019, following the thirty-three-year legacy of the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Reflecting on the transition, he shares,"There came a point where the previous organization was ready for a shift. I was able to step in. We formed a new nonprofit and moved forward with the same energy and spirit as before."

Event Co-Chair Kay Nowell has been involved with cowboy poetry since the first National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, in 1985. She says, "It has been a great privilege to get to know and work with many of the wonderful poets and musicians in this genre. These artists are passing on the values, traditions and history of the Western way of life to future generations and in a very entertaining manner."

The 2024 Gathering promises to be an unforgettable experience, featuring a lineup of talented cowboy poets, singers, and musicians. The festivities kick off on Wednesday night with an exhibition rodeo by the Sul Ross Rodeo Team. Over the following three days, attendees can enjoy seven ticketed shows and thirty-five free shows hosted in seven classrooms across Sul Ross State University's campus.

The much-anticipated Saturday night show will be hosted by the legendary Andy Hedges, who will be joined by folk legends like Ramblin' Jack Elliot and Dom Flemmons along with cowboy artists Pipp Gillette, Brenn Hill, Corb Lund, Waddie Mitchell, Brigid Reedy, Randy Rieman, Rod Taylor, and Andy Wilkinson. Together, they will bring to life songs from Andy Hedges' recent album of duets, Roll On, Cowboys. "This will be a historic evening in Alpine, Texas, with an iconic lineup of folk legends, Grammy winners, cowboy poets, singer/songwriters, and old-time cowboy musicians sharing a single stage," notes Saul.

The complete lineup for the 2024 Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering includes Mary Abbott, Jerry Brooks, Dale Burson, Bob Campbell, Hal Cannon, Craig Carter (with Zack Casey), Doris Daley, Juni Fisher, Amy Hale, Kristyn Harris, Randy Huston, Jill Jones and the Jingle Bobs (Bob Goldstein and Zeke Severson), Ross Knox, Daron Little, Deanna McCall, Kaden Miner, John Moore, Andy Nelson, Joel Nelson, Vess Quinlan, Brigid and Johnny Reedy, Chris Ryden, Tom Sharpe, Jay Snider, Gail Steiger, Andy Wilkinson (with Emily Wilkinson), and Cora Rose Wood.

For those with cowboy heritage in their veins or those who simply appreciate the rich history and artistry of the cowboy way, the Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering is an event not to be missed.

Saul, who grew up on one of Charles Goodnight's ranches in the Panhandle of Texas, concludes, "My family has been ranching since 1821 in Texas. This poetry is the history of the cowboy. These events celebrate that heritage. Our team is committed to making each year's gathering incredible."

For more information and ticket sales visit lonestarcowboypoetry.com.


Direct link for tickets:

Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering
January 2024

Board of Directors
Elizabeth Baize, Fort Davis
Robbie Burns, Alpine
Marian Freeland, Alpine
Bill Jones, East Tennessee
Karen Lloyd, Alexandria, VA
Karen McGuire, Alpine
Kay Nowell, Alpine
Gene Nowell, Alpine
Vess Quinlan, Alamosa, CO
David Richmond, Lindrith, NM
Chris Ryden, Midland, TX
Jim Street, Alpine
Parick Sullivan, Fairfax Station, VA

Event Producer
Bob Saul, Fort Worth

Film Production and Advisors to the Board
John and Erika Moore, Durango, CO

Advisors to the Board
Rachel Barrett, Alpine
Jim Goodnight, Dallas
Andy Hedges, Lubbock

Mailing address:
Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering
P.O. Box 1076
Alpine, TX 79831


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