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Musicians

Musicians

January 29 - February 3, 2018

Our line-up of artists for the 34th Gathering is not yet final! We'll we will be adding many more artists and special guests in this Participants section over the coming months, so be sure to check back with us.

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Mike Beck - Monterey, CA

Mike Beck is a professional musician and working cowboy whose songs reflect his experiences in California, Oregon, Montana and Nevada. Born and raised in Monterey County, California, he was a student of legendary horseman Bill Dorrance and now travels extensively in the United States and Europe, making music and conducting horsemanship clinics. Known for his guitar wizardry and acclaimed Western songwriting, Mike’s mellow sound combines real cowboy experience with a unique blend of Western, rock and Americana styles. Mike’s seventh and most recent album, Alta California, features original and cover songs paying tribute to the sounds he grew up listening to in California. http://www.mikebeck.com


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Muzzie, Willy & Cody Braun - Clayton, ID

Muzzie Braun has been writing, recording and performing for 30 years. Coming from a musical family, Muzzie continued the tradition with his four sons, touring and recording as Muzzie Braun and the Boys. Among their many appearances, they performed twice on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. After growing up in the family business with Muzzie in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho, two of those sons, Cody and Willy, moved to Bend, Oregon, when they were ready to start their own musical legacies. After founding their now GRAMMY Award-winning band, Reckless Kelly, they migrated to that great musical fountainhead, Austin, Texas. Muzzie, Willy & Cody honor their heritage and display musical talent and skills honed over three generations of family music-making with an ethic of integrity, persistence, hard work and professionalism. As a trio, they play back-to-roots, acoustic material that reflects their far-flung influences and family cohesion.


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Adrian Buckaroogirl - Ventura, CA

Adrian Buckaroogirl sings songs that reflect her experiences growing up on ranches throughout the West. A 20-something firecracker who is equally at home in the branding pen, on a ranch bronc or on stage, Adrian began writing music at the age of 14. She takes her listeners deep into the lives and challenges faced by cowboys and ranchers. Western Horseman magazine called her the “buckaroo’s Taylor Swift” and chose her song, “The Will James Days” as one of the 13 best Western songs of all time. Her third CD, Buckaroogirl, was released in 2012 and features a duet with Waddie Mitchell, “Branding Pen of My Father.” Adrian headed back into the studio in 2017 to unleash her smoky sounds, powerful voice and heartfelt lyrics for an upcoming album.  http://www.buckaroogirl.com/


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Caleb Klauder Country Band - Portland, OR

Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms play dance hall honky-tonk music with band members Rusty Blake, Jesse Emerson and Ned Folkerth. They see this music as a way for neighbors to gather to listen, dance, find joy, and commune after a day’s work. Caleb has a knack for writing songs with a classic sound that fit right into the roots of country music. He grew up on a farm on Orcas Island, Washington. His parents went back to the land and farmed a piece of ground with draft horses. Reeb grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in Waterville, Washington. Nowadays, the pair enjoy periodic cowboying on Reeb’s in-laws’ ranch, the Wittig Ranch, in Central Washington. They take time away from touring as often as they can to take part in ranch life. Their recent release, Innocent Road, features original songs and found gems in the form of country duets backed by steel, fiddle, mandolin, drums and bass. //calebklauder.com


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Cowboy Celtic - Victoria, BC, Canada

Ireland, Scotland and Wales had working cowboys long before North America was, well, North America. When those buckaroos from across the pond headed this way looking for greener pastures, they brought their music along and unknowingly gave their new-found cowboy friends a wonderful gift. Canadian band Cowboy Celtic has spent years exploring this connection and crafting arrangements of traditional and original compositions to reflect the bond between chaps and tartan. Beautiful vocal harmonies backed by guitar and vocals (Denise Withnell), mandolin and vocals (David Wilkie), fiddle (Joseph Hertz), Celtic harp (Keri Lynn Zwicker) and bodhran (Nathan McCavana), will take you from the rolling hills of Ireland to the dusty trails of Texas, and many places in between.
http://www.somagency.com/cowboy-celtic/


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Ramblin' Jack Elliott - Marshall, CA

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott chose the cowboy way at the age of 14, trading life at home for one on the rodeo circuit. By age 20, Elliott’s rough-edged enthusiasm and musical instinct drew the attention of his avowed idol, Woody Guthrie, initiating a close, invaluable and lifelong association. He was also a good friend of Johnny Cash. Ramblin’ Jack became a latter-day troubadour, whose love for a good song is equaled only by an abiding respect for his fellow man and a profound contempt for injustice. Along the way, he inspired several generations including a young Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger. This National Medal of Arts recipient and two-time GRAMMY winner is a truly unique American treasure. http://ramblinjack.com


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Dom Flemons & Brian Farrow -
Washington, D.C.

Dom Flemons is an award-winning musician, singer-songwriter and slam poet. Carrying on the songster tradition, Flemons strives to mix traditional music forms with a contemporary approach, to create new sounds that will appeal to wider audiences. In his recent solo album Prospect Hill (2014), Flemons drew from a wide range of styles, including ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern traditional music, string band music, fife and drum music, and jug-band music. He began his career as a performer in the Arizona music scene, where he produced 25 albums for singer-songwriters and slam poets in Phoenix. In 2005, Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band that won a GRAMMY for its 2010 album Genuine Negro Jig. Dom is working with Smithsonian Folkways on a soon-to-be-released album on Black cowboy songs. He is joined on stage by his duo partner Brian Farrow. https://theamericansongster.com/


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Pipp Gillette - Crockett, TX

Pipp Gillette lives and works on the family ranch near Lovelady, Texas, where his grandfather started raising cattle and cotton in 1912. Pipp and his late brother Guy received the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Traditional Western Album of 2011, and the 2013 Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Original Western Composition for their performance of the Waddie Mitchell song "Trade Off.” Drawing on a life-long interest in Western history and music, Pipp plays traditional cowboy music on guitar, banjo, harmonica and bones. Pipp’s newest CD, Singing Songs by Waddie and Pipp, received the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Traditional Western Album of 2016. www.campstreetcafe.com/guy&pipp.htm


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Kristyn Harris - McKinney, TX

Kristyn Harris, of McKinney, Texas, is a captivating musical talent characterized by her shimmering vocals, energetic rhythm guitar, unique songwriting, award-winning yodel and engaging stage presence. The 23-year-old started playing and singing at age 14, inspired by her passion for land and livestock. Along with training horses and trick riding, she has chased her dream of owning cattle and now has a small herd of Black Angus. Her music brings a vintage feel heavily influenced by the Western swing genre. Kristyn is the youngest in history to be named the Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year, and has released several award-winning CDs. As one venue put it: "This bundle of energy and talent is 'the rage' on stage from the East Coast to the West and if you can stay seated when she finishes her performance you're prob'ly 'bout ready for the grave!!"  http://www.kristynharris.com/


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Andy Hedges - Lubbock, TX

Andy Hedges is a songster, reciter and guitarist. His varied repertoire includes classic cowboy poetry recitations, obscure cowboy songs, dust bowl ballads and blues. Andy taught himself to play the guitar when he was 14 and began collecting classic cowboy poems and traditional cowboy songs. He has released 10 albums including four joint projects with songwriter Andy Wilkinson. Don Edwards said of Hedges, “Andy could very well carry on the traditions when all of us old guys are gone. I'd feel assured in knowing the music of our great American West was in good hands." Andy also hosts a podcast, Cowboy Crossroads, which features interviews with poets, musicians, songwriters and historians. He lives in Lubbock, Texas with his wife and children. http://andyhedges.com/


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Rita Hosking & Sean Feder - Davis, CA

Northern California’s Rita Hosking sings of culture clash, Western landscapes, forest fires, rural folks and hope. Rita cultivated her country-folk sound growing up on a small ranch ten miles up the Hatchet Mountain from Burney, California. "She narrates the legacies of the working class flawlessly, walking the line between literary genius and front-porch-storyteller with great precision...almost as if it would if Walt Whitman had chosen to wield a banjo instead of a pen" (Mother Church Pew). Rita's latest of six albums, the hero’s journey Frankie and the No-Go Road, was praised by Maverick Magazine as having “more authenticity and integrity than you can shake a stick at.” This soul-stirring singer and guitarist partners with husband Sean Feder on sparkling dobro and melodic banjo. The duo travel the world singing about Western rural culture, and surprising just about every non-Californian who thought they knew what a Californian was. www.ritahosking.com/press-kit


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Michael Martin Murphey - Walden, CO

Michael Martin Murphey is a proud son of Texas, where his family settled in 1858. He divides his time between ranches in the Panhandle of West Texas, Northern New Mexico, Southern Colorado and in the Oocooch Mountains of Wisconsin. Michael’s music blends many genres, including pop, country, Western, Celtic, jazz and bluegrass, and focuses on his personal life as a Southwestern “pilgrim.” He has released over 35 albums. His song “Wildfire” is among the most-aired songs in radio history. Michael’s most recent release, High Stakes: Cowboy Songs VII, places cowboy knowledge front and center in addressing the importance of land and water. On this album, he returns to his singing cowboy roots to tell riveting human stories of love and hate, loss and risk, failure and victory, revenge, forgiveness and family legacy. Murphey serves on the Western Folklife Center’s National Advisory Council. //michaelmartinmurphey.com/


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Brigid Reedy - Whitehall, MT

Brigid Reedy first entertained the Elko crowds by yodeling at the Pioneer Saloon at the age of two. She has attended every Gathering since (this is her fifth as an invited performer) and her appreciation of Western music, poetry and culture has only deepened along with her love of the performers and friends who have inspired her. An accomplished singer and fiddler, Brigid's musical repertoire runs the full gamut of the American West, from the most traditional cowboy tunes to new and original songs. Brigid also recites and writes poetry that reflects her life and experience as a young woman growing up in the contemporary rural West and her beloved Montana. 
http://www.brigidreedy.com


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Riders in the Sky - Nashville, TN

Riders In The Sky stand “hats & shoulders” above the rest of the purveyors of C & W – Comedy & Western! For 40 years, Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. Among their exceptional accomplishments, Riders In The Sky have won two GRAMMYS, starred in their own weekly TV and radio shows, and performed live in over 6,100 concert appearances. They have become modern-day icons, branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life “The Cowboy Way!” www.ridersinthesky.com


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The Rifters - Cimarron, NM

The Rifters are Rod Taylor (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Don Richmond (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, pedal steel guitar, dobro, harmonica, vocals), and Jim Bradley (bass, vocals). Putting out more music than it seems should be right for three guys on stage, The Rifters employ a wide range of acoustic and electric instruments, combined with soaring three-part harmonies, to provide a mesmerizing variety of music from driving blue-grama-grass to ethereal desert beauty. The years of playing to the dance crowds in their northern New Mexico homeland has given their music a toe-tapping rhythm that is engaging and undeniable. With a pedigree of bands like Hired Hands, the Rounders, and South by Southwest among them, The Rifters are truly a musical voice of the West, and their region of high desert vistas and mountain majesty. www.rifters.net


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Matt Robertson - Okotoks, AB, Canada

Raised in Wheatland, Wyoming, Matt Robertson currently resides in Southern Alberta where he cowboys at a grazing co-op and trains horses. Since the age of sixteen, Matt has been writing and playing music for friends, family and audiences across Canada and the United States. He credits Chris Ledoux and Ian Tyson for inspiring his career as a songwriter. Matt’s discography includes The Old Roan Horse (2008), The Voice (2012), and Makin’ History (2016). Matt grew up on the back of a horse, starting colts as a young teen, riding broncs in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association through his youth and currently enjoys ranch rodeo and working with young horses. His experiences both on and off a horse have influenced him and his music. Matt’s heart is in the open country where a person can still feel inspired and free. https://www.facebook.com/cowboymattrobertson/


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Sand Sheff - Moab, UT

Arizona-born and Oklahoma-raised, Sand Sheff has lived a life as unusual as his name. First and foremost an entertainer, he is also the author of two published books, three musical comedies and 15 albums of original music. He’s done vaudeville in Austin (three years at Esther's Follies) and tried his hand in Nashville, where MusicRow Magazine called him “the very definition of Americana.” But Sand has also found himself working outdoors his entire life. He spent ten years as a dude ranch cowboy and pack outfitter in Colorado and the canyons of southeast Utah, and worked at everything from ranch foreman to landscaper to wildland firefighter. Sand has performed everywhere from campfires to Carnegie Hall. He currently lives in Moab, Utah, with his family, horses, a little dog and a couple of cows. There he helps run a hay farm and teaches elementary school music. www.sandsheff.com


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Andy Wilkinson - Lubbock, TX

A writer and performer whose particular interest is the history and peoples of the Great Plains, Andy Wilkinson has recorded 12 albums of original music and has written eight plays, among them Charlie Goodnight’s Last Night and My Cowboy’s Gift.  He is the author of three books: A Family of the Land, Storyline (put out by Dry Crik Press), and Surprise, Texas.  A New Folk Winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival and an inductee into the West Texas Walk of Fame, his work has also been recognized with the Texas Historical Foundation’s John Ben Shepperd Jr. Craftsmanship Award, seven National Western Heritage Wrangler Awards in five different categories, and the Will Rogers Medallion Award.  He is Artist-in-Residence at the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University, where he also teaches songwriting in the School of Music, and creative process in the Honors College. http://www.cowboypoetry.com/andywilkinson.htm


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Wylie & the Wild West - Conrad, MT

Singer, songwriter, rancher, horseman, and the original, world-famous Yahoo!® yodeler, Wylie Gustafson is a real-life cowboy born into a fourth-generation ranching family on the empty sprawl of Northern Montana. He proves himself a never-boring entertainer as well as a highly adept songwriter. When not performing, Wylie raises and trains cow horses on his family ranch near Conrad, Montana. He is especially known for his songs that celebrate America’s culture of ranching and farming. Wylie & the Wild West have performed worldwide since 1989 and are considered a “national treasure” by the American Folklife Center in Washington, D.C. www.wyliewebsite.com

 

 

 

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