An Evening with Dave Stamey
Thursday, October 4th at the Henry Strater Theatre

Showtimes: 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Dave Stamey
Nipomo, California
Cowboys and Indians magazine has called him "the Charley Russell of Western Music." Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer and a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers today. He has been twice voted Entertainer of the Year, three times Male Performer of the Year and twice Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. He's delighted audiences in 14 states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.

 

Join us for two evenings of Cowboy Poetry and Music!


Friday, October 6 ~ 6:00
Saturday, October 7 ~ 8:00

"Cowboy Humor"
Henry Strater Theatre

Tickets $25, reserved seating

Host ~ Jay Snider
Curt Brummett
Sam Noble
Ken Overcast

 

Friday, October 6 ~ 8:00
Saturday, October 7 ~ 6:00

"Classic Cowboy"
Henry Strater Theatre

Tickets $25, reserved seating

Host ~ Floyd Beard
Kristyn Harris
Jay Snider
The High Country Cowboys


 

Jay Snider, HOST
Cyril, Oklahoma
Jay was born into a ranching and rodeo family in southwest Oklahoma. Today, he makes his home in Cyril with his wife, Sandi. His dad was a top roper and rodeo cowboy; his granddad was a brand inspector for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Jay rodeoed during his early years. He now stays busy raising cattle and ranch horses and team roping. Writing and reciting cowboy stories in verse since 1996, Jay says he's not sure his English teacher would consider it poetry. Explaining the reason behind the pursuit, he says: "I've been researching the cowboy way for life for nearly 60 years. I felt a need to preserve some of the stories I heard from the old timers, and I wanted to try to relive some of my own experiences. Fortunately, cowboy poetry seems to appeal to most people. I thank God for the greatest super-hero of all times: the American Cowboy."
 
Floyd Beard, HOST
Ramah, Colorado
Bio:  floyd and his wife Valerie are ranchers on the high plains and canyons of southeaster Colorado.  A fifth-generation livestock producer, Floyd has run cattel in the Colorado mountains, the rolling easter plains and t in the canyons of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.  He turns his experiences and observations while in the saddle into stories that have delighted audiences for over 30 years from the Meixco border to Stony Plains Alberta, Canada.  A multiple award-winning cowboy poet andf finalist for the 2015 WMA Male Cowboy Poet of the Yera, Floyd also holds audiences spellbound with his recitations of cowboy poetry classics.  Writing stories that are inter-woven with his Estern code of high ethics and integrity are richly sprinkled with humor.  His philosophy is simple: "Life is a journey not a destination, and is best viewed from atop a good horse."

 

Curt Brummett
Westbrook, Texas
Curt was born in Clovis, New Mexico, "a little over" 40 years ago, and grew up in Clovis and on an eastern New Mexico farm and ranch. He started writing short stories when he was a senior in high school – in fact, the first story he sold in 1986 was the same one his English teacher gave him an "F" on. It seems she was pro-Shakespearean and anti-Curt. As soon as it was published he had a copy of the story sent to her – postage due. Curt has worked on ranches in Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. He has worked feed yards, in sale barns and even in the oil field. He has three daughters, eight grand kids, one horse, three roping steers, a female type cowdog that has 13 to 27 pups every other full moon and 14 of the non-layingest hens you ever saw. He was recipient of the Will Rogers Award (Humorist/Storyteller of the Year) in 1996, given by the Academy of Western Artists. 
 
Kristyn Harris
McKinney, Texas
Kristyn is a Texas-bred musical powerhouse with captivating Western flair. Her singing has been praised as “timeless,” “powerful” and “shimmering,” and is complimented on stage by her Swing guitar playing, yodeling, songwriting and energetic stage presence. Now 23, Kristyn tours across the U.S. and internationally. She started playing and singing when she was 14, drawn to songs of the Western lifestyle because of her passion for the land and livestock and her rural raising. When she’s not playing music, she spends time training wild mustangs and trick riding, and has even ventured into the cattle business via her own small herd of black angus. She draws most of her artistic inspiration from these experiences, as well as the vintage melodies and arrangements that cornerstone the Western Swing genre, plus styles from other songwriters.

 
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Sam Noble
Durango, Colorado
Sam grew up in Bayfield, Colorado, and has lived and ranched north of Durango all his adult life.  He's been involved with agriculture, rodeo and the cowboy world which has given him a background for his own brand of cowboy poetry and humorous stories. For 13 years, Sam and his wife Tanna followed their sons as they competed in rodeo events. During that time they were Rodeo Club sponsors and Sam was arena director – he pulled a lot of chute gates and hauled a lot of horses. Today, Sam and Tanna still operate a little farm and ranching operation north of town. They raise hay, potatoes and pasture other folk's cows (so Sam doesn't have to fix fences anymore). Sam has written cowboy poetry for 30 years and performed at cowboy poetry gatherings in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and parts of Wyoming and Florida. His real life stories and cowboy humor come from everyday experiences on their ranch. Since 1991, he has also recited inspirational poetry three nights a week at the Bar D Chuckwagon chapel. He is an active participant in Durango's Cowboy Church and hosts the annual program "A Cowboy and His Creator" on Sunday morning during the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering.  Sam has served on the Board of Directors of the Durango Gathering for 26 years. His influence keeps the Board true to it's mission of bringing real working cowboys and cowgirls to perform at the Gathering, which preserves the culture of the American cowboy.
 
Jay Snider
Cyril, Oklahoma
Jay was born into a ranching and rodeo family in southwest Oklahoma. Today, he makes his home in Cyril with his wife, Sandi. His dad was a top roper and rodeo cowboy; his granddad was a brand inspector for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Jay rodeoed during his early years. He now stays busy raising cattle and ranch horses and team roping. Writing and reciting cowboy stories in verse since 1996, Jay says he's not sure his English teacher would consider it poetry. Explaining the reason behind the pursuit, he says: "I've been researching the cowboy way for life for nearly 60 years. I felt a need to preserve some of the stories I heard from the old timers, and I wanted to try to relive some of my own experiences. Fortunately, cowboy poetry seems to appeal to most people. I thank God for the greatest super-hero of all times: the American Cowboy."

   

Ken Overcast
Chinook, Montana
Ken is the real deal. In this day and age of plastic throw away everything, to find someone who is really genuine is a treat indeed. Born into a ranching family, he was raised in northern Montana on a section of the Milk River known as “Paradise Valley.” He literally grew up on a horse and attended a rural school with three classmates. He and his wife Dawn were childhood sweethearts and run a commercial cow/calf operation on Lodge Creek. Having written about half of the music he's recorded, there are currently eight albums in Ken's Bear Valley Records catalogue and several more recordings are in various stages of planning. His album Montana Cowboy was named Cowboy CD of the Year by True West magazine and contains the song Montana Lullaby, co-written with Wylie Gustafson, which was selected as The Official Lullaby of the State of Montana in an act by the Montana Legislature. His most recent recording project, Montana In My Soul, expounds upon Ken's love for the West and his home in particular.
 


The High Country Cowboys
Red Lodge, Montana 
Born and raised in rural Montana, brothers John, Joe and Marty have found a desire to revive all the aspects of traditional Western music. They evoke silver screen cowboys like Roy Rogers, Western harmony groups like Sons of the Pioneers and Country music icons such as Marty Robbins. They have released several albums, and in 2015 and '16 lead singer Marty was awarded WMA’s Yodeler of the Year. In 2016, they were nominated for the WMA Crescendo Award, and their album Songs of the High Country Cowboys was among the Top 5 nominees for the 2016 WMA Western Album of the Year. In 2016 they were also recognized by the Academy of Western Artists, being nominated for Western Group of the Year, Western Song of the Year and Western Album of the Year.

 
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DAYTIME SESSIONS OF COWBOY POETRY, MUSIC, STORYTELLING AND FOLKLORE ~
10:30 am to 4:30 pm ~ Strater Hotel, General Palmer Hotel and Rochester Hotel.
The “heart” of the Gathering, featuring 40 invited performers in four concurrent theme sessions every hour. In open sessions anyone can entertain.
To sign up, please call Lindy Simmons at 970-946-2460.
FREE admission.
 
POETS & MUSICIANS
 
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Vic Anderson
Estes Park, Colorado
Vic provides rhythm guitar and vocals for the Lazy B Wranglers in Estes Park. He won the WMA’s Male Yodeling Championship in 2003 and 2010 and was nominated for the Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers award in 2013. He was Tex Williams’ lead guitar player on Tex’s final tour and has provided music for a movie trailer, local and national television and radio ads. Vic is well known for his melodic whistling and has performed at Equitana, at Esne, Germany, and in Canada. He has hosted a yodeling workshop at the Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering and spent a season as the entertainer for the Yellowstone Park Roosevelt Ranch Cookout, as well as driving stagecoaches and wagons loaded with guests through bison herds there. He is a novelist, columnist and free lance writer.
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Sally Bates
Prescott, Arizona
Born and raised in Prescott, Sally’s roots are sunk deep in the malapai ridges of Yavapai County. Her family tree “forks both ways” into the Arizona sod, having had the honor of five living generations of women near Prescott until 2003. Her dad worked ranches in the shade of Camp Wood Mountain for over 50 years, and her grandfather cowboyed in western New Mexico as a young man. Sally spent most of her life in the company of cowboys and their families, having both friends and family who worked on ranches and earned their keep as cowboys. She is a published writer, poet, songwriter and photographer, and has been nominated four times as Female Cowboy Poet of the Year by the AWA. She’s earned a living at different times in her life as a camp cook, rider of drag, saddlemaker’s wife and served as a substitute mother to orphaned calves and donkeys.

 
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Floyd Beard
Ramah, Colorado
Floyd and his wife Valerie are ranchers on the high plains of southeastern Colorado. A fifth-generation livestock producer, Floyd has run cattle in the Colorado mountains, the rolling eastern plains and in the canyons of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. He turns his experiences and observations while in the saddle into stories that have delighted audiences for over 30 years, from the Mexico border to Stony Plains, Alberta, Canada. A multiple award-winning cowboy poet and finalist for 2015 WMA Male Cowboy Poet of the Year, Floyd also holds audiences spellbound with his recitations of cowboy poetry classics. Writing stories that are inter-woven with his Western code of high ethics and integrity and are richly sprinkled with humor, his philosophy is simple: “Life is a journey not a destination, and is best viewed from atop a good horse.”
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Colt Blankman
Avon, Utah
This 12-year-old cowboy poet performed his first poem at the Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous kids’ poetry contest when he was eight. The next year he won that contest with an original poem and was hooked. He has performed at schools, community events, 4H, talent shows, cowboy poetry gatherings and at the Ag Agents National Convention in Salt Lake City. Colt loves the classic cowboy poems, patriotic poems and enjoys writing some of his own. He is active in Horse and Ranch Horse 4H with ranch roping and sorting being his favorite. He is a member of the Cache Valley Youth Hunter Education Challenge Team. He loves to shoot anything from archery to muzzleloaders. Colt tells folks that he was born 150 years late. Following a year of amazing opportunities, he just released his first CD titled Pullin’ That Trigger. For more information visit her blog.


 
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Jack Blease
Krum, Texas
Jack lives in a log cabin on a small ranch near Palo Duro Canyon, but said he doesn’t pretend to be a real cowboy. “I’m still a cowboy wannabe.” He raises registered Texas Longhorns and Appaloosas, but works at a day job to support that habit. Jack grew up playing piano, organ and trumpet and added guitar at age 25. A communications degree and study at a Methodist seminary launched him down a path that eventually brought him to the West. His career has typically been in sales and marketing, but side jobs have included singing cowboy songs, reciting poetry and officiating at weddings. “Cowboys aren’t religious in the normal sense, but they are spiritual,” he said. “If a cowboy gives you his word, you can bank on it. If people would live their faith the way working cowboys do, it would be a better world.”
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Rick Buoy
Ainsworth, Nebraska
Rick is a brand inspector, rodeo judge and cowboy poet. With these occupations and through the raising of two adult kids he has accumulated buckets full of experiences to share through his poetry. Along with all these hobbies he has also taken on the position of poetry chairman for the Old West Days celebration.

 
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Patty Clayton
Denver, Colorado and Honolulu, Hawaii
A fifth-generation descendant of Oregon Trail pioneers, Patty has a voice "as pure as the prairie wind.” Her original "buckaroo ballads" and borrowed songs celebrate the West and her family’s ranching history in Idaho. She has received multiple awards from WMA and AWA. Her latest honor in 2017 was having an original song included in a feature length film. Patty calls Colorado home, but has taken up temporary residence on a tiny island in the Pacific where she shares her musical talents with the local folks and Paniolo of the Hawaiian Islands. For more information visit her website.
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The Cowboy Way
Socorro, New Mexico
This Western music trio combines the talents of Jim Jones, Doug Figgs and Mariam Funke. Jim and Doug have received multiple awards from the WMA, the AWA and the Western Writer’s Association, among others. Mariam co-wrote many of their songs and is the master musician who ties it all together. Their songs paint vivid stories of the West from yesterday and today, including fast-paced melodies reminiscent of Southern Rock, heartfelt Ballads and everything in between. Their debut CD, The Cowboy Way, won the prestigious 2017 Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Two songs on the album, “Halfway Down the Devil’s Road” and “Tularosa Rose,” were winner and finalist for the Western Writers of America 2017 Spur Award. The Cowboy Way was honored by the WMA as 2017 Group of the Year.

 

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Sam DeLeeuw  
Roy, Utah
Make no mistake, Sam knows what she’s talking about. She has been a part of the agricultural life since she was born. She has raised and herded cows, sheep, horses and two rodeo queen daughters! In college, she was often the only girl in the ag-curriculum and was a popular date because she’d help with the branding and such. Sam’s background gives her all the ideas for her often humorous, but sometimes tear-evoking, stories. She has been honored four times as Female Poet of the Year by the WMA, Humorist of the Year for the AWA, and received the 2017 WMA Poetry Book of the Year award, but her most treasured rewards are the people she’s met over the years. Raised in Blackfoot, Idaho, she now makes her home in Utah and is in demand as poet, humorist, emcee and lively entertainer.

 

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Thatch Elmer
Bear River, Wyoming
The “Bear River Buckaroo,” as he is known around home, is a 15 year old that has been reciting cowboy poetry since he was old enough to speak a complete sentence. Thatch enjoys writing and reciting originals along with the classics. He has been influenced by his father, grandfathers and family friend Don Proffit. Thatch has spent his years listening to stories about ranch life as it used to be from his great-grandpa who was a cowboy all of his 88 years. Thatch enjoys riding his horse, roping and riding mini bulls throughout Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. His favorite time of year is spring because he loves to see the lambs and calves and go branding with family and friends. Thatch was co-recipient of the first Rod McQueary/Sue Wallis scholarship presented at the 2014 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko. He is published on Cowboypoetry.com and in the book Cowboy Rhymes-N-Dreams of Other Times, and is celebrating the release of his first CD, The First Go Round.


 
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Nolan King
Cortez, Colorado
Born and raised in Cortez, Nolan has spent his entire life working with livestock, horses and the land. After falling in love with the sound of yodeling at a young age, he taught himself how to yodel and sing, and later started learning how to play the guitar and other instruments. He has a wide range of influences, from Roy Rogers, to Bob Wills, to Bing Crosby. He cowboyed on the Texas/Oklahoma border for two years, during which time he would travel to the Fort Worth Stockyards every week to perform with Devon Dawson and the rest of the Cowtown Opry. Now back in Colorado, Nolan continues to ranch, while also pursuing his passions of Western music and ballroom dance.
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Jo Lynne Kirkwood
Sigurd, Utah
Jo Lynne was born in the small northern Arizona town of Fredonia. Her great-grandfather was an original settler of the area and her family has worked with livestock for generations. Jo’s poems reflect her intimate relationship with the land and the people of the Arizona Strip country, as well as an often tongue-in-cheek appreciation for daily agricultural life in central Utah where she and her husband Michael now live. Jo is a Lariat Laureate on CowboyPoetry.com and has been named Female Poet of the Year by the AWA. Her poetry has received numerous other awards and has been published in magazines, anthologies and elsewhere.

 
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Susie Knight
Conifer, Colorado
Susie has entertained audiences of all ages with her own brand of cowgirl poetry and music. A former barrel racer, riding instructor and an all-around ranch hand, she is sought after for her exceptional stage presence and story-like delivery of a woman’s perspective on ranch life, rodeo, remudas and romance. Susie’s awards include the 2014 WMA Female Poet of the Year, the 2013 AWA's Cowgirl Poet and the 2013 Cowboy Idol Poet. Her all-original album Western Wordsmith won the 2012 WMA Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year. Celebrating 50 years on stage and in the saddle, Susie is “Colorado’s Own All-Around Cowgirl Entertainer!”
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Maria McArthur
Tucson, Arizona
This 15 year old plays fiddle, guitar and banjo and loves all kinds of music. She enjoys playing Western, Western Swing, Bluegrass, and Gypsy Jazz with a variety of other musicians. Her other interests include reading, traveling and historical re-enacting.

 
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Slim McWilliams
Lewis, Colorado
A fourth-generation Colorado native, Slim was reared on the stories of Will James. He started riding when he was four and grew up wanting to ride the rough string. Slim spent many years on working ranches, breaking colts, packing and guiding for outfits from Arizona to Montana. He learned many traditional cowboy songs around a campfire, in a bunkhouse or in the cab of a pickup on the rodeo trail. He writes songs and poems based on his experiences and the semi-true stories of his friends. He and his wife Sue live in southwest Colorado.  
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Doc Mehl
Black Diamond, Alberta, Canada
Newly transplanted from Colorado to Alberta, Al “Doc” Mehl traces his family roots to central Kansas where his grandfather raised six children on the family homestead. With one foot in the past and one in the present, Doc weaves the history and the mystery of the West into his original “west-clectic” poetry and music. His poems and musical lyrics have been featured on the website cowboypoetry.com and his poems have been published in Rattle magazine. Doc's spoken-word album, The Great Divide, was named Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year by both the WMA and the AWA. In the words of songwriter Jon Chandler, “Listening to Doc is like having Lyle Lovett in one ear… and Tommy Smothers in the other!” For more information visit his website

 

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Sam Noble
Durango, Colorado
Sam participates in numerous gatherings and has been a featured poet in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nebraska and Wyoming. He has been reciting poetry three nights a week in the Bar D Chuckwagon chapel every summer since 1991 and is an active participant at cowboy churches and campfire settings throughout the West.    

 

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Gary Penney
Lorena, Texas
Gary is an accomplished cowboy poetry writer and reciter with several of his poems being published in books and magazines. He has performed at many retirement centers and churches around the central Texas area and beyond. Some of his more notable performances include appearances at major cowboy poetry gatherings throughout the southwest. Although Gary and his wife Donna are not cattle ranchers, they stay busy maintaining a modest herd of Boer goats. Gary's love of livestock and the cowboy way led him into sharing his thoughts on the lifestyle of the American cowboy through his poetry and old cowboy campfire harmonica tunes. Through his experiences and imagination he attempts to capture and share the cowboy way by making you smile or by touching your heart. Gary was named "Best of the West" at the 2017 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo in Abilene, Kansas.


 

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Hailey Sandoz
Plano, Texas
This Texas fiddling composer, entertainer and horseman blends her unique style to Western Swing, Bluegrass, Country and Celtic music and is a 2015 WMA Crescendo “Rising Star” and AWA Young Artist Award nominee. A recipient of the Southwest Celtic Music Association scholarship and former championship Irish step dancer, Hailey combines dancing and fiddling simultaneously and is in high demand, sharing the stage with other incredible artists including Joseph Carmichael and Mikki Daniel and opening for Michael Martin Murphey and Billy Dean.

 


Lindy Simmons
Mancos, Colorado
Lindy has lived on a ranch with her husband Eldon for 45 years. She followed the family on the rodeo road for several of those years. Her poetry is rooted in the true stories of the cowboys of history and present day. She is fluent in Spanish and is a Mexican and southwestern history buff. Lindy’s “day job” was as a professor at Fort Lewis College in Durango for 27 years. She retired to be a full-time writer of poetry and history.


 

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Gail Starr 
Carefree, Arizona
Gail has been singing for a long time on stages and at campfires and corporate events. Her life has been based on the Western ways as she has traveled, worked with ranchers and helped bring the romance of the West to folks who wanted an experience to remember. Cattle drives, chuck wagons and time on the trail have given her the soul needed for an authentic Western serenade. When Gail gets out her guitar, be ready to go back in time and have a good time remembering the cowboy heroes of years gone by.

 


Washtub Jerry
McDonald Obs, Texas
Washtub Jerry is a recognized authority for building and playing the washtub bass. In 1999, he was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by the WMA. Jerry has performed with Patsy Montana, Yakov Smirnoff, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Riders In The Sky, Peter Yarrow, Johnny Gimble, and yes, Don, Waddie, Red and R.W. (plus hundreds of other musicians)! He participated in musical cultural exchange tours in Russia, Germany and Ireland. Jerry has authored and published four books. He is the fifth generation descendant of South Dakota homesteaders and has lived among west Texas ranchers and cowboys for over four decades. For more information visit his website.


 

Cora Rose Wood
Crow Agency, Montana
Cora is a ranch kid who sings cowboy songs, including her own compositions, and writes cowboy poetry about her favorite things: horses, dogs and helping her dad work cows. She is active in 4-H, plays softball, trains ponies and is an avid rodeo competitor. Cora began performing with her mother at the age of four, and wrote her first poem at age five. Now 14 years old, Cora was named the WMA’s Youth Yodeler of the Year in 2008 and  2010, and released her first CD titled Cora’s Cowgirl Yodel in 2009. She has been an invited performer at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, sang before the Wyoming State Legislature, entertained the governors of two states and has had the honor of singing the National Anthem at a number of rodeos throughout the Western states.
 
Laurie Wood
Crow Agency, Montana
Laurie was born and raised in southern New Mexico and started playing guitar when she was 16. After playing in “at least a dozen” different Country bands over as many years, she said she grew disillusioned with the music and the lifestyle, finally quitting music altogether. A couple of years ago she felt the call to dust off her guitar and began touring and performing with her daughter Cora.