We’re gathering up a great bunch of poets and singers who have been with us through the past years and some new ones for this western festival gathering. We believe they are the finest group of western music and poetry talent available! We’ll give them five venues to perform in for two days and three nights, open our doors to the greatest audience in existence, and turn everyone loose to enjoy each other as they experience our event. More than 40 cowboy poets & musicians will bring their cowboy poetry and music to the stage and venues to share their heritage, and the culture of the American Cowboy. Please join us for the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering this year and every year!
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Thursday Night, August 11
Fourth-generation Texas Panhandle rancher Dale Burson is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and banjo. He runs cow-calf and yearling operations near Channing, Texas, and writes songs focusing on ranch life and family values.
Dale is a featured performer at cowboy gatherings and concerts throughout the United States. In 2004 he was awarded the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for A Life More Than This as outstanding Original Western Composition.
He has recorded with his son and daughter, Ross and Brittany, releasing the albums The Burson Family Ranch and Dancing With Daddy, and has written songs with Red Steagall while touring with his band. Dale also can be heard playing guitar on the album Ridin’ Old Paint: Documenting the Canadian River Breaks Fiddle Tradition, produced by the Western Folklife Center. He released The Heart in 2015 and has a new album coming out soon.
Friday Night, August 12
Floyd Beard, a lifetime cowboy, sixth-generation rancher, and 2016 and 2017 IWMA 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.
Floyd has three CDs. His most recent CD, Short Grass Country has been on the International Western Music Association’s list of Most Played Poetry CD’s for the final quarter in 2016 and first quarter in 2017, placing #1 and #3. He has been honored by his fellow Western Music Association artists as a Nominated and Top 5 Finalist for IIWMA Male Poet of the Year and was honored to be named WMA Male Poet of the Year twice for 2016 and 2017.
Floyd’s latest CD, Short Grass Country, was a Nominee and Top Five Finalist for IWMA Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year for 2017 and continues to be one of the Top 10 Cowboy Poetry CDs played on the radio since its release in 2016.
Saturday Night, August 13
Joni Harms has a warm sincerity and ease to her voice… a voice that shines through on stories and melodies of a country/western way of life, making you feel you are part of the entire experience she sings about, as if she were singing only to you. In many ways, Joni is a pioneer and torch-bearer, knowing the country lifestyle is made up of a blend of musical sounds, giving her a unique style that draws crowds literally, around the world.
Joni’s musical journey continues with the release of her 13th studio album, Lucky 13, which is receiving amazing reviews. Country Music People Magazine says…“these are some of the very best country songs of recent years and prove that Joni Harms is one of country music’s most underrated writers.”
Joni loves to write about rodeo, cowboys, and the ranch way of living, but says her favorite songs to write are ballads or story songs. That’s why Merle is one of her favorites.
“I absolutely love it when someone tells me that a song of mine has touched them or helped them through a tough situation.
It makes me all the more certain that I am doing what I was put on this earth to do.”
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Tickets will be on sale June 1, 2022! Purchase online at ycpac.com, over the phone at 928.776.2000, or in person at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center's temporary Ticket Office (Yavapai College Library Lobby - Building 19). Ticket Office staff will be available Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (closed July 5).