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Rhyme and Reason

Cowboy poetry has long existed outside the confines of any venue or formal setting, with ranchers telling stories in kitchens and around campfires. Now in its 25th year, the Colorado Cowboy Gathering offers a space for cattlemen and -women to indulge in poetry, music and performances related to life on the ranch.

“It’s a great opportunity to honor the past as well as get a look at the lifestyle of people who are making a living ranching today, which has just gotten more and more difficult,” explains veteran performer Liz Masterson. “It’s a combination of ranch poetry, historic cattle drives, and also changes in the new West, like water rights, environmental issues and losing or keeping the West.”

Among the highlights of the four-day variety show (which also includes a chuckwagon cookout) will be music from two-time Grammy winners Riders in the Sky; poetry from prairie legend Baxter Black; tunes from seventeen-year-old horse trainer and guitar player “Mustang” Mikki Daniel; and Western-themed matinee sessions.

The Colorado Cowboy Gathering runs Thursday through Sunday in Golden at the American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th Street, and the Green Center Auditorium, 923 15th Street. Prices vary by individual event; a full schedule is available at For tickets, call 888-718-4253; for more information, call 303-500-8720.
Jan. 16-19, 2014


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