- A weekly gathering of Western Cowboy Singers, Songwriters and Cowboy Poets from across the Country will be presented on a live Podcast in the near future. Live interviews, good music and good talk will be brought to you by TJ Casey himself. America's Cowboy Review will feature well known and award winning artists such as:
- Rusty Feathers -
Rusty Feathers from Laurel, Mont., plays his harmonica at the open mic session at Duncan LittleCreek Gallery during the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Cynthia Delaney/Free Press
Rusty Janzen was born in Dallas, Oregon in 1960. His dreams started through stories from his dad about the cowboys in Montana and Wyoming and how they wore their guns in to town.
In 1985 with a couple of friends Rusty started the Desperados Wild West shows performing shootouts, saloon brawls and various types of horse stunts. He says "I've been writing poetry here and there for a few years now and I find myself enjoying it more and more."
Writing under the name of Rusty Feathers came about by signing his name; Rusty would always draw a feather after writing Rusty.
"Back in '91, I put on The 1st annul cowboy pick-nick and rodeo, and am credited for being the first to bring cowboy poetry to the Willamette valley in Oregon. I also had Monty Montana trick roping, as well as Rodeo Hall of Fame announcer Mel Lambert announcing the rodeo, and Chris LeDoux singing for the grand finale. What a weekend that was!"(Bio Golden Graham Online. Edited by Amanda Smith)
- Rhonda Stearns -
image by Trace Frost
Spring, 2010 on the 4W Ranch near their Brandin' Pen
Ranch-reared in northeastern Wyoming, Rhonda has spent most of her life in the ranching industry. She has been riding since she was two-years-old, and began rodeoing at age eight. She has been actively involved with breeding, training and exhibiting both Quarter Horses and Appaloosas on a national scale.
Rhonda has been writing for horse publications since 1977, she writes a weekly horse news column, and has four books and thousands of published articles to her credit. As a writer and performer of cowboy poetry, she's been featured at cowboy culture events in Arizona, Idaho, Montana, North and South Dakota, New Mexico, Texas and Wyoming.
She makes most of her living doing ranch day-work with her husband. She and her husband Will Stearns have published a booklet of cowboy parables titled THE GOOD WORD, and she's well-known across the region for her work in cowboy evangelism.
Rhonda is featured in such biographical works as The World Who's Who of Women, International Register of Personalities, Community Leaders of America, Directory of Distinguished Americans, Personalities of Americans, and many others. She was inducted as a Cowgirl Honoree to the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1977 and received the All-Around Cowboy Culture Award at the 2000 National Cowboy Symposium Celebration in Lubbock, Texas. She was the first woman to receive that prestigious award.
- Bill Wood and Colin Wood -
father and son duo that performs original and classic cowboy poetry and cowboy music together. They are genuine cowboys and enjoy sharing their experiences through poetry and song.
Born in the city of the Angels, and raised at the base of the Sierra-Nevada Mountains in the foothills of Tulare County, Bill Wood began working on local ranches as a young boy still in grade school. It was on those ranches that he began writing poetry.
Wood attended the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV in 1986 for the first time, and was invited back several times after that first encounter.
In 1990 he was a featured poet during the evening performances on the Main Stage at Elko. His writings are featured on several artist's albums including the late Kyle Evans who recorded his song Elko Rag and featured it on his album "Songsmith." Produced by Mr. Alan Sacks, "Elko Rag" was also used in the 10th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering video.
Shoeing since 1965, Wood became a full time Farrier in 1995, working most of his life in that industry.
He takes great pride in having been invited in the past to Cowboy Poet gatherings across the country including South Dakota, Wyoming, Arizona and California.
Wood proudly served in the USAF from 1970-1974.
- The Cimarron Band -
The Cimarron Band has entertained and offered listeners country music with an edge doing it their way, with a combination of kickin' traditional, Outlaw rockin' country music that reflects the varied backgrounds of the band members.
Cimarron has performed nationally at Venues as broad as Boulder Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada to Disney World's Armadillos Saloon in Florida.
Cimarron has appeared on national television shows such as TNN's Music City Tonight, Prime Time Country, Miller & Company, Video PM, and Video AM. Their videos played on TNN & CMT and won the Golden Music Award in 1995 for Video of the Year and Band of theYear.
Cimarron's inspiration comes from a quote from the original Outlaw, the late Waylon Jennings, "Everyone is entitled to do it their way just once". (Bio courtesy the Cimarron Band website:) www.cimarronband.com