Mar 4, 2013

Linda Hussa (The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering)

This video is from a session entitled, "Love Poems and Songs," held February 2, 2013 at Western Folklife Center's National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

I had the pleasure of being introduced to Linda and her work at the 2011 Trailing of The Sheep Festival in Sun Valley.  It was great to see her again in Elko.

Her bio from the Cowboy Poetry Gathering program:  "Linda Hussa lives in Surprise Valley near the small town of Cedarville in northeastern California, where the western edge of the Great Basin begins.  she and her husband John, a third-generation rancher, raise cattle, sheep and horses, and the hay to feed them.  Linda's poetic voice speaks about teh isolated nature of ranching, the commitment to rural communities and to the natural community of the desert landscape. Linda has won many awards and is a past member of the Western Folklife Center's Board of Trustees."

More about Linda's books can be found on her website: http://www.hussaranch.com/books.htm.


Josh Baca (The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering)

On February 2, 2013, there was a session at The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering called, "Accordionistas."  Josh Baca plays with Los Texmaniacs, but here he goes it alone.  This guy has energy, talent, and a smile that fills the room.


Glenn Ohrlin (The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering)

I just posted another video from Western Folklife Center's National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, held January 28-Feb 2, 2013 in Elko, Nevada.

This one is from Glenn Ohrlin, telling a story in words and song, about Shoestring Annie.

I didn't link to a page for Glenn at the end of this video, because I couldn't find a Glenn Ohrlin home page. Here's his bio, as printed in the program:

"Glenn Ohrlin was born in Minneapolis in 1926 and has been a cowboy virtually all of his life. Glenn was 14 when his family moved to California. At age 16 he left home to become a rodeo bronc rider in Nevada. He worked as a ranch hand and rode the rodeo circuit for a number of years. Today he ranches and runs a cow outfit in the Ozark hills near Mountain View, Arkansas. Glenn is best known as a collector and performer of cowboy songs, range ballads, stories and poems. Named a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow in 1985, Glenn has a mesmerizing style that is understated, powerful and hilarious."

Here's the video:


Mar 3, 2013

Ed Peekeekoot (National Cowboy Poetry Gathering)

I'm starting to pull together some of my videos from Western Folklife Center's National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, held January 28-Feb 2, 2013 in Elko, Nevada. The days all ran together for me, so if I say January, it might have been February and vice versa.

I'll start with this one from Ed Peekeekoot. He is awesome and probably that's all you need to know, but his bio also says, "His performances include original songs, Chet Atkins and Travis-style guitar tunes, foot-stomping fiddle, and a good dose of Cree humor and philosophy."

All I really know is this video makes me happy every time I watch it.