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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Arts and Culture of the American Southwest

The 28th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering – the nation’s greatest celebration of the American West, its people, culture and traditions – will take place January 30 to February 4 in Elko, Nevada. 
Every winter for the last 27 years, cowboys, ranchers, rural and urban people have traveled en masse to this small high desert community, to join with friends, family and others who care about the rural West. 
Together, they listen to poetry and music, learn about cowboy culture in the U.S. and around the world, experience great art, watch western films, learn a craft, and gather to eat, drink and swap stories.
Programs at the 28th Gathering will focus on the southwestern United States, specifically Arizona and New Mexico – which are celebrating their centennials next year – and West Texas. The event will present poets and musicians from the region, as well as workshops and panel discussions focused on regional food, culture and agriculture. An exhibition of Southwest ranching culture featuring the photography of Kurt Markus and Jay Dusard will be on display in the Western Folklife Center’s Wiegand Gallery.

The 28th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will feature nearly 50 poets, musicians and musical groups from the US, Canada and Australia, performing on seven stages at four different venues. The line-up includes cowboy poets Baxter Black, Wally McRae, Paul Zarzyski, Waddie Mitchell, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Joel Nelson, Doris Daley and many others. 
Music is as integral to the Gathering as poetry; the musical line-up includes Ian Tyson, Michael Martin Murphey, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, R.W. Hampton, Stephanie Davis, Wylie & The Wild West, Dave Stamey, Hot Club of Cowtown and more. Scroll down for a full list of artists and their hometowns.

For more information about the 28th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, or membership in the Western Folklife Center visit www.westernfolklife.org or by calling 775-738-7508 or toll-free 888-880-5885.

For more information about top events in Nevada take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Nevada.