The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is an incredible event that has been happening since 1985. This year marks the 37th annual Gathering, albeit virtual. Every year, up until now, Cowboys and lover’s of Western Culture gather in Elko Nevada to celebrate, and learn about the rich and diverse history of the West. I was super bummed to hear that the event wasn’t going to happen this year, however I totally understand. We’ve all missed out on so much live music in the course of this pandemic, and the Elko Gathering was no exception.

I wanted to put together a piece for my radio show that reminds people of what a unique and valuable event this is. So I reached out to some of the performers and they recorded some stories and memories they have of Elko. Special thanks to Andy Hedges, Brenn Hill, and Mike Beck for sending in some audio.

If you have the chance to attend the Gathering in the future I encourage you to do so. The sense of community is palpable, and it’s a generous and encouraging place to be. You’ll learn a lot, and most likely make some new friends.

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