Tuneful Troublemakers

29th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Friday, February 1, 2013

download2Glenn Ohrlin has certainly been at this for many years, and as he stepped onto the stage a 12 year old Brigid Reedy followed close. The theatrical arguments between the pair and the passing of folk tradition was magical to watch. 75 years between them certainly didn’t let on as they played great music today, and it is great knowing that the next 30 years of cowboy poetry and music will be carried on by talented young performers like Brigid.

download3First time National Cowboy Poetry Gathering visitor, Ed Peekeekoot, took the auditorium today after a standing ovation finish at the Flag View Stage yesterday. And like an old friend to the NCPG, Ed talks smooth and shows massive amounts of confidence and class. His stories about growing up on a reservation listening to friends play popular rock and roll cords is a great dimension of growing up. During those years he found his own music with influence form Chet Atkins and Merle Travis, all leading to an amazing ability to layer chords into musical melody. Ed is a fresh and fantastic way to fall in love with Western folk traditions. With the help of his wife, Gail, Ed provides a good time for everyone in attendance and comes across as the kind of person that you could stand up and party with.

Ed is fast making the list of favorite artist this year and certainly one that you shouldn’t miss out on.

Written by Mike Gamm

Photos by Charlie Eckburg

2 responses to “Tuneful Troublemakers

  1. Just came from Elko. The halls are buzzing with wonderful comments about Ed (a first timer to the NCPG) and many of the other amazing talents there!

  2. National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will host butteri, cowboys from Italy, who have their own unique poetry, music, gear and traditional techniques, but still have much in common with their counterparts in the American West and cattle cultures across the globe. The Italian cultural exchange is part of the Western Folklife Center’s ongoing effort to build understanding among herding cultures worldwide, and is exclusively sponsored by the E.L. Wiegand Foundation.

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