Sometimes a gentle nudge is a good thing! Bill Barwick came through Deming on the way to Sierra Vista, AZ to the Cochise Cowboy Poetry Gathering and we had dinner together when he was here. He asked if I was going to Sierra Vista and told me…”There is a lot of good talent there…you should come on over.” That evening I went online and looked at the schedule of performers…and decided to make a day trip over. So I left Deming at 7:00 am Saturday morning and headed west. The events started at 10:00 and I arrived about 10:20 to a parking lot with hundreds of cars!! That was impressive! On the way in the door I ran into Jean and Gary Prescott so I was excited to get in the door and to an event!
The first set I attended was hosted by friends, Diane Tribitt and Belinda Gail and Mary Kaye was singing! I had recently received her new CD “No Wilder Place” and she sang “Luckiest Cowgirl.” What a way to start the day!
Trails & Rails were as entertaining as they always are and played some wonderful songs. The Morales Brothers were there from Loredo, TX and had been invited to help Arizona celebrate their 100th Anniversary of Statehood and bring along some music with a Mexican flair to depect the Mexican cultural in Arizona’s history. They were amazing. Just a guitar and piano but very talented musicians. They played a little Mariachi music then entertained us with their rendition of “Dueling Banjos.” A little different because there were no banjos on the stage but they did a magnificant job with a guitar and piano but it sure did show their talent and brought a standing ovation! What a treat!
Lindy Simmons delighted the audiance with her poetry. She recited some clever poetry about real life happenings in her family and had the audiance laughing out loud.
And then my special treat was to hear Jim Jones sing “Still Ridin’.” That’s one of my favorite songs from the talented singer, songwriter and author…and friend, Jim Jones. It was good to see you Jim!
Then the fun started…I had to choose when entertainers I was going to see and get there fast! The highschool, is huge and when you have never been there it can be a little tricky to find the right room, but I made it. Over the afternoon I was totally entertained by the following folks.
It was great to see you guys work together again! The combination of Belinda’s songs and Diane’s poetry is wonderful!
It was so good to meet you face to face Terry! After all the communications, I knew we had a friendship going, but it was nice to be in your company!
It was fun to listen to Larry. I had never heard him before. What an entertaining poet! There are so many people out there that I need to meet!
Oh, Paul…it was so good to see you again and listen to you sing! Loved it!
Sam…wonderful and entertaining as always! I love “Spreadin’ Sunshine!” Great to see you do it live! LOL! It was so good to see you again!
Bill, it was nice, as always, to listen to you sing! I really like “The Last Dalton Man” (is that the name?) and I’m looking forward to the CD! It was so good to have dinner and visit when you were in Deming! We both really enjoyed it! Let us know the next time you come through!
Kerry, it was good to see you again! The entertainment was great as always! I love “The Old Cocinero. It’s a great song!
John, it was so good to see you and Diane again! Hope we get together again soon! It was a joy to hear you sing “Throw Down The Box” again!
In addition to these entertainers the following gave wonderful performances: Arvel Bird, Buckshot Dot, Nona Kelly Carver, Daughters of the Purple Sage, Elizabeth Ebert, Carole Jarvis, Bud Strom, The Desert Sons, Joyce Woodson, Mary Abbott, Ernie Buhler, Dean Cook, Hank Cramer, Jack DeWerff, Bunny Dryden, Jim Dunham, Mike Dunn, Doug Figgs, Larry Harmer, Sue Harris, Hook Hill, Fred Jones, Steve Lindsey, Peggy Malone, Jon Messenger, End and Lyn Mikell, Warren Miller, Mike Moutoux, Tony Norris, Chuck Pyle, Rena Randall and the Due West Trio, Gail Starr and Way Out West!
The frustrating part of the day was that I didn’t get to listen to everyone I wanted to! Just too many things going on at the same time. There were so many talented poets and singers and musicians there that there was not time to see everyone! Too bad! My loss! But…it was a wonderful event put on very professionally. My hats off to the organizers of the Cochise Cowboy Poetry Gathering! Next year I hope I can make it over there for the whole shibang!