|Length:||1 hour, 16 minutes, 39 seconds.|
|Released:||April 23rd, 1994|
Produced by KUED-public TV in Utah, Elko: A Cowboy Gathering not only features the vibrant traditions of cowboy culture, but it also dispels some myths about cowboy life -- without diminishing its romance.
The entertaining documentary takes an intimate look at the 10th annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Sponsored by the Western Folklife Center, this three-day event attracts some of the finest practitioners of a folk art that originated on the range and continues to flourish, attracting new audiences today.
Three KUED camera crews attended the Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and together with producer/director Alan Sacks, co-producer Hal Cannon and executive producer John Howe, provide viewers with an hour-long look at the heart of a thriving American art form.
"Every important poet and singer involved in the cowboy culture was there," said Sacks. "It felt like the ultimate cowboy gathering, and one of the poets even called it the 'Cowboy Woodstock.'" Among the performers featured in Elko: A Cowboy Gathering are award-winning singers Don Edwards, Ian Tyson and Michael Martin Murphy; musical groups Muzzy Braun & The Boys, Riders in the Sky, and Sons of the San Joaquin; as well as widely respected and universally acclaimed poet Waddie Mitchell.
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