Cannon is the founding Director of the Western Folklife
Center and its famous child, the Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
He has published a dozen books and recordings on the folk
arts of the West.
As a musician, Hal and his band, the Deseret String Band/Bunkhouse
Orchestra perform nineteenth century music from the West
and will be featured at the upcoming Olympic Games.
Awards include a bronze medal at the New York International
Radio Festival, three Wrangler Awards from the Cowboy Hall
of Fame in Oklahoma City, the 1998 Will Rogers Lifetime
Achievement Award, the Utah Governors Award in the Arts,
and the Botkin Award from the American Folklore Society.