We're back from Las Vegas where Gail Steiger and I performed for a couple of private functions for our dear friend Joe Brown. We were working to get excitement up for the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko this January. They say we accomplished that and it was so fun to hang out with Gail, Amy, Teresa, Joe and Pam Brown. We even got to attend opening night of the National Finals Rodeo.
We met a wonderful man named Oliver Hemmers at both events. His kids Conner, Crystal and Justice love cowboys. They are pictured above. Crystal sent us a note and another son Jonathan sang us an amazing song which can be heard in this post. Take listen if you need some REAL Christmas cheer.
It feels so good to be home after plenty-o-travel this fall. This is our little dog trot home in downtown Virgin, Utah. Soon it will not have the breezeway but will be one house. There will also be a small guest house built. Teresa and I are so excited about the wonderful plan Peter Stempel has come up for the remodel. We have over 40 fruit and nut trees on the place plus wonderful grapes. The next photo is from our pecan orchard past our house to the old school, now town hall next to our place.
Also, just got a photo of me standing with Ellis after interviewing her at the Moab Folk Festival.
This fall has been busy giving keynotes and performing. I've been invited to the Western Museums Association annual meeting in Salt Lake, the National Association of Interpretation in Reno, Kanab Writers Conference, the Theodore Roosevelt Conference in North Dakota, and the Moab Folk Festival.
All of these events showed me talented and dedicated people who are committed to imparting knowledge, wisdom and beauty. I really appreciate being asked to part of these occasions.
In Moab, in addition to singing some of my new songs on a wonderful session with John Fullbright and Dan Wheetman, I was asked to conduct public interviews with two incredible artists, Ellis and David Lindley, pictured below.
Also, wanted to show a blast from the past, an earlier incarnation of the Moab Folk Festival from the 70's with the Deseret String Band cutting it up. Thanks to Hugh Bollinger for the photos from the 2013 Moab Folk Festival.