201 South Beverly Street
Shoshone, Idaho 83352
The Lost N Lava Cowboy Gathering is an annual celebration of the ranching and rural West. Through poetry, music and stories, ranch people express the beauty and challenges of a life deeply connected to the earth and its bounty. Every year, hundreds travel to rural Shoshone, Idaho to learn and share. It's been called the down to earth festival , but it is also a darned good time! At Lost N Lava Cowboy Gathering, you can discover cowboy cultures from around the world, learn a traditional skill, dance the two-step, plan for the West's future with ranchers, meet new friends, listen to tall tales, dispel myths, build bridges and be inspired. Join us for an experience you will not soon forget!
Colt grew up on a ranch in eastern Idaho. He was born in Hog Hollow, a suburb of St. Anthony. “We lived so far out in the sticks, we had to bring our own sticks and everyone had to have their own tomcat. We went back towards town to go hunting and it was all uphill.” He grew up a cowboy learning the trade from his grandfather and father “and that’s where I learned my profession of fixing things with lots of baling wire.”Colt started playing music at 5 years old, learning songs to the record player. His first instrument was a diatonic push button accordion given to him by his great grandmother, Ruby. Next he moved to piano and the obsession of playing music became a reality. He decided he wanted to play everything, so he did! Colt picks a mean guitar. He also plays fiddle and upright bass. “I’ve tried to make a living on playing music and went broke every time (successfully).”At 14 years old he met a group by the name of Riders in the Sky and was mentored by the King of the Cowboy Fiddlers, Woody Paul. He traveled around the country touring with Riders and selling merchandise. His love of music propelled from there. Colt has been a member of Cowboy Poets of Idaho since 1986, when he was just 6 years old. (The youngest member of Cowboy Poets.) He was also a member of the Western Music Association (WMA) and played music all over the country.Colt still lives in Hog Hollow on the family ranch, raises a little hay and has a few horses. Colt is a man of many talents and will lend a hand to anyone in need. A lot of the inspiration for his music has been the fondness he has for his family and past loves. He writes about his life experiences; the good, the bad, and the ugly. He loves the cowboy way of life, for that is who he is.
The Panhandle Cowboys
Farmer Dave Fulfs & JB Barber
Farmer Dave Fulfs is originally from southeastern Washington’s famous Palouse farming country, where he still owns a farm near Pullman. Since retiring he has moved to the mountains of western Montana with his wife Marti, their horses, dog & cat. Dave continues to compose & play his original Western Music.
JB Barber is originally from Alice, Texas, near the King Ranch. He relocated to Oregon as a teen, where he became a rough stock rider. He is now retired & lives in Idaho with his wife Jan & their 2 dogs. JB pens & recites Cowboy Poetry drawn from his own experiences.
Both are award winning artists.
Buddy DeVore and the Faded Cowboys perform classic country music, Pinto Bennett covers, and Buddy's own original music.
A bluegrass band with some phenomenal talent collected from far flung reaches of this mighty land. Coalesced from the hills of Vermont, the dank swamps of Florida, various Naval Air Stations, the high plains of Idaho, and the pine barrens of New Jersey, the Lonesome Jetboat Ramblers serve up red hot bluegrass and ballads that will make your lip quiver with memories of unrequited love. Alphabetically featuring Steve Baker on banjo, Ryan Blizzard on the stand-up bass, Micah Deffries picking that sweet Martin guitar, and the amazing fiddling of Justin Moore, twinned with the equally smokin' Adam Straubinger. Stirring harmonies and just good music make their gigs memorable, if not just to them.
Tony began recitin' Cowboy Poetry in grade school in 1965 at age 5. His unique interpretation of the Cowboy way continues today. Tony refers to his style of recitin' Cowboy Poetry as; "Tuned Up & Twisted!" Notable poems Tony has recited are; "The Devil's Tail," by Gail Gardner. Tony learned at the age of 5."The Shootin' of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee," by Robert W. Service learned at the age of 11. He admiringly acknowledges the writers of the poems he recites out of respect, and says, "I like the idea of continuing the poet's stories so others can enjoy them, too." He is very enthusiastic about what he does. Those who've seen Tony reciting Cowboy Poetry say it's obvious he truly enjoys sharin' his enthusiasm with the audience, includin' the common statement," he's quite animated."
Tony's Cowboy Poetry line up includes; humor, classic, rodeo, patriotic, gunfighters and drifters, novelty, gold rush, serious verse and much more. He performs as a Cowboy Poet, humorist, story teller and entertainer. In addition, he does Civil War recitations such as the; "Gettysburg Address" and others includin' the most famous letter from the Civil War.
Tony Argento considers himself an ambassador of "Cowboy Poetry." It's been around since the years followin' the Civil War. It's unique form continues to show the Cowboy and the American West is alive with stories and tales of elevated humor, patriotism and serious or sad verse. It's a great source of entertainment for the entire family. Tony says, "Once you get a transfusion of "Cowboy Poetry" in your blood, you'll be hooked for life. That's what happened to me, and yes, it's very contagious."
Tony's Grandpa was a WWI Calvary scout. In July 1919, he entered the Salinas, CA Rodeo and was the first to ride a Black Angus bull, takin' 1st place and $500. In most cases he used an alias name, as his parents didn't want him ridin' rodeo for fear of him gettin' hurt. He competed at Madison Square Garden durin' the 1920's. The first rodeo organized there was in 1922. Later in life he was a Hollywood stunt rider and horse trainer for the western movie industry and good friend of Tom Mix. He was a cowboy for Miller & Lux, Inc., ( the largest private land owner and cattle operation in the U.S.)
Cowboy Poet, Preacher & Storyteller
Ranching with his brother in the foothills of Alberta was the beginning of his life-long obsession. You can still find Poppa Mac, on horse-back where and whenever possible, whether in a pasture working cattle, or in a rodeo arena delivering God’s Message.
Poppa Mac is the founder and past president of The Canadian Rodeo Wranglers Association, and can be found working in rodeo arenas throughout Western Canada. In recent years, he has spent time entertaining rodeo audiences with his antics and stories as Poppa Mac the Rodeo Clown.
Poppa Mac has been entertaining audiences at trail rides, rodeos, cowboy churches, concerts and cowboy gatherings all over Western Canada and several States. His writing style reflects his outlook on life which (comes from his unique perspective). Poppa Mac’s poems are written from his experiences and have an honesty that only someone who has lived the cowboy life could capture.
Poppa Mac is a member of the Western Music Association (western wordsmith chapter) and a member of the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association.
Nashville Recording Artist, JC Needham cut their trails in the West Desert of Utah.... Their brand of Western Music and Cowboy Entertainment is as free and unbridled as the Wild Horses that they share that great land with JC, nominated twice for Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists, grew up cowboy’n on family ranches and has spent some time riding bulls and bareback buckin’ horses in Europe.
From upbeat, wild and wooly Cowboy Songs, to deep and meaningful Western Ballads... The Buckaroo Balladeer are deeply rooted in the Cowboy lifestyle and live it every day. Through their music, they will conjure up visions of ridin’ rank horses, ropin’ with 60 foot riatas, hot iron brandin’ and may even jerk at your heartstrings a bit. Many of the songs they perform are originals which were inspired by past experiences as a working cowboy, rodeo cowboy, ranch owners, horse lovers, bovine psychologist and human beings. Their music is not only known across the U.S., but in Canada, Australia and throughout Europe, as well. They are proud members of the Western Music Association and The Academy of Western Artists.
Folks, we invite you to sit back...take a deep seat...and get ready to be entertained...The Buckaroo Way!
Billy “Nevada” Rose
Guitar and Vocals
Billy Rose is a singer/songwriter, who has developed his own unique style of acoustic sound steeped in Nevada vacquero tradition, although he seldom strays from his southern roots. It is his foundation built on bluegrass and country roots that led to his achievement of success with a variety of artists including: Waddie Mitchel, Tex Hill, John Mitchum, Lenny Knast and Harold Kimberly to name a few. Billy has an extraordinary ability to make the West come alive through his music and styling. His acoustic persona can be heard on current as well as past CD’s about songs from the high desert. Billy is the host at The Duncan Little Creek Gallery every year during the Elko Poetry Gathering. Billy has also partnered with Doc Quam from the “Comstock Cowboys” on a regular basis over the past 20 years. He is also a regular feature of local guest ranches around the Elko area.
Billy has been an active member of the Cowboy Poets of Idaho and The Western Music Association, and has been nominated two years in a row for “Instrumentalist of the Year” through the WMA Awards in November, 2007. He has been a regular attendee at various Gatherings across the Western United States.
Billy’s music is authentic, not only based on experience but also centered on the stories of real cowboys who have spent years on the back of a horse. Whether it is sitting around a wood stove in the dead of winter in Midas, Nevada or trying to catch a breeze on a hot Texas night Billy will transform silent original stories into authentic melodious works of art audiences enthusiastically embrace.
For more than two decades, Brenn Hill has stood under a cowboy hat and behind a microphone on countless stages entertaining audiences, blending his voice with bending guitar strings in a performance style all his own. The songs he sings are also mostly his own, earning Brenn recognition as one of the premier musical chroniclers of cowboy life.
As a young singer and songwriter, Brenn learned to wield a pen and guitar pick long before learning to handle a razor blade. Many of his early compositions—“Call You Cowboy,” “Roundup Fire,” “Burnin’ Hair”—reflect a love for and knowledge of the West well beyond his years. These songs, and others from his repertoire, are already entrenched in the cowboy songbook and well on the way to taking their place among the timeless classics.
But owing to age and experience developed over the course of a dozen albums while coming to terms with more than his share of life’s travails, Brenn’s songwriting has matured—and soared.
While his long-lived love for the West and cowboy ways continues in his more recent compositions, like a skilled, seasoned poet he uses lyrical language to peel back the layers of life to reveal a deeper, more meaningful, more affective, more effective, understanding of our world.
What words, ever, have captured the cowboy urge better than the chorus of “Ridin’ Job” from Ode to Selway: “We rode the Glory Trail my friend / That leads right straight to God / Still searchin’ everywhere west / To find a ridin’ job.” And what words have looked back on that kind of life more succinctly than these, from the Spirit Rider song “Land of No Return”: “For I lived a life of freedom and I died a cowboy’s death / And there’s nothin’ more to ask of any man.”
Given the current state of social upheaval in the world, there has been a lot of talk of late about the so-called Cowboy Code. In his song “A Better Friend” from the album How You Heal, Brenn acknowledges the cliché born of the myth, but takes it a step further: “To stand against the winds of change and go the extra mile / To treat my fellow man in kind with an honest word and smile / And sink a spur even when it hurts and always do my best / Never be afraid to wear my heart out on my chest.”
As those lines reveal, Brenn Hill is far from the dispassionate, steely-eyed cowboy of legend. He is quick to acknowledge in song the deep, raw emotions that drive us, to recognize the influence of others in our lives, and to accept the role of a higher power in events both miraculous and mundane. And, most of all, Brenn lays bare in his music a willingness to set aside the fiction of cowboy stoicism and wear his heart out on his chest.
Brenn lives with his wife and three children in Hooper, Utah, where he performs a complicated balancing act. Between keeping the home fires burning, cheering from sporting field sidelines, going horseback for fun, negotiating a busy performance and travel schedule, and working in the recording studio he still manages to find time to write.
We can all be thankful for that.