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Images from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering 2017

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Photography at the 2017

To see more of the 2017 Gathering follow me on instagram @jblif or visit my website at www.jessicalifland.com

 

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Thursday at the Gathering:

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Betty Ramsey and Ramblin’ Jack

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Andy Hedges, left and Joel Nelson’s boots, onstage during a show called A Rare Find also with Randy Rieman.

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Local Indian Cowboy Stories with Woody Harney, Ted Howard,
Mike Thomas, and Reggie Sope.

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Local Indian Cowboy Stories with Woody Harney, Ted Howard,
Mike Thomas, and Reggie Sope.

 

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Amy Steieger backstage.

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Amy Steiger performing during a show called “Fresh Pasture”

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Gail Steiger walks off stage to talk to guests after a session called Swapping Stories.

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The Western Folklife Center at night

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Weigand Gallery Opening Exhibit.

Wednesday evening:

Doug Moreland and the Flying Armadillos

Luke Bell

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Written by Jessica Brandi Lifland

February 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm

The Latest Chapter in the Cowboy Poetry Photo Project: A Photographic Adventure with Amy and Gail Steiger

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Recently, for the first time since 2009, before my daughter was born, I was able to shoot again for my project documenting the cowboy poets and musicians who I have met in Elko, Nevada over the past decade and then some at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. I have simply come to refer to this body of work as the “Cowboy Poetry Project.”

This past June I had the honor and pleasure of visiting the talented Amy and Gail Steiger at work on the Spider Ranch outside of Prescott, Arizona. They were working cows together during the days I spent with them.

The latest installment of the project, which are images I made during time spent with the Steigers has just been posted to the section of my website also titled “Cowboy Poetry Project.”

To see the latest images of Amy and Gail Steiger click here.

To get to the cowboy poetry page click here.

Gail and Amy Steiger at the Spider Ranch

June 10, 2016 – Prescott, Arizona, Gail and Amy Steiger at the Spider Ranch outside of Prescott, Arizona (Jessica Brandi Lifland/)

The intention of the project was to offer a  glimpse into the worlds of the cultural storytellers of the American West. The images are meant to go beyond the stage persona – which is how many see them; onstage performing in their fringed leather, pristine “show” hats and colorful dress up boots, but as they are in their regular daily lives. All the performers whom I have worked with lead or have led authentic Western lives, which they draw from for their creativity.

These shoots are a mere glimpse into their worlds at a point in time during my visit with each of them. Some actively cowboy, some have moved on to other daily activities, some never cowboyed, but are very much a part of the fabric of the American West. Appearances, relationships, jobs and homes have changed for some of them since the photos were made. In fact, I am particularly grateful for the time I spent with Jack Walther and his wife Irene on their farm in Lamoille, Nevada. He has passed since our visit.

This project was originally conceived to be a photography book, with a poem by each artist to accompany the images. It was not intended to be an iconic Western cowboys and horses photography book. These beautiful books already exist thanks to the talents of people such as Jay Duasrd and others. I do have to mention the influence of William Albert Allard, whose work has influenced my ideas for this since inception.

I am interested in your opinions and advice and assistance in regards to the process of making this book a reality. Where do I go from here?

I do plan to continue to shoot and if any one of you wonderful Elko performers (you know who you are) would like to discuss a visit to your ranch or home, please contact me and let’s get it going.

Thank you,

Jessica

 

 

 

Written by Jessica Brandi Lifland

September 16, 2016 at 1:47 pm

Photographs from the 2016 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

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Elko Nevada

Images from the Western Folklife’s NCPG

More pictures posted on the following links:

The Western Folklife Centers Flickr feed: flikr

Student workshop slide show from a day at the Buzzetti Ranch in Lamoile, Nevada

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Twitter: @jesslifland

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January 28, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Thursday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 30, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Saturday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 30, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Saturday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 28, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Thursday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Backstage before an open mic session on Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 30, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Saturday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 30, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Saturday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 31, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Saturday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 30, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Saturday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 30, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Saturday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 30, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Saturday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 29, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Friday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 28, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Thursday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 28, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Thursday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

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January 28, 2016 – Elko, Nevada, United States: Thursday at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. (Jessica Brandi Lifland/Freelance)

Images from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering 2015

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Photography from this year’s gathering

Saturday’s Photographs:

Friday’s Photographs:

“When you reach a certain age, you just get older” – Baxter Black, just now at the NCPG

Thursday’s Photographs:

Wednesday’s Photographs

Written by Jessica Brandi Lifland

January 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Photographs from the 2014 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Elko, Nevada

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Images from Elko:

Additional images as I edit:

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Fred Newman Effects Master of Prairie Hone Companion Fame

Friday:

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Glenn Ohrlin, Brigid Reedy and John Reedy Backstage. Brigid and Glenn are almost 80 years apart in age but have developed an offstage friendship and onstage rapport.

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Glenn Ohrlin and Brigid Reedy onstage discuss what they should play next. They are almost 80 years apart in age but have developed an offstage friendship and onstage rapport.

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Kristyn Harris and Trinity Seely hug backstage between performances

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A high school girl prepares to go onstage to recite poetry with Joel Nelson.

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A woman hugs Sheldeen Haleamau of the Gary Haleamau Family Band. She tells Haleamau that their music brought her back 50 years to when she and her husband lived in Hawaii. The moment brought tears to both of their eyes.

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Sheldeen Haleamau of the Gary Haleamau Family Band backstage

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Cajun and Zydeco dance class with Dick and Sandy Sturm.

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Weigand Gallery opening reception for the exhibit, “Expressing the Rural West – Into the Future.”

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Mustache, Elko, Nevada

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D.W. Groethe at the Elko Convention Center before the Friday night performance of the Trail’s End Ranch Radio Show.

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Ian Tyson Backstage before his show.

Thursday:

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Late night jam at the Western Folklife Center.

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Backstage with Riders in the Sky

Wednesday:

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Teen Poetry Workshop with Randy Rieman and Joel Nelson

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Teen Poetry Workshop with Randy Rieman and Joel Nelson

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Backstage before the premier of the Trail’s End Ranch Radio Show

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Music jam at The Star Basque restaurant with Kristyn Harris

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D.W. Groethe talks into a can impersonating an alien at the Trail’s End Ranch Radio Show

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Teen Poetry Slam at the Western Folklife Center G3 Bar Theater

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Teen Poetry Slam at the Western Folklife Center G3 Bar Theater

Written by Jessica Brandi Lifland

January 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm

2013 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Photographs Elko, Nevada

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Images from the 2013 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

To see more or order prints click here

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Brigid and John Reedy at the Friday night dance with the Saddle Cats.

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Texas Two-Step dance class with music performed live by Wylie and the Wild West

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Texas Two-Step dance class with music performed live by Wylie and the Wild West

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Wylie and the Wild West pack up after performing at a Texas Two-Step dance class.

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John Reedy and Brigid Reedy watch Wally McRae on a screen  backstage as McRae performs live onstage to the right.

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Wally McRae, Elizabeth Ebert and Randy Rieman backstage before a show at the Elko Convention Center

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Marco Rufo plays the Italian organetto for an audience. He and Gianluca Zammarelli performed Italian Traditional rural music at the G Bar Theater.

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D.W. Groethe onstage during a poetry session.

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The Quebe sisters and Max Baca listen to Josh Baca of Max Baca and the Los Texmaniacs demonstrate with the accordion backstage after their performances. Scenes from the 29th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. January 30, 2013. (Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland)

To read about the 2013 gathering visit westernfolklifecenter.wordpress.com

Written by Jessica Brandi Lifland

January 31, 2013 at 3:57 pm

2012 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Images

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Photographs from the 28th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.

The 2012 archives are up: Click Here for the gallery of photographer’s top picks.

If you are looking for performance images of a particular poet or  musician from 2012, contact me, the photographer at jess@jessicalifland.com.

For more posts including one about a ravioli workshop at the Gathering called “The Whole Ravioli with Chef Luc Gerber” written by me on the Western Folklife Center’s Blog: Click Here.

Saturday, February 4th:

Mike Beck and the Bohemian Saints out back before a performance.

Friday February 3rd:

Cowboy Poets Wally McRae and Brigid Reedy backstage before a performance.

Friday night dance with Hot Club of Cow Town

Thursday February 2nd:

Cowboy Poet Waddie Mitchell recites a new poem after receiving the Nevada Heritage Award for 2012.

Dalton Chambers. 9 from Elko, Nevada waits for his father before heading to the children’s talent show.

Cowboy Poet and Musician Andy Hedges with his 5 month old daughter Maggie Rose.

After John Reedy asks, Cowboy Poet Glenn Ohrlin shows his guitar to the Reedy family. John Reedy, far left and Brigid Reedy, center are also performers and have performed at the Gathering

Wednesday February 1st:

Backstage with Michael Martin Murphy before his show.

Around a campfire with musicians Rod Taylor and Don Richmond and others.

Written by Jessica Brandi Lifland

February 2, 2012 at 6:57 pm

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