The Western Music Songwriters Series was inspired by Tyler Guy, a cowboy poet, who will emcee the event on Jan. 25. With a rich history of ranch handing and cattle farming, Guy is no slouch when it comes to cowboy-inspired writing; he was a Silver Buckle Award finalist in Texas and has shared his poetry across the Intermountain West. Guy still spends part of his time helping out at his family’s ranch in Grantsville, Utah — “enough work to still call myself a cowboy,” Guy says.
With his passion for the poetic side of the cowboy life, Guy saw an opportunity to bring the cowboy songwriting and poetry community together, and the Western Music Songwriters Series was born. In its sixth year, the event — and the community behind it — is “something to be proud of," he says.
“It’s extremely heartening to see how this event brings people in. People that you wouldn’t even know listen to cowboy music are coming in to enjoy the event,” Guy says. “And they really love it — they come up to me afterwards to tell me. There’s something about this music and the cowboy lifestyle that just grips you. People love it because it’s real.”
The Songwriters Series’ featured artists carry and celebrate cowboy culture with their tunes. A Western Music Association seven-time Entertainer of the Year, seven-time Male Performer of the Year, and five-time Songwriter of the Year, Dave Stamey has many accolades — and a lot of experience as a cowboy, a mule packer and a dude wrangler — under his belt. Stamey was also named Best Living Western Solo Musician for four consecutive years by True West Magazine and is a recipient of the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists.
“It’s an honor, and most importantly, a lot of fun to be part of the showcase,” Stamey says. “It’s an affirmation to keep doing what I’m doing.”
Inspired by the trails traveled in an adventurous ranch life, Trinity Seely is a renowned artist with numerous awards to her name. Seely was named a True West Magazine Favorite Western Artist in 2012, is a multiple Western Music Association Crescendo Award nominee and received both Female Western Singer and Western Album of the Year Awards from the Academy of Western Artists. Seely has received numerous awards and nominations for her songs, and her song “Cowboy’s Wage” was archived into the Cowboy Hall of Fame museum in Oklahoma City. Seely lives with her husband and children on a working cattle ranch in Cascade, Montana, from which she continues to draw inspiration.
“I love this event,” Seely says of the Songwriters Series. “It’s an opportunity to truly celebrate and share the lifestyle that I — and so many others — hold so dear. We’re really going to have a great time this year.”
left is Bobbie Weyland - Traeger Smoked Chili 2nd Place, middle is Bea Rasmussen - Stockyard Chicken Chili 3rd Place, and the Grand Champion (on the right) Tonia Alexandar T's Renegade Chili
Congratulations to our 1st place winner, Richard Boone, with his winning chili. As a side note: Richard used this same recipe 10+ years ago, and won first place in a Chili cook-off competition.
Congratulations to our 2nd place winner, Marc Hope, with his winning chili.
Congratulations go out to our 3rd place winner, Laurie Faulkner Bahe, with her winning chili "Best in the West Smoked Brisket Chili". Laurie was our 2017 Best in the West Chili Grand Champion with this delicious dish. Competition was really tough but thank you again Laurie Faulkner Bahe for participating again. Another note: Laurie's daughter Cassie entered the most popular chili - Elk Chili! No wonder it went so fast - it was delicious! — with Laurie Faulkner Bahe.
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