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Our annual Cowboy Music & Poetry Gathering will take place on March 26, 2022.
This year the California Rodeo Salinas in partnership with the Monterey County Free Libraries is proud to present the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in honor of the great man and renowned cowboy poet, Clem Albertoni.
Clem, along with his wife Phylis, were the beating heart behind this event for years, helping us all grow our love for cowboy stories and western music. Clem’s talent for entertaining as a poet was legendary in the Salinas Valley as the resident Master of Ceremonies, as well as at numerous other cowboy poetry events. His skill with words were sought by those celebrating their happiest days or their saddest. He was a man who filled a room with charisma and energy, but with the rare quality of making each person feel as if he were speaking directly to them. His ability to make people laugh, smile, cry and “feel” was a gift from above.
Doors will open at 5:00pm. Dinner will be served at 6pm and the show will begin at 7pm.
Entertainers for the show are:
Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called him “the Charlie Russell of Western Music.” Western Horseman Magazine has declared his “Vaquero Song” to be one of the greatest Western songs of all time. True West Magazine named him Best Living Western Solo Musician four years in a row.
Dave has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today. He has been voted seven times Entertainer of the Year, seven times Male Performer of the Year and Five times Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. He’s delighted audiences in twenty three states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.
In November of 2016 Dave was inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame.
Montana made his debut appearance at the California Rodeo Salinas in 1980. He wrote “Saddle Up Salinas,” the official song of the California Rodeo. “The Salinas Rodeo is the only one of its kind; first class on every level—from the midway to the track events to the horses and the Miss California Rodeo Salinas pageant,” says Montana. When he’s not writing songs or on the road performing, Montana can be found ranching at his home in Texas, where he lives with his wife, Verlyn, a former Salinas resident and “Born Again Texan,” and their three children, Joseph, David and Susie.