Clem Albertoni Cowboy Gathering

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Cowboy Gathering

Date: Apr 06, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM
The 2024 Clem Albertoni Cowboy Gathering will be held on Saturday, April 6th at the Salinas Sports Complex.

The event will feature Lacy J. Dalton and Jake Riley.

Tickets are $80 and go on sale here at 10 am on Tuesday, January 30th. The ticket price includes a barbecue dinner along with the show.

This is the third time the California Rodeo Salinas will produce 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.

2024 Entertainers

Lacy J. Dalton

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Lacy J. Dalton (born Jill Lynne Byrem on October 13, 1946 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania), is an American country singer and songwriter with a career that has spanned many decades and touched the hearts of millions of music fans. In March 2017 Lacy J. Dalton was inducted into the North American Country Music Association International Hall of Fame, and in 2022 she was awarded a Lifetime Career Achievement Award from the Josie Music Awards, the largest independent music awards show in the country.
She’s one of the most instantly recognizable voices in music – the woman People Magazine called “Country’s Bonnie Raitt.” From the first time Lacy J. Dalton caught the public’s ear, that soulful delivery, full of texture and grit, has been a mainstay of Country Music. When you sit to listen to a Lacy J. Dalton album, you find yourself pulled in by the very power and heart of this vocalist, because she’s not merely performing a ten-song set, she’s bringing each and every tune to life. It’s as if they were all written especially for her.
Prior to recording with Harbor Records in 1978 as Jill Croston, she like many before her, held many jobs to survive and support her family. As a truck stop waitress and singer, she would wait tables and then take the stage to sing a few songs. In June 1979, Lacy J. Dalton was signed by Columbia Records and quickly rose to national prominence with Crazy Blue Eyes, which she wrote with her longest friend, Mary McFadden, and which raced to #7 on the Billboard Country Charts. Her hard work and dedication paid off in 1979 when she was awarded the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Vocalist of the Year.
Lacy’s success was powered not just by the artist’s recordings, but by a stage show that truly electrified audiences. She quickly became one of the few women who could successfully open a show for the likes of Hank Williams, Jr., Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard or Charlie Daniels. Not only could she do it, but she left audiences across the country hollering for more. Her signature song 16th Avenue, became the Anthem for Nashville songwriters. Her other hit records are legendary million-airplay cuts and include Crazy Blue Eyes, Takin’ It Easy, Everybody Makes Mistakes, Hillbilly Girl with the Blues, Hard Times, and the worldwide hit Black Coffee.
In addition to her Top New Female Vocalist award, she also brought home numerous Grammy nominations and 3 prestigious, back-to-back (1979, 1980, 1981) Bay Area Music Awards for Best Country-Folk Recordings. Lacy appeared on those shows with the likes of Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, Grace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane.

Click HERE to read her full biography.

Jake Riley

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Jake Riley grew up, for the most part, in the upper Arkansas Valley of the Colorado mountains. He began roping and rodeoing as a kid, which led to helping out on some local ranches, feeding his love of cowboy culture. He has always enjoyed the magic of poetry, especially after seeing poet Waddie Mitchell at Copper Mountain, Colorado in the mid '90s. One of the poems Jake wrote for a high school project was published his senior year, and he has continued writing ever since. Jake first shared his work at his church, and then at the Nebraska Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Valentine, Nebraska in 2016. Since then, he has performed at events from Minnesota to California, including 5 times at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Jake's work leans toward the more contemporary, which draws old and young alike. He loves to share a good story, and his delivery is engaging and often quite animated. He also enjoys reciting the classics, and considers himself extremely blessed to take part in carrying the tradition forward. Jake, along with his wonderful wife, Carley, and a teeming hoard of youngins, now calls central Nebraska home.
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Ticket Pricing:

Dinner & Show Ticket $80

Doors Open at 5:00pm
Dinner 6:00pm
Show Starts 7:00pm

Artist Sponsor

Taylor Farms

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