On Feb. 19 and 20 the Mesquite Western Roundup, sponsored by the Mesquite Arts Council, took to the stage at the Mesquite Community Theatre and performed to two sold out crowds.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by Strings ‘n Things and Jenny Lynn and David Anderson and, of course, the poets.
“Cowboy poetry is rhymed, metered verse written by someone who has lived a significant portion of his or her life in Western North American cattle culture. The verse reflects an intimate knowledge of that way of life, and the community from which it maintains itself in tradition. Cowboy poetry may or may not in fact be anonymous in authorship but must have qualities, content, and style that permit it to be accepted into the repertoire of the cultural community as reflecting that community’s aesthetics in style, form, and content. The structural style of cowboy poetry has its antecedents in the ballad style of England and the Appalachian South. It is similar to popular works of authors such as Robert W. Service and Rudyard Kipling.”- www.cowboyoetry.com
Many of the performers for the Mesquite Western Roundup had an intimate knowledge of the “cowboy life” and some just love the stories. Russ Westwood is one of those poets who loves the cowboy life and is as much fun to watch while reciting the poetry as he is to listen to. Westwood thrilled the audience with his animated versions of “Big Windies” and “Jack Potter’s Courtin’,” both by S. Omar Barker.
Ken Marshall was another performer who had the audience in stitches with his rendition of “Bear Rope’n Buckroo” also by S. Omar Barker.
Other cowboy poets who performed at the Western Roundup were Lee Kimberlin, Marc Bradshaw, Ken Marshall, Mike Prince and Hap Stuart.