Cowboy Gathering Performers

Past performers of the Western Slope Cowboy Gathering have included: 

Floyd & Valerie Beard

Image of Floyd Beard in a large black cowboy hat and a plaid shirtFloyd and Valerie run Corriente cattle with their daughter and son-in-law in the remote canyons of Southeastern Colorado, not at the end of the earth but you can see it from there. Floyd has been writing and rhyming for over thirty-five years. He writes down his experiences and observations gleaned from a lifetime of working with cattle, horses, people, and dogs. He has been a top five finalist for the International Western Music Association’s Male Poet of the Year for the past six years, winning the honor in 2016 and 2017.

Image of Valerie Beard in a chambray shirt.Valerie counts herself lucky to have been born and raised in the west where each day dawns with new possibilities for writing material. She has been a regular at several Gatherings in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Arizona over the past four years. She is a top five finalist for International Western Music Association’s Female Poet of the Year for 2019.

Nona Kelley Carver

Image of a woman in a colorful jacket and black hatNona Kelley Carver is a native Coloradan, now retired from ranching at Mesa. Her experience shows in her work that she refers to as “fiction with a few facts thrown in.” Believing that reciting makes an author’s work come alive for the audience, Nona gives her best whether it is to a small group or at The National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration where she is a repeat performer. Her work has been published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies. Her CDs and books of poetry are currently sold out.

Image of Bill Clark with a cowboy hat and acoustic guitarBill Clark has been a Colorado rancher for over 60 years, playing music all along the way. Bill was lead singer in the Saltcreek Gang (band) for ten years. He won Country/Western CD of the Year in 2016 from the NTCMA for The Man I Am. In 2016, Bill toured through CO, AZ, WY, MT, ID, and SD, and was invited to play at the Mandalay Bay convention center in 2017 and 2018. Bill won male vocalist at CCMA, qualifying him for the NACMAI competition in Pigeon Forge, TN, competing against 800 other artists in March 2019 where he won the song writer award for his song, Between Heaven & Hell. Bill still resides in the beautiful Plateau Valley just east of Grand Junction, CO.


Peggy Malone

Image of Peggy Malone in a large straw hat, holding a guitar“Pickin’ Peggy” Malone, a local favorite, is the 2016 Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame Female Vocalist of the year and Entertainer of the year 2013, Her song, Singin’ A Cowboy Song won an Emmy for Performer/Songwriter 2001 in the PBS Special, A Night At The Rodeo. Her song, Appaloosa, is the official APHC Club Song. She was inducted into the Colorado Country Music Association Hall of Fame on August 20, 2006 and was named the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame Legend of Legends Female Vocalist in 2015. In addition to various cowboy gatherings, Peggy performs at local senior homes and it brings her much joy. No doubt the joy is felt by the seniors as well.

Terry Nash

Image of Terry Nash in a vest and cowboy hatTerry Nash has the distinct ability to put words together and deliver them in a captivating way. He’s performed at just about every cowboy poetry gathering between Alpine, TX; Prescott, AZ; and the southern Rockies; and was selected to perform at Elko, NV, at the biggest cowboy poetry gathering in the country. A cattle raiser from the Grand Junction, CO area, Terry knows what he’s talking about. He lives the Western life he writes about, and he’s a master at showing it to you. Terry received the International Western Music Association 2018 ‘Male Poet of the Year’ award at the IWMA annual convention, and his newest CD, A Good Ride, was named IWMA’s 2018 Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year.