The city’s arts council will be holding a free night of cowboy poetry and western music on Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the West Bountiful City Hall (550 N. 800 West). The event will feature a variety of local performers, including Sherri Hutchings, Kim McKean, Von Hill, and M.C. Craig Dransfield.
“It’s a popular program,” said Colleen Maloy, with the West Bountiful Arts Council. The city held their first cowboy-themed night in early 2009.
Singer Hutchings will perform songs by Patsy Cline and other country and western singers, as well as recite the cowboy poem “Oh God, Let This Be Heaven.” The poem was a favorite of her uncle, Elmer Bair, who she describes as “the best bronco buster in the state of Utah.
“The poem talks about how the cowboy hopes that heaven will be like being on the trail,” said Hutchings. “It’s the only place he wants to be.”
Other music will be provided by the locally-based group Last Chance, who has been performing together for the last 15 years.
Also featured will be Von Hill, who will share cowboy stories and poems by Baxter Black, and Kim McKean, who will be presenting original cowboy poems. Both men performed at last year’s cowboy poetry night and were brought back by popular demand.
“There's a hundred years of history and a hundred before that,” goes one of Black’s “Legacy of the Rodeo Man.” “All gathered in the thinkin’ goin’ on beneath his hat.”