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Steiger, Auker Headline ‘Working Cowboy’ at Sharlot Hall Saturday, April 29

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It’s a gathering “...of my closest friends,” describes Sally Bates, author, poet and performer at “The Working Cowboy,” an intimate, down-home look at the “Working Cowboy” by those who work the trade.

Featured cowboy poet and singer Gail Steiger, Arizona’s “poet lariat” and foreman of the 50,000-acre Spider Ranch, headlines the day of cowboy entertainment and demonstrations at Sharlot Hall Museum this Saturday, April 29.

A recipient of the Gail Gardner Legacy Award, Steiger is a multi-talented working cowboy with both a ranching and songwriting background. He brings an authentic taste of cowboy life to his stories and music.

Also featured is Amy Hale Auker, who shares her stories, poetry and songs of “real” cowgirl life. The award-winning author and songster Auker thrives on a local ranch where she continues a love affair with mountains, piñon forests and Steiger, her songwriter and ranch foreman husband.

Also performing at the Museum will be John “Buck” Ryberg, legendary performer with the “Desert Sons” whose original and classic songs of the West are rounded out with his rich vocals.

Additional local favorites performing include Suzi Killman, Mary Matli, Lee Shaw, Joe Konkel, John Kennedy, Mike White, Rolf Flake, Sally Bates, Mike Dunn, Frank Rodrigues, and many more.

Poetry and music on the four-acre Museum campus will also include featured groups, such as the “Rusty Pistols” country-western band and the Carter family “Broken Chair Band” – an homage to their ranch of the same name.

In addition to entertainment, “The Working Cowboy” also showcases the crafts, skills and historical contributions of those who defined (and tamed) the wild, wild West.

Demonstrations on boot-making, saddlery and leatherwork, horse shoeing, and reata-making – plus a range of children’s activities – are included throughout the day to introduce young and old to the lure ‘n’ lore of the West’s iconic hero, the modern-day cowboy.

“It’s a showcase of cowboy traditions by actual working men and women who live the life of the cowboy in Arizona,” describes Sally Bates, a long-time local writer, poet and singer of cowboy lore who has assisted the Museum staff in developing the event.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, and is co-sponsored by the museum and radio station KDDL – Cattle Country 94.3 FM. A complete schedule of events and artists is available on the Museum website (

Admission to “The Working Cowboy – Folkways, Arts & Traditions” is $10 for adults; museum members are $5, and youth 17 and younger are free.

Sharlot Hall Museum is located at 415 West Gurley Street, two blocks west of the Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott. For more information, contact the museum at 928-445-3122 ext. 10.

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