Originally Published: July 31, 2018 7:18 p.m.
The 31st annual Cowboy Poets Gathering will be held at Yavapai College Performing Arts Theater on Aug. 9 to 11. One of the Cowboy Poets appearing there this year is Chino Valley resident Linda Lee Filener.
“I have been performing at the Cowboy Poets Gathering for the past 15 years and I have performed in Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico, and Colorado. My parents who both played guitar taught me and my brothers how to play when we were children, and we would play in the Grange Halls in Oregon where I grew up,” Filener said.
Filener shared that she wrote her first song at the age of 12 and has been writing songs ever since. Her songs are always about something that has happened in her life.
“I have always sung cowboy songs and usually perform four of my own songs beside others at the Cowboy gathering,” Filener said.
“Filner is a mother of a son and daughter (and four grandchildren) and was a rancher for 20 years raising Angus cattle.
“You really have to have a sense of humor, and strong family values to survive that life style,” Filener said grinning.
“The camaraderie at the cowboy gathering with people that understand that way of life makes everybody feel like family. For me authentic cowboy songs stir my soul and bring me closer to God and nature.”
Filener has two CD’s out, which can be purchased at the Cowboy Gathering, “One Life to Live” and Can’t Quit Ridin.’”