Dave Stamey to headline at Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Multiple winner of Entertainer of the Year and Male Performer of the Year awards, Montana native Dave Stamey will star at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in August.
Photo courtesy of Dave Stamey 

Born in Billings, raised in Shepherd, Montana lays claim to favorite son, Dave Stamey, one of today’s biggest western music super-stars.   Dave Stamey, affectionately dubbed the “Charlie Russell of Western Music,” by "Cowboys and Indians Magazine" is an amazing entertainer.  Many of his songs tell stories deeply rooted in Montana. 

Stamey was voted six-time Entertainer of the Year and six-time Male Performer of the Year and five-time Song Writer of the Year by the prestigious Western Music Association. Stamey also received the Will Rogers Award from the Academy of Western Artists. Stamey is blessed with God-given perfect pitch and a song writing gift that is unsurpassed in today’s western music world.

A mule packer, a dude wrangler and a class act cowboy, Stamey grew up in a ranching culture wearing boots and jeans. As a kid, like everyone else, he idolized Roy Rogers. Stamey also identifies with John Steinbeck, John Reese, Marty Robbins and Hank Williams as influencing his music and song writing.  Stamey says, “I have a love and an interest for the West. It is my passion. I like to think of my music as a celebration of shared heritage, an appreciation of the West as both a place and a state of mind.” 

Today, Stamey lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in central California on a cattle ranch. He lives a western life with western pride. It’s how he was raised as a child.

Stamey was “discovered” at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada and shortly after appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The 32nd Anniversary of Montana Cowboy Poetry this year will be Stamey’s fourth appearance at the gathering.   

Stamey says of appearing in Central Montana, “The people appreciate that you are singing about them, and they are good people, the kind of people that restore your faith in America.”

Stamey says that he prefers entertaining to being stomped by angry horses.

Stamey will perform a 90-minute set, Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Grand Stage Show at the Fergus Center for the Performing Arts. The show begins at 7 p.m. with the beautiful Mary Kaye, award-winning singer/songwriter from Utah. 

Tickets for the Stamey/Kaye Grand Stage Show, Saturday, Aug. 19, are available at Don’s Store in Lewistown, online at MontanaCowboyPoetryGathering.com or by calling 406-583-4575. 



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