Texas Tech University

National Ranching Heritage Center to Host Ranch Verse Aug. 5

George Watson

August 2, 2023

Special guests will join cowboy songster Andy Hedges for a storytelling, poetry and song symposium and historic concert at the Cactus Theater.

Ranch Verse
Click here to view Ranch Verse site.

WHAT: Ranch Verse, a collection of Western storytelling, music and poetry featuring some of the most famous cowboy poets, songwriters and authors. 

WHEN: Aug. 5:

  • Main Events, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Concert, 7:30-10 p.m. 


Ranch Verse
Ranch Verse on Facebook

EVENT: Ranch Verse is a day of Western storytelling, music and poetry featuring some of the most iconic voices in those respective areas, including special guests Boots O'Neal, Randy Rieman, Dave Stamey, Red Steagall and Andy Wilkinson. It will feature a variety of programming that includes cowboy stories, cowboy poetry, Western music and discussions of ranch culture. 

Main events at the NRHC include: 

  • 10:30 a.m.:  Special welcome performance of cowboy poetry, range ballads and storytelling by Red Steagall, Andy Wilkinson, Randy Rieman and Dave Stamey.
  • 1 p.m.:  Live, on-stage interview with 6666 Ranch cowboy and Ranching Heritage Association Working Cowboy Award recipient Boots O'Neal.
  • 2:15 p.m.:  Presentation of the illustrated letters of cowboy artist Charles M. Russell by Randy Reiman
  • 3:30 p.m.:  Discussion of poetry, music and art emerging from Western culture with Red Steagall, Andy Hedges and Dave Stamey.

Hedges, Stamey and Steagall will then perform at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Cactus Theatre. The concert is sold out.

The events at the National Ranching Heritage Center are free and open to the public. To learn more about Ranch Verse, visit bit.ly/ranchverse. For questions, contact (806) 742-0498.

About the NRHC

Supported by Texas Tech University and the Ranching Heritage Association, the NRHC is a 27-acre museum and historical park offering educational programs and exhibits about ranching history and contemporary ranching issues. The center is located at 3121 Fourth St. in Lubbock, Texas, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and the historical park is wheelchair and stroller accessible. For more information, visit ranchingheritage.org or call (806) 742-0498.

CONTACT:  Adrian Hawkins
Communications Manager, National Ranching Heritage Center, Texas Tech University
(806) 781-3306