The Carr Family Cowboy Band and cowboy poets Marty Blocker and R.P. Smith will be featured in a Chadron State College Galaxy Series performance at 7 p.m. Nov. 7, in Memorial Hall’s Auditorium. Tickets for adults are $15, youth and senior are $13, and at the door are $16. Reserve tickets by calling 308-432-6207 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Carr Family has been ranching in the Nebraska Sandhills for more than a century. Through music, Ronn, Judy, Anna, Abby and Walter Carr have been able to see the American West together while performing. The Carr Family Cowboy Band was nominated for the Western Music Association’s Crescendo Award in 2010. Their signature sound is hallmarked by three violins, a guitar, bass and mandolin. They enjoy working together raising Angus cattle and writing as well as performing their original music and performing many past and current country favorites.
Blocker is a working cowboy and ranch manager for a large cattle operation just west of Cody, Nebraska. His trade gives him a lot of subject matter for his poems and lends authenticity to his works. Besides writing his own poems, Blocker also recites the works of past and present poets.
He was the All-Around High Point Winner of the 2007 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo in Hot Springs, South Dakota. He was a featured artist at the 2010 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, and the 2017 Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Durango, Colorado.
Smith is the fourth generation to raise cattle on the Pine Crest Ranch at his home near Broken Bow, Nebraska. For the past 25 years, cowboy poetry has helped him support his ranching and also given him some chances to travel with his family to a few places they would not have seen otherwise.
Smith has shared his poetry in 16 states and Canada and participated in the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, and state gatherings in Nebraska, Texas, Colorado, and Arizona.