Cowboy poetry is coming to Little Falls

Cowboy poetry in Minnesota. Ya sure, you betcha.

House Concert managers believe that cowboy poetry is alive and well.

The managers have announced Blanche Evridge as their next artist in the Little Falls House Concert series. Evridge can be seen on Friday, February 9, at Jason’s Casual Dining, formerly Jerry’s Supper Club, in Little Falls. The evening starts with a 7 p.m. social with the concert to follow at 7:30 p.m.

This opportunity is ideal for families and people of all ages. Evridge explains that cowboy poetry is enjoying a “renaissance of late” which aids in keeping this old art form alive. Cowboy poetry and traditional songs came out of the cattle drives that were a big part of the American west after the Civil War. “To stem the boredom,” she explained, “the cowboys began making up poems and singing songs.” Evridge could relate to this vast time and space and the creativity it seems to spark.

Originally from a small corner of South Dakota, the way of the west was all Evridge ever knew as a child. Her grandfather was inducted into the South Dakota Western Heritage Hall of Fame and her great-grandfather from Texas was murdered “because of his massive land holdings.” The tales that Blanche weaves through lyrics and melody become a picture reflective, not only of western history, but also of human nature.

Admission to see Blanche Evridge in concert is $7 for adults and $3 for children under the age of 12.

Upcoming artists include special Irish musician Laura MacKenzie, Paul Imholte, and Peter Ostroushko and Dean Magraw. More information, or to receive a calendar of the 2000-01 House Concert series, is available by contacting the Great River Arts Association at (320) 632-0960. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Five Wings Arts program with funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Minnesota State Legislature.

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