National Ranching Heritage Center to Host Inaugural Ranch Verse August 5

Special guests will join Andy Hedges for a storytelling, poetry & song symposium followed by a concert at the historic Cactus Theater.

Join cowboy songster Andy Hedges and special guests, Boots O’Neal, Randy RiemanDave Stamey, Red Steagall, and Andy Wilkinson, for a day of Western storytelling, song and poetry at the inaugural Ranch Verse on Saturday, Aug. 5 in Lubbock, Texas.

“Ranch Verse will feature a variety of programming that will include working cowboy stories, cowboy poetry, western music, and discussions of ranch culture,” host Andy Hedges shared. “One highlight will be Randy Rieman’s presentation on the illustrated letters of cowboy artist Charlie Russell, which is a fascinating look at the American West during Russell’s time.”

Daytime events will be free to the public and take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) in Lubbock. A special welcome performance of cowboy poetry, range ballads, and storytelling by Red Steagall, Andy Wilkinson, Randy Rieman, and Dave Stamey will kick off the day from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

From 1 to 2 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to hear a live, onstage interview with Four Sixes Ranch cowboy and Ranching Heritage Association Working Cowboy Award recipient Boots O’Neal for broadcast on the Cowboy Crossroads podcast with Andy Hedges.

Randy Reiman will take the stage from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. to present the illustrated letters of cowboy artist Charles M. Russell through slides, commentary, and the spoken word.

Daytime events will conclude with a discussion from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. featuring Red Steagall, Andy Hedges and Dave Stamey on the poetry, music, and art emerging out of Western culture.

An evening performance will follow from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the historic Cactus Theater with cowboy songster Andy Hedges, western songwriter Dave Stamey, and the legendary Red Steagall. Tickets for the evening performance start at $25 and will go on sale May 25 on the Cactus Theater website.

“The mission of the National Ranching Heritage Center is to preserve and interpret the history of ranching,” said Hedges. “Cowboy poetry and music is a way for ranching folks to tell their own story in their own words, so it is exciting to bring this artform to the National Ranching Heritage Center.”

This event is made possible in part by funding from the Helen DeVitt Jones Adult and Secondary Education Endowment. Limited edition letterpress posters by artist Dirk Fowler will be available for purchase.

To learn more about Ranch Verse, visit 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 that offers 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 or call (806) 742-0498.