Baxter Black to Perform in Elko

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Western Folklife Center
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Spend an Evening with Cowboy Poet Baxter Black in Elko, September 19

Elko - Baxter Black, described by the New York Times as "...probably the nation's most successful living poet," is performing in Elko, Friday, September 19, 2008, at the Elko Convention Center. The show starts at 7:00 pm; tickets are $25 and $20. Western Folklife Center members receive $5.00 off the ticket price. Doors open at 6:00 pm. There will be a cash bar and Baxter Black merchandise sales in the lobby of the Convention Center. Baxter will stick around after the show to autograph books, CDs and DVDs. Tickets can be purchased at the Western Folklife Center, or by calling 775-738-7508 ext. 239 or toll-free 888-880-5885.

Baxter Black has been performing at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering since its very first year and is consistently one of its most popular and certainly funniest performers. Tickets to Baxter's free Saturday afternoon shows are distributed by lottery so as many people as possible get the opportunity to share in the laughter. Now, Baxter is helping commemorate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Gathering with this special show in Elko.

Since 1982, Baxter Black has been rhyming his way into the national spotlight, and now stands as the best selling cowboy poet in the world. He's written several books (including one rodeo novel and its sequel), recorded over a dozen audio and video tapes, CDs and DVDs, and has achieved notoriety as a syndicated columnist and radio commentator. From the Tonight Show and PBS to NPR and the NFR, Baxter's wacko verse has been seen and heard by millions. His works are prominently displayed in both big city libraries, small town feed stores, and the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop.

According to Baxter, "he can shoe a horse, string a bob wire fence and bang out a Bob Wills classic on his flat top guitar. Cowboy poet, ex-veterinarian and sorry team roper, he has more hair around his lip than on his head. Raised in New Mexico, he spent his workin' life in the mountain west tormenting cows, now he travels the country tormenting cowboys. Baxter lives in Benson, Arizona, between the Gila River and the Gila monster, the Mexican border and the Border Patrol and between the horse and the cow---where the action is. Everything about Baxter is cowboy; his cartoonish mustache, his personality and his poetry. He hasn't changed a thing about his subject matter or his delivery. He makes a living shining a spotlight on the flaws and foibles of everyday cowboy life, the day-to-day ups and downs of people who live with livestock and work the land. He demonstrates that it is the truth in his humor that makes it funny. Driven by a left hand sense of humor, Black evokes laughter just by being there.

For more information about Baxter Black, visit his website at This performance of Baxter Black is sponsored by the Western Folklife Center, the Elko Convention and Visitors' Authority and the Nevada Commission on Tourism.