a Chautauqua Presentation
Cowboy music has evolved from the open range and ranch employees who worked and rode after cattle during the late-19th and early- to mid-20th century. These include songs written by ranch hands about horses, cattle, and lost love. Others add death and the devil to the story. But all have in common the expression of what ranch and farm work was like during this time. Steve Cormier performs these and songs he has written, reflecting his years as a ranch and farm hand.
Steven Cormier earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, with a dissertation on 20th-century New Mexico ranching. He has published chapters on ranching in two books, Essays in Twentieth Century New Mexico History (UNM Press) and The Multicultural Southwest (University of Arizona Press). From 1979 to 1988, he worked on ranches and farms in the Flint Hills of Kansas and around Santa Rosa and Fort Sumner, NM. His music derives from those experiences. He has also played supporting roles in numerous television shows and films, including Breaking Bad, Gunsmoke, and Wyatt Earp. He has recorded several albums.
A Chuckwagon BBQ meal is available for $10 a plate. Food will be available at 5pm.
This event is presented with the assistance of the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities. There is no charge for this event.
The Cleveland Roller Mill Museum is located 2 miles nw of Mora, NM off Highway 518 near mile marker 31. See sign on the Road. For more information please call (575) 387-2645.
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