Western Music Association

Western Music Association

Western Wordsmiths Chapter


Our Mission:
To produce, promote and preserve the tales, stories and poems
of the Western culture in written or oral form.

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The Western Music Association was founded in 1988 to foster the professional growth of individual performing members through their web site, the quarterly "Western Way," the annual International Western Music Festival every November, state and regional chapters, and an Educational Outreach Program.

The Western Wordsmiths Chapter started in 2011 to provide more support and opportunities for Western writers within the Western Music Association. Our members include poets, authors, story tellers, song writers and lyricists. Their publications include poems, books, recordings, novels, short stories, non-fiction articles, and videos.

Help needed for the following positions: Chair for Fundraisers, Chair for Poetry in Schools, Chair for Poetry Book of the year, Chair for Poetry CD of the year, Chair for Grant Writing. If you are a Western Wordsmith member, and if you have the time and if you have a thick skin and if and want to volunteer for one of these position, please contact Dale Page.


The Georgie Sicking Award

The Cowboy Poetry Jackpot - see new Cowboy Poetry Jackpot Rules

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WMA Western Wordsmiths chapter

Welcome to New &
Returning Members


Barry Ward was inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

WMA Award Finalists:

2014 Western Album of the Year
"Granite Mountain" - Belinda Gail
"Listen" - Juni Fisher
"Live in Santa Ynez" - Dave Stamey
"Lonesome County Road" - Barry Ward
"Traditions" - Jean Prescott

2014 Cowboy Swing Album of the Year
"Always A Cowboy In My Dreams" - Syd Masters & The Swing Riders
"Blue Horizon" - Sid Hausman & Washtub Jerry
"Gotta Be A Cowgirl" - Mikki Daniel
"Too Hot To Handle" - Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers
"Trails Less Traveled" - 3 TRAILS WEST

2014 Song of the Year
"A Cowboy Hat" - Written & Recorded by Trinity Seely
"Along the Buffalo" - Written & Recorded by Belinda Gail
"Don Edwards for President" - Written by Marvin O'Dell & Recorded by The Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers
"He Sang for Me" - Written by Joyce Woodson & Recorded by Belinda Gail
"Still There" - Written by Juni Fisher & Waddie Mitchell & Recorded by Juni Fisher

2014 Instrumentalist of the Year
Tom Boyer
Jeanne Cahill
Ernie Martinez
Johnny Neil
Rich O'Brien

2014 Male Performer of the Year
Bill Barwick
R.W. Hampton
Jim Jones
Dave Stamey
Barry Ward

2014 Female Performer of the Year
Juni Fisher
Belinda Gail
Kristyn Harris
Mary Kaye
Jean Prescott

2014 Duo or Group of the Year
Gary Allegretto & Ian Espinoza
Call of the West
"Miss" Devon & The "Outlaw"
Open Range
The Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers

2014 Entertainer of the Year
Bill Barwick
Juni Fisher
Belinda Gail
Mary Kaye
Dave Stamey

2014 Crescendo Award
Doug Figgs
The Hanson Family
Jeneve Rose Mitchell
Leah Sawyer
Trinity Seely

2014 Radio DJ/Radio Program of the Year
Judy James - Cowboy Jubilee & Western Heritage Radio - Weatherford, TX
Marvin O'Dell - Around the Campfire/Defenders of Freedom Radio - Redding, CA
Barbara Richhart - Western Belle Cow Trails - Mancos, CO
Totsie Slover - The Real West from the Old West - Deming, NM
Tommy Tucker - Snake River Radio Roundup - Lewiston, ID

2014 Male Poet of the Year
Paul Bliss
Joe Herrington
Al "Doc" Mehl
Terry Nash
Andy Nelson

2014 Female Poet of the Year
Teresa Burleson
"Sam" DeLeeuw
Susie Knight
Mag Mawhinney
Diane Tribitt


Barry Ward is a 2014 Inductee into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame.

A poem by Dennis Russell Nazelrod, "Renewin' All Our Hopes," was published in the fall issue of Western Way Magazine.