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19th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival feat. Ned LeDoux (with guests Mike Beck, Paul Zarzyski, and New West)

Howdy! Join us for our 19th Annual Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival! We are extremely excited for this year’s gathering. We have a jammed packed line-up featuring acts both new and old to our Monterey Cowboy family. This is a night you will not want to miss! Hope you see you there partner!

This year’s artist line-up:

-Ned LeDoux
-Mike Beck
-Paul Zarzyski
-New West

Ned LeDoux:
In country music, a last name like LeDoux casts a big, storied and bittersweet shadow, but it’s one Ned LeDoux doesn’t mind standing in one bit. Having been a drummer in his dad Chris’ band Western Underground since 1998, Ned knew from an early age that he had "no plan b" but to play music, "Once I got the taste of the road, and being in front of a crowd and just the sound of it, it was...freedom."

When his dad passed away in 2005, Ned continued to tour with his father’s band to keep the musical spirit of Chris LeDoux alive. This drove him to pick up the guitar and try his hand at some of his dad’s songs. It started with "Rodeo Man," and before long Ned had a whole catalogue of his father’s early hits ready to play. When the other band members heard Ned’s voice, he found himself front and center singing at the shows. Stepping out from behind the drums stirred something inside of Ned that he hadn’t felt before, "It’s a different kind of rush, getting up with a guitar and standing behind a microphone...shoot I’m getting butterflies thinking about it right now."

For the last year, Ned has been steadily touring and opening for acts like Toby Keith, Chris Janson, Aaron Watson and Randy Houser. On tour, you’re guaranteed to hear "This Cowboy’s Hat" the song most requested by his fans and a request Ned is honored to oblige. His personal favorite song to sing though is one called "We Ain’t Got It All." It’s the first original song Ned co-wrote with his dad and seems to pick up right where Chris left off. And with his debut EP "Forever a Cowboy" available now, there is a new voice to carry on the LeDoux sound.

To learn more about Ned LeDoux, please visit

Mike Beck:
Mike Beck is an engaging acoustic solo artist who regularly performs in the United States and Europe. He is a regularly featured performer at The National Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering. Mike has seven albums under his belt with original songs that have been recognized as some of the finest compositions on Western Americana out there.

The Western Horseman magazine recently picked "The 13 Best Cowboy Songs," and included two compositions by Mike, putting him along side other writers such as Ian Tyson, Tom Russell, Lucinda Williams, and Gene Autry.

To learn more about Mike Beck, please visit

Paul Zarzyski:
Paul Zarzyski, a Rodeo Poet, has spurred the words wild across the open range of the page for 45 years, 15 of which he competed as a bareback rider on the amateur, PRCA, and senior circuits. This coming January marks his 32nd consecutive go-round at The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV. He is also a veteran of 13 Monterey Festivals, and has performed, as well, at the National Book, Folk, and Storytelling Festivals, at The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Library of Congress, and as a featured guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. The recipient of “The 2005 Montana Governor’s Arts Award for Literature,” Paul has authored 10 books and recorded 6 spoken-word CDs, including his most recent Steering With My Knees. He has also co-written lyrics with Ian Tyson, Tom Russell, Wylie Gustafson, Don Edwards and others—one with Wylie, “Hang-n-Rattle!,” (produced by John Carter Cash at The Cash Cabin Studio in Nashville) and one with Tom, “Heart of a Bucking Horse,” receiving the Western Writers of America “Spur Award” for best song, while another of Paul’s works, “Bob Dylan Bronc Song” also earned The Spur for poetry. Paul makes his home, “where the poetry roams,” west of Great Falls, Montana.
To learn more about Paul Zarzyski, please visit


New West:
New West is all about NEW Western music. Performing songs that pay tribute to the men and women of the American West, the band features award winning songwriter, Mike Fleming, renowned lead guitarist, Raul Reynoso, and the incredibly talented Dave Jackson on bass. New West is a showcase of Mike's beautiful songs, the trio's sweet harmony singing, Raul's world-class guitar work, and David's show-stopping numbers.

To learn more about New West, please visit