Why The Cowboy Sings (2002)

About the Film

The cowboy\'s job has always been dangerous, lonely, dusty, gory and low-paying. So why do cowboys make music, and why do they need to tell their story? Why the Cowboy Sings is a journey across the open West to explore this unique genre of folk art.

Co-producer Hal Cannon has been chasing this question for 30 years. He is a founder of the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada and has played cowboy music in a traditional band since the early 1970s. In this journey he travels to four ranches, in the middle of winter, to visit cowboys during a season when they have more time to sing.


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Hal Cannon, Taki Telonidis, the distributor Western Folklife Center, or Folkstreams.