Cowboy Singing

We’re looking ahead out here in the arctic tundra. Every day Pops is getting stronger and more antsy and our biggest job is to keep him from taking the keys and heading out the door without us.

I keep reminding him that it’s only been 2 weeks since they cut him open and rearranged his heart, but it doesn’t matter.

He’s ready to move on.

And so we are. Moving on and looking forward, me in particular to next week when I’ll be loading up my guitar and my husband and all of my boots to head on down to Elko, Nevada for the 30th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

It’s a big event and my first visit as an entertainer, so I’m excited.

And then I saw my name in the Western Horseman Magazine and I got even more excited.

North Dakota. Montana. Close enough.

Then I got nervous.

And I’ve been going back and forth between those two emotions for a few months.

But it’s going to be a good trip and I’m happy to be a part of an event that celebrates and lifts up Cowboy culture with poetry, art, music, dancing and lessons on things like leather-working, two-stepping and cast-iron cooking.

It’s our kind of party, I tell you what.

I’ve always been thankful for the opportunity to grow up in these hills so I’m thankful for the opportunity to tell my story a few state’s over.

And I’m thankful for the music.

If you’re in the area, stop on over. Here’s my schedule:

Thursday, January 30

Straddling the Line

With Brenn Hill, Martha Scanlan & Jon Neufeld
8:30-10:00 PM
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
Fusing deep rural experience with diverse musical influences, 29-year-old troubadour Jessie Veeder demonstrates that the younger generation doesn’t really leave the ranch behind–but they may find themselves straddling the line. The musical outcome is electrical and enthralling.  

Friday, January 31

Jessie Veeder & DW Groethe
10:45 – 11:45 AM
Flag View Auxiliary

Back on the Ranch
With Meghan O’Toole Lally and others
1:00-2:15 PM
Gold Room, Convention Center

Saturday, February 1

Across the Medicine Line
With Doris Daley & Rodney Nelson
10:00 – 11:00 AM
Gold Room, Convention Center

Being Cowboy in a Digital World
with Jessica Hedges & Jolyn Young
2:30-3:45 PM
Gold Room, Convention Center

Here’s a link for more information about the gathering.

And here’s a link to a little interview and a few songs I played on a North Dakota Morning show. I woke up at 4 am to get there in time, so please take that into consideration with your critique 🙂

Music with Jessie Veeder
NBC North Dakota Today

For more information about my music visit: 


12 thoughts on “Cowboy Singing

  1. I’m one of the many who have found their way to your neck of the woods chasing a dream of helping better my family. My wife and two little girls and I are from a small ranching community of about 300 people in south central Colorado. Your music and blog are like comfort food for us,taking us back to Westcliffe. My oldest daughter met you and got one your CD’s at “Market Place for Kids” last year. She had the “no choke choke chain for dogs”. I saw Martha Scanlan will be in Nevada. She’s been to Westcliffe numerous times starting back when she was with the Real Time Travelers. Is that Adam Taylor in some of your pictures? I will quit babbling…..Dads love their little girs!!

  2. Jesse, I am an ex Watford City person .You may know my Brother Wayne and nephew Brent.
    I ran into your DAD and others of your family in “SANFORD” hospital in Bismarck a few days ago.
    I am glad GENE is doing well.
    I check your blog daily and enjoy it always.

  3. A wonderful post with wonderful pix! You are beautiful! Wish I could hear y”all sing! I am a singer and sang opera professionally for most of my life. I SO KNOW the feelings of excitement and nerves, as well as the transcendence of being the vessel for pure
    beauty and joy as one sings! As they say in Italy before a performance…” In boca al lupo” ( translated: in the mouth of the wolf… Or as we say in the U. S. of A… Break a leg😊!!)

  4. Pingback: Sunday Column: What it means to be a cowgirl | Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

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