Shelley Goldbeck discovered cowboy poetry in 2015. Cowboy poetry celebrates and preserves the traditions of the West. At the end of a long day on the range, cowboys would sit by the campfire and tell stories, which were easier to remember and recite if they had rhythm and rhyme.
Growing up on a horse ranch/mixed farm in Central Alberta and writing for 50 years has helped Shelley slide right into the saddle.
Shelley routinely emcees cowboy gatherings and music festivals. Audiences love the way she interacts with the guests she introduces, creating fun and memorable experiences.
Shelley was the editor of the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association’s newsletter, Barbwire Dispatch for four years. See past issues
At the 2016 Kamloops Cowboy Festival Rising Star poetry competition, Shelley placed second.
Shelley’s first CD, Buffalo Beans and Bluebells, consisting of six poems, three original songs, two parodies and one cover song, was released November 26, 2017.
The disc was conceived as a 60th Wedding Anniversary gift for Shelley’s parents, Ernie and Ilene Goldbeck. It includes six of Shelley original poems, two parodies, three original songs, and one cover tune.