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Dennis Gaines

Dennis Gaines, cowboy poet and humorist

Act: Cowboy poet

Dennis Gaines, a popular cowboy poet, humorist and storyteller, provides entertaining performances on cowboy culture and its heritage with an emphasis on humor and tradition.

He frequents assorted gatherings and may be spotted at conventions, private parties, banquets, gunfights, chili cookoffs, hangin's, hitchin's, trail drives, campfires, rodeos, soup kitchens, dude ranches, horse sales, casinos and dogfights. He has never been seen in the company of lawyers, politicians or other such outlaws.

Gaines was a Texas State Representative Poet at the Western Folklife Center's National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, in 1990 and returned in 1991, 1992, and 2007.


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