Featured Artist of the Month: Calvin Danner Hampton
Raised on the family’s horse ranch in Northern New Mexico, Calvin Danner Hampton has
grown up surrounded by stories of the West, riding horses, raising cattle, and
listening to some of the biggest names in Western Music singing in his living room.
At 16 he loves to sing but is also working on song writing and learning the guitar. He has already attended almost
every Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering in the country, but has recently
become more of a presence on stage than behind his Dad’s CD table.
Quite simply, Western music is the folk music of the West.
Western music originates from roots in English, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ballads, as well as the many musical influences from the immigrants who "went west." While "Cowboy" music is an important part of Western music, the stories of larger populations of Western culture are equally important. Settlers, farmers, ranchers, horsemen and women, soldiers, miners, gamblers, saloon keepers, school teachers, and other folk who inhabited the great American west are all subjects of modern day Western music.