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Gary McMahan: For Hire

Honors and Milestones

Here are a few mile-markers along Gary's long trail ride:
  • Guest star and performer on Riders in the Sky's Riders' Radio Theater, a National Public Radio-syndicated, live broadcast. January 25, 1989.
  • Featured performer in the 1989 Elko Cowboy Poetry Gathering video, The Best of the Gathering, produced by the National Folklife Conservancy.
  • Published in New Cowboy Poetry: A Contemporary Gathering, edited by Hal Cannon (Gibbs-Smith, publisher, Utah, 1990).
  • Cover photograph and feature article in Song of the West, the magazine of Western and cowboy music, Summer 1990.
  • Feature article in Western Horseman Magazine, June 1990.
  • Named the national champion yodeler by the Western Music Association November 1991.
  • Recipient of the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame for writing and recording the best original cowboy song of 1992.
  • Feature poem in Western Horseman Magazine, September 1996.
  • Featured interview on National Public Radio's All Things Considered March 7, 2000.
  • Feature article in American Cowboy Magazine,  April, 2003. 
  • Named Western Music Yodeler of the Year by The Academy of Western Artists 2010.

Albums by Gary McMahan:

  • Colorado Blue, Released 1980 by HorseApple Records.
  • Saddle 'Em Up and Go!, Released 1988 by HorseApple Records.
  • A Cowboyin' Day, Released 1992 by HorseApple Records.
  • Poems and Yodels, Released 1997 by HorseApple Records.
  • Gary McMahan Live in Elko, Nevada, Released 2000 by HorseApple Records.
  • Goin' My Way?, Released 2009 by HorseApple Records

Video by Gary McMahan:

  • Gary McMahan Live! Released 1995 by HorseApple Records.

Book by Gary McMahan:

  • Gary McMahan In Poem and Song Released 1997 by The Record Stockman.

Gary McMahan Songs Recorded by Other Artists:


Garth Brooks

  •  A Cowgirl's Saddle - Based on a poem of Gary's from “The Lost Sessions” Pearl Records



 Riders In The Sky

  • Ol' Cowpoke - from "Cowboy Jubilee,' Rounder 0147
  • The First Cowboy Song - from "Always Drink Upstream From The Herd” Rounder 0360


Ian Tyson

  • The Old Double Diamond - from “Old Corrals and Sagebrush,” Story Plain SP5-1106


Chris LeDoux

  • Real Live Buckaroo - from " Songs of Rodeo and Country," American Cowboy Songs
  • The Buckskin Lady - from "Songs of Rodeo and Country," American Cowboy Songs
  • Daydream Cowboy - from "Songs of Rodeo and Country," American Cowboy Songs)
  • Jodie the Rodeo Clown - from "Songs of Rodeo and Country," American Cowboy Songs
  • The Old Double Diamond - from "Songbook of the American West," American Cowboy Songs
  • Back When We Was Kids - from "He Rides the Wild Horses," American Cowboy Songs
  • Rodeo in Montana - from "Thirty Dollar Cowboy," American Cowboy Songs


Dave Stamey

  • The Old Double Diamond - from “Campfire Waltz”, Horsecamp Music.

Juni Fisher

  •  Waitin' for Spring - Winner of the 2008 Western Heritage Award/Wrangler Award National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum 2008 release: “Gone for Colorado”, Red Geetar Records.


Prickly Pair

  • Waitin' for Spring - 2010 release: “Free Rangin’” Cactus Chorale Entertainment, Inc.