Meet the Performers

Sam Mattise - Boise, Idaho


Singer, songwriter, poet and musician, Sam has been performing professionally for over 35 years. Sam retired from the BLM where he managed the Idaho wild horse herds. Sam writes his poetry and music from his own life experiences and has performed throughout the western U.S. and Canada. Sam was voted the 2006 Singer of the Year for the Cowboy Poets of Idaho, and in 2009 he was inducted into their Hall of Fame. In 2010, Sam and professional photographer Mike Luque, published "Dancing Shadows, Mustangs and Dreams", a book of fantastics photographs and great poems. In 2012, Sam and Mike completed their second book "Cowboy Dreaming - Sunrise to Sunset". 

David Anderson - Ogden, Utah

David Anderson is a home grown Utah boy who has always had a love for music. David started his musical endeavors as a drummer, but when his father asked him to jockey race horses he traded his drums for a guitar because the drums couldn't be packed in the horse trailer. Since his teenage years, David has continued to play and use his talent to cultivate his love of western music.

Today, David is the President of the Western Music Association, Utah Chapter and he loves to share his music with anyone who will listen. He has entertained audiences all across the Western United States at county fairs, festivals, parties and assisted living centers. He has acquired several awards including male vocalist of the year for the Utah chapter of the WMA, and Golden Note award from Cowboy Poets in Idaho. He has also been nominated for songwriter of the year for WMA. David is singing the classics, as well as putting his own western experiences to song to help keep cowboy music alive. 

When he isn't playing his guitar David is a professional Zamboni driver with a true passion in horseback riding and spending time with his f

Ellie Corrigan - Challis, Idaho

In 1935, in a log cabin, nestled in a quiet little valley, seven miles south of Challis Idaho, a baby girl was born. This cabin was pioneer days, a stage coach stop and relay station for teams of horses. To this day Ellie is still using a cow's tail for a compass and remains very active in the ranching and cattle raising business.

In 1987, Ellie, her aunt Roberta Green and sister Ethie started the first Idaho poetry gathering in Salmon, Idaho. Ellie is a member of the Cowboy Poets of Idaho and their Hall of Fame, as well as a recipient of the Silver Quill Award for poetry. Ellie considers all members of CPI as part of her extended family. Ellie's stories are real, and her humor is genuine.


Sam DeLeeuw - 

... This last is the 'real deal'! 
Make no mistake, Sam DeLeeuw knows that she's talking about.

Twenty plus years a rancher's wife; she's herded horses, cows, sheep, and is a two time rodeo queen.

In college, she was the only girl in the Ag curriculum, and was every guys 'favorite date' because she'd help with the branding.

Sam's background gives her all the ideas for her often humorous, but sometimes tear evoking stories. Much of her original poetry is taken from her own family's genealogy; happenings from day to day life.

Her honors and awards are too numerous to mention, but include three time "Female Poet of the Year" from the Western Music Association. Sam has also been awarded with "Humorist of the Year" from the Academy of Western Artists. Her most treasured rewards are the people she's met over the years. Those folks have now become some of her closest friends.


Chris Mortensen - Utah

Chris Mortensen is an experienced songwriter and performer. He has played music for over 45 years in bands, as part of the western trio, Saddle Serenade, and as a solo act. He plays guitar and bass guitar. Chris has written over 60 original songs. His latest CD, the self-titled Saddle Serenadealso features Mary Jo Hansen and Lindsey Oliva, a very talented mother/daughter team. This CD is earning much critical acclaim.

Chris is President of the Utah Chapter of the Western Music Association, and Second Vice President of the Cowboy Poets of Utah. Chris also belongs to the Cowboy Poets of Idaho. His poems and songs can be found on Saddle Serenade music can be purchased on 


Lonnie Shurtleff - La Grande, Oregon


Lonnie grew up in the Owyhee Desert running wild horses as well as running cattle in Oregon's Blue Mountains. Lonnie's poetry and music is largely biographical and reflects on his experiences growing up in the saddle. Years of playing lead guitar in the cowboy hangouts, honky-tonks and bars around the Northwest also play into Lonnie's stories. Lonnie is a member of the Cowboy Poets of Idaho and was awarded their Golden Note Award for his talents in 2012. He is also a member of the Western Music Association.


Mark Seeley - Fremont County, Idaho

A lifelong resident of Fremont County Idaho, Chest, to be exact, once known as Fall River. He became involved in Cowboy Poetry as a fill-in for a friend and through encouragement of some of the greats in CPI, he continues to share his love of this way of life, depicted through his stories and music.

Over the last 25 years Mark's traveled many highway miles performing in eight western states and Canada. Mark has been a featured guest at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. He's participated in several Cowboy Poetry Rodeo’s with top 3 finishes and lastly, has four recordings as the “Fall River Boys”. His latest release “The Last Cowboy” features his works as a solo artist.

Mark has been awarded all three Awards of Recognition by the Cowboy Poets of Idaho, Golden Note, Hall of Fame and the Silver Quill. He is currently a member of the Cowboy Poets of Idaho and a Charter member of the Charley Russell Western Heritage Association. 


Stampede - Utah

From West of the freeway in Northern Utah comes STAMPEDE! a multiple award winning group consisting of the husband/wife team of Steve and Terri Taylor. They have been performing together since 1999 and have played in venues coast to coast and border to border and lots of places in between averaging over 500 performances a year. They have opened for major headliners including Riders in the Sky, Roy Rogers, Jr., The Sons of the Pioneers, Dan Seals, Wylie and the Wild West, Baxter Black, Don Edwards and Waddie Mitchell. They have headlined in major shows in every state in the Intermountain West.


Wayne Hughes - Stanley, Idaho

Wayne Hughes has been singing and playing the guitar for over 50 years. He has been writing songs for over 40 years. Wayne plays a wide variety of instruments including guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, keyboards, multiple brass instruments, and the harmonica. Wayne has a rich baritone voice and has performed all over the U.S.. Although his roots are in country and western music, he also performs and plays many other genres. Wayne currently splits his time between Idaho and Texas.