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LONNIE SHURTLEFF  

"THE ECLECTIC COWBOY"

Promoting traditional values through Western Music and Cowboy Poetry

"Whether it is to a large or small audience, he does it right, and will not disappoint. Great showmanship and musicianship."  W. Rampton

“Where he ran in his youth, unkempt and uncouth, unbridled, barefoot and free…”

THEN HE DISCOVERED GUITARS!

Unique cowboy-flavored entertainment, music, poetry, and unlikely stories 


Lonnie grew up running mustangs in the Owyhee Desert where Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada bump into each other, and cattle ranching in the Blues.  It was “Wild horses and saddles and rawhide riatas…”, then he discovered guitars!


His melodic guitar style and unique vocal approach evolved out of years in cowboy hang-outs -- places with names like the “Stirrup Room”, the “Silver Saddle”, and “The Old Corral”.


His poetry is largely autobiographical reflecting his experiences growing up in the saddle, including,  "What  Is a Cowboy", "The Five Year Old", and "Cowboy Toyota". 


MEMBER COWBOY POETS OF IDAHO

MEMBER WESTERN MUSIC  ASSOCIATION

My old grey mustache was just about right

But it didn’t come easy, it was a real  fight

Trimmed up too short, I was some Dapper Dan

Let it go long, I looked like Yosemite Sam

 

But I finally figured out just how to do it

I'd stand in front of the mirror but with my back to it

And holding another in my good left hand

I'd trim the opposite side from where I stand.

 

There ain’t very much hair under my hat space

But it seems to grow fine on the front of my face

Just under my nose is a fertile spot

Though the top of my head is apparently not

 

One night a while back a most worrisome dream

Had me blowing my nose and eating ice cream

Then on toward morning, it was shredded wheat

When I awoke, it was gone, chewed off plumb neat

 

Each hair was chewed off just as neat as you please

Not a single long hair left to curl or to tease

And after looking around, even under my pillow

I never could figure just where that hair did go

 

I’ve been reading books on good health and nutrition

‘Cause I need to lose weight and I’m hopin’ and wishin’

The answer might lie in protein and fiber

‘Cause I'm pretty sure this old body’s got grey hair inside ‘er

Hadn't been for guitars...I mighta been a brain surgeon...or a nuclear physicist...lol

Is this what real cowboys do...build fence?  My       son Jean and I sometimes do shows together!

The Great Mustache Event

Granddaughters are pretty sweet...family is what its about!

"What is a Cowboy?" live at the La Pine Rhubarb Festival

LIVE AT THE CIMARRON COUNTRY MUSIC THEATER

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 "The old Strat feels good in my hands...don't get to play it much anymore..."

         LONNIE "THE ECLECTIC COWBOY"

For unique cowboy-flavored entertainment, music, poetry, and unlikely stories, please consider engaging Lonnie the Eclectic Cowboy for your next corporate function, dinner occasion, campfire gathering, calf branding, or necktie party. It will be a memorable occasion!

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541.969.9805

541.969.9805

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