McKay Creek Cowboy Gathering – August 20, 2022

Performing Artists

2022 McKay Creek Cowboy Gathering Lineup

Gates open at 2pm – Donations at the gate

3:00 – Kathy Moss

3:45 – Appaloosa

4:45 – Tom Swearingen

5:30 – Olivia Harms

6:30 – Rick Steber

6:45 – Wampus Cat

7:45 – Summer Dean


Texas based recording artist Summer Dean is as authentic as they come. The acclaimed singer-songwriter owns the stage from the moment she struts into the spotlight, captivating audiences across the country with her sly wit, Southern charm and soulful songcraft.  Night after night, her down-home dynamism illustrates exactly why she’s a highly sought after artist and opener for the likes of Marty Stuart, Asleep at the Wheel, Colter Wall, Charley Crockett and Mike and the Moonpies.

The seventh generation Texan’s roots run deep and proud — not only in the Lone Star soil, but also in the grand tradition of the state’s sonic storytellers, timeless talents like Willie Nelson, Robert Earl Keen or Kris Kristofferson. Dean grew up listening to the greats on her family’s ranch, and she now easily takes her place alongside them.

Look no further than her superb sophomore album, Bad Romantic, which showcases her ability to spin yarns both amusing and affecting. The record, cut to tape at Fort Worth’s storied Niles City Sound, includes her collaborations with Colter Wall (who duets with Dean on “You’re Lucky She’s Lonely”), Robert Ellis, Whitney Rose and Brennen Leigh.
Critics are captivated by Dean’s unique blend of vulnerability and verve, with Texas Monthly calling Dean “among the state’s first-rate sonic artisans” and Wide Open Country saying, “She’s not content to wait around for doors to open — she’ll bust them down herself.” Indeed, what you see is what you get with Summer Dean. She makes real, raw country music, performed by a talent so undeniable it’s not a question of “if,” but “when.”

Singer-songwriter Summer Dean makes it clear that she’s not content to wait around for doors to open. She’ll bust them down herself with a cowboy boot and a soulful honky tonk twang.” —Bobbie Jean Sawyer, Wide Open Country


Matt and Rachel Wilson, or Wampus Cat as they’re known when they get to rockin’, are a pair of original stars from the skies of HORSES on the Ranch. They hail from Silver Lake, real ranch country in Southern Oregon, where they’ve raised a beautiful family and have lived the life alongside horses and cattle, enriched by music and traditional bunkhouse crafts. These favorites have brought their soulful, joyful music to grace our stage each year.


Rick Steber, nationally acclaimed speaker and the author of more than 50 books with sales exceeding two million copies, has received national acclaim for his writing. His numerous literary awards include the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Western Novel, Western Heritage Award, Benjamin Franklin Award, Mid-America Publishers Award, Oregon Library Association Award and Oregon Literary Arts Award. Five of his books have been optioned to movie production companies.

In addition to his writing, Rick is an engaging Western personality and speaker. He has the unique ability to make his characters come alive as he tells a story. He has spoken at national and international conferences and banquets. He visits schools where he talks to students about the importance of education, developing reading and writing skills, and impressing upon them the value of saving our history for future generations.

Rick Steber’s books are featured in the showroom at Rick Steber – MAKERS, a collaborative community that includes a talented group of Central and Eastern Oregon artists and artisans producing traditional Western items – pine needle baskets, leather tooling, jewelry, art, saddle making, woodworking, ironwork, Native cradleboards and beadwork and much, much more.

Located at 131 N E 5th Street, Prineville, Oregon.


Olivia Harms was born Western Music royalty, but the rhinestone cowgirl has stepped out on her own to craft a sound that is equal parts Bakersfield, Texas, and Nashville country. The daughter of Western Music Hall of Fame member Joni Harms, Olivia grew up on a 150-year-old farm in Canby, Ore., and made her first appearance on stage when she was two days old. Her mother had labor induced so she wouldn’t miss her show. Twenty-six years later, Olivia is following in her creative bootsteps and basing herself out of Weatherford, TX.  

Olivia’s second album “Rhinestone Cowgirl” is available now. Produced by D. Scott Miller, the 11-song collection calls out to the cowboys, name-drops George Strait, swings through Buckaroo territory and packs plenty of twang and steel guitar. Olivia co-wrote every song. “I was going for a very traditional country vibe, but with some Bakersfield and of some country-western swing to bring back honky-tonks.” Olivia explained. “I think it boiled down to very traditional ‘90s-style country.”


2019 International Western Music Association Male Poet of the Year

2020 Cowboy Poetry Book of the Year “Reflections”

“Tom Swearingen tells stories of the people and land of the American West through original cowboy poetry that is often inspired by his own experiences and observations from the saddle. Some are humorous, others serious, and all entertaining. Tom brings his stories to life with rhythm and rhyme and a storytelling style that makes him a popular performer not only at cowboy gatherings and horse camps, but at libraries, historical centers, and wherever else you find folks who appreciate the cultural heritage of the West.”


Singer/Songwriters, Dottie and Eli Ashley, invite you to enjoy their melodic, soulful and original music. Whether performing as a Duo, Trio or larger configuration, they are classified as an “Americana” group. The vibe is Folk and Country, and Appaloosa provides a soft and beautiful blend of sweet harmonies and enjoyable, easy-listening lyrics and beautiful guitar work. They are also known for their timely and evocative “socially conscious” songs, much in the vein of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, John Prine and Bob Dylan. Appaloosa definitely gives you fun with toe-tapping “old country” guitar tunes along with a contemporary Folk Artist feel.


2021 IWMA Female Poet of the Year

2020 IWMA Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year

2019 IWMA Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year

From the International Western Music Association webpage: “Kathy Moss is an authentic western woman who can ride cutting horses, train wild mustangs and write the experiences of those around her. She has cowboyed in the Oregon desert of Southern Oregon, calved cows in Eastern Oregon. And dedicated her life to understand horse communication… Painting pictures and capturing emotion through the words, Kathy writes what she sees creating a vision for those who read or listen to her. From her poetry to her novels she captures the American west in a contemporary style, with the respect of western living and awareness of horse communication.”

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