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Gathering, Van Horn Texas
The 2012 Crossroads gathering
showed us that while there is a lot of
agritainer support, we just do not have the
local support for the event in to be
beneficial to the performers.. After
searching various options, we have decided
to move the Crossroads Gathering to Benson,
Arizona. This move should be helpful as it
will only be 45 minutes from Tuscon.
For those of you not familiar with our
format it is a "bit" different, but if you
are wondering if it is worth it or not,
check with one of the agritainers making
repeat visits to Crossroads!
Be sure to read our mission
statement and bylaws
to see what we are about!
- No formal application,waiting or
politics to worry about, just fill out the
form below and you are in! (we are limited
to 40 acts, but if we are filled, you are
still welcome to join in the open jams and
still sell your cd's and books!)
- Top 5 performers from music and
poems/storytelling will appear in the finals
show on Saturday night. We are working on
getting other gatherings to hire from our
pool of talent, and hopefully we will get
some of the Arizona event to participate.
- Judges consist of a poet, singer and
non-performer Gary Fuentes who judges from
the standpoint of an audience member. We
strive not only for fairness, but also to
let performers know where they can improve
(For instance last year two performers were
holding the mics at stomach level or
standing a foot away from the mic and
couldn't be heard)
- We strive to create an atmosphere of no
politics. Last year was our 4th year and we
had agritainers who have made it for 3 out
of 4 years. This group of people network and
have actually gotten gigs for other
can sell their cd's and books. If you don't
sign up to perform but want to hit the open
jam sessions, you can still sell them out of
- The only ticketed session we are having
this year is the finals show and dance. ALL
proceeds from this show & dance will be
donated to the Benson county FFA to help the
kids in their agricultural endeavors.
- Open jam sessions on Thursday and
Friday night are just that, open to anyone
showing up wanting to do a song, poem or
story. These jams are also open to anyone
wanting to just listen and give you an
opportunity to sell your cd's or books and
build a fan base.
To perform at Crossroads, you don't have to
fill out an application and wait to see if
you are accepted or not. All you have to do
is fill out the form below.
One of the fun things at Crossroads that
tests the creativity of all agritainers is
our Title Challenge. The agritainers wanting
to participate in this all write a poem,
song, or story with the same title and
perform it at Crossroads. Absolutely amazing
the wide range of material that comes from
the same title!We take donations to raise
money for this event which goes to the
winner. This year's title should be
especially fun as the title is "Under the
The 2013 gathering will be held in
conjunction with the winter series finals of
Ranch Roping Association on Easter
weekend. Jj Kartcher will be hosting us at
the River Basin
Ranch where the roping will occur.
She is in the process of working on fitting
in a jackpot ranch roping so the ropers in
our group of agritainers will get a chance
to rope as well.
J.j Kartchner of the River Bend Ranch is
helping us with PR and getting (at the
least) discounted rooms. Currently she has a
block of 30 rooms set aside for us at the
Days Inn in Benson (520-586-3000)
When you sign up you will receive a
confirmation email with the code to get
As we are going to a new
location, and are short on time, we will be
replacing the dinner show with an open jam
session and donating the money from the
dance to the Benson FFA.
The judges this year will be
Gary Fuentes, from Van Horn, Texas, judging
from an audience member's perspective.
Fisher, from Sea Tac, Washington will
be judging from a poets perspective. This
will be his third time participating in
Terry Holder, from Pecos, Texas will
be judging from a singer's perspective.
Terry has appeared on the Crossroads stage
for two years, and will also be donating his
time to play for the dance.
Kathy Fisher is coming with Dave from Sea
Tac to act as Baliff and score keeper.
If you would like to perform at Crossroads,
just fill out the form below.
- Buck Helton is
making his 4th appearance at Crossroads! Buck
is not only our emcee, but he was the very
first person to ever sign up for Crossroads
and is making this his 4th trip to Crossroads!
Argento is back from Reno, Nevada, for
the 4th time with his special brand of "tuned
up and twisted" cowboy poetry.
- Harold Roy
Miller is also coming back to Crossroads
for the 4th time from Stagecoach, Nevada.
Roper is also making a 4th trip to
Crossroads from Hotchkiss, Colorado. This gal
write a song and belt it out!
- William Shaw is
another Arizona Cowboy poet who will be making
his second appearance at Crossroads.
- Dennis Knill is a
cowboy singer out of Apache Junction, Arizona.
- Will Merrit is
another cowboy singer from Arizona
Chair Band is made up of Todd, Melinda
and Dani Sue raise 'natural' Angus beef at
their ranch at the base of the Superstition
Mountains in Queen Valley. Making their second
appearance and last year's song title
challenge winners, they look forward to the
new location in AZ!
- Doug Figgs
is a cowboy, farrier and horseman and singer
out of New Mexico making his second appearance
Farnsworth is a great cowboy poet from
Colorado making his third appearance at
Crossroads in 2013
- Charlie Ware is
another great cowboy poet out of Colorado
making his third appearance on the Crossroads
- The Rounders
featuring Dennis Knill and Rusty Weiss, both
out of Apache, Arizona. If anyone wants a bass
backup at Crossroads, be sure to let Rusty
know! (He's the one on the left)
Markstrom is a cowgirl singer who splits
her time between Arizona and West Virginia.
- David Dill is a
Texas Cowboy poet making his second appearance
at Crossroads. He is also going to give
lessons on making rope halters, or he can make
one up for you on the spot!
Jane Morton is an Arizona cowgirl poet who was raised on a 19,000 acre Colorado ranch.
Morton is Jane's husband who worked
on her dad's ranch. They have both
performed all over the west!
- "Cactus" Mike
Mosman is an old desert rat poet and
guitar picker out of Texas
- Mountain Saddle
Band out of the White Mountains near Sho
Lo, Arizona have a sound like the famous
Sons Of The Pioneers!
- Curly Butts is a
Texas Cowboy Poet making his second
appearance at Crossroads. With a name like
his, he has to have the same sense of
humor as a boy named Sue!
Deardorff is a cowgirl singer from Tucson,
She believes that music is a gift from God to
be given again...to the listener.
Please fill out the form below if you would like to entertain at Crossroads in 2013!