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Cowboy entertainer ropes poetry award

Staff reports

Truckee cowboy entertainer Larry Maurice received the coveted Will Rogers Cowboy Award from the Academy of Western Artists this summer for Male Cowboy Poet of the Year.

The event is an annual awards show to recognize entertainers, craftspeople and media personalities for their contributions to western life styles and entertainment.

Awards are given for Western music, Western swing music, singers, songwriters and albums.

Individuals are singled out for their outstanding work in entertainment, as well as Western art, Western gear such as saddles, engraving and spur making, male/female vocalists, instrumentalists, etc.

Larry Maurice is a three-time nominee for Cowboy Poet of the Year, and this year won the award from a field of 10 finalists, a who’s who in the cowboy poetry field.

“To be singled out over these outstanding peers is a great honor. I’m overwhelmed,” Maurice said.

Maurice has spent the last twenty years as a cowboy, horse wrangler and packer in the eastern Sierra and the high deserts of Nevada. Over the last few years, Maurice has juggled his need to be horseback with his busy entertainment schedule. An entertainer and poet, Maurice also works to invigorate the history of the American West. He can also be found acting, as an announcer or Master of Ceremonies for rodeos, parades, mounted shooting competitions and film festivals, or singing the national anthem for major sports events.

Maurice recently hosted two television specials for FOX in conjunction with the Reno Rodeo. His one man show, “Cowboy; The Spirit, The Lore, The Legacy” continues to keep him traveling around the country.

For more information about the Academy of Western Artists call (580) 389-5350 or call Larry Maurice at Cross Tip Productions at (530) 582-0600.


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