Wayne Nelson was one of my best friends ever and one of the finest singers, songwriters and poets I know of.
Sadly, he passed away a few years ago but his music and poetry live on.
I perform several of his songs and I'm one of those who
regularly does "Snowville".
All who knew this wise and gentle man miss him and I have retained his page on this site because, as long as things like this exist
...so does he.
WAYNE NELSON was raised on family ranches in Lava Hot Springs and Blackfoot, Idaho.
He's also worked on ranches; farms; in mines and spud houses all across the Snake River Plains.
Retired now from his work at JR Simplot Co and ranching, he resides on a small place in the
Sunbeam Creek area of American Falls dedicating most of his time to writing and performing music and poetry
based on his experiences and life in the west.
"My songs, poems and stories are about people I rode with when I was growing up
and the interesting history of our area. They've taught me so much I feel it's my duty to immortalize them
in words and music, like a sculptor or artist in bronze or on canvas."
Nelson's music many times starts out as poetry or stories which seem to take the natural course of
becoming Cowboy or Western songs. He's also asked many times what the difference is in his style as opposed to
Country&Western/Nashville music. He likes to quote a friend of his, "Country Western music is about a cowgirl
doing somebody wrong, Western music is about a COW doing somebody wrong!"
Nelson found a place for his works in the Cowboy Poetry & Music Gatherings throughout the west and up into Canada around 1991.
He not only performs in them; he also promotes and assists in a growing number of gatherings in his home state.
Nelson was a long standing member of Cowboy Poets of Idaho, Inc. and was a board member for Region 5 (Magic Valley area)
Nelson's poem SNOWVILLE, published in several books and magazines and also on a self-produced CD, is said to be destined to
become a classic and
is currently being recited by others at gatherings throughout the west. Several songs he had written, such as
DRY VALLEY WALTZ; SPRINGTIME IN IDAHO; RUSTLER'S BLUES and DADBURNED GUITAR are being performed or recorded by such notable
performers as; Wyoming Red, Terry Raff, Grubline Riders, Saddle Strings, and Sharky Schaur of Canada.
His songs STOCK DETECTIVE and MONTE THE NIGHT CALVER are favorites of cow savvy folks. At present, Waynr is the only member
in CPI's history to have received the coveted Golden Note award for
outstanding music and the time honored Silver Quill award for outstanding poetry. Wayne was also inducted into the
Cowboy Poets of Idaho Hall of fame, making him the only "triple crown" winner.
Springtime in Idaho
Scatter My Ashes
Two Sides of Lonesome
Hundred Years Ago
Ropes and Sixguns
Ticket to the Sky
Dry Valley Waltz
Monte the Night Calver
Diamond Field Jack
Tibo and the Bear