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James E. "Hoot" Gibson

James E. "Hoot" Gibson

James E. "Hoot" Gibson

Born in Brady, the geographic heart of Texas, James E. "Hoot" Gibson is a true Texas American original.

Beginning in childhood as he and his brother tended the family's cows, through high school and college rodeo, working cattle ranches of south Texas and later raising, training and shoeing horses, Hoot Gibson has made it a priority to honor the cowboy way of life.

That respect, along with horsemanship skills honed over the years, culminated in a 2,500 mile horses back ride he led in 2004 from his home in Bandera, Texas, to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

He and two partners arrived at the Calgary Stampede to international media attention and the admiration of Canadians from Vancouver to Nova Scotia. Gibson's Texas music and cowboy poetry traveled with him every step of the way.

"My daddy taught me how to hold my fingers on the guitar strings when I was just a kid," he says. His first public performance? "I sang in the kitchen for my mother." These days he performs in jam sessions, at events like the National Day of The American Cowboy and 'round the campfire to the delight of tourists who also enjoy his home cooked cowboy breakfasts.

He's recorded two CD's and has received air play on American and Canadian radio. Cowboy poetry is central to his repertoire and much of it comes out of his own life experiences. "Top of The Ridge" is a horse's tribute to his cowboy. “Old Man Paul”, a sense memory from childhood, is a lesson in kindness to one and all. From his all state athlete days, to college years at Tarleton State, the years working on and around oil rigs in Texas, Pakistan and Italy, Hoot Gibson always promoted the image of the Texas cowboy.

Rough Cuts Hoot Gibson - Poem at the fire