Country music, cowboy poetry provide enjoyable evening for Craig arts patrons at Luttrell Barn |

Country music, cowboy poetry provide enjoyable evening for Craig arts patrons at Luttrell Barn

Randy Hoyt performs during Luttrell Barn Cultural Center's “A Western Music Cowboy Poetry Show."
Andy Bockelman

A rustic, newly restored venue proved a successful spot for an evening of cowboy culture Saturday night, and the stage could be set for more shows to come.

Luttrell Barn Cultural Center hosted “A Western Music Cowboy Poetry Show,” a showcase of area country performers representing International Western Music Association-Colorado Chapter.

Susie Knight served as emcee for the evening on behalf of the musical organization, introducing such acts as Dennis Russell, Randy Hoyt and Tom and Donna Hatton with guest Dan Park.

Performers sung and strummed country and folk tunes, as well as reciting snippets of spoken word pieces, some of which were comedic and others a more serious salute to the rural lifestyle.

With a crowd of about 100 split between the upstairs stage and a video feed available on the ground floor, the space was packed.

Amy Hoyt was present to take in her father Randy’s set with three children in tow, who, despite among the youngest audience members, were just as entertained by the stories and songs.

“They enjoy seeing their grandpa since they’ve grown up listening to him play. They really get into it,” she said.

The entire evening was one she enjoyed thoroughly.

“It’s funny, and it’s heartfelt because you can tell they’re putting their all into it while they express how they grew up. It’s like history,” Amy Hoyt said.

Randy Hoyt was also honored with the Top Hand Award, in the form of a belt buckle. As president of IWMA’s Colorado chapter, Knight said Hoyt had done the most of area members to help promote the organization and recent shows, including the Craig event and a similar show in Steamboat Springs earlier this summer.

Knight added she was impressed with the look of the Luttrell Barn and its progress coming back as a venue.

“This is remarkable, this old barn, it’s a very intimate space,” she said.

A portion of the admission for the evening will go back to the Luttrell Barn’s continued renovations, including increased handicapped accessibility.

As part of the foundation working to keep bringing the Moffat County structure back to its former glory, Delaine Voloshin said she hopes the spot will be the site of more performances in the future.

“We wanted to see how this would go first since we had a couple options,” she said. “I didn’t have any problem selling tickets. They went fast.”

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