Martha Scanlan performs with Jon Neufeld in a meadow at the ranch where she works. Dawson Dunning/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Elizabeth LaPrelle sings "Black Is The Color." Hal Cannon hide caption

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D.W. Groethe performs at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev. Jessica Brandi Lifland hide caption

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Open Wide And Say Yee-Haw! Dentist Goes West In Song

A Montana songwriter recounts the tale of his dentist's journey to becoming a cowboy.

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Ian Tyson, pictured with wife Sylvia, wrote "Four Strong Winds" after hearing Bob Dylan perform a new song. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Musician Kristina Olsen says Tibetan prayer flags flying over porches near her home in Venice, Calif., became the inspiration for a song. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Barre Toelken (second from right) at one of his weekly singing sessions with his wife Miko (far right) and friends. Hal Cannon hide caption

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Elmo Ray (left) and Rosemary Scott are members of the Stars of Harmony, an African-American quartet tradition based in Texas. Taki Telonidis hide caption

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