Western Music Association
“Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year”
2014 and 2015 Finalist!
International Western Music Association 2018 Top-5 Male Cowboy Poet of the Year.
Tom Swearingen tells stories of the people and land of the American West through original cowboy poetry that is often inspired by his own experiences and observations from the saddle. Some are humorous, others serious, and all entertaining. Tom brings his stories to life with rhythm and rhyme and a storytelling style that makes him a popular performer not only at cowboy gatherings and horse camps, but at libraries, historical centers, and wherever else you find folks who appreciate the cultural heritage of the West.
Tom is two-time winner of the National Finals Rodeo Cowboy Poetry Week Contest, and has been nominated by both the International Western Music Association and the Academy of Western Artists as Male Cowboy Poet of the Year. His Horses and Happiness CD is a two-time IWMA finalist for Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year. His Rhyme ‘Em Cowboy! CD debuted on the Summer 2016 Western Radio Charts as the #2 most played poetry album, and has been recognized as a finalist for IWMA 2018, 2017 and 2016 Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year.
Tom’s latest CD Rhyme ´Em Cowboy! named finalist for International Western Music Association 2018, 2017 and 2016 Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year!
As with his debut CD Horses and Happiness, a two-time finalist for Western Music Association Poetry CD of the Year, Rhyme ´Em Cowboy! was professionally recorded during a live performance. Rhyme ´Em Cowboy! includes the title track plus Teddy Franke is One Tough Hand, One to Ride the River With, Steens Mountain Cow Camp, Spot On Perfect Balance, Mystery of Superstition Mountain, The Visit, Ten Days in December, Dogies in Our Band, For the Coffee Creek Inmate Quilters, Well Howdy Little Feller, Just a Solitary Chimney, Pendleton Round-Up Wagon Train, Scotty’s Christmas Tree, Save, Replanted Roots, and When a Horse Hoof Hits the Ground for a total of 17 original poems.
Tom and his wife live in Tualatin, OR and can often be found riding their horses in Oregon’s backcountry.