Waddie Mitchell

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Bruce Douglas "Waddie" Mitchell (born 1950 in Elko County, Nevada) is an American cowboy poet.[1] He sometimes performs his poems with a guitarist playing in the background.[citation needed] Mitchell has made eight CDs including That No Quit Attitude, Lone Drifting Rider and his most recent, Sweat Equity.He and cowboy singer and friend Don Edwards released The Bard and the Balladeer Live From Cowtown. Mitchell has written four books, Waddie's Whole Load, A Cowboy's Night Before Christmas, Lone Driftin' Rider and a 2015 compilation One Hundred Poems. He was chosen to write a poem describing the West for the 2002 Winter Olympics' Olympic Arts Festival.[2] He is a co-founder of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.[3]

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum presented the 2012 Wrangler Award for Best Original Composition of the year to Guy Porter Gillette (1945-2013) and his brother, William Pipp Gillette (born 1946), sons of the photographer Guy Gillette, for their work on Mitchell's song, "Trade Off."[4]


  • No Quit Attitude.
  • Harsh Words.
  • Dad.
  • The Sum.
  • Sage and Cedar.
  • Piddlin' Pete.
  • The Walkin' Man.
  • Blood, Sweat and Steers.
  • Hard Times Blues.
  • Through the Pain.
  • Say Goodbye to Montana.
  • Desert Pete.
  • Old Nighthawk.
  • Saddle Tramp Philosopher.
  • Experience of Life.
  • Coyotes.
  • Master's Call.
  • Bad Half Hour/ Annie Laurie.
  • Zebra Dun.
  • Home on the Range.
  • Owl Critic.
  • Teepee.
  • For Woody/ The Meadow.
  • Belle of the Ball/ Last dance.
  • Old Prospector/ The Journey.
  • Cattle Call.
  • Story With a Moral.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Waddie Mitchell". Online Nevada Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "That No Quit Attitude". Essays & Poems. Olympic Arts Festival. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Waddie Mitchell". Weber: The Contemporary West. 21 (3). Spring–Summer 2004. 
  4. ^ Perry L. Williams (January 7, 2014). "Guy Porter Gillette". findagrave.com. Retrieved June 30, 2015.