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Elko District Office
Release Date: 09/10/13
Contacts: Gary Koy , 775-738-1849 ,
News Release No. ELDO 2013-068

Romancing the West at the California Trail Interpretive Center

ELKO, Nev. - Cowboy Poet and Radio Personality Garnet “Butch” Martin and Singer/Songwriter Christina Duane will perform selections of songs and poetry from their critically acclaimed documentary concert “Romancing the West” at the California Trail Center Sunday, September 15, 2013 from 2 to 3 p.m. The performance is part of their five-state “Garnet and Velvet” tour.

Butch Martin is known as one of this country’s most beloved “Cowboy Poets and Balladeers.” His Western voice is recognized around the world as he paints the stories of miners and cowboys through his songs of our great land and the people living here.

Christina Duane, co-founder of pop/rock duo Velvet Bleu, carries on the musical legacy of her ancestors and is known to her peers as a “Trobairitz” after the 12th century women songwriters who bore the title. Her powerful lyrics and haunting Celtic folk style voice have moved audiences who feel the intensity of her stories that celebrate the history, mystery, and romance of the American Old West.

The duo narrates, produces and performs “Romancing the West” every spring and summer to take audiences on a 240-year journey through time using imagery and music. To learn more, go to

The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is eight miles west of Elko on Interstate 80 at Hunter exit 292. Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Visit or call (775) 738-1849 for more information.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 09-10-2013