John Lowell Awarded Working Cowboy Song of the Year by International Western Music Association

                                       John Lowell photo by William Campbell


(Livingston, MT) - The International Western Music Association gave out awards on Nov 12th at their conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

John Lowell won “Working Cowboy Song of the Year” for his song “Angus Mackenzie.” The song features a melancholy and regretful Scotsman

who sees being a cowboy isn’t all it was cracked up to be and is featured on his recent release, “She’s Leaving Cheyenne.”

Lowell was nominated twice in the Song category, as well as Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year. “She’s Leaving Cheyenne” was released late in 2021 and was named Album of the Year by Wyoming Public Radio. 2021 also brought Lowell the Grand Prize in the Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest.

“This award means so much to me,” said Lowell from his home in Livingston, Montana. “This was a pandemic project to honor some of the great cowboy songs I’ve grown up listening to. I’m glad the IWMA recognized the original works I submitted and liked the classics I covered.”

John Lowell will take his show on the road early next year, with a stop at the prestigious 30A Songwriter Festival in Florida. He’s also performing in Key West, Orlando, Gainesville and Ocala, then on to Dublin. John will be teaching at the UK Sore Fingers camp this spring, Montana Fiddle Camp, the Kerrvillle Folk Festival in Texas this spring, the Antlers and Acorns Songwriter Festival in Boone, NC this fall, and a German tour. For all concert dates and more information, please go to To listen to John Lowell’s award-winning song, please go to .

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