Singer, songwriter, poet and musician, Sam Mattise has been performing professionally for over 40 years.  He hails from Boise, Idaho where he lives with his wife Dorothy on a small ranch in the Boise foothills. Sam retired from the Bureau of Land Management where he managed the Idaho wild horse herds.  He stated, “There’s not much left of the Old West, but managing wild horses was a small window in time of what it used to be. I feel very fortunate to have had this opportunity.”

Sam writes his poetry and music from his life experiences and has performed throughout western United States and Canada.  He was voted the 2006 Singer of the Year for the Cowboy Poets of Idaho.  In 2009 he was inducted into their Hall of Fame and in 2015 he was voted Poet of the Year.  In 2010, Sam and professional photographer Mike Luque, published “Dancing Shadows, Mustangs and Dreams”, a book of great poems and engaging photographs.  In 2012, they published their second book of poetry, “Cowboy Dreamin’ Sunrise to Sunset”.  In 2013, Sam was nominated for Poet of the Year in the Western Music Association.  His poetry cd, “If Old Saddles Could Talk”, was nominated in the WMA as poetry album of the year in 2013 and 2014.  A cd of his songs will be completed in 2017.
Sam enjoys telling stories through his songs and poetry and would love to perform for your group.

Please contact him if you're interested in a performance.  Check out some samples by clickin' on either Sample Poems or Links below.