Lloyd Shelby is a Texan, first, last, and always. He was raised in Texas and Oklahoma during the last century with all the silver screen cowboys. Lloyd lived the cowboy life by training horses, being a farrier and attending Agricultural school at Oklahoma State.
He began writing at an early age and never stopped. Lloyd has performed at all places great and small, from groups around an evening campfire to The National Cowboy Hall or Fame, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, and Cal Farley Boys Ranch in Texas, where he says working with these boys and girls has been the highlight of his career.
The Academy of Western Artists awarded “Rainman”, Lloyd’s second book, its first ever Will Rogers Medallion Award in 2002. The CD of the same name has received critical acclaim and has been nominated for Poetry CD of the year. Lloyd was nominated for Rising Star Storyteller/Humor and Male Poet of the Year in 2003. Lloyd is also the Official Cowboy Poet for the world famous George Ranch in Richmond, Texas.
Lloyd writes about the personal parts of a cowboy’s life and loves and he enjoys touching the soft spot in all of us. To quote Lloyd, “Our job as poets and performers is to evoke feelings, real emotions, from our audiences and readers. If we put our passion into our work, others should be able to feel it as we do.”
“Cowboy Kids” is a program Lloyd has started in Texas to work with fourth through seventh graders. Cowboy Kids works through the local school districts to promote our Texas and cowboy heritage and to encourage the students in their writing skills, specifically poetry of the cowboy genre.
Lloyd is known for his dramatic stories about early Texas and the famed Texas Rangers, as well as his heart warming poems of his animals and loves. Young and old alike enjoy this “descendent of Davy Crockett” and his warm style.