Music: Cowboy musician Pop Wagner at YWCA Aug. 9

Pop Wagner performs Aug. 9 at the YWCA ballroom in Bellingham.
Pop Wagner performs Aug. 9 at the YWCA ballroom in Bellingham. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Renaissance cowboy musician Pop Wagner has quite the reputation as a singer, guitar picker, fiddler, lasso twirler, ballad singer, poet, and downright funny guy. He has appeared frequently on Public Radio's “A Prairie Home Companion,” and worked his cowboy magic throughout 44 states and 10 countries over the past 40 years.

He performs at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at the YWCA Ballroom, 1027 N. Forest St.

His cowboy anthems crackle with the warmth of a prairie campfire and his old-time fiddle tunes set toes a-tapping while he serves up spellbinding rope tricks and tall stories, all with a good dose of friendly humor.

Raised up in Roy Rogers country in Yellow Springs, Ohio, his musical yearning and learning came from his grandfather’s banjo playing and the folk music boom of the ’60s, and his passion for horses, cowboying and rope tricks came along the way.

Cowboy singer Glenn Ohrlin first taught him how to work the lariat, and later, with insight from his buddy Sean Blackburn, Wagner began weaving humor and stories into his rope work, stretching it out as Will Rogers used to do.

Doors open 6:30 p.m. Admission is $15.

More about Wagner: popwagner.com. Event details: 360-733-5960.