"Rockin HW combines the talents of Michael Whitaker and Alan Halvorson in their performance of traditional and original Cowboy Poetry and Western Song. Striving to preserve the Cowboy tradition and Western life, these Cowboys amble down the trail of the Old West and gallop across the open range of the Modern Day Cowboy. Rockin HW performs extensively across the West from Washington to Arizona. Along the way, they take time in the small towns to sit a while, maybe with a cup of 'cowboy coffee', read the local paper small and swap stories with the locals. Michael Whitaker's book, "The Gathering" was an AWA nominee for best cowboy poetry book, 2006." CD,"Runs in Our Blood" was nominated as one of the 10 best Cowboy Poetry CD,s by the Western Music Association for 2007. "A Night 'Round the Wagon" was finished in the top 10 in 3 categories for 2008. Recipients Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Group/Duo of the year award 2010.