DW Groethe was born and raised in western North Dakota. Along the way he learned to play the guitar and started writing songs and poems about life out West. In 1991 he pulled stakes, moved to Bainville, Montana, and started working as a ranch hand.
DW Groethe has, over the years, been invited to perform his eclectic assortment of poems and tunes at the Western Folklife Center’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, two National Folk Festivals, the Library of Congress, The Kennedy Center…and a whole lot of grand places all over the West. His poems have appeared in American Cowboy, Cowboy Magazine, RATTLE, The Cowboy Way, Rope Burns; at CowboyPoetry.com; and on the Western Folklife Center and National Public Radio’s What’s in a Song, Ranch Rhymes: Cowboy Poetry and Music from the Western Folklife Center, and The BAR-D Roundup from the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry. He has recorded three CDs and has four other books of poetry, one of which, West River Waltz, won the Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in Cowboy Poetry.