The saying, "You can’t keep a good man down," might well apply to cowboy poet Diamond Doug Keith.
The Domain resident is opening for Oak Bluff’s Michelle Anseeuw and her band, The InClines, who are performing Sweet Dreams of Patsy Cline at the LSCU Complex in La Salle on Sat., April 19.
Keith is thinking of the date as his comeback show.
There’s a chance the 54-year-old might have to be wheeled into the building, but he’s determined to take the stage again after a serious accident that landed him in hospital for two months.
"I told Michelle that she could wheel me there on a hospital bed if necessary," he joked.
Keith was forking hay for his horses at the barn on his Rhymin’ Diamond Ranch near Domain on Jan. 11 when he heard a crack and he collapsed.
Lifting the weight of the hay had caused a major tendon in his left leg to tear — the same tendon that tore in his right leg about three years earlier while he was training a horse.
Luckily for Keith, the temperature that morning was a balmy -11 C and not the -45 of the previous day.
Unable to stand or crawl, he had to use his feet to slowly pull himself back to the house so he could call for help.
Keith, who is a founding member of the Triple Cross Brand Cowboy Christian Ministry, feels that he was granted a reprieve by a higher power, and he’s eager to get back on his feet and in front of an audience.
He plans to select material that will complement Anseeuw’s overview of Cline’s life through narration and song.
"I want to talk about the history of cowboy poetry and how it still exists today," he said, adding that cowboy poetry and Aboriginal artwork are said to be the only truly original North American art forms.
But Keith said he also wants to make his show entertaining with humorous poems and short stories called "windies."
Tickets for the show are $20 and available at the La Salle Co-op, Access Credit Union in Oak Bluff, La Salle Insurance at 30-2855 Pembina Hwy. and from Anseeuw at 204-895-1646 or firstname.lastname@example.org