The Cowboy Cabaret

The Cowboy Cabaret is a blend of poetry, comedy, music, and inspiration. Developed and performed by Steve McAllister, the show includes an interactive component with the audience, allowing them to choose the songs, and the accompanying poems, stories, and anecdotes about “The Cowboy Way.” A Florida native, McAllister has traveled the country in pursuit of his goal of becoming a renaissance man, honing his skills as a writer, poet, performer, and storyteller. Building on his degree in Psychology and experience as a community organizer, McAllister has crafted a performance that is interactive, entertaining, and good for the soul that seeks a rejuvenating and inspiring experience.

Each of the songs in the Cowboy Cabaret repertoire are printed on a custom deck of cards, and each of them has a predetermined poem, story, or anecdote. Audience members are selected to choose the songs that will be performed, resulting in a different show for every performance. With a diverse blend of popular, classic, and original songs, The Cowboy Cabaret asks audiences to take a break from the life that they know, to learn a little about the cowboy way, and maybe find some hope.


Click on some of the highlighted songs below for samples.


Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – The Temptations

All Shook Up – Elvis Presley

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison

Castle On A Hill – Ed Sheeran

Come Monday – Jimmy Buffet

Despacito – Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber

Dixie Chicken – Little Feat

Fade Into You – Mazzy Star

Faith – George Michael

Fight Song – Rachel Platten

Freedom 90 – George Michael

Heroes – David Bowie

I Believe – Blessid Union of Souls

I Believe – SOJA

I Second That Emotion – Smokey Robinson

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Lookin’ For – U2

I’m a Believer – The Monkees

Landslide – Fleetwood Mac

Let It Be – The Beatles

Live Like a Warrior – Matisyahu

Losing My Religion – REM

Love Is My Religion – Ziggy Marley

Love On The Rocks – Neil Diamond

Mad World – Tears For Fears

Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffet

Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin

My Life – Billy Joel

Moondance – Van Morrison

Nothing Comparies 2 U – Prince/Sinead O’Connor

One – U2

One Day – Matisyahu

One More Minute – “Weird Al” Yankovic

Peaceful Easy Feeling – The Eagles

Purple Rain – Prince

Raspberry Beret – Prince

Shameless – Billy Joel/Garth Brooks

That’s Life – Frank Sinatra

The Joker – Steve Miller

The Sound of Sunshine – Michael Franti

The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson

True Colors – Cyndi Lauper/Phil Collins

Valerie – Amy Winehouse

Watching the Wheels – John Lennon

What About Us? – Pink

What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love & Understanding? – Nick Lowe/Elvis Costello

When Doves Cry – Prince

Why Don’t We Get Drunk – Jimmy Buffet

Wild World – Cat Stevens

With a Little Help From My Friends – The Beatles

Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton


Better Way – Ben Harper

Cum On Feel The Noise – Quiet Riot

Diamonds on the Inside – Ben Harper

Don’t Need Anything – Glen Phillips

D’yer Maker – Led Zeppelin

Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poisin

Follow Through – Gavin Degraw

Free – Gavin Degraw

Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty

Here I Go Again – Whitesnake

I Don’t Wanna Be – Gavin Degraw

Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ – Journey

One More Minute – “Weird Al” Yankovic

Punk Rock Girl – Dead Milkmen

Straight To Hell – Drivin’ n Cryin’

Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley

Sweet Home Sarasota – Lynryd Skynryd-ish/Steve McAllister

Thank You – Led Zeppelin

Wanted Dead or Alive – Bon Jovi

We Are The Champions – Queen

We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister

With My Own Two Hands – Ben Harper

What’s Up? – 4 Non Blondes

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – Rolling Stones

You May Be Right – Billy Joel


Desperado – Eagles

Drivin’ My Life Away – Eddie Rabbit

Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash

I Can’t Help It If I’m Still In Love With You – Hank Williams

I Love a Rainy Night – Eddie Rabbit

I Love You Period – Dan Baird

I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash

I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Hank Williams

I’ve Always Been Crazy – Waylon Jennings

If I Had a Boat – Lyle Lovett

Jambalaya – Hank Williams

Long Gone Lonesome Blues – Hank Williams

Long Haired Country Boy – Charlie Daniels

Lovesick Blues – Hank Williams

Some Days Are Diamonds – John Denver

Waffle House Jesus – John Corbin

Wagon Wheel – Bob Dylan/Old Crow Medicine Show

We Shall Be Free – Garth BrooksWhen You Say Nothing At All – Alison Kraus


Angel From Montgomery – John Prine/Bonnie Raitt

Be Here Now – Truman Adams

Beautiful World – Colin Hay

Closer to Fine – Indigo Girls

Dear Abby – John Prine

Don’t Bury Me – John Prine

Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen

Hippie Chick – John Corbin

Leavin’ On A Jet Plane – John Denver

Political Science – Randy Newman

Romeo & Juliet – Dire Straits/Indigo Girls

Shimmer – Shawn Mullins

The Times They Are a’Changin’ – Bob Dylan


Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Monty Python

Somewhere Over the Rainbow – The Wizard of Oz

Spider Man – TV Theme Song

Suddenly SeymourLittle Shop of Horrors soundtrack

The Bare Necessities – The Jungle Book soundtrack

The Rainbow Connection – Paul Williams/Kermit the Frog

You’re the One That I Want – Grease soundtrack

You’ve Got Time – Regina Spektor


Are You Searching Too – Steve McAllister

Breathe – Steve McAllister

Fly Home – Steve McAllister

Forgive Me – Steve McAllister

Happy – Steve McAllister

I’ll Try – Steve McAllister

If Only – Steve McAllister

Long Crawl – Steve McAllister

Lookin’ At Me – Steve McAllister

Lost As Me – Steve McAllister

Mystery – Matt Corbin/Steve McAllister

9/11/01 – Matt Corbin/Steve McAllister

On The Road – Steve McAllister

Reveal It In Me – Steve McAllister

San Andrea’s Fault – Steve McAllister

Steve – Steve McAllister

Sweet Leaf Serenade – Steve McAllister

The Game – Steve McAllister

The Prodigal’s Lament – Steve McAllister

These Are the People That Made Me – Steve McAllister

Why Did I Chase You Away? – Matt Corbin/Steve McAllister

The Cowboy Cabaret can also be combined with Steve’s other show, Will Rogers Revived. Watch below to see how the two shows evolved.


Steve McAllister