The Lawmen

Real Name:
Mark Atnip
According to "The Denver Eye", the Lawmen were a "Taylor’s Supper Club act" and "all actual Jefferson County lawmen and clearly an entertaining act!" On the cover of their first album, "Live at Taylors", they are – from left to right in front – "Sheriffs John Ray (sic), Bo Cottrell & John Grout!"

The Lawmen were fixtures at Taylor's Supper Club, located at 7000 West Colfax in Denver for many years during the late 60's through the 70's.

Comprised predominantly of Bo Cottrell, John Grout and John Roy during their recording years, they were supplemented by a variety of local talent (often from the ranks of Law Enforcement) including Noel Fryberger (who appeared on their first singles on the Cartay label in 1971) as well as Eddie Johnson (of Gary and Eddie, another Taylor's Supper Club favorite) and Steve Phelps, both of whom appeared with Cottrell for occasional Lawmen performances through their final appearance in 2016.

The group had a night club/comedy entertainment style that was a favorite of the Denver night club scene. (Frey, Terry: 77. Denver, the Broncos, and a Coming of Age. Taylor Trade Publishing, 2008)

The Lawmen released four albums and five singles, including (We've Got A) Darn Good Country, which was a favorite of President Richard Nixon, resulting in an invitation to the White House and a private performance in the Oval Office.

Live At Taylors
Special Delivery
Cops And A Cajun
Live At Leavenworth

(We've Got A) Darn Good Country/The Code (I Am My Brother's Keeper)
The Ballad Of Billy Guest/The Silent Majority
Little Britches/Lake City, Colorado
The Song I Never Wrote/Another Way
Ugly Girl/No Name


The Lawmen Discography Tracks


5341 The Lawmen - Live At Taylors album art The Lawmen Live At Taylors(LP, Album) Cartay Records 5341 US 1969 Sell This Version
SS 1847 The Lawmen - Cops And A Cajun  album art The Lawmen Cops And A Cajun (LP, Album) Not On Label SS 1847 US 1979 Sell This Version
7556-1 The Lawmen - Special Delivery album art The Lawmen Special Delivery(LP, Album) Turnkey Records 7556-1 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

5337 The Lawmen - The Ballad Of Billy Guest album art The Lawmen The Ballad Of Billy Guest(7") Cartay Records 5337 US 1971 Sell This Version
none The Lawmen - The Code ( I Am My Brother's Keeper) / (We've Got A) Darn Good Country album art The Lawmen The Code ( I Am My Brother's Keeper) / (We've Got A) Darn Good Country(7", Single) Cartay Records none US Unknown Sell This Version