The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Eight,
is a special
"...without peer...intelligently produced... I
equate them to one of those Ken Burns specials, like his Civil
War, Jazz, or Baseball....the best of the best.
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Eight (2013) is a double CD compilation of vintage and contemporary recordings of some of the best Christmas cowboy poetry.
Track list for The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Eight (2013)
1. CHRISTMAS WALTZ Buck Ramsey (1938-1998)
from Buck Ramsey: Hittin’ the Trail, SFW40002, courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways, used by permission (2003); cowboypoetry.com/buckramsey1.htm
2. OLD TIME CHRISTMAS (Bruce Kiskaddon, 1878-1950) Jay Snider
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; jaysnider.net
3. MERRY CHRISTMAS (Bruce Kiskaddon, 1878-1950) Gail Steiger
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; gailsteiger.biz
4. THREE WISE MEN (S. Omar Barker, 1894-1985) Red Steagall
courtesy of Red Steagall; redsteagall.com
5. THE LEGEND OF LITTLE BUDDY THE CHRISTMAS STEER DW Groethe
courtesy of Dakota Air, from a live broadcast December 7, 2012, dakotaairtheradioshow.com; 406 -769-2312
6. HERE’S TO THE COWBOYS Pat Richardson
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; cowboypoetry.com/patrichardson.htm
7. CHRISTMAS SERENADE J.W. Beeson
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; email@example.com
8. DESERT COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS Carole Jarvis
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; cowboypoetry.com/carolejarvis.htm
9. BOLEY’S CHRISTMAS (J.B. Allen, 1938-2005) Jerry Brooks
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; firstname.lastname@example.org
10. SPECIAL CLASSIC RECORDING
A COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS PRAYER (S. Omar Barker, 1894-1985) Jimmy Dean (1928-2010)
from Jimmy Dean’s Christmas Card (1965), under license from SONY Custom Marketing Group, SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT; cowboypoetry.com/sobarker.htm
11. GOOD GIFT Waddie Mitchell
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; Waddie’s Word Publishing, BMI; westernjubilee.com
12. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURN (Charles M. Russell, 1864-1926 ) Andy Hedges
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; andyhedges.com
13. DESERT FLOWERS (Sharlot Madbrith Hall, 1870-1923 ) Amy Hale Auker
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; amyhaleauker.com
14. THE CHRISTMAS TRAIL (Charles Badger Clark, Jr., 1883-1957) Don Edwards
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; donedwardsmusic.com
15. BRINGIN’ HOME CHRISTMAS Jo Lynne Kirkwood
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; cowboypoetry.com/jlk.htm
16. PRAIRIE SILENT NIGHT Jim “Curly” Musgrave (1943-2009)
from Cowboy True (2000); curlymusgrave.com
17. WILBUR’S CHRISTMAS GIFT Rodney Nelson
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; cowboypoetry.com/rodneynelson.htm
18. SHEPHERDS OF THE RANGE (S. Omar Barker, 1894-1985) Linda Kirkpatrick
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; cowboypoetry.com/lk.htm
19. DRYLANDER’S CHRISTMAS (S. Omar Barker, 1894-1985) Terry Nash
from December Stragglers (2013); terrynashcowboypoet.com
20. THE COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS BALL (William Lawrence Chittenden, 1862-1934) Jim Cathey
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; cowboypoetry.com/jimcathey.htm
21. PREPARATION Don Kennington
from The Last Nail (2004) ; cowboypoetry.com/donkennington
22. BEST GIFT I’VE HAD IN YEARS Yvonne Hollenbeck
from Sleigh Belles (2010); yvonnehollenbeck.com
23. GIFTS IN THE HAY Deanna Dickinson McCall
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; deannadickinsonmccall.com
24. PRAYER COMES EASY IN A BARN Paul Kern
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; paulkern.com
1. CHRISTMAS AT THE HOME RANCH (Bruce Kiskaddon, 1878-1950) Keith Ward
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; dutchcreektrails.com
2. CHRISTMAS TURKEYS Jane Morton
from Turning to Face the Wind (2006); cowboypoetry.com/janemorton.htm
3. SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS Georgie Sicking
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; cowboypoetry.com/sicking.htm
4. ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: THE COWBOY VERSION Trey Allen
from Cowpoke (2002); 785-477-3514
5. SANTA MUST BE A SHOER Andy Nelson
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; cowpokepoet.com
6. SANTA CLAUS AND THE COWBOY Elizabeth Ebert
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; cowboypoetry.com/elizabethebert.htm
7. CHRISTMAS GIFT—A SACK OF DREAMS Sam DeLeeuw
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; cowgalpoet.com
8. SEEIN’ IS BELIEVIN’ Janice Gilbertson
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; cowboypoetry.com/jgilb.htm
9. COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS LAMENT C.R. Wood
courtesy of C.R. Wood (2011); email@example.com
10. CHRISTMAS WEEK IN SAGEBRUSH (Earl Alonzo Brininstool, 1870-1957) Ken Cook
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; kencookcowboypoet.com
11. LINE CAMP CHRISTMAS LETTER (S. Omar Barker, 1894-1985) Dick Morton
from Cowboy Classics (2006); cowboypoetry.com/dickmorton.htm
12. CHRISTMASTIME AT THE COW CAMP Dick Gibford
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; 805-722-0425
13. THE GIFT Robert Dennis
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; dennisranch.worpress.com
14. HIGH PLAINS CHRISTMAS Hal Swift
from Holiday Poems (2005); cowboypoetry.com/halswift.htm
15. ‘NEATH A CHRISTMAS EVE SKY (Rod Nichols, 1942-2007) Jim Thompson
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; livewithjt.com
16. HAPPY DAYS (Rhoda Sivell, 1874-1962) Susan Parker
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; susanparkerpoet.com
17. CHRISTMAS IN ALBERTA Doris Daley
courtesy of Doris Daley; dorisdaley.com
18. CHRISTMAS BENEATH THE STARS Colen H. Sweeten, Jr. (1919-2007)
from Pick of the Litter (2004); cowboypoetry.com/colensweeten.htm
19. A CHRISTMAS THOUGHT Slim McNaught
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; slimscustomleather.com
20. NO CONTEST Stan Tixier
from The Best Lookin’ Horse (2003); cowboypoetry.com/stantixier.htm
21. SERMON ON THE MOUNT Virginia Bennett
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; bennettspurs.com
22. SEEING IS BELIEVING Diane Tribitt
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; cowboypoetry.com/tribitt.htm
23. A COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS EVE Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”)
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup; buckshotdot.com
24. SILENT NIGHT Bruce Matley (“Nevada Slim”)
from Christmas Shoppin’ at the General Store (2010); nevadaslim.com
25. CENTER FOR WESTERN AND COWBOY POETRY RADIO PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (PSA)
by Totsie Slover, host of The Real West from the Old West; realwestoldwest.wordpress.com
Alphabetically, the voices on these CDs include these poets and reciters:
Amy Hale Auker
Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”)
Jo Lynne Kirkwood
Deanna Dickinson McCall
Bruce Matley (“Nevada Slim”)
Jim “Curly” Musgrave (1943-2009)
Colen H. Sweeten, Jr. (1919-2007)
And the words of these additional poets are recited by others:
J.B. Allen, 1938-2005
S. Omar Barker, 1894-1985
Earl Alonzo Brininstool, 1870-1957
William Lawrence Chittenden, 1862-1934)
Charles Badger Clark, Jr., 1883-1957
Sharlot Madbrith Hall, 1870-1923
Bruce Kiskaddon, 1878-1950
Rod Nichols, 1942-2007
Charles M. Russell, 1864-1926
Rhoda Sivell, 1874-1962
All rights are reserved by the artists and owners of the included tracks.
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Eight is produced by the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry with generous funding support from the Margaret T. Morris Foundation, Laura and Edmund Wattis Littlefield, Jr., and sustaining donors.
Special thanks to Bette Ramsey; the estate of S. Omar Barker; Margaret Allen; Colen Sweeten III; Judith Nichols; Kathleen Musgrave; Smithsonian Folkways Recordings; SONY Music Entertainment; Clive Romney; Merrill Piepkorn and Dakota Air; Jim Nelson and the Noble family; Tom Morgan; Karen Ahmed; DW Groethe; Jerry A. Brooks; Bill Siems; Paul Kern; Clear Out West (C.O.W.) radio; Totsie Slover; Jarle Kvale; Tommy Tucker; Charley Engel; Waynetta Ausmus; PJ and Dallas McCord; Alf Bilton; Chris Waddell; Andy Nelson, engineer and co-producer (with Margo Metegrano); Little Buddy; and to all the poets, reciters, families, publishers, and organizations for poetry and permissions.
The BAR-D Roundup is dedicated to all those who proudly carry on the ranching tradition.
About the cover art and inside photo for The BAR-D Roundup: Volume 8 (2013):
The BAR-D Roundup cover images have been vintage photos of poets or their forebears. Inside each year's CD, a contemporary ranch photo is featured.
For this special Christmas CD, the cover is a photo of "Little Buddy," from the Granley Ranch near Bainville, Montana, who is featured in DW Groethe's poem, "The Legend of Little Buddy the Christmas Steer."Designer Chris Waddell added his touch to the photograph.
photo by DW Groethe
Little Buddy and the heifers
photo by DW Groethe
Little Buddy in the snow
Inside the Christmas CD there's a photograph of the annual live Nativity at Dick Noble and Jim and Tina Noble Nelson's Flying U Ranch, in Cora, Wyoming. The Flying U Ranch has been under the stewardship of the Noble family for five generations.
hoto courtesy of Jim Nelson
hoto courtesy of Jim Nelson
We welcome photo submissions for future editions of The BAR-D Roundup. Cover images will be vintage family cowboy and ranching photos, and inside, contemporary ranch family photos will be featured. Email us for information about sharing your family photos.
The Center's Cowboy Poetry Week celebration—recognized by unanimous U.S. Senate resolution and by twenty-three states' governors and officials—is held each April during National Poetry Month. Each year, The BAR-D Roundup CD and the celebration's poster (by top Western artist Shawn Cameron in 2013) are offered to libraries in the Center's Rural Library Project. The outreach program is a part of the Center’s commitment to serve rural communities and to preserve and promote our Western heritage.
We need your support to continue and expand these programs. Read below about how you can be a part of it all.
Order Information for The BAR-D Roundup
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Eight double CD is $25, postpaid ($35 international)
The other CDs are $20 postpaid ($25 international), and there are special offer discounts.
Volume Eight (2013)
a 2-CD set
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Eight, a 2-CD set, is available, postpaid, for a $25 donation ($35 international), and is offered as a premium to donors of $40 or more ($60 international).
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The BAR-D Roundup (2006)
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Two (2007)
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Three (2008)
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Four (2009)
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Five (2010)
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Six (2011)
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Seven (2012)
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Listen to (and download) the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry Public Service Announcements
Each volume of The BAR-D Roundup includes an audio Public Service Announcement (PSA):
Listen to the 2013 30-second public service announcement from the CD by Totsie Slover, host of The Real West from the Old West weekly radio show.
Listen to the 2012 30-second public service announcement from the CD by Linda Kirkpatrick, poet, reciter, and writer (www.lindakirkpatrick.net) with background music by DW Groethe.
Listen to the 2011 30-second public service announcement from the CD by Brenn Hill, popular cowboy singer, songwriter, and poet (www.brennhill.com).
Listen to the 2010 30-second public service announcement from the CD by Joe Baker, radio host and proprietor of the Backforty Bunkhouse (www.backfortybunkhouse.com).
Listen to the 2009 30-second public service announcement from the CD by Baxter Black, top cowboy poet and philosopher (www.baxterblack.com).
Listen to the 2008 30-second public service announcement from the CD by Francie Ganje, radio host and director of South Dakota's Heritage of the American West show.
Listen to the 2007 30-second public service announcement from the CD and to an expanded 60-second version, both by poet, humorist, and radio host Andy Nelson.
Email us for audio clips for your broadcast or web site (or download them directly).
How to submit a poem for consideration for future compilations
As co-producer Andy Nelson has quipped, we need a CD as big as a pizza to include all of the poems we'd like to include on the annual cowboy poetry compilation CD.
Selections are made by invitation, and from the CDs in our library. You are welcome to submit a CD or a track by mail for consideration. The receipt of such submissions will be acknowledged, but we regret that we don't have the resources to comment further on CDs or tracks. All CDs and tracks that are received are listened to and considered.
If you've submitted a CD previously and want to suggest a particular track for consideration, please email us with that information.
As always, we're looking for quality: well written poems, well recited, on a professional-quality recording. These CDs are a growing archive of the best contemporary and classic recitations. Their focus is the real working West.
Also, for this project, there are these considerations:
the track must be royalty-free for unrestricted radio play
you must own complete rights to any poetry and music on the track
poetry must be your original poetry or be in the public domain or be used with written permission (supplied to us) by the author, who must also be willing to permit reproduction of the track, without compensation or royalties
any background music must be your original music, or be in the public domain; we cannot include tracks with licensed music
The CD is offered to rural libraries, is distributed to radio stations for air play, is used as a premium for supporters of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, and is sold.
Those donating tracks receive copies of the recording. There is no additional payment and no royalties are paid.
We're continually considering selections for forthcoming annual compilation CDs.
Send submissions to: CowboyPoetry.com, PO Box 1107, Lexington, VA 24450.
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