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Merry Christmas to all!

Below we list some new and classic Cowboy Christmas books and music and we leave a list for Santa with some of the things we'd like to find under our own tree.

 

 

Visit our daily Christmas celebration, where we add new poetry, 
news, and features daily during the season. 

 

Our award-winning anthology, The Big Roundup, is the perfect gift for everyone on your list.  Shipping is quick and easy.

Preview The Big Roundup here.  
There's order info here.

"Here's a perfect holiday gift...."
Brooke Demetz Oklahoma Today

"An entertaining and heartwarming collection of modern and classic
 Cowboy Poetry.  A wonderful treasury, including many of my favorites."  
Don Edwards, America's favorite Cowboy singer 

 "Cowboy poetry provides an important link to my own rural roots.  The Big Roundup is a fine collection of cowboy poetry -- old and new."
The Honorable Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor, author of Lazy B

"...a wonderful addition to our cowboy poetry collection..."
Randy Williams, Curator, Fife Folklore Archives

"From the classics to contemporary, Cowboy Poetry is alive and represented well in The Big Roundup anthology.  The 'Best of the West' section is a great information source for folks looking for a directory of events and places representing our Art Form."  
Chris Isaacs, the Cowboy's Cowboy humorist and poet, 
Rhymes, Reasons and Pack Saddle Proverbs

and more praise here.....

 




 

Some recent books and recordings we'd like to find under the BAR-D Christmas tree...

 

Where Sagebrush Grows by Darin Brookman
Cowboy Poetry: Turning To Face the Wind
by Jane Morton
City Boys
by Andy Hedges
Sunday Creek
by Jeff Streeby
Pat Richardson, Unhobbled
by Pat Richardson
In the Company of Horses
by Virginia Bennett
Where the Buffalo Rhyme
by Yvonne Hollenbeck, Jess Howard, Rodney Nelson,  and Elizabeth Ebert
Range & Romance by Curly Musgrave
Wild and Woolly Western Verse and other Sagebrush Yarns by Sam Jackson
Hapless Trails to You and Son of a Gun Stew by Dennis Gaines
 Arizona Herstory: Tales from Her Storied Past by Dee Strickland Johnson (Buckshot Dot)
Time Not Measured by a Clock by Carole Jarvis
Cowboy Poetry, the Reunion, edited by Virginia Bennett
Whispers of Voices by Tom and Donna Hattom
 Knockin' Down Fences with Mike Puhallo, Tammy Gislason, Matt Johnston and others 
All About Cowboys for Kids by Bethany Zill

(Santa, we've been good!)

 


  Where Sagebrush Grows by Darin Brookman


Outstanding poetry by Darin Brookman, with the impressive art of working cowboy Brian Asher throughout, with an introduction by Phil Martin and words "About the Artist" by Red Steagall.  Read some of the poems, all listed here and see our book review here.

Available for $23 postpaid from:

Pair'a Spurs Press
Rt. 2 Box 20
Hollis, OK 73550

And:

A special, limited (50) hardcover edition signed by Darin Brookman and Brian Asher is available for $95 from the Oklahoma address above:


Cowboy Poetry:  Turning To Face the Wind by Jane Morton

Jane Morton's Cowboy Poetry: Turning to Face the Wind includes over 75 poems and photographs that tell the story of her family's Colorado ranch. Read a number of the poems, all listed here. See our review here


2004

Contact Jane Morton by email or send $19.95 per book plus $4.50 shipping and handling. (Please add $1.00 for each additional book ordered) to:

Jane Morton
12710 Abert Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80908

And it is:


ahCityBoys.jpg (13148 bytes)   City Boys, by Andy Hedges

Andy Hedges' describes his long-awaited music CD: "City Boys is a collection of both traditional and contemporary cowboy and folk tunes. It includes my original song "City Boys," new songs by Andy Wilkinson (who also produced the album!), a Rod Taylor song, obscure cowboy tunes, Celtic songs, old folk tunes, Sacred Harp Shape Note music, and songs by Bob Dylan and Don McLean."  Read the lyrics to the title song, liner notes, and more here.

You can order the album directly from Andy Hedges for $17 (postpaid): Andy Hedges, Rt. 5 Box 29, Brownfield, TX 79316 or order on line:


sunday_creek_color_cover.jpg (12749 bytes)   Sunday Creek by Jeff Streeby

Jeff Streeby's Sunday Creek is a collection of "posthumous monologues" in verse from the inhabitants of Montana's fictional Sunday Creek, tales that span over 150 years. This A limited proof edition with 58 characters and notes (178 pages) is  sure to be a collector's item.  Read  excerpts and reviews in our feature here.

Sunday Creek is available for $15.95 postpaid from Jeff Streeby, 35497 Ivy Street, Yucaipa, California, 92399  (909)797-6296 email.  


  Pat Richardson, Unhobbled by Pat Richardson

The bad boy of Cowboy Poetry and AWA Poet of the Year has an award-winning book of his poetry and his impressive illustrations.  Read some of the selections and our review here.


2004

available for $15, postpaid from Pat Richardson; 562 Breeze Avenue; Merced, California 95348; 209/722-4612 email 

and


  In the Company of Horses by Virginia Bennett

Virginia Bennett describes her book: "107 poems reflecting a lifetime well chosen, well spent, in the presence of these noble creatures.  Including 30 previously unpublished works, 25 photos, introduction and textual notes on most poems." In The Company of Horses also includes a chapter of cowboy poetry for cowkids, titled "Whistle Britches," complete with photos. Read some of her poetry here and our review here.

Available for $18.95 postpaid from Virginia Bennett, PO Box 216, Paso Robles, California 93447  

also available
 from Red Steagall's General Store 
and


  Where the Buffalo Rhyme by Yvonne Hollenbeck, Jess Howard, Rodney Nelson,  and Elizabeth Ebert

Where the Buffalo Rhyme (named by Baxter Black) was recorded live in October, 2003 at the Boss Cowman Cowboy Opry in Lemmon, South Dakota (Jim Thompson, of Live With Jim Thompson! and Heritage of the West is the emcee) and features these four top poets in one of the most enjoyable poetry CDs of all time.  See the track list here and our review  here.

The CD is available from any of the four poets for $15. You can order from Yvonne Hollenbeck, 30549 291st Street, Clearfield, South Dakota 57580 - 605/557-3559 email. And it is:


  Range & Romance by Curly Musgrave

The best yet from everybody's favorite cowboy singer, WMA Performer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year  and AWA Entertainer of the Year and Top Western Musician Curly Musgrave.  See a track list and some of the lyrics, and more here.

$17 postpaid from:

Curly J. Productions
PO Box 512
Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352


  Wild and Woolly Western Verse and other Sagebrush Yarns by Sam Jackson

A collection of Sam Jackson's meticulous, always-entertaining poetry, with nearly 70 poems in 166 pages and an essay, "Writing Cowboy Poetry," The illustrations, photos, and the cover art are by his talented wife, Renee Budge Jackson.  Read some of Sam Jackson's poetry here and read our review here.

Available for $14 plus $2.35 first class postage from Sam Jackson, 4675 E. Vermillion Avenue, Kanab, Utah 84741.  

And it is:



Dennis Gaines, TeePee City Productions, Hapless Trails to You   Hapless Trails to You and   Son-of-a-Gun-Stew by Dennis Gaines

One of the most impressive performances we've seen, Hapless Trails to You is now available on DVD. Dennis Gaines says he works to "expand the definition of cowboy entertainment to include full-fledged, colorful cowboy short stories" and his performance shows how he has mastered this art.  

Available for $19.20 for Texas residents, $18.20 for others, postpaid from TeePee City Productions, 120 Hartshorn Drive, Kerrville, TX 78028-7607,  (830) 896-5598 email and SilverCreek Books & Music

Son-of-a-Gun-Stew: A Texas Cowboy's Gather won the Academy of Western Artists' Will Rogers Award for Best Cowboy Poetry CD. Read some of Dennis Gaines' poetry here and read our review here.

Available for $19.20 for Texas residents, and $18.20 for others, postpaid, no additional postage for orders of 2-10 CDs.  TeePee City Productions, 120 Hartshorn Drive, Kerrville, TX 78028-7607,  (830) 896-5598 email and 

 

 


   Arizona Herstory: Tales from Her Storied Past by Dee Strickland Johnson (Buckshot Dot)

An impressive work that celebrates the history of her beloved native state in verse, with careful scholarship, captivating tales, photos, drawing, and no small amount of humor. Read some of Buckshot Dot's poetry here and our review here.


2004


The book is available at her
web site and it is:

 



  Time Not Measured by a Clock by Carole Jarvis

She tenders her world and her experiences in impressive prose and poetry -- and every word rings true. Nearly fifty of original poems and stories (and a few by her cowboy husband Dan), illustrated with Carole's photos and sketches by Larry Bute.   Read some of Carole Jarvis's award-winning poetry here and our review here.


2004

The book is available from Cowboy Showcase ($19.95 postpaid) and directly from Carole Jarvis, 43909 West Highway 60 Wickenburg, Arizona 85390.  



cpreunionbk.jpg (25377 bytes)  Cowboy Poetry, the Reunion, edited by Virginia Bennett

Released "In honor of the 20th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering recently celebrated in Elko," the majority of the seventy-five poems by seventy-five writers are from those who have graced the stage at Elko.  See our feature about the book, which includes the introduction and contents here. See our review here.

 

Available from the publisher:

Amazon, and other sources



whisperstdh.jpg (14002 bytes)  Whispers of Voices by Tom and Donna Hatton

Tom and Donna Hatton's compelling CD, Whispers of Voices, starts with a crack of lightning, followed by Donna Hatton's exquisite a cappella singing. You are held in its spell through beautifully haunting and moving tales and songs -- many based on Donna and Tom Hatton's family histories and their area's history -- "whispers of voices carried by the wandering winds of time."  Original and classic songs and poems performed by the Hattons with vocal and musical accompaniments of Jon Chandler and Ernie Martinez make for a truly unique listening experience. The work of co-producer Scott Martin and sound engineer Steve Avedis reflects the strong team behind this production. Joe Baker is right on target when he says, "Whispers of Voices will change your conception of cowboy poetry and western music forever."  Read more and see the complete contents here.  

The CD is available for $16 postpaid from: 

White Owl Productions
230 Ute Trail
Woodland Park, CO 80863


knockinmp.jpg (89332 bytes)  Knockin' Down Fences with Mike Puhallo, Tammy Gislason, Matt Johnston and others 

This showcase of fine writers and musicians includes both experienced old hands and new young talent (Aimee Petterson is just 15 years old and was nominated as Female Vocalist of the Year by the BC Country Music Association).  Careful thought went into the ordering of the pieces and the entire production results in a perfect mix of music and poetry. Read more about it and see the contents here.  

To order contact Mike Puhallo at
(250) 579-5667
mikepuhallo@direct.ca


  All About Cowboy for Kids by Bethany Zill

This music CD includes songs from the acclaimed All About Cowboys for Kids videos and more. Bethany Zill sings classic and original Western songs, including "Wait for the Wagon," "All About Cowboys," "Where the Cowboy Calls His Home," "She'll Be Comin' Around the Mountain," "Home on the Range" and other tunes.  Read more in our feature here.

Available for $12.95, plus postage, from the All About Cowboys for Kids web site or call 800-892-2822

 


 

The Big Roundup (the perfect gift!)
with a chapter of Christmas poems

  


 

A Selection of Cowboy Christmas Books and Recordings

 

Mostly Poetry and Stories

Cowboy Christmas Mem'ries, Rod Nichols and Gene O'Quinn
Christmas Waltz, Buck Ramsey
A Charlie Creek Christmas & Other Wint'ry Tales of the West, D. W. Groethe
A Cowboy Christmas, Anne Tempelman-Kluit (editor)
Wilbur's Christmas Gift, Rodney Nelson
A Cowboy's Night Before Christmas, Waddie Mitchell
Christmas Poems, Waddie Mitchell
Christmas Tractor, Cindy Ladage and Jane Aumann

 

Mostly Music

Merry Christmas (from Our Camp to Yours) by Jean Prescott, Chris Isaacs, Buck Ramsey, Sky Shivers
Andy Wilkinson
Christmas in the West with Sons of the San Joaquin, Herb Jeffries, Don Edwards, Suzy Bogguss, Waddie
Mitchell, Michael Martin Murphey, Riders in the Sky and Marty Robbins
An Ordinary Christmas, Andy Wilkinson
Cowboy Christmas
, Michael Martin Murphey  
Cowboy Christmas III
by Michael Martin Murphey
Acoustic Christmas Carols, Michael Martin Murphey
Christmas the Cowboy Way, by Riders in the Sky

 


Mostly Poetry and Stories

christmasmemcd.jpg (17807 bytes)  Cowboy Christmas Mem'ries by Rod Nichols and Gene O'Quinn

This CD of Christmas Cowboy Poetry, Cowboy Christmas Mem'ries "invites the listener to travel back to a simpler time and observe Christmas with the Cowboy as written by Rod Nichols and read by Gene O'Quinn."  See our review here.

Poems included are:

Christmas Mornin' Coffee
Christmas Round the Campfire
A Cowboy Christmas Carol
Christmas at the Bunkhouse
The Storekeep's Christmas
Christmas at Miz Mary's
Christmastime in Texas
A Christmas Mem'ry
The Christmas Story
Cutter Bill's Bar
Ol' Ebb
Christmas Without Snow
Christmas at Line Camp
Rockin' Horse Cowboy

with Billy Curtis on guitar and John Pickul on harmonica


  Christmas Waltz, Buck Ramsey

This beautiful poem by one of the greatest Cowboy Poets is presented in a small hardcover book. The book is now out-of-print.  Read the poem here.

Available at Amazon and The Western Folklife Center


 

 

 

  A Charlie Creek Christmas & Other Wint'ry Tales of the West by D. W. Groethe

 

This book is a work of art in words and illustration, with hand-lettered poems, black and white and hand-colored illustrations 
by Scott Nelson and D. W. Groethe.  It includes 7 poems, including A Charlie Creek Christmas..

Available for $10 postpaid from:

D. W. Groethe
PO Box 144
Bainville, MT 59212


  A Cowboy Christmas, edited by Anne Tempelman-Kluit

A collection of stories and poetry, with poems by S. Omar Barker and others, including David Kelley; stories by Will James, Charles A. Siringo, Andy Adams, Roy Rogers and others; "Stubby Pringle's Christmas" by Jack Schaefer; recipes and much more in a 134-page softcover book.

Available at Amazon and other outlets


Wilbur's Christmas Gift, by Rodney Nelson

A touching poem in a hardcover book from two North Dakota ranchers.  Written by poet Rodney Nelson with illustrations by Scott Nelson, and dedicated to "all mothers who have taught their children the importance of a gift--whether big or small, given or received."

Available for $10.00 plus $2.50 postage from Rodney Nelson, 4905 44th St., Almont, ND 58520  701/843-8081


  A Cowboy's Night Before Christmas, Waddie Mitchell

An original poem in a small hardcover book.

 

Available at SilverCreek Music and Books, Amazon, The Western Folklife Center, Gibbs-Smith and other sources


Christmas Poems by Waddie Mitchell

Poems from Waddie's annual Christmas cards, with Illustrations by Larry Butte..

Available at Waddie Mitchell's Western Jubilee site, The Western Folklife Center, Amazon, and other sources


  Christmas Tractor by Cindy Ladage and Jane Aumann

The third collaboration by Jane Aumann and Cindy Ladage, this children's book is about a "too-little" girl who wants to help get the family tractor ready for the Christmas parade.

Available at Cindy Ladage's web site


 

Mostly Music

 

  Merry Christmas (from Our Camp to Yours), Jean Prescott, Chris Isaacs, Buck Ramsey, Sky Shivers

 1. A Cowboy Christmas Prayer
 2. The Gift
 3. Silent Night
 4. Christmas Waltz
 5. A Cowgirl's Christmas Wish
 6. The Christmas Song  7. Luke, Chapter 2, Verses 1-19
 8. Mary's Lullaby
 9. White Christmas
10. The Christmas Pageant
11. We Wish You A Merry Christmas 


 
  An Ordinary Christmas, by Andy Wilkinson

A unique "celebration of death and rebirth" from a master.  Read more including reviews at Andy Wilkinson's web site.  

All songs written by Andy Wilkinson:

 1. Ground-tied
 2. When the Cottonwoods are Yellow
 3. The Letting-go of Leaves
 4. Both Sides of Living
 5. Vin Santo
 6. The Morning Side of Winter
 7. Hot Coffee
 8. The Day of the Christmas Ball
 9. Coffee at Camp on a Christmas Eve
10, We Angels Sang to the Shepherd Boys
11. Christmas on the Palo Duro
12, Christmas Medley
13. The Prayer that Stilled the Radio
14. The Longest Night of the Year
15. An Ordinary Christmas
16. The Tumbleweed Christmas Tree
17. After the Tree is Down
18. I Am Lifted
19. Into the Spring
20. Snowin' again in Lubbock

With Barry Corbin and musicians Tina Carraway, Joe Carr, Steve Cooper, Alan Crossland, Pernie Fallon, Mark Gillespie, Rusty Hudelson, Kenny Maines, Lloyd Maines, Haillye Miller, LaTronda Moyers, Alan Munde, Cori Lynn Ross, Lesley Sawyer, Cody Seaton, George Stelluto, Jordan Walker, Lucky, and Andy Wilkinson

Available from YellowHouseMusic.com 


  Christmas in the West with Sons of the San Joaquin, Herb Jeffries, Don Edwards, Suzy Bogguss, Waddie
Mitchell, Michael Martin Murphey, Riders in the Sky and Marty Robbins 

 1. Sleigh Ride/Jingle Bells Medley
 2. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
 3. Deck The Halls
 4. Everyday Is Christmas In The West
 5. Silent Night
 6. Jolly Old St. Nicholas/The Christmas Letter
 7. Winter Wonderland
 8. White Christmas
 9. Away In A Manger
10, I'll Be Home For Christmas

Available from SilverCreek Music and Books and Don Edwards' site and The Western Folklife Center


  Cowboy Christmas III by Michael Martin Murphey

  1. Are You Going Home For Christmas?
  2. The Old Times Christmas
  3. Draggin In The Christmas Tree
  4. The Kill Pen
  5. Doc's Morning Star Ranch Christmas Trilogy
  6. The Cowboy Christmas Prayer
  7. The Night Before Cowboy Christmas
  8.  Riding The River STYX

Available at Michael Martin Murphey's site 


  Cowboy Christmas, Michael Martin Murphey  


      1. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day/Old Time Christmas  
      2. Jolly Old St. Nicholas/The Christmas Letter  
      3. The Creak of the Leather  
      4. Christmas on the Line   
      5. Sleigh Ride/Jingle Bells   
      6. The Christmas Trail   
      7. Merry Texas Christmas to you All 
      8. Ridin' Home on Christmas Eve  
      9. Corn, Water, and Wood  
     10. The Cowboy Christmas Ball 
     11. Polka Medley: Good King Wenceslas/Under the Double Eagle/Redwing/Golden Slippers 
     12. Christmas Cowboy Style   
     13. The Santa Claus Schottische/Up on the House Top/The Sweetheart Schottische/Oh Susannah/Up on the House Top 
     14. Two-Step 'Round the Christmas Tree  
     15. Two Step Medley: Cotton-eyed Joe/Deck the Halls/Buffalo Gals//Soldier's Joy/The Girl I left Behind Me/ Deck the Halls
     16. Log Cabin Home in the Sky  
     17. Waltz Medley: O Christmas Tree/Put Your Little Foot/Westfalia Waltz/Over the Waves/O Christmas Tree  L
     18. Pearls in the Snow 
     19. Good Night Ladies/Auld Lang Syne/The Christmas Dance

Available at Michael Martin Murphey's site and SilverCreek Music and Books and Amazon and other outlets


  Acoustic Christmas Carols, Michael Martin Murphey

      1. Home, Sweet Home   
      2. O Little Town Of Bethlehem   
      3. The First Noel   
      4. In The Bleak Midwinter   
      5. 'Twas In The Moon Of Wintertime   
      6. Away In A Manger   
      7. Joy To The World   
      8. It Came Upon The Midnight Clear   
      9. We Three Kings   
      10. Go Tell It On The Mountain   
      11. Silent Night   
      12. What Child Is This  
      13. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day   
      14. Home, Sweet Home (Reprise)

Available at Michael Martin Murphey's site, SilverCreek Music and Books, The Western Folklife Center , Amazon and other sources



Christmas the Cowboy Way, by Riders in the Sky


       1. Corn, Water And Wood  
       2. Let It Snow/The Last Christmas Medley You'll Ever Need To Hear
       3. The Christmas Yodel   
       4. Sidemeat's Christmas Ball  
       5. The Prairie Dog Christmas Ball   
       6. The Friendly Beasts   
       7. Virgen Maria  
       8. I'll Be Home For Christmas  
       9. An Old Fashioned Christmas Polka 
      10. The Twelve Days Of Cowboy Christmas  
      11. Just Put A Ribbon In Your Hair 
      12. O Come, O Come Emmanuel  

Available from the Riders in the Sky siteSilverCreek Music and Books, Amazon, The Western Folklife Center, and other sources


 

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