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We'd gathered up a herd of longhorns bound from Abilene
A peddler came out to the camp selling notions that we'd need
Among the things he had to sell was a Bible old and worn
Ol Coosi said I'll take it, we'll have church on Sunday morn

                                                                     from Church at the Wagon

 

Fletcher Jowers is a premier Cowboy Singer and Songwriter of pure Cowboy music. His authentic Texas Cowboy approach to music has warmed the hearts of his fans throughout the West. more...

About Fletcher Jowers

Selected Lyrics

Recordings and Video

Contact Information

 


About Fletcher Jowers 

Fletcher is a premier Cowboy Singer and Songwriter of pure Cowboy music. His authentic Texas Cowboy approach to music has warmed the hearts of his fans throughout the West.

He has been featured at Cowboy events such as The Western Heritage Classic, The Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, The Great Pikes Peak Cowboy Poetry Gathering (there awarded the prestigious Dick Spencer Memorial Award), The New Mexico Cowboy Poetry Gathering, The National Cowboy Symposium, The Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, The Cowboy Hall Of Fame, and The Academy Of Western Artists' Awards Ceremony.

Fletcher has been nominated for Entertainer Of The Year, Male Vocalist Of The Year, Song Of The Year as well as Album Of The Year.

He co-authored, along with Red Steagall, the great song "Sleepin' In My Leggin's Tonight" which was on Red's Wrangler Award winning project Dear Momma, I'm A Cowboy. He also wrote When The Roses Bloom Next Spring, a cut on Red's project Love Of The West.

Fletcher was a principal actor/singer along in the short film/musical video Ol Cowboys And Dreamers produced by Peter Lippman (1-800-OL-COWBO). The 40-minute video is described as "
A new vision of the West comes alive in this musical journey, as told by America's favorite cowboy singers.  Follow the adventures of two romantic travelers, trying to escape their past -- and instead finding their future. "Ol' Cowboys & Dreamers combines original music with classic storytelling to paint this portrait of the West.  You'll be entertained by country stars Charlie Daniels and Becky Hobbs, plus the great Cowboy Singer/Songwriters Will Dudley, Fletcher Jowers, and Ian Tyson. Featuring exclusive, never-before-seen music videos and five original songs."

Fletcher has released four projects, Songs Of A Texas Cowboy, Sing Me A Cowboy Song, Still Riding High, and Church at the Wagon.

Fletcher has lived the life of a cowboy, working on several ranches throughout the West. These days, Fletcher's first love is praising the Lord at the Cowboy Church of Ellis County, Waxahachie, Texas and secondly singing and writing cowboy songs.

Selected Lyrics 

When The Roses Bloom Next Spring

Ol Snake

A Memory of Jim

 

When The Roses Bloom Next Spring

It's an early frosty morning and the campfire's burning hot
I can smell the coffee making in an old black outlaw pot
Old Coosi's yelled the second time it'll soon be time to go
It was cold out there on guard last night and it looks like it might snow

I'm up here in Montana and the folks are all so nice
They call the land "The Big Sky", it's a cowboy paradise
But I miss my home in Texas and the one that waits for me
I'll be going home to Jenny when the roses bloom next spring

We're camped along the Yellowstone there's beauty everywhere
The snowcapped Bighorn mountains tell me wintertime is near
The cattle all are doing well the grass is lush and high
But today this cowboy's lonesome for the one he left behind

I'm up here in Montana and the folks are all so nice
They call the land "The Big Sky", it's a cowboy paradise
But I miss my home in Texas and the one that waits for me
I'll be going home to Jenny when the roses bloom next spring

I hear the wild geese calling, headin' south in flight
There's a chilly north wind blowin' and the ground will soon be white
The wrangler's got the ponies in, they've all got winter hair
The team's hitched to the wagon and no one has a care

I'm up here in Montana and the folks are all so nice
They call the land "The Big Sky", it's a cowboy paradise
But I miss my home in Texas and the one that waits for me
I'll be going home to Jenny when the roses bloom next spring

1993, Fletcher Jowers

This song is included on Fletcher Jowers' Sing Me a Cowboy Song album, a project that Rich O'Brien produced and played guitar on.  Red Steagall recorded it as well on his Love Of The West. Fletch told us that "my beautiful grandmother Jenny [pictured above] was the inspiration for this song."

 

 

Ol Snake

Phil 4:13 - I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need

The parson came out one hot afternoon
Us cowboys were laying around
He said boys I've come out here to make ya'll a deal
It's a good one that you won't turn down

Now I'll ride the meanest bronc here on this place
Stay with him 'till he bucks no more
If next Sunday morning I'll find you in church
Singing and praising The Lord

Well it didn't take long and we all agreed
We'd be there come sunshire or rain
Cause we had a wild one that had never been rode
An old fleabitten gray we called Snake

Ol snake was a bad one he'd kick and he'd bite
That's how he come by his name
He'd fight you and buck and never give up
We all knew he'd never be tame

We roped him out and saddled him up
Snubbed him up tight to the post
The parson climbed on him and pulled down his hat
Said okay boys now let him go

Ol Snake quit the earth he chinned the moon
He was diving, squealing and mad
But through it all the parson set tall
He was talking to him and he said

Now ol bronc you're a tough one but I won't be thrown
Cause I've got The Lord on my side
So when you quit having your fit
We'll go out on the prairie and ride

Ol Snake finally settled and hung his old head
The parson stepped down off his back
Said I'll see you boys Sunday morning in church
Praise The Lord for a good horse like that

Now on Sunday mornings you'll find us in church
Praising The Lord as we sing
Ol Snake is tied under the shade tree outside
CAUSE HE'S THE TOP HORSE IN MY STRING
NOW HE'S THE TOP HORSE IN MY STRING

2003 Pistol Hill Music ASCAP

 

A Memory of Jim

John 14:1 - There are many rooms in my Father's home, and I am going to prepare a place for you.

It's a story sad to tell
About the end of life's trail
For the best cowboy I've ever known
He left here so young
With his dreams still undone
He moved on to that heavenly home

A cowboy he was king
He loved the roundups in spring
And he loved Texas it was always his home
We know The Lord understands
How we miss our old friend
Without you Jim how can we go on

He'd save the best horse for you
For him an old bronc would do
He'd ride the bad one and never complain
When you needed a hand
He'd be there 'till the end
He'd stand by you in sunshine or rain

A cowboy he was king
He could do anything
His heart was made of pure gold
It won't ever seem right
It still cuts like a knife
Without you Jim how can we go on

Green pastures now he rides
On that range beyond the skies
In that country where he'll never grow old
On a good horse he'll fly
With the angels by his side
Running freely down trails of shining gold

A cowboy he was king
We'd laugh and we'd sing
His favorite was The Strawberry Roan
So adios my good friend
Someday we'll ride again
Without you Jim how can we go on

2003 Pistol Hill Music ASCAP

 

We asked Fletch about his inspiration for this song and he said "With pen in hand and tears streaming down my face, I wrote the lyrics to "A Memory Of Jim" in 1999 just after my pardner Jim Butrum had suddenly died of a massive heart attack.  He was such a wonderful man and cowboy and had a tremendous impact on my musical career, always encouraging.  I did sing the song at the 1999 Academy of Western Artists' awards ceremony at the Scott Theater in Ft. Worth. Rich O'Brien and Dave Alexander's band backed me up."


Fletcher Jowers' Recordings and Video

 

Trails to Heaven

Fletcher Jowers writes:

Trails To Heaven has been in the making for some three years and has finally come about due to lots of very hard work by Brandon Bevers of Sonrise Studios, Terry Winsett, Jonathan Haynes, Jennifer Coleman, Janie Walker, Kathy Walker and Karen Walker Durham.  It is a collection of songs Terry and I have arranged in a way that we pray will be a blessing to you as you listen. 

I recall Terry visiting me in the hospital at Dallas in January of 2004 after I had been in a near fatal vehicle accident.  God had mercifully spared my life.  I shared with Terry that I believe God has plans for us to do some great music to encourage folks on their life's journey.

Includes: 

The Son Of A Carpenter
You Stand By Your Word
Beulah Land
Take Your Shoes Off Moses
I Want You To Meet My Friend
Wilt Thou Be Made Whole
Wayfaring Stranger
Precious Memories
Come And Dine
Peace In The Valley
Someone To Care
Dreaming Of A Little Cabin
Where We'll Never Grow Old

Trails to Heaven (CD) is

$14.95 postpaid from:

Fletcher Jowers
150 Alesha Rd
Red Oak, TX 75154

Listen to sample tracks and order on-line at 
www.FletcherJowers.com

 


 

Church at the Wagon

Produced and Arranged by Tommy Allsup for Pistol Hill Music
Recorded at the Sumet/ASC Recording Studio, Dallas, Texas
Lead guitar, rhythm guitar, harmony vocals - Tommy Allsup
Fiddle - Bobby Boatright
Rhythm guitar, harmony vocals) - Donny Catron
Bass fiddle, harmony vocals - Mark Abbott
Engineer - Mark Petty

This cowboy gospel music CD has 9 original songs:

1. Church At The Wagon
2. You're Never Alone
3. Old Camp Meeting Ground
4. A Brand New Life
5. The New Range
6. John Three Sixteen
7.
Ol Snake
8.
A Memory of Jim
9. God Gave Us The Horse
10. Master's Call (by Marty Robbins)

Review by Mark Holt, June 2003:

There are voices that as soon as you hear them, they transport you to another time.   Authentic, western, cowboy, ranch music are what Fletcher Jowers sounds like.  He has one of those voices that is comfortable, like your favorite pair of worn, dusty boots. Fletcher reminds me of Sam Elliott ("Conager," "Tombstone," "Beef, It's What's for Dinner") and Ken Curtis ( Sons of the Pioneers, and later Festus on "Gunsmoke").  Their voices are as recognizable (and as Western) as their faces.  You hear those kinds of voices and you just know it's western! You say to yourself, "I can relax now and enjoy. This is going to be a real western"...

Church at the Wagon is a cowboy gospel project.  Fletcher has presented his brand of cowboy music throughout the country for several years.  He has received several awards for his writing and recording of authentic cowboy music. Church at the Wagon contains nine original songs, along with Marty Robbins' "Masters Call."

The project's title cut is a story about a wagon cook "Coosi," who buys an old Bible from a peddler just before leaving out on the trail, bound for Abilene.  He proclaims "We'll have church at the wagon".....

My personal favorites are "Ol Snake," a story of a preacher making a deal with some cowboys that he will ride "Ol Snake," the meanest bronc on the place, in return for their church attendance.  It all happens, and "Ol Snake" becomes the top horse in the string.

I also liked Fletcher's cover of Marty Robbins' "Masters Call." Marty could just plain write a song! Fletcher does a great job with it.

The gut string guitar work on this album is really, really, well done. Tommy Allsup is the lead guitar player, and Tommy's guitar work really transports the feel of this CD "south of the Rio Grande."  The mix and production on this CD is way above average.  Besides Fletcher Jowers, other musicians listed are Tommy Allsup (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, harmony vocals), Bobby Boatright (fiddle), Donny Catron (rhythm guitar, harmony vocals), Mark Abbott (bass fiddle, harmony vocals), Mark Petty (engineer).  It was recorded at ASC Recording Studios, Dallas, Texas.

Fletcher Jowers and the group of backup musicians on this album just set a tone and feel for these songs, that make this album a nice, subtle, cowboy gospel listen.
                                                                        Reprinted with the author's permission



Church at the Wagon (CD) is

$14.95 postpaid from:

Fletcher Jowers
150 Alesha Rd
Red Oak, TX 75154

Listen to sample tracks and order on-line at 
www.FletcherJowers.com


Still Riding High

Produced by Richard O'Brien and Tommy Morrell
      Guitar - Richard O'Brien
      Steel Guitar and Dobro - Tommy Morrell
      Fiddle - Bobby Boatright
      Clarinet - Larry McWhorter
      Bass - Mark Abbott
      Harmony Vocals - Jean Prescott

Includes:

1.  Still Riding High
     2.  Cowboy In The Continental Suit
     3.  Red River Valley
     4.  Pilgrim's Progress
     5.  Back Home To Stay
     6.  There's Not A Cow In Texas
     7.  Riding, Hiding Teardrops
     8.  Ragged But I'm Right
     9.  Cowboy's Prayer
     10. Cowboy Jack
     11.  This Cowboy Life
     12. Riding Back To Texas In The Snow

Still Riding High (CD) is

$14.95 postpaid from:

Fletcher Jowers
150 Alesha Rd
Red Oak, TX 75154

order on-line at 
www.FletcherJowers.com


Sing Me a Cowboy Song

      Produced by Richard O'Brien
      Guitar - Richard O'Brien
      Fiddle - Bobby Boatright
      Bass - Mac MacRae

includes:

1. A Cowboy Lullaby
2. Shenandoah
3. Old Diamond
4. Pronghorn
5.
When The Roses Bloom Next Spring
6. Young Lovers Waltz
7. The Saddle and the Ring
8. Trail Drive
9. Danny Boy
10. Old Cowboy Waltz
11. I've Got No Use for the Women
12. Annie Laurie

Sing Me a Cowboy Song (CD) is:

$14.95 postpaid from:

Fletcher Jowers
150 Alesha Rd
Red Oak, TX 75154

order on-line at 
www.FletcherJowers.com

 


Songs of a Texas Cowboy

Includes:

1.  Cowboy
2.  When The Work's All Done This Fall
3.  Lorena
4.  A Cowboy's Life
5.  One Empty Cot In The Bunkhouse
6.  Ol Red
8.  Riding Down The Canyon
9.  Little Joe The Wrangler
10. Found And A Dollar A Day
11. Smokey
12. The Strawberry Roan

Songs of a Texas Cowboy is:

$14.95 (CD) or $12.95 (tape) postpaid from:

Fletcher Jowers
150 Alesha Rd
Red Oak, TX 75154

order on-line at 
www.FletcherJowers.com

 


Ol' Cowboys and Dreamers

 

Lippsync Videos of Nashville, Tennessee has released Ol Cowboys And Dreamers in DVD.  "A new vision of the West comes alive in this musical journey, as told by some of America's favorite cowboy singers. Follow the adventures of two romantic travelers, trying to escape their past - - and instead finding their future. Ol' Cowboys & Dreamers combines original music with classic storytelling to paint this portrait of the West.  You'll be entertained by country stars Charlie Daniels and Becky Hobbs, plus the great Cowboy Singer/Songwriters Will Dudley, Fletcher Jowers and Ian Tyson.  Featuring exclusive, never-before-seen music videos and five original songs.  A moving, visual experience your family will want to enjoy again and again!"

 

$19.95 (DVD) from:

Fletcher Jowers
150 Alesha Rd
Red Oak, TX 75154

order on-line at 
www.FletcherJowers.com

View the streaming video that features Fletcher Jowers singing "A Cowboy Lullaby" at his web site

 

Contact Information

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Fletcher Jowers
150 Alesha Rd
Red Oak, TX 75154
ph: 1-888-876-6038
972-617-0625
fax: 972-576-8986
cell:
214-317-0835
email

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