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Throughout the year, we're pleased to spread the news of new books and recordings. Following is a roundup of books and music taken from  our news announcements during 2005.

Listings are posted in general chronological order, most recent first.

Below you'll find:

Cowboy Poets and Cowboy Poetry
Cowboy Poetry Recordings
Mixed Cowboy Poetry and Music Recordings

Western Music 
Western Music recordings

Books and Recordings of Western interest and beyond

Elsewhere at the BAR-D, we have:

A selection of some standards in Cowboy Poetry and Western Music

New in 2009

New in 2008

New in 2007

New in 2006

New in 2004

Christmas books and music

Rick Huff's Best of the West Reviews

Jeri Dobrowski's Cowboy Jam Session




Your news and additions are always welcome.  Email us.





New in 2005: Cowboy Poetry books


dwwestriverfront.jpg (16235 bytes)  Cowboy, poet, and musician DW Groethe's West River Waltz, a collection of over 70 poems and the lyrics from each of his four recordings, has just been published by Cowboy Miner Productions. Hal Cannon, Founding Director of the Western Folklife Center, calls  DW Groethe's work "fine craftsmanship" and "good magic." Doris Daley comments, "I want to move to the too dry, too wet, too windy, too hot and too cold West River country. Not because DW makes the climate sound so appealing, but because hours spent listening to his poems and music make me feel already at home there. And maybe I'd hear magic in the wind to make me write as authentically, as sparingly and as honestly as this remarkably talented Western writer and singer..."   Read more and see the book's contents list here.

DW Groethe was invited to the Library of Congress and The Kennedy Center earlier this year, to perform as part of the American Folklife Center's "Homegrown" program.  You can see the archived broadcast from his appearance at The Kennedy Center here.  He also performed his cowboy poetry and Western music at the 67th Annual National Folk Festival, in Richmond, Virginia in October.

The hardcover, 224-page West River Waltz (ISBN 1-931735) is available for $20 plus $4.50 postage from DW Groethe, PO Box 144, Bainville, MT 59212, (602) 569-6063.

   Buck Ramsey’s Grass, With Essays on His Life and Work, a commemorative edition and CD edited by Scott Braucher and Bette Ramsey, with a foreword by Byron Price, is an exceptional production from Texas Tech University Press.  From the publisher's description, "First published as And As I Rode Out on the Morning, Buck Ramsey’s epic poem of cowboy life is a classic. In this edition, the editors have restored the poem’s original title, Grass, and have gathered insightful commentaries on Ramsey’s work from poets, musicians, historians, and others devoted to the cowboy way and movement. Completing the package are Ramsey’s original short story on which he based the poem and a CD of the original 1990 recording of Ramsey performing Grass in John Hartford’s home studio in Nashville, introduced by Andy Wilkinson."  Read more here at the publisher's site.

Buck Ramsey, known as "the spiritual leader of the cowboy poetry movement," left an important legacy when he died in 1998.  He received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two Western Heritage Wrangler Awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame (now the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum) for his recordings. His work and life offer continual inspiration and education.  

See our feature about Buck Ramsey here.

Buck Ramsey's Grass, With Essays on His Life and Work is available for $29.95 from: Texas Tech University Press,  2903 4th St. Lubbock, TX, 79412 806.742.2982 Amazon.com and other booksellers

  A collaboration between Virginia Bennett and Monterey, California artist Anne Burnett, Uncle Lou, a fun activity book for kids, features Virginia Bennett's cowboy-poetry-children's poem, "Uncle Lou."  The book is hand-crafted and includes eleven pages of imaginative coloring images to the verses of Uncle Lou; a "barnyard" word search; a cowboy maze, and three instructional pages on cowboy knot-tying. Also included is a box of 4 Uncle Lou crayons, a pencil, and also a special cord, complete with glow-in-the-dark beads, for trying out those clever knots.

Read Virginia Bennett's poem here.

Uncle Lou is available for $13.95 postpaid from Anne Burnett, 457 Spencer Street, Apt. 1, Monterey, CA 93940

yh.htm1.jpg (9513 bytes)   AWA Female Poet of the Year Yvonne Hollenbeck's latest book, From My Window and other poems, is just released. It contains 65 new poems -- including the wildly popular "What Would Martha Do?"-- together with pioneer stories, vintage photos, poetry about quilts and quilters, and holiday poetry.

Among those with early praise for the book are Red Steagall (2006 Texas State Poet Laureate), who has written, in part, "The ability to project life scenes through poetry is a very special and rewarding gift...the window she paints poetic scenes through is very clear and easy for all of us to see ...She is truly a special gift to mankind.  Take the time to read her poetry and enjoy ranch life as she sees it "from her window."; and Pat Richardson, who comments, in part, "...People like Yvonne and Baxter Black have a gift that can't be learned. It's the ability to "connect" with people, and it doesn't matter if they've never been close to a cow, or raised with them ...It's the real gristle and bone of real ranch life from the mind of a great poet."

Read more about Yvonne Hollenbeck, some poetry selections, and see a list of the poems included in  From My Window and other poems here

From My Window and other poems is available for $15 postpaid from: Yvonne Hollenbeck - 30549 291st Street, Clearfield, South Dakota 57580 - 605/557-3559 email, www.YvonneHollenbeck.com

  Tamara Hillman has two new books, Dusty Trails, "... a true rendition of the hardscrabble life of cowboys" and Pure Country, "reminiscent poetry and prose."  Read descriptions and find order information on her page here and see additional information at http://www.cowboyfun.com/Tamara/.

Posted 10/25

haroldmillerhorsedaze.jpg (20705 bytes)  Harold Roy Miller has a new book, Horse Daze - A Lighter Look at Horses and Cowboys, which he describes as "a mostly humorous look at the horses that own us and the cowboys that we all want to be.  Contains 85 poems and many photos."  The book is available for $21.95 postpaid from Harold Roy Miller, 8960 Eugene Court, Stagecoach, NV 89429; (775) 629-0789; handdmiller@pyramid.net.

clark805bk.jpg (18921 bytes)  Clark Crouch' has a new book of western and cowboy poetry, Sun, Sand & Soapweed (ISBN: 0-9624438-3-2), published on his 77th birthday by Western Poetry Publications (an imprint of The Resource Network). The 128-page paperback contains 63 poems and has a suggested list price of $11.95. It is available to booksellers through Ingram Book Company, a wholesale distributor. The book is Clark's fourth since he started writing western and cowboy poetry in 2002 His other books are: Voices of the Wind (iUniverse, 2002), Reflections (iUniverse, 2003), and Where Horses Reign (Western Poetry Publications, 2004).  Read more and some of his poetry here at the BAR-D and visit his web site and blog for more information.

  Merv Webster has a new "book of verse and yarns" (his eighth) called Keeping the Culture.  Read much more about the new book on his page here, and see his web site for order details.

  Vernon Schmid, popular columnist ("Horse Sense") has a new book of poetry, Westering : New and Selected Poems of the West, 1974-2004, published by Infinity Books.  He says, "The book deals with the life and times of the American cowboy, the American Indian and the struggle to survive on the land with some personal reflections on life experiences in general."  Read more about the book, including sample poetry, and ordering information on Vernon Schmid's web site.

  From the publisher:  A Cowboy's Dreams by Marion B. McMillion, "the Ole Rockin' Chair Cowboy."    Marion B. McMillion was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, on May 5, 1918.  He then moved with his family to Harrisburg, Colorado at the age of two.  His family farmed and raised cattle and horses.  Marion became a cowboy at an early age.  He joined the old Guard Co. and was transferred to Fort Devens, Mass., where he met and married his wife of 61 years, Sweet Margie Lou.     He wrote poems, mostly for his own enjoyment, but wanted to share them with others.  He hopes you enjoy them!  Distributed by:  The McMillion Co., P.O. Box 1072, Carpinteria, CA  93014  (805)566-0707 or on www.the-mcmillion-co.com, information@the-mcmillion-co.com

delsunset.jpg (8644 bytes)  Del Warren Livingston has a new collection of poems and short stories, Writing Into the SunsetThe book is available from Del Livingston's web site for $8.95 postpaid.  Visit Del's Converging Roads site for some sample poems.

PrarieWindCOVER.jpg (124944 bytes)  Norm Rourke's book, Prairie Wind, Poems and Stories, is available now. See his web site for a description, a sampler, and order information. To order autographed copies, send check or money order for $22.54 ($19.95 + shipping & handling) payable to: Norm Rourke, Stone Bluff Ranch, 11100 High Ridge Rd, Beggs OK 74421-3105.  Prairie Wind, Poems and Stories (ISBN 1413767257) can also be ordered from PublishAmerica, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Waldenbooks.

  TJ Casey has a new book of poetry,  A Cowboy's Thoughts in Rhyme.  From the news release, "The book contains over 30 poems that TJ has written about his life as a cowboy and how he feels about the changing of the West.  Does the true cowboy, with his independent spirit, exist in today's world?  TJ addresses this question in his poetry.  He paints a picture for readers to see the serious and humorous ways in which a cowboy handles the day to day trials and tribulations associated with living out on the range."  Read the entire release here.

A Cowboy's Thoughts in Rhyme is available for $15 postpaid, from www.tjcasey.net, by phone at  406-245-0734, or by mail from Cowboy Enterprises, PO Box 31676, Billings, MT 59101

  A new book from Cowboy Miner Productions, Cowboy Poetry, Classic Poems & Prose by Badger Clark, edited by Greg Scott, is a comprehensive collection of the works of Badger Clark. The book includes all of Badger Clark's short stories; poetry, including more than two dozen previously unpublished or long out-of-print poems; essays; letters; and photos.  With the kind permission of the publisher and editor, we're pleased to feature excerpts from this important book in a feature here.

The book is available for $29.95 plus shipping from Cowboy Miner Productions, PO Box 9674, Phoenix, Arizona, 85068; 602 569-6063.

  Diane Thompson's new book of poetry, Ridin' Side by Side, focuses on her family's ranch life. Diane and her husband, Allen, raise registered Quarter horses, Corrientes cattle and commercial cattle. They have shared their ranching experiences at many gatherings including the Wichita Falls Ranch Rodeo, Boys Ranch Youth Poetry Gathering, Nara Visa Poetry Gathering, WRCA Finals in Amarillo and National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration. Read more about Diane and her poetry here.

Ridin' Side by Side includes 70 pages of poetry and illustrations and is available for $14.95, plus $2.50 shipping in the US, and $1.05 tax for Texas residents from: Allen and Diane Thompson P O Box T, Channing, Texas, 79018.

magdreams.jpg (30964 bytes)  Dreams of Fast Horses by Mag Mawhinney

Mag Mawhinney book, Dreams of Fast Horses, is described by the British Columbia Cowboy Heritage Society,  "In 1949, Mag Mawhinney's family moved to a homestead near Forest Grove in the Cariboo region of British Columbia and that is where she was introduced to cowboys and the western way of life. Many of her poems in this book recall those childhood memories, while others are stories about western people she's met and her experiences along the road..."  Read more, including comments by Mark McMillan and Mike Puhallo, who wrote introductions to the book, here on Mag's page along with some of her poetry. The book is available for $15 postpaid from Mag Mawhinney, 835 Chapman Rd RR#2 Cobble Hill, BC, Canada V0R 1L0. (250) 743-4431 mvmawhinney@myexcel.ca 


armstrong.JPG (20560 bytes)  My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys by Fran Armstrong

Fran Armstrong, North Dakota Teacher of the Year, sent us her book and this description: "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys is a book of anecdotal narrative and cowboy poetry.  The stories and poems weave a theme of love for the land, its people, and especially the rodeo cowboys and ranch people the author has known.  The connecting thread is the life of professional rodeo cowboy Dean Armstrong, the author's husband and hero. Photographs by nationally known rodeo photographer DeVere Helfrich and western art by North Dakota artist Ted Cornell add interest and authenticity.  World Champion Rodeo cowboys Brad Gjermundson, Wayne Herman and Alvin Nelson, as well as other well-known professionals like Bob Aber, Duane Howard, Jim and Tom Tescher, share memories and humorous tales about rodeo and ranch life."  Visit Fran Armstrong's web site for more information.  The book is available for $19.00 postpaid from Fran Armstrong, Box 554  Beulah, North Dakota 58523.


jimjihmbk05.JPG (10722 bytes)  Along Gypsym Creek, by Jim John

Lariat Laureate runner up Jim John has a new book, Along Gypsum Creek; poetry and stories for the cowboy in all of us.  It's available for $14 postpaid from "Kansas Jim" John, 7603 E. Morris, Wichita, KS 67207.  See the complete contents on Jim's page.


4hguide.jpg (13411 bytes)  Spurrin' the Words, Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development

Spurrin' the Words, a Cowboy Poetry Project from the Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development, belongs in every Cowboy Poetry library.  Whether you work with kids, write poetry, or are a fan of Cowboy Poetry, you'll come away with valuable information from this excellent resource. 

Kirk Astroth, Director of the Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development, has created a youth guide and an accompanying leader's guide, each with a CD with 13 tracks of classic and contemporary poetry recited by and commented upon by Mike Logan, Gwen Peterson, and Paul Zarzyski. The depth and breadth of the material is impressive, drawing on the best examples of poetry in chapters that address the history of Cowboy Poetry's language, stereotypes about cowboys (with information on American Indian, black, and female cowboys), the basics of rhyme of meter, classic poets, and more.  Included are a glossary, a list of resources and references, a directory of poetry gatherings, and many games and activities.  

Among the many poems and Cowboy songs used as examples are Sally Bates' "Generic Titles," Badger Clark's "Ridin'," the traditional "The Old Chisholm Trail" Robert Service's "The Cremation of Sam McGee," Mike Logan's "Mr. Magpie," Wallace McRae's "Reincarnation," and Paul Zarzyski's "The Heavyweight Champion Pie-Eatin' Cowboy of the West." 

Each book is available for just $10 postpaid from the Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development, MSU, 210 Taylor Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717. Specify whether you are ordering the leader's guide or the youth guide.  Every poet would benefit from reading the leader's guide. You can preview the youth guide on the Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development web site.

The project was supported in part by the Montana Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, and made possible with the assistance of many others.  We'll be posting an expanded feature about this important model for teaching, and we encourage everyone to spread the word about this program to organizations, gatherings, and individuals who work with youth.


mwbk051.jpg (25326 bytes)  Cowboy Poetry: The Gathering, Michael Whitaker

Michael Whitaker's new book, Cowboy Poetry: The Gathering, is published by Cowboy Miner Productions. He writes, "When I first had thoughts of putting a book together, the last thing on my mind was the title. Through the process of the book, I found myself gathering photos, poems, ideas and old stories from my family and friends. During the same time period of gathering such things I was busy heading off to one gathering after another. The Gatherings were full of folks that just finished a long ride, a steak dinner and now were settled in around the campfire to listen to me recite cowboy poetry under the bright summer stars. It really didn't take a long time for the title The Gathering to sink in. Seems I've been gathering all my life."

 Cowboy and Poet Jesse Smith says "Most artists draw a picture with pen and ink or paint you a picture with brushes. Mike does the same thing, only with words." The Gathering is available for $19.95 + $4.50 shipping and handling from Mike Whitaker, 12757 Pioneer Way E, Buckley, WA 98321, windyword@msn.com

 Read more about the book and more about the poet here.  



New in 2005: Cowboy Poetry recordings

  Kansas cowboy, poet, and rancher Geff Dawson has a new cowboy poetry CD,  110% Cowboy, with nine original poems and background music by Jed Wymore. Geff tells that the title comes from his personal motto, which he has lived all of his life: that you must give 110% to reach your goals. The CD is available for $15 plus postage (Visa, Mastercard, and Paypal accepted) from: 2 Bar D Ranch, 34843 K99 Hwy., Alma, KS  66401, 785-765-2357.  Read more at Geff Dawson's web site.

  Now on on DVD:  Ridin' & Rhymin', the award-winning documentary by Greg Snider and Dawn Smallman of Far Away Films about real-deal female cowboy and poet Georgie Sicking.  Hal Cannon, Founding Director of the Western Folklife Center, comments, "Georgie Sicking is why 'to cowboy' is best used as a verb to explain a work, a life, and a big open land. This film captures her level gazed life in such a powerful way that it defines the American West." 

From the powerful opening backdrop of wide Wyoming skies and throughout the often dazzling canvas of the film, the viewer is captivated by this admirable woman's courage and determination.  See our feature about the Ridin' & Rhymin' here, which includes stills from the film and more about Georgie Sicking. 

Ridin' & Rhymin'  is available for $20.00, plus $3.95 for shipping and handling from Far Away Films, LLC; 1148 SE 50th Ave.; Portland, OR 97215  (503) 295-6832 (*specify DVD or VHS format when ordering).

  Good for What Ails You, by 2004 Academy of Western Artists' Top Femal Poet Doris Daley was recorded live in concert in September, 2005. It contains "Answering Machine," "Bones," "Bless these Hands," "My Perfume," "End Times," "Dear Charlie," "Skunk in the Bunkhouse," and many more poems and a few musical surprises

Read more about Doris Daley and some of her poetry here and visit her web site

Good for What Ails You is available for $20.00 (Canada) $18.00 (US) plus postage from:


Box 4427, Station C
Calgary, AB Canada
T2T 5N2

rningodshandsxm.JPG (5244 bytes)  In God's Hands includes Rod Nichols' original cowboy poetry recited by him, by Hal Swift and by John Pickul; along with music and the singing of best-loved hymns by Mislette, The Singing Cowgirl and John Pickul; with additional fiddle accompaniments by Billy Curtiss.

Read more, see some of the included poems, and see the track list here.

The CD is available for $12.99 plus postage from Silver Creek Books and Music. 

  Past Lariat Laureate Jay Snider has a new CD, Of Horses and Men, with 15 tracks of his original poetry. Jay has earned praise from all quarters, including top poet Pat Richardson, who says,  "Jay Snider is the real deal. He seems to have it all: the ability to write good poems, he knows what cowboying is all about, and can recite it with the best of them. If you find a cowboy better at any of those three, I'd like to meet him.”  Jay, who has appeared at gatherings across the country, was a top winner at the Cowboy Poetry Rodeo for two years running, and has been invited to the 2006 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko (January 28-February 4, 2006). The CD is available for $19 postpaid from Jay Snider, Route 1, Box 167, Cyril, Oklahoma 73029.

Read more about Jay and some of his poetry here and at his web site.

lkbeneath.jpg (19031 bytes)  Linda Kirkpatrick has a new poetry CD, Beneath a Western Sky.  She describes the CD: "Each poem, song and background music has a special meaning to me.  My partner in Sunset Serenade, Frank Roberts, added his special touch with the songs, the background music and sound effects. Our other partner, Joe Wells, recited the classic poem, 'Bruin Wooin',' that I always enjoy hearing. The music from 'Lonesome Dove,' my favorite movie, backs my poem, 'Cupful of Mem'ries.' 'Old Yellow Slicker,' written by Debra C. Hill, and 'Rosie's Eagle,' written by J. W. Beeson, are two of my favorite contemporary poems, destined to be classics.  The poem written by my great, great, great, great grandfather Ambrose Smith, 'Neighbor Thompson,' shows the sense of humor in this old circuit rider Baptist preacher. The last poem, 'All My Trails Lead Home,' was co-written by Woody Woodruff; we tied for first place with it in the Academy of Western Artists Team Penning competition in July of 2005. Sandra Herl of WorkingCowboy.com created the cover design, an adaptation of a photo taken by Frank Roberts."  See the complete track list here and read some of the included poems. Beneath a Western Sky is available for $15.50 postpaid from Linda Kirkpatrick, P.O. Box 128, Leakey, Texas 78873.

See our review here.

charlescd0805.JPG (31876 bytes)  Charles Williams has a new CD of classic Texas tales, Smoke of Distant Campfires.  He's accompanied on the 10 tracks of poetry and stories by Ginny Mac on accordion and Glen McLaughlin on guitar, with traditional, classic, and contemporary songs, from "Old Paint" to "Faded Love."  Read more about Charles Williams and some of his poetry here at the BAR-D.  Smoke of Distant Campfires is available for $18 postpaid from Charles Williams, 6245 Chesley Lane, Dallas, TX 75214.

CDcrouchwhr.jpg (24085 bytes)  Clark Crouch's new CD, Where Horses Reign and other original poems features his recitation of 35 original western and cowboy poems. (Hear a sample poem, "Catalogs," from a link on his weblog.) See the complete track list and read more about the recording here, along with some of Clark's poetry.  

Where Horses Reign and other original poems is available for $8.50 postpaid to anywhere in the U.S. or Canada  from Western Poetry Publications, 1541 Jadwin Avenue, Richland, WA 99354 or through PayPal [clark@crouchnet.com]

jimjohncd.jpg (9364 bytes)  The new CD by "Kansas" Jim John and "Guitar Charlie" MacCoy, Along Gypsum Creek, features the cowboy poetry of Kansas Jim as well as the music of Guitar Charlie. See the complete track list here.  It's available for $12.00 plus $1.00 Shipping & Handling. Order from Jim John, 7603 E. Morris, Wichita, KS 67207. For each CD sold $1.00 is contributed to the Wichita Children's Home, an emergency shelter for kids - www.wch.org.

  Acclaimed poet Joel Nelson's CD, The Breaker in the Pen, is the only Cowboy Poetry recording ever nominated for a Grammy Award. Baxter Black has commented that it "raised the bar for Cowboy Poetry for 1000 years."  The Breaker in the Pen is available again, after a long period of being "sold out."

The CD's 15 tracks include Joel Nelson's modern classic, "The Men Who Ride No More"; "Shadow on the Cutbank"; "Sundown in the Cow Camp"; "The Final Run on the Deadwood Stage"; his signature recitation of Buck Ramsey's "Anthem"; Rod McQueary's "For Life"; and other selections, with background guitar and harmonica music by Lew and Gail Steiger (Gail Steiger produced the CD).

The Breaker in the Pen is available for $18.50 postpaid from Joel Nelson, PO Box 1021, Alpine, TX 79831.

smokecd.jpg (10499 bytes)  Smoke Wade's CD, Smoke Wade, a Legend in his Own Mind (2004), is a collection of original and classic poetry that Smoke Wade most often performs live. The original poems tell of cowboy life in the Hells Canyon region of the Snake River, a way of life that became extinct with the formation of the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. Original poetry tracks are: Leather Gods; Real Cowboys; Change of Season; Trailing the Herd; Chasing the Wind; Trail Boss Charlie; Ol' Mose; Bear Hunting with a Buggy whip; and Silver Dollar Girls. Classic favorites by anonymous authors are: Marriage; Silver Bells and Golden Spurs; and Silver Jack. The poem Poker Bill was written by a family friend about Smoke's Great Uncle, Bill Tippett.  The CD is available for $15.00 postpaid from: Smoke Wade, 3117 5th St. #3, Lewiston, ID 83501 

  Of Elk and Men by A. K. Moss

A. K. ( Kathy) Moss' CD of original poetry, Of Elk and Men, is described in the CD notes, "In her poetry as well as her life, A. K. Moss brings the passion of outdoor living to life. From her Western and Cowboy to her now Outdoor Collection she brings poetry to a new level. Kathy's writing has a way of wrapping her listeners and readers up into a moment and feeling, where you could almost feel the elk's breath, taste the mountain air and hear the crack of campfire. So come and join Kathy as she recites rhythm and t=rhyme and brings outdoor life and memories to you through her poetry, Of Elk Men."  Of Elk and Men is available through email for $12.00 + $3.00 S&H at takm@oregontrail.net, Visa accepted or by mail from A. K. Moss, P.O. Box 583, Canyon City, OR 97820


   Cowboy Reflections, Hugh McLennan

Hugh McLennan, host of radio's Spirit of the West, has a new CD, Cowboy Reflections, that includes his recitations his own poems and those by Janice Gilbertson, Doris Daley, Darrell Arnold, Jesse Colt, Glen Rafuse, and Brynn Thiessen

Read more and see the track list here and also at at Hugh's web site, where the CD is available for $15 postpaid (and by mail: Hugh McLennan, Lot 1, Hyas Lake Rd, Pinantan, BC, Canada V0E 3E1)


cspicce.JPG (24401 bytes)  Pick of the Litter; a Collection of Favorites, Colen Sweeten

cswritincd.JPG (39410 bytes)  Writin' for the Brand, Colen Sweeten

Honored Guest Colen Sweeten has two new poetry CDs, filled with his humor, reflection, and history. Pick of the Litter; a Collection of Favorites, has over 30 of his own (and our) favorites, including "Feelin' My Oats," which he recited on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, when he appeared with poet Rod McQueary in 1991, Christmas poetry, and tales from his upringing on a southern Idaho ranch. Writin' for the Brand includes 60 most-requested poems on 2 discs. 

Colen Sweeten is a true national treasure: An active octogenarian with an impressive body of work, a friend to countless many, a part of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko nearly every year since 1986, and a recent recipient of the American West Heritage Pioneer Skill Preservation award.  Read some of his poetry and see more information about the CDs and order information here.


  Hard to Tell the Difference, John Silveira

Poet John Silveira has a new CD, Hard to Tell the Difference, which he says is "'today's real world kind of stuff'; Not too serious, and not too far from the truth."  See the track list here.  The CD is available for $15 postpaid from John Silveira, 19415 Bloss Ave, Hilmar, CA 95324 JSilv32873@aol.com.


  A Pair of Aces, Chris Isaacs

Our Honored Guest Chris Isaacs' new CD, A Pair of Aces, honors the memory and celebrates the talents of his friends, Cowboy Poetry greats Sunny Hancock and Larry McWhorter. Accompanied by Rich O'Brien's exceptional background tunes, the CD features Hancock and McWhorter favorites, along with an interesting few selections of lesser known poems. 

Included are Hancock's "The Bear Tale," "Doggerel, Plain and Simple," "The High Steppin' Kind," "The Horse Trade," "Change on the Range," "The Difference," and "Ode to My Lady, My Wife"; and McWhorter's "Advice to the Traveler," "The Retirement of Ashtola," "Gate Session," "He Rode for the Brand," "The Red Cow," "The Real Thing," and "Open Gate."  

Aside from the considerable entertainment value, there is much to be learned from these sorely-missed masters and Chris Isaacs captures that wisdom in his recitations.  Our review is here.  There's additional information on Chris Isaac's page here at the BAR-D.  

A Pair of Aces is available for $17.95 postpaid from Chris Isaacs, 502 N Harless, Eagar AZ 85925 and from his web site  


  Harvey's Moon, Andy Nelson

Andy Nelson, our Honored Guest and co-host of Clear Out West (C.O.W) has a new CD, Harvey's Moon, which follows in the hilarious tradition of his earlier Land Mines and RU Lazy 2?  The collection, like Andy, defies description, but we tried in a review here.  See a list of the contents here and visit Andy Nelson's web site for more. For guaranteed smiles, order Harvey's Moon for $18 postpaid from Andy Nelson, PO Box 1547 Pinedale, WY 82941 email.  



New in 2005: Mixed Cowboy Poetry and Music Recordings


  Red Steagall's new CD, The Wind, The Wire and the Rail, is now available. From the official description:  "The West we know today is possible because of the windmill, the railroad and the barbed wire.  Sit back and listen as Red spins his magic with stories and songs that paint images of the struggles and survival of the men and women of the glorious West."  The CD includes 8 songs and 2 poems, and is available for $16.95 plus postage from Cowboy Favorites (Red's mercantile) and also by phone: 800-457-7966.

Red Steagall, an acclaimed poet, storyteller, musician, songwriter, entertainer, and radio show host, will serve as the Texas Poet Laureate in 2006. 


  Jack Thorp's Songs of the Cowboys (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2005), is a tribute to the man who was cowboy music's first collector; a significant contribution to western music history; and an enlightening and entertaining experience for readers and listeners. The book is edited and introduced by western historian and musician Mark L. Gardner, with illustrations by noted western artist and cowboy Ronald Kil, and accompanied by a CD recording performed by Mark L. Gardner and Rex Rideout.

Jack Thorp's Songs of the Cowboys includes songs and poems from Thorp's original book and an  expanded 1921 edition, and also a previously uncollected song found in a Thorp manuscript ("Ti Ri Youdy"). On the accompanying CD, Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout play the songs on vintage instruments in the style they would have been heard in Thorp's time. 

Read more about the book at Mark Gardner's site, and read Jeri Dobrowski's report, with photos, on Gardner and Rideout's session at the 2005 Cody Cowboy Songs and Range Ballads event and her expanded article with more about the Thorp project.  

See the feature here

Jack Thorp's Songs of the Cowboys (ISBN: 0890134782) book with accompany CD, is available from the Museum of New Mexico Press for $24.95 plus postage; from CD Baby, where you can listen to track samples from the CD; and from other booksellers, including Amazon.

  Elko! A Cowboy's Gathering with various artists, delivers up a banquet of enjoyment, a many-course celebration of poetry, music, and stories, from Allen to Zarzyski, in 40 tracks that alternate music and poetry.  Recorded live at the Western Folklife Center's 20th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 2004, the collection gives a real sense of the breadth and quality of talent that is characteristic of the place "where it all began."

Read our review here.

You can order the 2-CD set for $25 plus postage from Western Jubilee (www.WesternJubilee.com), the Western Folklife Center (www.westernfolklife.org) SilvercreekMusic.com, Amazon, and other outlets. 

  What Ever it Takes, DW Groethe

DW Groethe's long-awaited  CD, What Ever It Takes, is now available, just in time for his return to the stage at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (January 22-29, 2005).  A hard-working cowboy, DW is also one of today's true standout poetry and Western music talents. His fans won't even need the details. All the songs and poems are DW's original compositions, and "original" is nearly dangerous in his hands.  What Ever It Takes encompasses his usual sweet-to-strange range, with plenty of surprising, satisfying, solid entertainment on the generous 18 tracksWhat Ever It Takes is available for $15 postpaid from D. W. Groethe, PO Box 144, Bainville, MT 59212

Read our review here.


hkbestfriends.JPG (14312 bytes)  Best Friends, a new CD from Howard Norskog and Jim Bullard, contains 14 tracks of songs and poetry.  See the entire track list here.  The CD is available for $12.95 postpaid from $12.95 from: Best Friends, Box 953, Lewiston, Idaho 83501.




New in 2005:  Western Music recordings


  Popular singer, songwriter, and musician Tony Reed (www.cowboysinger.com) has a new CD, Rustlers' Wind, described as "a Cowboy/Western swing CD with a little edge." Most of the tracks are written by Tony Reed with two collaborations with Bruce Coe, one with Rusty Feathers, and two songs by cowgirl songwriter Marti Jo Jendrycka. Special guests include Kip Calahan on the duet "Dance to the Light of the Moon" and Rusty Feathers with spoken verse on "One Shot of Courage."  Tony's son Cody Reed helps out on the end of the classic "Home on the Range." 

A recent article, "Renaissance Cowboy," about Tony and his new CD by Jeff Robinson of the Ellensburg Daily Record appeared in that paper and on MSN. Robinson writes, "His soothing voice and talented guitar playing have made the 12-song album a fan favorite on Western music shows throughout the West and some of the genres biggest supporters believe Reed is on the path to stardom."  The article also quotes Tommy Tucker of the Western Heritage Show.

Rustlers' Wind is available from Joe Baker's Back Forty Bunkhouse, CD Baby.com, www.cowboysinger.com, or by phone at (509)968-4410. Order by mail (check, money order or credit card) for $17.00 postpaid from: Tony Reed, 10161 U. Badger Pkt. Rd., Ellensburg, WA 98926.

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   Juni Fisher, 2005 Academy of Western Artists' Female Vocalist of the Year and 2005 Western Music Association Crescendo Award winner, has a new CD, Cowgirlography

Red Geetar Records announces:  "Cowgirlography describes this new Juni Fisher release to a TEE! Swing your saddle on a westward wind and enjoy the ride as she takes you from a county fair race track to the work pens and a lady vaquero's way of training, from a dying wrangler's last request to a rollicking celebration of the Cowgirl and the ways of the West. Dedicated to the late great Western Artist, Joelle Smith, this celebration of the Cowgirl is a must have!"

Wylie Gustafson of Wylie and the Wild West says of Juni Fisher's talents, "... she can put a twist on a western tune like a 6 year old bull on a hemp rope."  (Read more praise from many at Juni's web site:  www.JuniFisher.net.)

Her moving song written for Joelle Smith, Goodnight Good Pony Goodnight is included on Cowgirlography. In addition to the solo tracks, Juni sings "I Hope She'll Love Me" with the Sons of the San Joaquin's Joe Hannah.  The CD includes Juni's original songs; a collaboration with Lisa Aschmann, "To Remember the Alamo"; "The West," written by Jack Hannah and Baxter Black; her version of Leonard Cohen's "Ballad of the Runaway Horse," and the traditional tune, "The Brazos." See the entire track list here.

Cowgirlography is available for $16 postpaid from Red Geetar Records, 2105 Granville Rd, Franklin, TN 37064 and from www.JuniFisher.com.

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  Our First Noel, a compilation of Christmas songs with Belinda Gail, Curly Musgrave, Kip Calahan, and R.W. Hampton, has just been released. The CD includes 14 tracks (see the track list here).

Visit Belinda Gail's web site for more information.

The CD is also available from RW Hampton's site  and Kip Calahan's site.

   News from Wylie and the Wild West:

Wylie & the Wild West's new LIVE! at the Tractor CD is available now!! 16 songs of pure Wild West recorded live at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle, Washington, on October 8, 2004.  A great night of music and fun captured on tape!  For more info on the new CD go to: http://www.wyliewebsite.com/livetractor.html

We also will be releasing the LIVE! at the Tractor DVD on Nov. 14, 2005. The DVD will have the 16 song set from the Tractor Tavern, band interviews, Wylie at the ranch, 10 Music videos from the past... and more. 2Hrs 15 Mins running time.  We are really pleased with the professional quality and state-of-the-art production of our new DVD and guarantee that it will be the highlight of your Wylie & the Wild West collection. You can order now at:  http://www.wyliewebsite.com/Product_Catalog_01.htm  If you order the CD alone it will be shipped today.  If you order the set (Save $!) we will ship them together on Nov 14th when the DVD arrives.

Check out the Wylie and the Wild West web site for the band's schedule, sound clips, more about them and their CDs, and, as the newsletter adds, "for the latest on Wylie & Kimberley's NCHA cutting adventures."  

  Cowboy Forever, by Gary and Jean Prescott, is a two-disc collection of some of their best work.  Jean has been awarded top honors by the Western Music Association and the Academy of Western Artists, and in 2005, Jean and Gary's song, "Fair Blows the Wind," won the AWA Will Rogers Award for the Best Western Song.

See more about Jean here and at her web site.

Cowboy Forever is available for $24.95 from www.JeanPrescott.com Prescott Music, P.O. Box 194, Ovalo, TX 79541 (325) 583-2553 and from SilverCreekMusic.com

tjpured.jpg (12209 bytes)   TJ Casey's new CD, Pure 'D' Cowboy "combines his talent as a cowboy poet, and his talent for ropin' a wild and free melody, and presents his fans with a dozen new songs about authentic cowboy life in the west."  Read the entire press release here.  The CD was produced and engineered by John Westbrook of Westco Music and Sound (Belgrade, Montana), who plays lead and rhythm guitar and bass on the album, which also features other Montana musicians, including multi-award-winning fiddle player Tim Todd, and Laura Wilson on accordion.  The press release tells that "T.J. plays rhythm guitar and sings back-up vocals, along with vocalists Laura and Andy Wilson, and Alice Hanks of the western duo SaddleBags. The single from the album, "It's In My Blood," features special guest Joseph FireCrow, courtesy of Makoche' Records (www.josephfirecrow.com).  Native American flutist FireCrow is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation of Montana and is a past Grammy nominee and winner of two Nammys (Native American Music Association awards).  It is a seamless musical collaboration between Cowboy and Indian."  Pure 'D' Cowboy is available for $17.00 postpaid from TJ Casey's web site and from CD Baby, where you can also listen to tracks.

   The wildly popular Horse Crazy band (Lauralee Northcott, Emele Clothier, and Nadine Van Hees) has a new CD, Cowboy Rhythm, with 13 tracks of songs by Patsy Montana, Chuck Pyle, Devon Dawson, Jack Thorp, Gene Autry, Dave Stamey, and others. See the track list here, and visit their web site for additional details.

   Friends of Frank Galbraith, a well loved musician who died in July, 2005, have produced a CD of his music, Legacy, to honor his memory, share his music with the world, and as a way of providing a legacy for his children.  Frank had been recording his music before his death, working toward putting together a CD. The CD includes 16 songs, 14 written by Frank, who sings the lead vocals on 15 of the tracks.

The British Columbia Cowboy Heritage Society (BCCHS) site has information, including a link to the www.caribooskiies.com site, which has a touching report and photos about the recent fundraiser held to launch the CD. 

At the BCCHS site, they say, "You can still help bring Frank's music to the world by buying a CD - just send an email to us and will let you know the best way to get one. The CDs are $15 each."


   The Best of New Mexico Western

Rick Huff and Mary Ryland have produced The Best of New Mexico Western:  Big Surprises from Behind the Chile Curtain! a two-year labor of love - a double CD album that features 48 tracks, a staggering 2-1/2 hours of Western and Western Swing from artists living in the state!  "Big Surprises" indeed: R.W. Hampton, Luke Reed, Syd Masters & The Swing Riders, Kip Calahan, The Flying J Wranglers, Bill & Bonnie Hearne, Erik Darling and lots more!!  An astonishing discovery for fans and performers alike!  "You're in for a real treat!" says O.J. Sikes.  Send $22 (2-CD set $20, s/h $2) to Frontiersmen 2, P.O. Box 8442, Albuquerque, NM, 87198-8442.  Questions?  Call 505 265-1582 or e-mail bestofthewest@abq.com


  Cowboy Ballads and Dance Songs, Wylie and the Wild West

Our Honored Guests and BAR-D -- and just about everyone's -- favorites Wylie and the Wild West have a great new CD that we've been playing here, Cowboy Ballads and Dance Songs.  Their recent newsletter describes it well: 

The new CD features Wylie & the Wild West at their best performing traditional favorites such as "Good Bye Old Paint" (a duet with Cheryl White of The Whites), "The Strawberry Roan," "Streets of Laredo,"  "My Home's in Montana," and more.  Produced by Joe Wilson of the National Council for the Traditional Arts in Washington, DC. 

Check it out at: http://www.wylieww.com/cowboy.html  The album is released by Cracker Barrel Records as part of their American Music Series.  The CD will be available only through our web site, at live performances and at Cracker Barrel Stores across the country. Order at: http://www.wylieww.com/order.html

Visit the Wylie and the Wild West web site, where you can see the liner notes for the 13 classics, accompanied by much interesting commentary.  

Wylie's latest newsletter included information about two great on-line video pieces you can view on line:  

The band's October 8, 2003 performance at The Kennedy Center's prestigious Millennium Stage program. 

And as the newsletter describes, "Another new video that fans will enjoy shows Wylie at home on the ranch and was filmed near Dusty, Washington last January in a foot of snow!  Along with a great interview, you can watch Wylie ride and glide on his favorite cuttin' hoss, Whiskey.  The documentary can be found on the Voice of America website at: http://author.voanews.com/english/2004-12-22-voa5.cfm"

You'll find links and much more at the Wylie and the Wild West web site. 


New in 2005: Books and Recordings of Western interest and beyond


Cowboys and Buckaroos, by Tim O'Byrne, is described by Western Horseman, its publisher:  "A modern-day definitive guide to help improve your cowboy skills and preserve the time-honored traditions of this North American icon. Explains in great detail the working lifestyle and trade secrets in a way that appeals to everyone."

It may be summed up best by Beals Cowboy Buckles, as being about "...what real cowboys do and how they do it...."

Stay tuned for our feature on this excellent book.

Cowboys and Buckaroos is available for $21.95 from Western Horseman, Beals Cowboy Buckles, Amazon.com, and other booksellers

kostbbk.JPG (11335 bytes)  Ken Overcast--rancher, writer, cowboy singer, and host of radio's popular The Cowboy Show--has a new book of stories, Shootin' the Breeze. As described at Ken Overcast's web site, "The vast majority of these little short stories are true.. at least they were sort of true when they happened..."  The book has been received with enthusiasm from many, including Darrell Arnold, editor and publisher of Cowboy Magazine: "...If you like laughin’ at cowboys, and I can't think of anybody who doesn’t, you’ll love Ken's new book. Don’t pass it up."  Read more here at the BAR-D, where we have some selections of Ken's stories, and at Ken Overcast's web site, where Shootin' the Breeze is available for $16.95 plus postage.

  Popular Western writer Eugene C. Vories has a new novel, Deputy, the third book in the Button Benton trilogy. The author describes the book, "Young Button is appointed deputy sheriff because of  trouble Major McDonald is stirring up with the cattlemen by trying to imitate the Wyoming cattlemen of the famed Johnson County War.  The community is also a tinderbox because of strife in the coal fields.  Button finds himself not only trying to keep the cattlemen in line, but is also involved in keeping peace  in the mining camps.  An exciting tale set in early day southern Colorado."

Eugene C. Vories, a frequent contributor to COWBOY MAGAZINE, published his first book in 1959.  Read more about his work WritersWestDeputy is available for $17.50 postpaid from Eugene C. Vories, PO Box 214, La Veta, CO 81055-0214.

   Sculptors Tom Morgan and Dan Pogue have created a bronze tribute, Passing of the Colors, "in honor of veterans and the patriotic spirit of the American people."  The piece depicts a family at a parade as the flag passes.

Tom Morgan's sculpture, Ponderin' Lines 'n Lyrics, was an Art Spur subject. You can read the poems inspired by his sculpture and more about Tom Morgan here.

All of Tom Morgan’s net proceeds from Passing of the Colors are being donated to non-profit organizations benefiting Veterans. Tom has had a passion for veteran support for years, most recently raising funds to build the WWII Memorial. See more about this impressive piece and learn more about Tom Morgan and his art at his web site.

  Hey Cowgirl, Need a Ride?, a novel by Baxter Black, takes up with Lick and Cody, the two rodeo cowboys from his first novel, Hey, Cowboy, Wanna Get Lucky? The publisher describes the book, "Written with Baxter’s rip-roaring humor and inventive language, this caper gallops to a thunderously satisfying conclusion. Fans who enjoyed Hey, Cowboy, Wanna Get Lucky? will relish their reunion with Lick and Cody, while new readers will delight in this unforgettable cast of characters."  The Amazon description says, "What will bring readers back to Lick is Black's loving, sophisticated sendup of western romances, as if Larry McMurtry were writing Blazing Saddles II." 

Read more about  Baxter Black in our feature here and at his web site.

Hey Cowgirl, Need a Ride? is available for $23.95 from: www.BaxterBlack.com Coyote Cowboy Company
PO Box 2190 Benson, Arizona 85602 (800) 654-2550 (520) 586-1077 and other booksellers

  Rhymes of the Mines, Life in the Underground, recitations by the late H. Mason Coggin of mining poems from Arizona and the West is available from Cowboy Miner Productions

H. Mason Coggin was an expert on copper mining, gold placers, and mining history, and well known for collecting and reciting Western poetry. The CD includes 19 tracks, with poems by Robert Service, Curley Fletcher, H. Mason Coggin, and others.  

Rhymes of the Mines, Life in the Underground is available for $14.95 from www.CowboyMiner.com, Cowboy Miner Productions, 1614 E. Bell Road, Ste. 101 #33, Phoenix, AZ 85022 602 569-6063

  Galllows for a Gunman, a novel by Rod Miller, received praise, from Dale L. Walker, "Rod Miller is a rising star in Westerns," and others. Read more on Rod's page here, along with the publisher's introduction of the book, which includes the intriguing question, "...are some people too evil to really die?"

Rod is one of Western Horseman's most frequently-published poets, and American Cowboy has published at least 12 of his poems.  Read more about Rod Miller and some of his poetry here.

Gallows for the Gunman is available for $5.99 plus postage from Amazon.com, Pinnacle Books and other booksellers

  From Bunny Sings-Wolf:  NEW CD!!! Entitled Prophecy Keeper, the lyrics ring "Let the truth be known for all mankind again". . . 28 minutes of soulful music with canyon echoing Native flute, heartbeat drum, and acoustic guitar harmonies, wind and thunder  - compliment the meaningful words so heart-fully sent from the strength of a feminine voice you won't soon forget! This CD was inspired by a song by the same title, co-written with Nashville Awarded Songwriter Karen Lake, and production was supported in part by a grant by the Wyoming Arts Council. With many implications for our times, here is music poetry to take you back to the untouched prairie and the truths found abundantly in the natural world. Visit www.bunnysingswolf.com to read lyrics and hear 2 minute music samples, and purchase ($8 plus shipping) songs inspired and recorded in the heart of the Black Hills.

  Unbridled: The Western Horse in Fiction and Nonfiction, edited by Michael Engelhard, is an anthology of horse stories featuring prose by poets and writers Virginia Bennett, Linda Hasselstrom, Linda Hussa, Laurie Wagner Buyer, and Carolyn Dufurrena. Their stories join those of Will James, Frederick Remington, Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Zane Grey; contemporary writers Max Evans, Edward Abbey, Thomas McGuane, Gretel Ehrlich; and others.

The publisher, The Lyons Press, describes the book: 

The Western horse has transcended divisions of race, culture, gender, and age to become an American icon. Without it--and the stories it inspires--the West would be impoverished. While much has been written about cowboys and the West, no other anthology exists that focuses exclusively on the animal itself.

Unbridled assembles some of the best Western horse stories ever written. The Western horse is seen and described from a variety of perspectives. These are the stories of ranchers, cowboys, soldiers, hunters, trappers, Plains Indians, vaqueros, pioneer women, and even a president. Many of them are well known; some are waiting to be discovered. The unifying sentiment is their respect for and admiration of this most remarkable animal.

Unbridled: The Western Horse in Fiction and Nonfiction is available for $22.95 plus postage from www.LyonsPress.com, Amazon.com, and other booksellers

GoodMedicine.gif (46609 bytes)   Now shipping! Good Medicine: Humorous Stories and Poems from COWBOY MAGAZINE, edited by Darrell Arnold with a foreword by Baxter Black.  The fun-filled anthology of "the lighter side of ranching life" features stories, poems, numerous illustrations and cartoons that have appeared in COWBOY MAGAZINE. It's an excellent sampler of what's found between the covers of the quarterly magazine.  As Gary Morton has written, "There are many magazines that claim to be cowboy, but only one that truly has a cowboy heart and soul.  And that is COWBOY MAGAZINE."

The book is the first in a planned series of "the best" of COWBOY MAGAZINE.  In the Introduction, editor Darrell Arnold writes, "Though I'm a serious student of cowboy history, and though I am deeply moved and inspired by the tales of trial and triumph that many of our cowboy friends have written for the magazine, I must confess that I am partial to the humorous stories. Thus, I have started the book series with this collection of humor..."

Poets in Good Medicine include Mike Logan, D.W. Groethe, Larry McWhorter, Darrell Arnold, Doug Baker, Ken Romriell, and Colen H. Sweeten, Jr..  

There are stories by Frank Jordan, Robert Dennis, Chuck Cusimano, Robert M. Miller, Sally Harper Bates, Eugene C. Vories, Ken Romriell, Sam Dawson, Shirley Weaver, Rolf M. Flake, Red Wolverton, Noel Fell, Willard Hollopeter, Jimbo Brewer, Lou Udall, 'Mad' Jack Hanks, Landon W. Lamb, Billy Krieg, Robert Mitchell King, Tom Bryant, Ben Nichols, Jr., Barbara Bockelman, John Metts, Oly Hermitt, Roger Allgeier, Mackey Hedges, and Gary Dunshee.

Artists and cartoonists include 'Mad' Jack Hanks, Bonnie Shields, Walt LaRue, Justin Wells, D. L. Frazier, A-10 Etcheverry, and Robert M. Miller.

Good Medicine: Humorous Stories and Poems from COWBOY MAGAZINE is available from COWBOY MAGAZINE.  Call 719-742-5250 and order with a VISA or MC or send $15 to P.O. Box 126, La Veta, CO 81055. 

   The Honorable Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has a new book for young people, Chico, based on an incident from her own life, growing up on a cattle ranch. From the official description, "...a ride to visit a new calf ends in a terrifying encounter with a rattlesnake. Sandra learns an important lesson about taking care of herself and her horse-and about overcoming her fears...young Sandra demonstrates the forthright spirit that gave her the courage and confidence to become the first woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Her adventure with Chico in the desert landscape is breathtakingly rendered by celebrated painter Dan Andreasen."

Her earlier book, her memoir Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest, spent nearly a year on the bestseller list.  That book includes a part of Rod Nichols' poem, "Headin' In."  A fan of cowboy poetry, Sandra Day O'Connor commented on our anthology, The Big Roundup, "Cowboy poetry provides an important link to my own rural roots.  The Big Roundup is a fine collection of cowboy poetry -- old and new."

  Gwen Peterson sends word that a wild new calendar for 2006, cleverly named, I See By Your Outfit, is now available.  The Riverbend Publishing site describes the calendar, "This over-the-top, over-sized calendar presents real western women in real western scenes, but like nothing you've ever seen. These ridin' and ropin' ladies put "The Calendar Girls" of Rylstone to shame, and all for a good cause: a Creative Arts and Visual Center in Big Timber, Montana. The photos are more fun than naughty, and each month features original humorous verses by the queen of western poetry, Gwen Petersen, author of Ranch Woman's Manual and one of the wild women behind the project."

Gwen sent order information:

        Calendars are  $19.95 plus postage. 
        Shipped by Pony Express. Add $5.00 for shippin', handlin', and feedin' the horse (and $2.00 for each additional)

"Wild Woman Half Dozen deal" of 6 calendars for $100.00 ($19.70 savings!).  

Wild Woman Productions, Inc
1058 Lower Sweet Grass Rd
Big Timber, MT 59011
(above if you wish calendar autographed by some of the models)

The calendar is also available from the publisher: Riverbend Publishing, PO Box 5833, Helena, MT 59604, 866-787-2363, where there's additional information.

  Popular actor Denny Miller (www.denny-miller.com) has been touring the country with his book, Didn't You Used to be What's His Name?  He was recently at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival and will be at the Western Legends Roundup and a number of other places.  He writes, 

"Many of you know me as Tarzan, King Arthur, Duke Shannon on Wagon Train, the surfer on Gilligan's Island, or The Gorton's Fisherman! I have been an actor for forty-five years and had the privilege of working with many of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Come along with me as my journey begins with my Indiana roots and takes me to Hollywood. Share the joy of playing basketball for Coach John Wooden; swim in the Pacific Ocean with Kate Hepburn; and party with Peter Sellers. I've gone from chimps as Tarzan to shrimp as The Gorton's Fisherman. Meet my family and friends, share my joys and sorrows, absorb my passion for fitness, and experience the trials and tribulations of acting. It's all there and more; plus over 100 photographs of the famous and not-so-famous!"

Read more about the book at his web site, where the book is available for $34.95 per book plus $6.00 shipping and handling (Nevada residents at 7.5% tax) from: TO HEALTH WITH YOU PUBLISHERS, 8550 W Charleston Blvd. #102-374 Las Vegas, NV 89117.

  Past Lariat Laureate Rod Miller's book, John Muir : Magnificent Tramp, a part of the American Heroes series, has been published by Forge Books. From the book's description at Amazon: "In 1849, 11-year-old John Muir immigrated from Scotland to America. Here, he rose from farmer and sawmill worker to become a noted authority on the botany, glaciers, and forestry of the nation's wilderness. Best known for his long association with the Yosemite Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, Muir also explored, mostly afoot, the southern States, Alaska, the Great Basin, and the Mojave Desert. His studies of nature took him around the world and generated volumes of poetic, evocative writings..."

  Merle Roehr describes his book, A Cowboy's Thoughts Looking Back, as "an assortment of poetry, short stories and anecdotes. Most are from life on the ranch...seasoned with my belief in God and from a Christian cowboy's point of view."  Read more at Author House where you can also order the book for $13.50 plus postage.

  Respected Western author Eugene C. Vories has a new novel, Piñon Mesa, set in western Colorado in the early 1900s. It "tells the story of Alan Stuart, a hard-working ranch cowboy who gets cheated out of his family inheritance...In order to hang on to the ranch, Stuart must resort to the unthinkable--helping a hated sheepman gain a toehold on the Piñon Mesa ranges that have, by longstanding tradition, provided grazing for cattle only."

Eugene C. Vories, a frequent contributor to COWBOY MAGAZINE, published his first book in 1959. He plans to bring out his eleventh novel in Fall, 2005.  Read more about this and other novels by Eugene C. Vories at WritersWestPiñon Mesa is available for $16.50 postpaid from Eugene C. Vories, PO Box 214, La Veta, CO 81055-0214.

  Veteran actor and Academy of Western Artists member Alex Cord has published a second novel, Feather in the Rain. Alex Cord made Gainesville, Texas the kick-off for his New York tour with a book signing May 28, 2005, at StarrBooks in Gainesville, Texas,  noon- 4:00 p.m. StarrBooks is located on the downtown square in Gainesville, Texas, 103 S. Commerce St (940-612-0202).

From the publisher's announcement:

A Feather in the Rain was born out of personal tragedy in the author's life. After his son died a tragic and senseless death, Cord found it nearly impossible to cope with the loss. "I literally pulled the covers over my head," says Cord. One day, to help him deal with his emotions, he decided to write about his son. What began as a cathartic experience through writing a journal about his son blossomed into a novel of love not only between a man and woman, but also for life.

The story begins by telling of Jesse Burrell, a Texas rancher and horseman who had buried his son. Disconsolate, Jesse's love and lust for life went fallow. Determined to never again experience the heartache of loss, this trail-hardened cowboy chose a self-imposed lonely and celibate existence. With great effort, he managed to struggle through the motions of his life, running a ranch, and occasionally winning awards in cutting horse competitions. That was how his life was, and that was how it seemed destined to remain.

Then through a chance encounter, he meets a beautiful young woman, her own heart shattered by the death of her brother. They immediately see in each other a kindred spirit. Their explosive love affair will set readers' hearts ablaze with empathy and passion.

Actor Harrison Ford said of A Feather in the Rain, "I felt a real affinity with the characters and hope to one day see this book as a motion picture."

"I've had a sneak preview of A Feather in the Rain, says Ernest Borgnine, Academy Award-winning actor. "Alex has written one of the finest love stories I've ever read. It's sure to make a great movie!" Jameson Parker, author of An Accidental Cowboy, says of A Feather in the Rain, "Alex Cord combines the love of a woman and the love of horses into a moving, sexy, triumphant tale of passion, loss, and redemption."

The artwork for the book's cover was created by Cord's long-time friend Buck Taylor. Taylor, who perhaps is best known for playing the role of gunsmith Newly O'Brien on TV's Gunsmoke, has become a well-known artist whose watercolor paintings, mostly of Western themes, are in galleries and private collections across the country.

Cord starred in such movies as Stagecoach with Bing Crosby and Ann-Margret, The Brotherhood with Kirk Douglas, Harold Robbins' Stiletto, and The Last Grenade with Richard Attenborough. He also has had leading roles in more than 300 television shows, among them Airwolf, Mission Impossible, Walker Texas Ranger, and Murder She Wrote.

waywest05.jpg (46084 bytes)  Cowboy Magazine editor and publisher and our Honored Guest Darrell Arnold and past Lariat Laureate Rod Miller have featured pieces in the new nonfiction anthology from the Western Writers of America, The Way West, True Stories of the American Frontier, edited by James A. Crutchfield, published by Tom Doherty Associates/Forge Books (ISBN: 0765304503). 

Darrell Arnold's article in the book, "Survival of the Cowboy." is about the challenges facing ranching and cowboy work, both historically and currently."  You can read Darrell Arnold's essay, "No Excuse for Lazy Poets" here and read more about him and some of his poetry here

Rod Miller's piece in The Way West, "Bill Cody Gets Buffaloed," is "about that famous frontiersman's little-known involvement in the Utah War of 1857, when the United States Army sent thousands of troops across the plains to punish the Mormons in Utah Territory."  Read more about Rod Miller and some of his poetry here.  Rod is one of Western Horseman's most frequently-published poets, and American Cowboy has published at least 12 of his poems.

Read more about the book at Amazon

BEMandan.jpg (29827 bytes)   MANDAN Dakotah Territory by Blanche Evridge

Blanche Evridge's Western novel, MANDAN Dakotah Territory, is available for $13.50 postpaid.  Email her for ordering details.


unquietcd.jpg (5777 bytes)  The Unquiet Grave and other British Ballads by Dee Strickland Johnson

Dee Strickland Johnson (Buckshot Dot) has award-winning Western-flavored books and recordings and now she has a wonderful, completely different recording, The Unquiet Grave and other British Ballads.  Originally made in about 1976 when her husband John was working at the Ozark Folk Center and she and her children were appearing nightly, it includes 11 hauntingly beautiful songs.  Read more and see a track list on her page here.  The CD is available for $16.50 postpaid from Buckshot Dot Enterprises, HC 3 Box 593-F, Payson, Arizona  85541 and from her web site:  www.BuckshotDot.com.


flyleaf.JPG (16817 bytes)  Fly Leaf Cooking by Charles Williams

Charles Williams, poet and Executive Vice President of the Academy of Western Artists, is also an inveterate book and recipe collector.  He's put together an interesting and attractive cookbook, Fly Leaf Cooking, the collective recipes from the Williams and Parker Family Cookbooks.  He tells that "This cookbook is a collection of hand written recipes found in the fly leaves of various cookbooks that my mother, Oletha Davenport Williams, my wife's mother, Roberta "Meem" Parker, and Vee and I have collected over the years..."  Filled with vintage photos, line art, and recipes for everything from "Spotted Pup/Horse Thief Rice" to "Mrs. Macdonald's Chocolate Cake," it's available for $18 postpaid from Charles Williams, 6245 Chesley Lane, Dallas, TX 75214


   Patches and Poetry by Karen Thomas, Pam Ruppert, and Eloise Thomsen 

Karen Thomas and Pam Ruppert collaborated with their mother Eloise Thomsen in a lovely book. Karen Thomas describes it: Patches and Poetry is a story about Nebraska through fabric art and poetry. Original appliquéd squares of our mother's quilt that won 1st place at the Douglas County Fair and 2nd place at the Nebraska State Fair in 1976 for the Bicentennial Celebrations across America.  Each square of the quilt is a scene of Nebraska with history and poetry that corresponds." 

In the acknowledgements, Karen Thomas writes, "...The poetry was inspired by our attendance at the 1994 Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Lewiston, Montana."  The book includes poetry by Karen Thomas, Eloise Thomsen, Pam Ruppert, Fay Ruppert, and Earl Sampson.

Poet Paul Zarzyski contributed heartfelt words to the book's back cover, including, "Open this book somewhere in the middle.  Hold it out in front of you at arms' length. Now, slowly--ever-so-slowly--draw it in toward your face until it caresses both cheeks like gentle hands of someone who loves you dearly. Breathe deep. Smell the cotton cloth, the rag and wood fiber of paper.  Step into the pastoral setting, the colorful patch and poem your mind's eye feasts upon. Taste the warmth of the story. Hear the musical score--each and every stitch and word, like a maestro's note."

To order Patches and Poetry, send $24.95 plus $2.00 for shipping and handling to: M & D Productions, Inc. 5701 SE Francis St., Portland, OR  97206; www.patchesandpoetry.com.  Please allow about 2-3 weeks delivery.


davepfisheryates.jpg (12314 bytes)  Yates, U. S. Marshall by Dave P. Fisher

Dave P. Fisher's novel, Yates, U. S. Marshall, takes place in a fictional town in Nevada. It is available from PublishAmerica, where you can order it for $16.95 (ISBN: 1-4137-6149-6).  Read more about it here and at Dave's web site.

  Lone Star Law, edited by Robert J. Randisi

Past Lariat Laureate Rod Miller's story, "A Border Dispute," is featured in Lone Star Law, a new book with "Twelve thrilling Western tales that celebrate the proud heritage of the Texas Rangers."  Edited by Robert J. Randisi, Rod joins Elmer Kelton, Louis L'Amour, Ed Gorman, Dusty Richards and others in this collection that "spans the existence of this elite investigative law enforcement agency. From fending off hostile Comanche to tracking serial killers, from aiming Winchesters and Colt revolvers to firing up laptops and state-of-the-art forensics technology, from targeting rustlers and outlaw gangs to leading harrowing hostage negotiations, the men and women who don the badge and white hat of the Texas Ranger stand as steadfast deliverers of American justice -- the Lone Star way."  Amazon includes an excerpt from the L'Amour story.  Rod Miller's prose is featured in a number of anthologies, and his novel, Gallows for A Gunman, will be published in November, 2005. 

Of course, Rod Miller is a widely-published poet as well. Rod Miller is one of Western Horseman's most frequently-published poets, and editor A. J. Mangum wrote a full-page profile of Rod Miller in the March, 2004 issue, saying in part. "Miller is a cowboy poet with a real handle on his craft...His sense of humor, knack for crafting great sentences and flair for description have made his work some of the best cowboy poetry we've published."  Rod Miller's November, 2004 appearance in American Cowboy magazine marked his twelfth appearance in that magazine. Editor Jesse Mullins wrote, "Rod is perhaps our most-published cowboy poet."


Elsewhere at the BAR-D:

A selection of some standards in Cowboy Poetry and Western Music

New in 2009

New in 2008

New in 2007

New in 2006

New in 2004

Christmas books and music

Rick Huff's Best of the West Reviews

Jeri Dobrowski's Cowboy Jam Session



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