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Port Yonder Books has collected 14 Western stories in
Christmas Campfire Companion,
a volume brimming with good reading for the holidays and beyond.
Editor Chila Woychik selected stories by top Western writers,
including L. J. Washburn, Troy D. Smith, Frank Roderus, Tim Champlin,
Larry D. Sweazy, Robert Vaughan, Douglas Hirt, Dusty Richards, Kerry Newcomb,
Matthew P. Mayo, Robert Randisi, James Reasoner, and Terry Burns. Also included
is a moving story by award-winning poet and writer Rod Miller,
titled "Silent Night."
Find a review
here by Alicia Sondhi of ForeWord Reviews, who comments, "...re-reading
this book could easily become a winter tradition."
Christmas Campfire Companion
is available from
Port Yonder Books and other booksellers.
Susan Jensen and Paul Singer continue their impressive work
with the release of the
Texas Cowpuncher: Part Two
DVD, the ninth in their Vaquero Series films. The series takes a deep and
satisfying look at people, gear, culture, and history with generous footage from
working ranches and other locations. The filmmakers elicit interesting and
informative commentary from
many working ranch men and women and craftsmen
Each film is rich in entertaining and edifying content; they are important
Complementing the compelling footage in
Cowpuncher: Part Two,
cowboy and top cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell and
working cowboy and poet Ray Fitzgerald add to the commentary, as do artists
Teal Blake, Mike Capron, and others. Noted Texas horseman, cowpuncher, and
poet Buster McLaury and Waddie Mitchell add a lively and entertaining
discussion about gear use and other differences between buckaroos and Texas
Texas Cowpuncher: Part
features the music of Don Edwards, Gary Prescott,
Dave Stamey, Wylie Gustafson
of Wylie & the Wild West, Daron Little, Gino
Delafose, Guy and Pipp Gillette of The Gillette Brothers, Craig Duncan, Cowboy
Celtic, Fiddlin' Pete Watercott & Neil Gelvin, Allan Chapman, Steve Hartz, and
From the filmmakers' description:
...It's an exciting journey through the depth and breadth of the Lone Star
State with its vast variety of terrain and fascinating array of cowboying
In east Texas, right next door to Louisiana, they borrow traditions from
their Cajun cousins, and work their cattle with whips and Cur dogs, and
seldom are seen swinging a rope. In the brush country of south Texas,
the cattle hide in thick mesquite thickets, feeling secure...until the Brush
Country Vaqueros and their tough-as-nails horses plow right in and flush
them out. In the Big Bend Country the landscape opens up to deep
canyons and vast herds of cattle roaming free, until the 06 Ranch crew with
their 100-horse remuda descend on them to gather and head them to the
branding pens. On the fringe of the Panhandle, Tom Moorhouse and his crew
spend weeks out on the wagon, gathering and branding cattle in Texas, New
Mexico and Montana.
These hearty men, Tom Moorhouse, Chris Lacy, Bill White and many others run
these operations and know their stuff. They are the descendants of earlier
ranchers who pioneered the cattle business in Texas.
Enjoy two hours of great cowboy entertainment accompanied by the music of
real cowboy singers who have spent many hours in the saddle..."
Texas Cowpuncher: Part One
covered the history of Texas cowboys and its big ranches.
Find the entire series—which started with the acclaimed Tapadero
and its look at the Californio vaquero historyand
more about each film, including video clips, at
VaqueroSeries.com. Also find the
Vaquero Series on
Multi-award winning poet and writer
takes readers through a panoramic history of the West in the
Go West: The Risk & The Reward,
from the Range Conservation Foundation and
magazine. He introduces the volume with a satisfyingly focused look
at the meaning of "the West." He invites the reader, "Go West to
the ruins of ancient civilizations, to ghost towns of days gone
by, to communities that cling to little but courage and
optimism, and to cities that crowd the limits of nature."
Beautifully illustrated with vintage and modern images—see one
of Cindy Stout Quigley's images from the book in the November
26, 2012 Picture the West
book offers fresh perspectives. From interesting and obscure
historical photos to Royce Bair's dazzling "NightScapes"
(including "Milky Way over Lake Jackson in the Grand Tetons,
Wyoming" and "Meteor over Great Salt Lake, Utah") the images
complement the incisive prose; both offer plenty for pondering.
Among many other contemporary photographers are Larry Angier,
Larry Turner, Linda Dufurrena, Linda Ellwein, Gary Butler, and
C. J. Hadley (the book's editor and
magazine's editor and publisher).
Throughout the book,
chosen quotes accompanying the prose and images
heighten the themes of risks and reward. An 1845
emigrant tells, "We were lost in the mountains six weeks. The
way was rough beyond description. The women and children walked
most of the way." Pages later, a contemporary photo of a hardy
working ranch woman offers sure testament to what was gained.
Carolyn Dufurenna's 2001 book,
Fifty Miles from Home, is
quoted, "The children of ranchers know what their fathers do all
day, because their fathers take them along..." Her words are
superimposed over a photo of the rough country where her family
ranches, along with her daughter-in-law's evocative picture of two
generations of cowboys.
The Western landscape and its people are well represented in
this thoughtful and inspiring book.
Its spirit is perhaps best summed up by Western writer Wallace
Stegner, who is also quoted by Rod Miller: "One cannot be
pessimistic about the West. This is the native home of hope."
Its title is taken from words famously attributed to 19th
century newspaperman Horace Greeley.
Go West: The Risk & The Reward
is available for $32 plus postage from
Journalist and photographer
profiles more than twenty Western guest ranches, illustrated with more than
200 photographs, in
Great Ranches of Today's Wild West.
From the publisher's description:
A breathtaking adventure through the stirring landscape of the modern Wild
In this beautiful collection, veteran travel writer Mark Bedor takes readers
on a journey through twenty of the great ranches of today’s Wild West. With
over 200 stunning full-color photographs, reading
Great Ranches of Today’s
is almost as good as being there. Take a horseback ride through the
snowy woods at Vista Verde Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, or follow in
the footsteps of Butch Cassidy on the Outlaw Trail at Utah’s Tavaputs
Ranch—it’s all just another part of the American ranch experience.
The book's foreword is by William C.
Reynolds, publisher of
Ranch & Reata
Find excerpts and order information for
Great Ranches of Today's Wild West
The Mystery of Little Nepo; an Arizona
is billed as
Dee Strickland Johnson ("Buckshot Dot")'s
first book for young readers, and that is slightly
misleading: it's a captivating tale that will appeal to
The book, illustrated by Bridget
Heeringa, is filled with charming, active characters and delightful language,
peppered with inventive misnomers, puns, daffy dialect, and other such fun.
Gentle lessons about "talking funny" and "being different" shine through.
The author has taught
history, drama, English, and art. How lucky her students have been.
The tale is set in the Sedona
area of Arizona and the book's publication is well timed for the state's
Find more of Buckshot Dot's poetry and more about her
here at CowboyPoetry.com and at her
The Mystery of
Little Nepo; an Arizona Story
is available for $8.95 plus $3.00 postage from: “Buckshot Dot”; 3033
E. Devonshire, #2023; Phoenix, AZ 85016. (Postage is for 1-3 books of
any combination of this title or Along
the Arizona Trail);
Georgia's Official Balladeer,
veteran songwriter, radio host, poet, and Entertainment and Sponsorship
Manager for the Booth Western Art
Museum, displays his considerable talents in an
The Place Where I Worship.
The CD includes his original songs (and one poem), covers,
collaborations, and traditional spiritual poems. In the liner
notes, Doc's performing partner Jerry Warren writes about how
the CD came about, and it cannot be improved upon:
In the spring of 2010, Doc's annual visit to his local vet revealed that a
tune-up was needed for his ticker. After ordering a cardio repair kit and
hiring a bluegrass fiddler to oversee the installation, I was told that the
hardest part of the procedure was removing the outer bark and a crust that
was an inch thick. He said he had to remove a yard of ego, two feed buckets
of bravado and just a hint of BS. Upon completion an entirely different Doc
survived; his refurbished heart beats easier as he sings his softer side in
this spiritual compilation...
There is plenty of Western flavor in the 14 tracks
(including "Cowboy Communion"; "From the Rim of the Canyon";
"Rockies From the Ground"; his "The Saddle Preacher" poem;
Badger Clark's "A Cowboy's Prayer"; "Will There be Sagebrush
in Heaven"; and "When the Roundup's Over" written with Jerry
Warren). Find the entire track list
Find more about Doc Stovall in our feature
The Place Where I Worship is available for $17
postpaid from Doc Stovall at PO Box 3070,Cartersville, GA
or PO Box 574; Lithia Springs, GA 30122.
Susan Jensen and Paul Singer of J & S Productions
have released their eighth DVD in the company's noteworthy
video series about the cowboy tradition, Texas
Cowpuncher, Part One. From their description:
Texas Cowpuncher was filmed across the vast reaches of the Lone
Star State. In fact, the story is so big it will come in two parts. Part One
reveals a complex history of the Cowpuncher with influences coming from
Mexico, South Carolina and California.
It goes back in time to the roots of some of the most famous ranches,
including the 06, Pitchfork, XIT and Matador, where once longhorns ruled
until the Herefords and Angus made their way west.
They do things differently here...and it's crystallized when cowpuncher
Buster McLaury and buckaroo Waddie Mitchell, each
laud the virtues of their own style of cowboying. “Dally roping and taking as
long as it takes is easier on your horse and cattle,” says Waddie. While
Buster explains why his Daddy taught him the virtues of “tying on and getting
‘er done fast.”
It was here in Texas, where the first cowboy songs originated.
Don Edwards and the singing duo Guy and Pipp
Gillette provide a musical journey through this history.
Each video in the series features contemporary cowboy music from artists
including Dave Stamey, Mike
Beck, Ian Tyson, Cowboy Celtic, and others. Previous releases are
Tapadero (Californios); The Remuda (Buckaroos); Holo Holo Paniolo
(Hawaiian Cowboys); Houlihan (Northern Range Cowboys); Los Primeros
(The First Vaqueros); Terra Encantado (New Mexico Cowboys), and Mula
(The Old Spanish Trail).
Find more information about Texas Cowpuncher and the other
DVDs at www.vaqueroseries.com
Theodore Roosevelt's rich life comes alive in A Free and
Hardy Life; Theodore Roosevelt's Sojourn in the American West,
edited by Clay S. Jenkinson, with a foreword by Douglas
University Press). The sumptuous oversized book includes
70 stories, excerpts from Theodore Roosevelt's 1913 An
Autobiography, and over 100 images.
North Dakotan Clay S. Jenkinson, a Bismarck Tribune
columnist, is widely known for his portrayal of Thomas
Jefferson. Among other positions, he serves as the Chief
Consultant to The Theodore Roosevelt Center through Dickinson
The title promises a focus is on Roosevelt's life in the West,
and there is much satisfying reading about the land that was
still wild in his day.
In his meaty introduction, Jenkinson sets the scene for the
transformation of Roosevelt from "a young, well-off reformer
from New York of uncertain health" to "a man who shot grizzly
bears at point blank range and punched out drunken gunslingers
in saloons." He writes, "He lived only a small portion of his
life in the Dakota badlands, but he returned to the larger
West again and again for the rest of his life, and he took
some deep, fundamental satisfaction in regarding himself as a
man of the West....First the American West transformed
Theodore Roosevelt. Then Roosevelt transformed the American
In the Preface, Douglas Brinkley adds interesting information
about Mount Rushmore and Roosevelt's place there and his deep
connection to the Dakotas. Brinkley's view of the "cowboy
President" is filled with an enthusiasm equal to the spirited
collection that follows.
Beautifully designed and written in an accessible and
absorbing voice, readers will find a wealth of historical
information beyond the Badlands and in addition to the
fascinating life and character of Roosevelt. He lived,
largely, in an exciting time of expansion and progress,
conflict and change, and stories range from the Rough Riders
in Cuba to his White House years and beyond. Many enticing
chapters inspire quests for additional reading.
Jenkinson also directs readers to the growing archive at the
Theodore Roosevelt Center (www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org
and www.medora.com) for
more information. As cited in the useful footnotes,
Roosevelt's An Autobiography is available in a recent
reprint from the
Find more about A Free and Hardy Life; Theodore Roosevelt's Sojourn in the
American West at
Oklahoma University Press.
Popular Canadian singer and songwriter
latest CD, her twelfth album, is
A Merry Prairie Christmas.
It is described:
This festive album is a collection of well-crafted
originals which lend a fresh new sound to Christmas,
combined with several traditional favourites all
delivered in a heartfelt acoustic simplicity. Eli's
genres include Western Roots, Bluegrass, Folk and
Country which are all richly displayed on this CD.
She features the talents of some of the finest
musicians both sides of the border. Craig Young, from
Terri Clark's band brings a Newfoundland sound to
several tracks as he is featured on guitar and mandolin.
Bruce Hoffman from Branson Missouri, who plays with Mel
and Pam Tillis as well as Moe Bandy is a standout on
fiddle and dobro. Silver Dollar Cities Bluegrass legend,
David Bird from Arkansas breaks it down on a few tracks
with his superb banjo licks. Jonathan Black who works
with Barbara Fairchild in Branson adds a slight folk /
jazz sound with piano and saxaphone. Bringing it back to
Saskatchewan Eli herself plays acoustic guitar, autoharp
and blow whistle synth. Eli's husband John Cunningham
not only plays bass and harmonica but is featured
vocally on two tracks, as well as engineers and
co-produces the project.
The title cut, "A Merry Prairie Christmas," is one of
Eli's four original songs on the album. This song
focuses and pays tribute to her beloved Saskatchewan
Prairies which she has returned to after 25 years of
playing music across Canada and the USA:
The cold wind blows across the hills, winter
time is here
Soon the sounds of sleighbells ring and wishes of
There’s no place I’d rather be than right here now
Let’s celebrate in Prairie style until the year is
Find more at www.EliBarsi.com.
Popular Texas singer and songwriter
Jean Prescott describes her new
album, America—Home Sweet Home,
as a "celebration of our freedom and liberty." The CD includes
songs co-written with poets
Darrell Arnold and Yvonne Hollenbeck,
songs by Jeff Gore and Donny Blanz, traditional songs, and
pieces by Jean Prescott. Find the track list
America—Home Sweet Home is
dedicated to Jean Prescott's parents and her father-in-law.
She writes, "I wrote the song 'Just Doing What Was Right' to
honor the memory of my father and tell a bit of his World War
II story. My mother was a Navy WAVE, helping to mend the lives
and limbs of the young men who served so bravely. My
father-in-law served bravely in many campaigns, including
North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and France."
One of the songs co-written with Yvonne
Hollenbeck honors the memory of
Corporal Josiah Hollopeter,
grandson of poet Willard
Hollopeter. Josiah Hollopeter, age 27, was killed in Al
Muqdidiyah, Iraq in June, 2007. See a 2008 Picture the West
dedicated to Josiah Hollopeter here.
Read Yvonne Hollenbeck's story of her inspiration for the poem
that became "Song for Josiah" and find the words
Yvonne Hollenbeck and Jean Prescott
perform together as "Sweethearts in
Find more about Jean Prescott in our
feature here and at
America—Home Sweet Home
can be ordered
at www.JeanPrescott.com and from
CDBaby, iTunes, or by check or money order for $18.00 to Prescott Music, P. O.
Box 194, Dept. CP, Ovalo, TX 79541.
Popular ranch photographer
is available. Sadly, Rene Heil died in July, 2011 (find our
Dust & Smoke:
Top Hands and Pretty Loops
Dust & Smoke: Top Hands and Pretty Loops
includes "... 30 ranches from Texas to North Dakota during Spring Roundup of
2009-2010. It is a full color coffee table book which includes personal
memories of the men and women who tend the herd." The South Dakota ranch of
Glen and Yvonne Hollenbeck is featured in the book.
For over 15 years, Rene Heil traveled from Mexico to
Montana "photographing the working ranches and the working cowboys
during their spring roundup." He posted
Dust & Smoke: Top Hands and Pretty Loops
is available for $39 plus shipping.
Find order information and more about the book at Rene
Heil's Ranch Photography site here.
The acclaimed film,