What They're Saying about The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Two (2007)
"Prepare for a trip through time. There are classics and pieces written about times long gone. Also included are glimpses into the lives of modern cow hands, ranchers, ranch wives, farriers, and poets...Close your eyes and be carried along with an ebb and flow of emotions and imagery. Wrapped within the subject matter and interpretations there’s sincerity, intimacy, good-natured joshing, wisdom, respect, hogwash, poignancy, and spirituality."
Jeri Dobrowski, Cowboy Jam Session
"...something for everyone who appreciates tales of ranching, riding, and roping..."
Associate Editor Kyle Partain, Western Horseman
"...a treasury in every sense of that word..."
Rick Huff, The Western Way
"Cowboypoetry.com has done it again. Volume 2 of The Bar D Roundup continues to celebrate life in the west with all the picturesque phrasing and expressions delivered as only real, live, hard-working cowboys can. Highlighted by Charles Badger Clark, Jr. reciting his own "Ridin'," every cut on this album is a revealing look into true cowboy living. You'll want to listen to this one over and over."Marvin O'Dell, Around the Campfire
"The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Two is a ride well worth the taking. Feel a saddle gently rock between your legs, smell pine trees or the sagebrush in bloom, taste strong black coffee and trail dust, and see — truly see — the West come to life in your mind's eye."
Mick Vernon, Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival Director and Radio Ranch host
"On a scale of 1 to 10, The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Two rates an 11.", producer of the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo
Comments about The BAR-D Roundup (2006)
"For those of us who love cowboy poetry, this is perhaps the best anthology we've yet heard." Cowboy Magazine
"The BAR-D Roundup provides a fine collection of classic and contemporary poetry offerings that'll please any fan of the genre." Western Horseman
"...one not to miss." O. J. Sikes, host of Western Music Time
"I know of no better compilation of cowboy poetry anywhere."
Marvin O'Dell, Around the Campfire
"This is a keeper!" Toe Tappin' Tommy Tucker, The Western Heritage Show
"What a fine compilation of cowboy poetry; makes you want to listen 'just one more time'!" Waynetta Ausmus, Waynetta's Western Roundup
"...a super compilation of contemporary recordings of some of today's best classic and contemporary cowboy poetry...If you like cowboy poetry, I'd say this is a must-have CD." Mark McMillan, British Columbia Cowboy Heritage Society
Read more about The BAR-D Roundup (2006) here.
About The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Two (2007)
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Two (2007) is a compilation of outstanding contemporary recordings of some of today's best classic and contemporary cowboy poetry.
This second CD includes South Dakota Poet Laureate Badger Clark's vintage recording of his first published poem, "Ridin'." The poem is in his 1915 book, Sun and Saddle Leather, a volume that has never gone out of print.
Two more recent poems, both considered modern classics, are recited by their authors. Joel Nelson recites "The Breaker in the Pen," from hisGrammy-nominated CD of the same name, said to have "raised the bar for cowboy poetry for 1000 years." The late Sunny Hancock's poem, "The Horse Trade" is included.
Two classics are in the hands of the the top practitioners of their craft: Master reciter Randy Rieman renders a flawless performance of Bruce Kiskaddon's "When They've Finished Shipping Cattle in the Fall." Noted reciter Jerry "Brooksie" Brooks delivers the evocative "Mornin' on the Desert," a poem long attributed to "Anonymous" (the rightful author was uncovered in research for this CD: Katherine Fall Pettey).
Gail I. Gardner’s peerless classic, “The Sierry Petes” is recited by the late J. B. Allen. Gardner's wife, Delia Gist Gardner, also wrote poetry—a fact discovered after her death. Her moving poem, “Hail and Farewell,” is delivered in a singular performance by Gail Steiger, songwriter, filmmaker, rancher, and the Gardners’ grandson.
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Two includes the first chapter of Grass, cowboy poetry’s masterwork by the late Buck Ramsey, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, recognized as the modern spiritual leader of the genre. (The 2006 edition of The BAR-D Roundup includes the well-known and widely known Prologue to Grass, "Anthem," a poem that has been called "the finest contemporary piece of writing in this tradition.")
Popular Canadian poet Doris Daley's poem, "A Letter to Mr. Russell," addresses the famous cowboy artist, bringing him up to date on current parlance in her own artistic words that weave in the titles of some of his best-known paintings.
Baxter Black has praised Elizabeth Ebert's extraordinary poem, "He Talked About Montana," saying "If her poems were mountains and the verses peaks, this would be the eagle soaring over all."
Paul Zarzyski, the self-described "Polish-hobo-rodeo-poet," recites S. Omar Barker's "Hosses vs. Horses," a recording from the award-winning Spurrin' the Words, a Cowboy Poetry Project from the Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development.
Oklahoma rancher and gathering audience favorite Jay Snider combines talent and wisdom in his tale of "Tyrone and Tyree."
Smoke Wade draws on his experience in the days of trailing large herds of cattle out of the Hells Canyon of the Snake River, times that are "gone now, along with the cattle ranches in Hell's Canyon," in his poem, "Trailing the Herd."
Native Utahn Jo Lynne Kirkwood explores the labor and rewards of ranching life in her lyrical, four-part poem, "A Cowboy Season."
Colorado's Peggy Godfrey delivers ranching reality in "A Country Graft," a poem from a recent film about her life, Cowboy Poetry: A Woman Ranching the Rockies.
South Dakota rancher Ken Cook honors his late grandfather and the generations of cowboys in his family, with his poem, "Grandpa."
Tracks by Darrell Arnold, Pat Richardson, and DW Groethe present the lighter side of today's cowboy poetry scene. Darrell Arnold pokes fun with "Cowboy Poultry Gatherin'"; the irrepressible Pat Richardson observes a cowboy poet from his dog's point of view; and quirly DW Groethe's "A Bunny Poem" is a tale of road-weary cowboy poets.
Beloved veteran poet and farrier Don Kennington, recites one of his most-requested poems, "The Last Nail" and rancher, poet, humorist, and famous chuckwagon cook Kent Rollins pays respects to another farrier, in his poem, "Horseshoes and Heaven."
Poems by friends and horsewomen Virginia Bennett and Janice Gilbertson complement each other: Virginia Bennett's wistful and reflective "As You Ride," sets the scene for Janice Gilbertson's life-affirming poem about horses and friendship, "Night Time's Promise."
Rod Nichols, Diane Tribitt, and Yvonne Hollenbeck speak to the spirit. Texan Rod Nichols' poem, "Talent," is about sometimes-hidden virtues, and a hope to be blessed with "just half of such talent to shine as a light before men." In Minnesota rancher Diane Tribitt's poem, "Prayer Under the Northern Lights," a widow rancher's calls on her faith. Lauded South Dakota poet Yvonne Hollenbeck speaks of a reverence that is a part of a way of life in "Nature's Church," with a touch of Jean Prescott's "In the Garden" echoing behind the meaningful poem.
Popular broadcaster, poetry lover and booster, and seasoned reciter Jim Thompson creates a perfect ending, with a flourish, with the recitation of Arthur Chapman 's classic, "Out Where the West Begins." In its day, the poem was known throughout America. It hung in the office of the Secretary of the Interior, was quoted in Congress, used as Western governors' campaign material, was found on cards and postcards, printed in magazines and advertisements, and turned into a popular song.
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Two CD includes a radio Public Service (PSA) Announcement by poet, humorist, and radio host Andy Nelson (listen below). Andy Nelson engineered and co-produced both the 2006 and 2007 editions of The BAR-D Roundup.
The 2007 CD's stunning cover is a photo of poet Virginia Bennett's father-in-law, Orville Bennett, Texas cowboy, 1920. Inside, there's a photo of South Dakota rancher and poet Ken Cook and his sons.
Joe Baker of the Backforty Bunkhouse distributed the CD to his extensive network of western radio stations.
Poems and permissions were generously donated by poets, musicians, families, publishers, and filmmakers.
The BAR-D Roundup CDs are produced by the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, made possible by generous funding support from sustaining donors. It is dedicated to all those who carry on the ranching tradition.
Track list for The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Two (2007)
1. Charles Badger Clark, Jr., "Ridin" 1:38
2. Randy Rieman, "When They've Finished Shipping Cattle in the Fall" (Bruce Kiskaddon) 5:07
3. Doris Daley, "A Letter to Mr. Russell" 2:05
4. Joel Nelson, "The Breaker in the Pen" 5:37
5. Sunny Hancock, "The Horse Trade" 4:54
6. Paul Zarzyski, "Horses vs. Hosses" (S. Omar Barker) 2:04
7. Jay Snider, "Tyrone and Tyree" 1:59
8. Elizabeth Ebert, "He Talked About Montana" 3:00
9. Smoke Wade, "Trailing the Herd" 1:16
10. Jo Lynne Kirkwood, "A Cowboy Season" 5:20
11. Peggy Godfrey, "Country Graft" 1:33
12. Ken Cook, "Grandpa" 1:32
13. Darrell Arnold, "Cowboy Poultry Gatherin" 1:30
14. Pat Richardson, "Shep's Poetry" 2:48
15. DW Groethe, "The Bunny Poem" 1:59
16. J.B. Allen, "The Sierry Petes" (Gail I. Gardner) 2:56
17. Don Kennington, "The Last Nail" 3:01
18. Kent Rollins, "Horseshoes and Heaven" 2:55
19. Buck Ramsey, "The Story: One" 5:04
20. Jerry "Brooksie" Brooks, "Morning on the Desert" (Katherine Fall Pettey) 2:09
21. Gail Steiger, "Hail and Farewell" (Delia Gist Gardner) 2:11
22. Virginia Bennett, "As You Ride" 1:27
23. Janice Gilbertson, "Night Time's Promise" :59
24. Rod Nichols, "Talent" 1:49
25. Diane Tribitt, "Prayer Under the Northern Lights" 2:30
26. Yvonne Hollenbeck, "Nature's Church" 1:25
27. Jim Thompson, "Out Where the West Begins" (Arthur Chapman) :55
28. Andy Nelson, Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry (PSA) :30
All rights are reserved by the artists and owners of the included tracks.
The BAR-D Roundup was produced by the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, with generous funding support from sustaining donors.
Acknowledgments: Special thanks to Andy Nelson, engineer and co-producer with Margo Metegrano; to designer Red Braznell; and to Tom Morgan, Jim Thompson, Francie Ganje, Joe Baker, Marvin O'Dell, Pete and Virginia Bennett, Ken Cook, and Alf Bilton; and to all the poets, reciters, musicians, families, publishers, and filmmakers for their kind permissions.
Liner notes: Detailed track descriptions with references (separate page)
Listen to the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry Public Service Announcement
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Two CD includes a radio Public Service (PSA) Announcement by poet, humorist, and radio host Andy Nelson, who engineered and co-produced both the 2006 and 2007 editions of The BAR-D Roundup.
Listen to the 30-second public service announcement from the CD and to an expanded 60-second version.
Email us for audio clips for your broadcast or web site.
Order Information for The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Two (2007)
This CD is sold out, as of April 2, 2012. Some remaining copies may be available at retail outlets and from other sources. You can email us for information about possible copies.
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The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Three (2008)
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Four (2009)
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Five (2010)
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Six (2011)
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Seven (2012) and special combined offers
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Eight (2013) a two-disc compilation of classic and contemporary Christmas cowboy poetry
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About the cover art for The BAR-D Roundup: Volume 2 (2007):
The BAR-D Roundup: Volume 2 (2007) cover art is a photo of Texas cowboy Orville Bennett, c. 1920, the father of Pete Bennett and father-in-law of poet Virginia Bennett.
Inside the CD, a 2006 photo of South Dakota rancher Ken Cook and his sons Korey, Kelly, and Kiel is featured.
We welcome photo submissions for future editions of The BAR-D Roundup. Cover images will be vintage family cowboy and ranching photos, and inside, contemporary ranch family photos will be featured. Email us for information about sharing your family photos.
About The BAR-D Roundup: Volume 2 (2007) and Cowboy Poetry Week
The sixth annual Cowboy Poetry Week (April 15-21, 2007) sponsored by the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry (www.CowboyPoetry.com), celebrates a venerable and popular folk form that gives a voice to the working West. Cowboys, ranchers, and Western writers tell their stories in poetry—tales as lively today as ever—in a great American tradition that has endured for over 125 years. The week's celebration includes many events taking place in communities, libraries, and elsewhere.
Center Director and CowboyPoetry.com managing editor Margo Metegrano comments, "Cowboy poetry preserves a history as it tells the stories of our working West. As importantly, it conveys compelling modern accounts of an endangered way of life to those who may have little information about this important segment of our population. Cowboy poets, with their insight, humor, and storytelling talents, are great ambassadors from the rural world."
Inaugurated in 2002, Cowboy Poetry Week was officially recognized by unanimous resolution of the United States Senate. The celebration, with a special focus on rural libraries, is held during the third week of April each year, in conjunction with National Poetry Month in the United States and Canada. For the 2006 celebration, sixteen states’ governors officially proclaimed Cowboy Poetry Week and there were activities across the West and beyond.
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer commented in his 2006 Cowboy Poetry Week letter of support, "In the tradition of written and oral history, cowboy poets preserve our rich cultural history, opening the door for the generations to come to discover the heritage of the years past....we are proud of our numerous well-respected contemporary cowboy poets and look forward to the next generation of storytellers..."
“At His Own Pace,” a painting by top Western artist Tim Cox (www.TimCox.com) is this year’s Cowboy Poetry Week poster art. Posters go out to hundreds of libraries as a part of the Center’s Rural Library Project, an important Cowboy Poetry Week outreach activity, part of the Center's mission to serve a mostly underserved community of rural Westerners.
A new edition of The BAR-D Roundup, a compilation CD of the best in classic and current cowboy poetry will be released during Cowboy Poetry Week. The CD is also offered to libraries and available for purchase; proceeds help fund the Center’s programs, including CowboyPoetry.com.
This second annual edition of The BAR-D Roundup includes Charles Badger Clark Jr.’s vintage recording of his first published poem, “Ridin’”; recent poems considered modern classics, recited by their authors, including “Breaker in the Pen” by Joel Nelson and “The Horse Trade” by the late Sunny Hancock; noted reciters Randy Rieman and Jerry “Brooksie” Brooks performing classic poems by Bruce Kiskaddon and Katherine Fall Pettey; Gail I. Gardner’s famous “The Sierry Petes” recited by the late J. B. Allen, and “Hail and Farewell,” by Delia Gist Gardner, delivered by Gail Steiger, songwriter, filmmaker, rancher, and the Gardners’ grandson; and a second selection of poetry from “Grass,” cowboy poetry’s masterwork by the late Buck Ramsey, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, recognized as the modern spiritual leader of the genre. There are many additional tracks (27 total), most from poets who frequently delight audiences from contemporary gathering stages.
CowboyPoetry.com is a central resource for cowboy poetry and associated Western arts, a project of the non-profit Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry. Cowboy poetry's enduring popularity is celebrated year round at CowboyPoetry.com, in a growing number of publications and recordings, and at hundreds of regional gatherings, most notably the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, which marked its 23rd year in 2007.
Read more about Cowboy Poetry Week, including selected references and links and see news about poets' activities here.
How to submit a poem for consideration for future compilations
As Andy Nelson quipped, we need a CD as big as a pizza to include all of the poems we'd like to include on the annual cowboy poetry compilation CD.
Selections are made by invitation, and from the CDs in our library. You are welcome to submit a CD or a track by mail for consideration. The receipt of such submissions will be acknowledged, but we regret that we don't have the resources to comment further on CDs or tracks. All that are received are listened to and considered.
If you've submitted a CD previously and want to suggest a particular track for consideration, please email us with that information.
As always, we're looking for quality: well written poems, well recited, on a professional-quality recording.
Also, for this project, there are these considerations:
the track must be royalty-free for unrestricted radio play
you must own complete rights to any poetry and music on the track
poetry must be your original poetry or be in the public domain or be used with written permission (supplied to us) by the author, who must also be willing to permit reproduction of the track, without compensation or royalties
any background music must be your original music, or be in the public domain; we cannot include tracks with licensed music
The CD will be offered to rural libraries, will be distributed to radio stations for air play, will be used as a premium for supporters of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, and may be sold.
Those donating tracks receive a copy of the recording. There is no additional payment and no royalties are paid.
We're continually considering selections for forthcoming annual compilation CDs.
Send submissions to: CowboyPoetry.com, PO Box 330444, San Francisco, CA 94133.
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