What They're Saying ...
"For those of us who love cowboy poetry, this is perhaps the best anthology we've yet heard."
Cowboy Magazine (entire review below)
"The BAR-D Roundup provides a fine collection of classic and contemporary poetry offerings that'll please any fan of the genre."
Western Horseman (entire review below)
"...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 (entire review below)
"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
About The BAR-D Roundup (2006)
The BAR-D Roundup is a treasury of outstanding selections of cowboy poetry. The CD includes the first recording of Buck Ramsey’s "Anthem"—a poem that has been called "the finest contemporary piece of writing in this tradition"—from Buck Ramsey's Grass, with essays on his life and work, a new book and recording from Texas Tech University Press. Buck Ramsey is recognized as the “spiritual leader” of cowboy poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, who died in 1998.
Texas Poet Laureate Red Steagall recites his modern classic, another sort of anthem, "Born to This Land."
"What’s Become of the Punchers?" by Jack Thorp, America’s first collector of cowboy music and poetry, is recited by music historian and author Mark L. Gardner, from his recent book and recording, Jack Thorp's Songs of the Cowboys from The Press at the Palace of the Governors, Museum of New Mexico.
Respected octogenarian poet and working cowboy, Cowgirl Hall of Fame inductee Georgie Sicking is represented by a poem from the acclaimed documentary about her, Ridin' 'n Rhymin' by Far Away Films.
"Cow on the Fight" comes from another well-loved octogenarian, Colen Sweeten, highly regarded by his many friends and fellow poets.
Poems by two prized and admired poets, both recently deceased, are included: "Johnny Clare," by Larry McWhorter; and "Change on the Range," by Sunny Hancock, recited by Chris Isaacs.
Additional selections by contemporary poets reciting their original works and classics, include pieces by Virginia Bennett, Dennis Gaines, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Pat Richardson, Doris Daley, DW Groethe, Linda Kirkpatrick, Mick Vernon, A. K. Moss, Jay Snider, Jane Morton, Andy Hedges, Trey Allen, Deanna McCall, Mike Puhallo, Buckshot Dot (Dee Strickland Johnson), Dick Morton, Rod Nichols, and Andy Nelson.
Cowboy poetry is a vibrant folk form, enjoyed for over a hundred years by readers and listeners who appreciate the inspiration, history and humor embodied in its stories of the working West. Its enduring popularity is celebrated at CowboyPoetry.com, a central resource for cowboy poetry and associated Western arts, a project of the non-profit Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry.
The Center's Cowboy Poetry Week celebration -- recognized by unanimous resolution by the U. S. Senate-- is held each April during National Poetry Month. The BAR-D Roundup CD and the celebration's poster are offered to rural libraries in fulfillment of the Center's mission to preserve and promote our Western heritage.
Poems and permissions were generously donated by poets, musicians, families, publishers, and filmmakers.
The BAR-D Roundup was 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.
See detailed track descriptions with references here.
1. Mark Gardner, "What's Become of the Punchers?" (Jack Thorp) 1:39
2. Red Steagall, "Born to This Land" 2:58
3. DW Groethe, "Yearlin' Heifers—Part 1" 1:59
4. A. K. Moss, "The Truth" 1:37
5. Dennis Gaines, "The Spandex Cowboy" 8:08
6. Jane Morton, "Yoo-hoo" 2:45
7. Pat Richardson, "Cowboy Banker" 1:24
8. Yvonne Hollenbeck, "What Would Martha Do?" 2:31
9. Doris Daley, "French Fries" 2:03
10. Chris Isaacs, "Change on the Range" (Sunny Hancock) 4:54
11. Colen Sweeten, "Cow on the Fight" 3:01
12. Mike Puhallo, "Man in the Moon" 2:16
13. Virginia Bennett, "Dad Was Like a Colt" 0:31
14. Georgie Sicking, "The Greatest Sport" 1:39
15. Larry McWhorter, "Johnny Clare" 7:00
16. Mick Vernon, "Picayune Valley" 1:47
17. Linda Kirkpatrick, "When Roundup Time Comes 'Round" 1:58
18. Jay Snider, "300 Miles to Go" 3:24
19. Andy Hedges, "Boomer Johnson" (Henry Herbert Knibbs) 2:55
20. Rod Nichols, "Yep" 1:46
21. Trey Allen, "Alone" (Bruce Kiskaddon) 1:01
22. Buck Ramsey, "Anthem" 4:33
23. Dick Morton, "A Cowboy's Prayer" (Badger Clark) 1:59
24. Dee Strickland Johnson - Buckshot Dot, "The End of the Day" 1:18
25. Deanna McCall, "Endangered" 1:05
26. Andy Nelson, "Cowboy Poet" 1:00
27. Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry radio PSA, Jim Thompson :30
All rights are reserved by the artists and owners of the included tracks.
See detailed track descriptions with references here.
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 Alf Bilton for the initial idea; Andy Nelson, engineer and co-producer; Jim Thompson; Joe Baker; Sally Smith; William Braznell; and the poets, reciters, publishers, families and filmmakers for their permissions and poetry.
Volume One (2006)
This CD is sold out, as of December 21, 2009. 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 Two (2007)
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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What They're Saying ... continued from above
From the September 2006 issue of Western Horseman, by Associate Editor Kyle Partain:
Printed with the permission of Western Horseman and Kyle Partain, Copyright September, 2006
The BAR-D Roundup
A project of the nonprofit Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, The BAR-D Roundup provides a fine collection of classic and contemporary poetry offerings that'll please any fan of the genre.
The CD's final track, "Cowboy Poet," sums up the collection. "He loves to battle with words and cattle...He paints murals with words of life with family and herds...As tradition dwindles, his poetry kindles the flame in a new generation's day," Andy Nelson recites.
Topics on the collection range from serious to humorous, from long days in the saddle, to difficult days at the traveling circus. "The Spandex Cowboy" offers the longest and most entertaining example of cowboy humor. Dennis Gaines explains, "Col. Potter told me, 'Son, them duds has got to go. There's rules that we must follow in the wrestling rodeo. You keep your hat, you keep your boots, a cowboy's got his pride. You'll wear a different outfit there upon your hide.' They brought me out a wrestling rig that really made me blink. It was tight and it was shiny. It was Spandex; it was pink."
Pat Richardson's "Cowboy Banker" will bring an approving nod from those who understand the costs associated with the western lifestyle. And Colen Sweeten sounds like a been-there, done-that cowboy as he tackles "Cow on the Fight." Another highlight is Andy Hedges' "Boomer Johnson," the story of a truly killer cook."
Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, www.CowboyPoetry.com.
© 2006, Western Horseman
From the Summer, 2006 issue of Cowboy Magazine, by editor Darrell Arnold:
The BAR-D Roundup
If you haven't ever checked out the website CowboyPoetry.com, it might be time for you to do so [they have] put together one of the best sites anywhere where folks can read and read about quality cowboy poetry. On this new CD, [CowboyPoetry.com] has collected some of the best cowboy poets, both contemporary and traditional.
Included here are excellent original poems by noted poets Red Steagall, DW Groethe, A. K. Moss, Dennis Gaines, Jane Morton, Pat Richardson, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Doris Daley, Colen Sweeten, Mike Puhallo, Virginia Bennett, Georgie Sicking, Larry McWhorter, Mick Vernon, Linda Kirkpatrick, Jay Snider, Rod Nichols, Buck Ramsey, Dee Strickland Johnson, Deanna McCall, and Andy Nelson. In addition are recitations of classic works by Mark Gardner, Chris Isaacs, Andy Hedges, Trey Allen, and Dick Morton.
For those of us who love cowboy poetry, this is perhaps the best anthology we've yet heard.
CowboyPoetry.com, P. O. Box 330444, San Francisco, CA 94133; CD, 26 poems, $20 ppd.
© 2006, Cowboy Magazine magazine; reprinted with permission
From Marvin O'Dell of Around the Campfire broadcast on Classic Heartland.
I suppose cowboy poetry is an acquired taste. However, it doesn't take long to make that acquisition once you begin listening. The Bar-D Roundup offers up a very nice platter of cowboy poetry that should satisfy the tastebuds of all who sample. Just as one might blindfold one's self for a taste test, I recommend turning off the television, eliminating all distractions, sitting back with eyes closed while allowing the poets from The Bar-D Roundup to serve you small portions of the cowboy life. I'm confident that most listeners will find this feast satisfying and themselves longing for more. I know of no better compilation of cowboy poetry anywhere. And CowboyPoetry.com has done an excellent job of putting this poetry on disc and packaging it. It's kind of like that box of chocolates that Forrest Gump had sitting on his lap--you never know what's inside each cut. This is delightful stuff!"
About The BAR-D Roundup and Cowboy Poetry Week
The Fifth Annual Cowboy Poetry Week took place April 16-22, 2006. The week recognizes this venerable and popular folk form, as vibrant today as it was over a hundred years ago, during the days of the great cattle drives.
Cowboy poetry is enjoyed by an ever-increasing number of readers and listeners who appreciate the humor, inspiration, and history embodied in its stories of the working West. Cowboy Poetry Week is celebrated by a variety of events in communities across the West, by individuals, groups, libraries, schools, and radio stations.
"Heading Home," a painting by Joelle Smith (1957-2005) was selected as the 2006 Cowboy Poetry Week poster art and the cover art for The BAR-D Roundup, a compilation CD recording of top classic and contemporary poetry. Both the poster and CD are offered to rural libraries across the West, as a part of the mission of CowboyPoetry.com and the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry to preserve and promote cowboy poetry and our western heritage.
Inaugurated by CowboyPoetry.com in 2002, Cowboy Poetry Week was officially recognized by unanimous resolution of the United States Senate. The celebration is held during the third week of April each year, in conjunction with National Poetry Month.
Poets get involved with activities including poetry events, readings and programs at schools, libraries, and community centers. They petition their governors to proclaim Cowboy Poetry Week in their states, and sixteen governors issued proclamations for their states in 2006: Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. of Utah, Governor David D. Freudenthal of Wyoming, Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski of Oregon, Governor Kenny C. Guinn of Nevada, Governor Janet Napolitano of Arizona, Governor Christine Gregoire of Washington, Governor Matthew Roy Blount of Missouri, Governor Bill Owens of Colorado, Governor Rick Perry of Texas, Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana, Governor Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry, North Dakota Governor John Hoeven, Idaho Governor Dirk Arthur Kempthorne, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California.
In the words of the Senate resolution sponsor, Senator Conrad Burns of Montana "...it is important to understand that cowboys live and breathe a unique culture which few may be exposed to. I would encourage all my colleagues to take a walk in their boots one day, and read a little 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 Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, which marked its 22nd year in 2006.
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.
Read more about Cowboy Poetry Week, including selected references and links and see news about poets' activities here.
About the cover art, "Heading Home," by Joelle Smith
The BAR-D Roundup cover art is from "Heading Home," by Joelle Smith. We are honored to have "Heading Home," also, as our the official poster for Cowboy Poetry Week, 2006.
Joelle Smith's work is familiar to many in the posters she has done for Cowboy Poetry and Music Gatherings, including the Santa Clarita Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, the Monterey Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, the Visalia Roundup; for the Cowgirl Hall of Fame; and for Western music albums, including those for Don Edwards, Lorraine Rawls, and Wylie and the Wild West.
Joelle got her first pony, George, when she was ten. This was not the start of her love of horses, but was the first real horse that came into her life. She even chose the college she attended because they had a school pasture where she could keep her horse.
Joelle's life revolved around her love of horses, both in her work and in the rest of her life. She lived with her mother, Sally, on twenty acres in Alfalfa, Oregon, along with seven horses. Sally contributes as secretary for Joelle's business, as well as chief cookie baker. She has become known as "Cookie Mom" at Joelle's shows for the cookies that she brings.
Joelle spent her mornings with the horses and painted in the afternoons and evenings. The horses came first in her life just as they came first in her daily schedule.
Her favorite subject was horses, and these she painted with true passion. "The art came from the horses," she explained. The love of horses was always there and so was the art, but the horses came first."
All of Joelle's subjects were real horses, real places and real people. She did not pose them for her paintings, but tried to capture a slice of life in a documentary style. Many of the horses in her paintings are her own, as they were close by. She made at least two trips out of the area a year to gather material.
Joelle's work is a reflection of her experiences on ranches throughout the West. Her paintings are records of contemporary Western life, her legacy to future generations.
Joelle was invited to display her work at the 2006 Prix de West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, an accomplishment she strived for during her entire career.
On August 5, 2005, Joelle lost her valiant three year battle with cancer. Though her physical presence here on earth is and will always be greatly missed, her legacy of work will live on.
Ranchers TJ and Nate Wald of Lodge Grass, Montana, are the pictured riders in "Heading Home."
Nate Wald is a respected rawhide braider and a member of the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association. T. J. Wald is a Vintage Dance Mistress. She teaches and she manages the annual 1876 Grand Ball in Hardin, Montana, and the 1864 Grand Ball in Virginia City, Montana, and other Vintage Dance Events.
TJ Wald kindly shared some memories of Joelle and of how the painting came about:
Of course we have grand memories of the photograph and several others that Joelle took herself at our ranch, and painted, as well.
She came and stayed for several days. We had to ride out and gather some cows belonging to a neighbor. (Joelle was really happy that we had to do that.) So, she took her camera along and snapped many photos. By the way, Joelle was a very good hand.
It was a beautiful day and the sky looked just like it does in the painting. Joelle sort of rode back behind people so she could get the shots she wanted and when we would turn to look for her she would be snapping pictures.
The next day my husband Nate asked Joelle if she would like to go along to a neighbor's place to move some cattle. Joelle said, "Oh, would I" ... and she had a terrific time. They were gone all day long and I was very surprised that Joelle was not really very tired when she returned. (She was not well at the time but no one would have known that.) Joelle was an amazingly strong woman.
We have so many paintings from her visit with us and we cherish all of them. Our son Jackson was the model for "High Trot" by Joelle on Capriola's 2005 calendar. She drew a beautiful pencil of Jackson's horse "Dan" that we totally love and look at fondly while being reminded of her visit.
People who pass away are remembered by their families and friends for as long as possible but a person like Joelle will be remembered by many, many people who had never even met her thanks to her gift.
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 is offered to rural libraries, is distributed to radio stations for air play, is used as a premium for supporters of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, and is 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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