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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 2004.  (See the 2005 list here.)

Below you'll find:

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

Western Music 
Western Music recordings

More
Books of Western interest
Western Calendars
Videos of Western interest


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 2005

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 2004: Cowboy Poetry books

 

brookmanhc.jpg (42492 bytes)  Where Sagebrush Grows by Darin Brookman, illustrated by Brian Asher

Darin Brookman and Brian Asher have a new special, limited (50) hardcover edition of their outstanding book, Where Sagebrush Grows. Read more about the book below.

November

Wyocpbk.jpg (7975 bytes)  Wyoming's Cowboy Poets, edited by Jean Henry Mead

Wyoming's Cowboy Poets features the state's top poets, including Chuck Larsen, Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns, Jean Mathisen Haugen, Verlin Pitt, Rick Pitt, Lynne Hendrickson, Andy Nelson, and R. G. Sowers III.  The 201-page book contains brief profiles of 28 Wyoming cowboy poets, their photos and samples of their poetry. The introduction was written by Montana humorist/poet Gwen Petersen.  Editor Jean Henry-Mead is a novelist and award-winning photojournalist, founder of the Western Writers Hall of Fame, and former teacher in the Wyoming Poetry in the Schools Program with Peggy Simson Curry. Read more about the book and at Jean Henry-Mead's Sagebrush and Sleuths web site, where you can order the book. (Do visit her site, which includes her interesting "web interviews" with Louis L'Amour, Chris LeDoux, Dee Brown, Elmer Kelton, Elmore Leonard, and many others.)  See our review hereWyoming's Cowboy Poets is also available by check or money order from Medallion Books, 8344 Shady Lane, Evansville, WY 82636 for $19.95 postpaid (paperback) or $27.45 postpaid (hardcover). Please add 5% sales tax if ordered within Wyoming.  

September

SpokenSongs.jpg (94590 bytes)  Spoken Songs from My Soul by Nona Kelley Carver 

Nona Kelley Carver says of Spoken Songs from My Soul:  "It is a collection of my work like "The Little Country Church," "Grandma's Bible," "An Old Cowboy's Prayer," and "Daddy's Rose."  There are 142 pages of poetry." The cover art is from one of her own oil paintings. Spoken Songs from My Soul is available for $16.00 postpaid from Carver Country Poetry, P.O. Box 115, Mesa, CO 81643.  Read some of Nona Kelley Carver's poetry here.  (See the review and feature about Spoken Songs from My Soul in the San Juan Silver Stage Review.)  

September

  Vantage Point by Sally Harper Bates

Vantage Point from Honored Guest Sally Harper Bates comes with a companion CD. The 70-page book includes 38 poems with illustrations.  Sally says "Some of the poems are new, some are "oldies but goodies" which were written in the past. All 38 are original poems."  The CD has 12 songs, her original creations and four pieces by other poets, including "Arizona August" by Gail Gardner, "Tracks That Won't Blow Out" by Ray Owens, "Roses in the Yard" by Jon Messenger, and "The Mirror" by Ron Brinegar.  See the complete list of songs here. The book is $12, the CD is $15, and a set of both is $24. Shipping and packaging are $4.50.  You can order from:  Sally Bates, P.O. Box 2814, Chino Valley, AZ 86323  

August

  Where Angels Tipped Their Wings by Ron Brinegar

Where Angels Tipped Their Wings, is now available as an "e-book." Ron writes: "This book uses new technology developed by Flip-Viewer. The book contains Poems, Pictures, and Western Drawings by Artist and friend Ron Scofield.  Ron and Marie are host to the Red Mule Ranch show in Fiddletown,California. Best Of all  this book includes Music samplers by some of my friends I've met along the trail from Spokane to Arizona. You'll hear a Nevada friend, Richard Elloyan sing a song he wrote, "The Great Basin Waltz," and my old friend John Tyson of Nevada singing "Mustang Moon" plus a selection from the Old West Trio singing a song they wrote called "Forgotten Trails."  It's just like sitting round the campfire after a days works and listening to the stories, poems and music.

The book downloads directly to your computer in about 5 minutes, You then can read it on your computer, listen to the songs, or print out the pages as you wish. The cost is $9.95 and you pay online via World Pay, a secure credit card site.  Read all about it and order here at the DigitalFlip Store.  

Earlier Ron announced: Where Angels Tipped Their Wings, is available on CD. Ron describes it as "a new version of my existing traditional book...a book you read by loading the contents of the folder on your computer's hard drive." It contains poems, pictures, songs, links to Cowboy web sites and more. The electronic book is available for $15 postpaid from: Desert Spur/Ron Brinegar, 17109 N. Firestone Lane, Surprise, Arizona 85374.

August

  Shorty's Yarns - Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon, edited by Bill Siems and illustrated by Katherine Field, been published by Utah State University Press. 

From an official announcement:

"Bruce Kiskaddon's classic poetry is widely known and loved, and it is a delight to discover this collection of his autobiographical stories, originally published in Western Livestock Journal in the 1930s.   Readers who enjoy the unvarnished realism and wry humor of Kiskaddon's poems will find the same voice in Shorty, who narrates most of these tales of southwestern cowboy life in the 1890-1910 era.  A bonus for Kiskaddon fans is the book's Introduction, which contains biographical details not widely known.  The book is well-designed and attractive, and uses a dozen of Kiskaddon's shorter, Katherine Field - illustrated poems as chapter introductions."

The following poems are included in Shorty's Yarns - Western Stories and Poems of Bruce Kiskaddon:

After the Fall Roundup
All Dressed Up
The Cow Boy's Shirt Tail
Going to Summer Camp
The Long Horn Speaks
The Old Night Hawk
The Old Timers
The Other Feller's Beef
Ridin' School
Startin' Out
That Letter 
Thinkin'
The Wrangler

The book is available in paper and hardcover versions from Utah State University Press (1-800-239-9974), Amazon.com, and at other outlets.

You can read more about the book here at the USU Press site, which includes the table of contents, list of illustrations, and excerpts.

See our feature on Bruce Kiskaddon and a selection of poems and more here.

August

sunday_creek_color_cover.jpg (12749 bytes)  Sunday Creek by Jeff Streeby

Great news for Cowboy Poetry and for fans of our Honored Guest Jeff Streeby's extraordinary work in progress, Sunday Creek: A limited proof edition with 58 characters and notes (178 pages) is now available.  Sunday Creek is a collection of "posthumous monologues" -- words from the grave -- of the residents of Sunday Creek, spanning about 150 years.  Jeff tells "Sunday Creek is a little river in Montana that runs through Miles City. It was the staging grounds for the big district roundups in the area. The town of Sunday Creek is fictitious, but all of these incidents and characters are based on figures from the historical record."  We're pleased to host some of the Sunday Creek pieces here. This edition of Sunday Creek is sure to become a collector's item. You can order Sunday Creek for $15.95 postpaid from Jeff Streeby, 35497 Ivy Street, Yucaipa, California, 92399  (909)797-6296 email.  

July

 wildwooley.jpg (12592 bytes)  Wild and Woolly Western Verse and other Sagebrush Yarns by Sam A. Jackson

Wild and Woolly Western Verse and other Sagebrush Yarns by past Lariat Laureate Sam A. Jackson is full of his meticulous, always-entertaining poetry. In his introduction, Sam writes "Some of the stories are true, and shouldn't be.  Some are not true, but perhaps, should be! All are meant to entertain and enlighten readers to a view of life from the perspective of those spending their lives in the West..." Nearly 70 poems in 166 pages are collected in a chapters with such as "Frozen Tales," "Poetry for Reflection," "On the Lighter Side," "Scientific Musings" (with pieces such as "Time," "Wind," "Creation" and "Sheepherder Geology") and a first chapter, which shares the book's title.  Pages of "poem narratives" include notes and asides on many of the poems.  An special feature, an essay, "Writing Cowboy Poetry," explores his wealth of experience on the subject.  Those familiar with the annual CowboyPoetry Rodeo -- an event conceived and produced by Sam Jackson -- know his commitment to excellence, and he practices what he preaches.  The illustrations, photos, and the cover art are by his talented wife, Renee Budge Jackson.  Wild and Woolly Western Verse and other Sagebrush Yarns is available postpaid for $14 plus $2.35 first class postage from Sam Jackson, 4675 E. Vermillion Avenue, Kanab, Utah 84741.  

July

frrbk.jpg (13308 bytes)  The Quilt and Other Pieces by Francine Robison

The Quilt and Other Piece by Francine Robison is a collection of original stories and poems. The book, dedicated to her mother "who told the stories" and with a cover from a quilt made by her grandmother, captures family stories and other writings from her personal experience, with most of the settings in southern Oklahoma and the Arbuckle Mountains.  See a complete list of contents here (we're pleased to have several poems posted that are included in the book). The Quilt and Other Pieces is available for $15 plus postage. Contact Francine by email or phone 405-273-0776 or 405-226-6342 (cell)  

June 

dbwherecover.jpg (28148 bytes)  Where Sagebrush Grows by Darin Brookman, illustrated by Brian Asher

Honored Guest Darin Brookman's  Where Sagebrush Grows is a collection of his excellent poetry and the inspired art of working cowboy Brian Asher -- it's quality from cover to cover.  There's an introduction by Phil Martin and Red Steagall contributed words about the artist. We're honored to have a few selections here at the BAR-D that are also included in the book. The book's longest poem, "The Ballad of Skeeter Boyd," is a compelling tale based on Red River legends that stays with you long after you've read its well crafted verse. Our review is here. Read more about the book here.  It is available for $23 postpaid from Pair'a Spurs Press; Rt. 2 Box 20; Hollis, OK 73550.  

June  

vbcompbk.jpg (12582 bytes)  In the Company of Horses by Virginia Bennett

Honored Guest Virginia Bennett's long awaited collection, In the Company of Horses, is "...over 100 poems reflecting a lifetime well chosen, well spent, in the presence of these noble creatures.  Including 30 previously unpublished works, 25 photos, introduction and textual notes on most poems."  In the Company of Horses also includes a chapter on Cowboy Poetry for Cowkids, titled "Whistlebritches," complete with photos.  The book is available for $18.95 postpaid from Virginia Bennett, PO Box 216, Paso Robles, California 93447, from Red Steagall's General Store, and from SilverCreek Books & Music. Our review is here. Read some of Virginia Bennett's poetry here

June

clarkcrouchbk.jpg (23171 bytes)   Where Horses Reign by Clark Crouch

Where Horses Reign, contains Clark Crouch's Western and Cowboy poems. You can learn more about it at his web site. It's available from Western Poetry Publications, 1541 Jadwin Avenue, Richland, WA 99352 for $11.95 USD plus $2.50 postage anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.  

May

crumbk.jpg (7685 bytes)  The Cowboy's Star by Gary Crum

The Cowboy's Star by Gary Crum is available exclusively at SilverCreek Books & Music, where they describe the book "...Gary is known for his humorous cowboy verses and his thrilling cowboy adventure poetry, the latter with such subjects as dangerous shootouts and marauding cougars, but this book also includes many poems that are religious, romantic, and/or sentimental.  Like most cowboy poetry, these poems are seldom expressed in a complicated format. Instead, they are plain celebrations of the unique character and lifestyle of those who inhabit the legendary West:  past and present. Sit back, open this volume, and enter a world where bravery and honor are still the traits of everyday men and women.  You will not be disappointed."  Read more at SilverCreek Books & Music.  

May 

cpreunionbk.jpg (25377 bytes)  Cowboy Poetry: The Reunion, edited by Virginia Bennett

Cowboy Poetry: The Reunion, an anthology edited by our Honored Guest Virginia Bennett
is published by Gibbs Smith in celebration of the 20th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering at Elko, Nevada, the book includes 75 poems by 75 poets, with many BAR-D favorites such as Bruce Kiskaddon, Wallace McRae, Rod McQueary, Larry McWhorter, Darin Brookman, Jess Howard, Debra Coppinger Hill, Charles Badger Clark, Wylie Gustafson, Dennis Gaines, Howard Norskog, Dee Strickland Johnson, Jeff Streeby, Waddie Mitchell, Sally Bates, Buck Ramsey, Doris Daley, Colen Sweeten, Sunny Hancock, Red Steagall, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Rhoda Sivell, Robert W. Service, Chris Isaacs, Banjo Paterson, Andy Hedges, Pat Richardson, Linda Hasselstrom and many others.

We have a feature about the book here, which includes Virginia Bennett's introduction and the complete table of contents. We're pleased to have a review of the book as well.

April 

tkingbook.jpg (15822 bytes)   From Cowboy's Office Window by Tom King

We're pleased to have Mark McMillan's review of Tom King's book,  From Cowboy's Office Window.the book right here.  Mark is the editor of the British Columbia Cowboy Heritage Society (BCCHS) newsletter, where the review first appeared, and he is and our Honoured Guest.

Tom says the book is "a collection of mostly humorous poetry complimented with cartoons done by Cowboy Cartoonists International's Ben Crane and Eldon Walls. Most of the stuff is based on the real deal either experienced by myself or someone I know who's involved in the 'Cowboy' way of life and ain't too proud to let me make fun of them and their mishaps!" The book is available postpaid for $14.00 U.S. or $16.95 Canadian from Tom King, Box 5, Site 9, RR1, Sundre, Alberta, Canada, T0M 1X0, 403 638 5241 e-mail See Tom's web site for more. 

April 

  Always a Cowboy at Heart by Joe A. Ribary

Our Honoured Guest Mike Puhallo has a review of Joe A. Ribary's Always a Cowboy at Heart, a collection of stories illustrated by Ben Crane.  Visitors to the British Columbia Cowboy Heritage Society (BCCHS) are familiar with Joe A. Ribary's "Cowboy Joe" stories.   Mike Puhallo writes "For those of us lucky enough to be born here, it's nice to be reminded of the call that brought our fathers and grandfathers to the West."  Read the entire review here.  

April 

jltbk.gif (31817 bytes)  Stuff 'n Things From Cow Country by Jo Lee T. Riley

Jo Lee T. Riley has a new book, Stuff 'n Things From Cow Country. Visit her web site for order information. 

March

janemortonturnface.jpg (24552 bytes)  Cowboy Poetry: Turning to Face the Wind by Jane Morton

Past Lariat Laureate Jane Morton has a fine new book, Cowboy Poetry: Turning to Face the Wind, beautifully published by Cowboy Miner Productions.  BAR-D visitors have long enjoyed the tales of Jane's ranching family, and this book fills in the history from the earliest days through the recent fires that ravaged the area, along with great stories and photos that bring it all to life. It's an important contribution to Western heritage, and early praise includes words from Waddie Mitchell and others. Read all about it here and see a review here.  

This book was a winner of the 2004 Will Rogers Medallion Book Award.

The handsome hardcover book is available for $24.45 postpaid from Jane Morton, 12710 Abert Way Colorado Springs, CO 80908 and from SilverCreek Books & Music

February

blossomsbkyh.jpg (107035 bytes)  Blossoms Beneath the Snow by Yvonne Hollenbeck

Our Honored Guest Yvonne Hollenbeck's first book, Blossoms Beneath The Snow, a Tribute to the Pioneer Ranchwomen, is available again. The nicely done reprint includes over 30 original poems, photographs, and reminiscences of pioneer ranch women (see the list of poems here).  It is available for $15.00, including postage and handling from: Yvonne Hollenbeck - 30549 291st Street, Clearfield, South Dakota 57580 - 605/557-3559 email

January

irememberlsbk.jpg (14950 bytes)  I Remember by Lloyd Shelby

I Remember by Lloyd Shelby is in book and CD format, with over 30 original poems (see the list here).  Each is available for $15 plus $2.50 shipping per order from Painted Word Studios, PO Box 1606, Crosby, TX 77532  

January

betterlkbk.jpg (6984 bytes)    A Better Lookin' Horse, by Stan Tixier

Stan Tixier has a new book, A Better Lookin' Horse, a new recording The Best Lookin' Horse, and new CD versions of his first two tapes. Read all about them here with complete lists of contents on Stan's page. His books are available for $8; tapes are $6; and CDs are $8 ( plus $2.00 postage per order) from: Stan Tixier, 5538 E. 2300 N., Eden, Utah 84310  801/745-4121  email  

January

 



New in 2004: Cowboy Poetry recordings

 

Dennis Gaines, TeePee City Productions, Hapless Trails to You   Hapless Trails to You by Dennis Gaines

Great news from Honored Guest Dennis Gaines: His hilarious Hapless Trails to You is now available on DVD. Previously, we've written: " It remains one of the most impressive performances we've seen. Trouble's A Bruin and Ty Murray, Eat Your Heart Out are included ( reading them can't give an idea of what a pleasure it is to see this cowboy's show). Gaines says he works to "expand the definition of cowboy entertainment to include full-fledged, colorful cowboy short stories" and his performance shows how he has mastered this art."  

In July 2004, Dennis Gaines' CD, Son-of-a-Gun-Stew: A Texas Cowboy's Gather, won the Academy of Western Artists' Will Rogers Award for Best Cowboy Poetry CD.

Hapless Trails to You is a classic.  The original video version is just about out of print.  The 85- minute DVD is $19.17 for Texas residents, $18.00 for others, postage included.  You can order directly from TeePee City Productions, 120 Hartshorn Drive, Kerrville, TX 78028-7607,  (830) 896-5598 email and it will soon be available from SilverCreek Books & Music

November

  

From Australia, Merv Webster writes, "I've taken the bit in my mouth and released my two ballads, I Never Cried For Elvis But I Shed A Tear For Slim and R.M. Williams - A Man Who Had Tried' on a new CD called The Bushman & The Balladeer.  Sung and played in the Aussie traditional bush ballad style they are a tribute to two great Aussie Icons." Read more on Merv's page here and at his web sitePosted 11/9

November

smokecd.jpg (10499 bytes)   Smoke Wade, a Legend in his Own Mind

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 

 

christmasmemcd.jpg (17807 bytes)  Cowboy Christmas Mem'ries by Rod Nichols and Gene O'Quinn

 First Lariat Laureate Rod Nichols and Gene O'Quinn have collaborated on a holiday CD, Cowboy Christmas Mem'ries. The recording "invites the listener to travel back to a simpler time and observe Christmas with the Cowboy as written by Rod Nichols and read by Gene O'Quinn."  

The CD had its official release on Thursday, September 16, 2004 when Rod Nichols appeared in South Dakota on Jim Thompson's daytime Live With Jim Thompson Show! and later that evening on the monthly Heritage of the American West show from Spearfish. 

For more about the CD and a list of tracks, see Rod Nichols' page hereCowboy Christmas Mem'ries is available for $12.95 plus postage from Silver Creek Books and Music.  See our review here.

October   

anlandmines.jpg (14200 bytes)  Land Mines by Andy Nelson

Land Mines by Andy Nelson is a Top Ten finalist for the Academy of Western Artists' Will Rogers Awards. The CD is described on Andy's good looking web site: "All new poems and still the same demented sense of humor, this new CD is sure to rattle your funny bone. With the perfect combination of poetry, background music, and the occasional sound effect, it is almost illegal to have this much fun. The CD sells for $15.00 + shipping and handling."  Andy and his brother Jim are the hosts of Clear Out West, a weekly radio program that is also a Will Rogers Award finalist.  See our feature about the show here. Visit Andy's web site for more about him and his CD.  

May 

rncdf.jpg (15201 bytes)  Yep, A Little Bit More of Texas by Rod Nichols

First Lariat Laureate Rod Nichols' CD, Yep, A Little Bit More of Texas, is "A collection of twenty original cowboy poetry recitations...These poems speak of the love of the land, faith and unique sense of humor of the American cowboy."  See the complete list of contents here and visit Rod's web site for more and to order on the web.  See a review here. The CD is available for $15 postpaid from Rod Nichols, PO Box 215, 6140 Hwy 6, Missouri City, Texas 77459 email

February 

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I Remember by Lloyd Shelby is in book and CD format, with over 30 original poems (see the list here).  Each is available for $15 plus $2.50 shipping per order from Painted Word Studios, PO Box 1606, Crosby, TX 77532  

January

reflectyhjtcd.jpg (11071 bytes)  The Verse & the Voice, Reflections of the West by Yvonne Hollenbeck and Jim Thompson  

The Verse & the Voice, Reflections of the West is a collaboration by Honored Guest Yvonne Hollenbeck and popular radio broadcaster Jim Thompson, host of Live With Jim Thompson! and Heritage of the American West.  Jim recites over 20 of Yvonne's most popular poems (see the list here). See a review here. The CD is available for $15 from Creative Broadcast Services, Inc., 125 Colorado Blvd. Suite 2E, PO Box 1101, Spearfish, SD 57783 605/722-2511 

January

betterlkbk.jpg (6984 bytes)   The Best Lookin' Horse, by Stan Tixier

Stan Tixier has a new book, A Better Lookin' Horse, a new recording The Best Lookin' Horse, and new CD versions of his first two tapes. Read all about them here with complete lists of contents on Stan's page. His books are available for $8; tapes are $6; and CDs are $8 ( plus $2.00 postage per order) from: Stan Tixier, 5538 E. 2300 N., Eden, Utah 84310  801/745-4121  email  

January

 

 


New in 2004: Mixed Cowboy Poetry and Music Recordings

 

whisperstdh.jpg (14002 bytes)  Whispers of Voices by Tom and Donna Hatton

Tom and Donna Hatton's compelling CD, Whispers of Voices, starts with a crack of lightning, followed by Donna Hatton's exquisite a cappella singing. You are held in its spell through beautifully haunting and moving tales and songs -- many based on Donna and Tom Hatton's family histories and their area's history -- "whispers of voices carried by the wandering winds of time."  Original and classic songs and poems performed by the Hattons with vocal and musical accompaniments of Jon Chandler and Ernie Martinez make for a truly unique listening experience. The work of co-producer Scott Martin and sound engineer Steve Avedis reflects the strong team behind this production. Joe Baker is right on target when he says, "Whispers of Voices will change your conception of cowboy poetry and western music forever."  The CD is available for $16 postpaid from White Owl Productions, 230 Ute Trail, Woodland Park, CO 80863.  Read more and see the complete contents here.  

April 

knockinmp.jpg (89332 bytes)  Knockin' Down Fences with Mike Puhallo, Tammy Gislason, Matt Johnston, Kraig Jodrey, Ray Goguen, Bodie Dominquez, Aimee Pettersen, and Bud Webb

Knockin' Down Fences is a  showcase of fine writers and musicians that includes both experienced old hands and new young talent (Aimee Petterson is just 15 years old and was nominated as Female Vocalist of the Year by the BC Country Music Association).  Among the standouts are Matt Johnston's "We Are the Sons and the Daughters;" "Fifty's Just a Number," written by Mike Puhallo and put to music and performed in a masterful piece by Bodie Dominquez; Mike Puhallo's "Rock 'n Roll Cowboy" followed by Matt Johnston's "Old Flat Top Guitar"; Tammy Gislason's "Senorita's Song"; Kraig Jodrey's "One More Rodeo"; Mike Puhallo's poems with skillful music backups, especially "Dog Creek," "Springtime on the Ranch," and "The Dream Team of the Cariboo"; and the final piece, Mike Puhallo's "Firestorm and Courage," an inventive meld of poetry and sound. Careful thought went into the ordering of the pieces and the entire production results in a perfect mix of music and poetry. See a list of the contents here.  Contact Mike Puhallo for order information. 

April 

boothdocjerry.jpg (55027 bytes)  Live from the Booth Museum by Doc Stovall  and Jerry Warren  

Live from the Booth Museum by Doc Stovall (Georgia's Official Balladeer) and Jerry Warren (Georgia's Official Cowboy Poet) has nearly 20 tracks of their most-requested music and poetry, from the traditional "Roundup in the Spring" to "First Baptist Bar and Grill." The Booth Museum is the home of the Georgia Cowboy Poetry Gathering (see our feature here).  The CD is available for $20 postpaid from Doc Stovall, PO Box 574, Lithia Springs, GA 30122.  Read more about the CD and see the complete contents here.  

April 

nrdesperado.jpg (15619 bytes)   Desperado, Young & Old by Norm Rourke

Desperado, Young & Old was made by Norm Rourke's with his talented grandson, Travis Biddick, who engineered and mixed the CD that includes his vocals and instrumentation.  Norm recites some of his most popular poems and a classic or two. See a list of contents on Norm's page here. The CD is available for $10 postpaid from Norm Rourke, Stone Bluff Ranch, 11100 High Ridge Rd, Beggs OK 74421-2863 stonebluff@beggstelco.net  

March 

  Where the Buffalo Rhyme  by Yvonne Hollenbeck, Jess Howard, Rodney Nelson,  and Elizabeth Ebert

Where the Buffalo Rhyme (named by Baxter Black) was recorded live in October, 2003 at the Boss Cowman Cowboy Opry in Lemmon, South Dakota, sand features four top poets, all Honored Guests: Jess Howard, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Rodney Nelson and Elizabeth Ebert.  Jim Thompson, of Live With Jim Thompson! and Heritage of the West is the emcee.  See the list of poems here. The CD is available from any of the four poets, and SilverCreek Books and Music.

See a review here.

January 

mywesternjgcd.jpg (67714 bytes)  My Western Point of View  by Janice Gilbertson

Past Lariat Laureate runner up Janice Gilbertson -- invited to Elko in 2004 -- recorded My Western Point of View (see the list of poems here). It's available for $17 postpaid from: Janice Gilbertson, 43345 Canyon Creek Rd., King City, CA 93930 

January


 

New in 2004:  Western Music recordings

 

ahCityBoys.jpg (13148 bytes)  City Boys by Andy Hedges

Our Honored Guest (and AWA Cowboy Poet of the Year) Andy Hedges' describes his long-awaited music CD: "City Boys is a collection of both traditional and contemporary cowboy and folk tunes. It includes my original song "City Boys," new songs by Andy Wilkinson (who also produced the album!), a Rod Taylor song, obscure cowboy tunes, Celtic songs, old folk tunes, Sacred Harp Shape Note music, and songs by Bob Dylan and Don McLean."  Andy Wilkinson adds ""...cowboy music was always like the cowboy: unsuitable for fencing, impossible to corral, unwilling to go any way but it's own. Which pretty well describes the music of Andy Hedges." Read more here.

You can order the album directly from Andy Hedges for $17 (postpaid): Andy Hedges, Rt. 5 Box 29, Brownfield, TX 79316 or order on line from SilverCreek Books & Music.

October

   Ol Cowboys And Dreamers (DVD)

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

September

allaboutcd.JPG (7910 bytes)  All About Cowboys for Kids

The All About Cowboys for Kids CD is a companion to the videos and DVDs by the same name, with the videos' original songs and Cowboy classics.

The All About Cowboys for Kids for Kids videos and DVDs bring today's West and its history to kids--and grownups will find themselves drawn in as well. Shot on location in Wyoming, the engaging, educational videos are narrated by young Jeff McComas with help from local cowboys, ranchers, rodeo participants, trick riders, and others. The beautifully filmed videos include visits to the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, Big Creek Ranch, and Wyoming Territorial Park. Bethany Zill's performances of classic and original Western songs tie it all together for a completely enjoyable experience for the whole family. 

All About Cowboys for Kids has received the coveted Parents' Choice Award and a 3.5 star rating (of 4) from Video Librarian Magazine.

See our feature here and an additional review here

August

ccrrcd.jpg (19968 bytes)  Range & Romance by Curly Musgrave

Our Special Western Music Guest Curly Musgrave released his Range & Romance CD, and it became an instant a favorite here.  Even more than his previous recordings, this one is so full of the heart and talent of this popular singer who has won about every Western Music award there is.  Jack Hannah of the Sons of the San Joaquin comments: "Awesome, rich, exciting, clever, are words that express my experience as I listed for the first time to this masterpiece."  Along with Curly's own fine writing, the CD has songs written by Richard Elloyan, Ron Dinwoodie, and Joel Nelson ("The Men Who Ride No More").  "Lonely Lady Blue" shows off his creative range in a most original way, and "Father to Father" is inspired, in the truest sense (we'll be sharing those lyrics around Father's Day).  Curly is accompanied by the sweet and clear voice of his frequent partner, Belinda Gail, on a couple of tracks, including the enchanting "The Irish Drover." The complex arrangements are enhanced by some great fiddle, keyboard, and other instrumental and vocal backups. See a list of contents and read more here.  The CD is available for $17 postpaid from: Curly J. Productions, PO Box 512, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352  

June 

   Saddle Songs II: Last of the Troubadours by Don Edwards 

Special Western Music Guest Don Edwards has a new CD, Saddle Songs II: Last of the Troubadours. His "Chant of the Night Songs," on this CD just won prestigious Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for Outstanding Original Western Composition.  You can read more and purchase this great double CD at Don Edwards' web site and at Amazon, where you can hear parts of some of the tracks.  Our favorite track here at the BAR-D is "Here's Lookin' At You," which was written by Texas poet Joel Nelson.  We've listed the tracks here on Don's page at the BAR-D.  

March

  Hooves of the Horses by Wylie and the Wild West

Special Western Music Guests Wylie and the Wild West's  Hooves of the Horses was an immediate hit.  All of the lyrics from the 16 tracks are on line here at their site, and the songs include master Cowboy Poet Joel Nelson's "Equus Caballus"; two by Bob Nolan, founding member of the Sons of the Pioneers; Johnny Cash; Paul Zarzyski; Buddy Holly and Norm Petty; and of course, plenty by Wylie himself, who holds his own among songwriters and then some. Stop by Wylie's site where you can also listen to some tracks, sign up for his newsletter, read more fun stuff, and of course, get yourself a copy of Hooves of the Horses at the mercantile.  

February

bhendcov.jpg (26057 bytes)   Endangered by Brenn Hill

Special Western Music Guest Brenn Hill's  Endangered has been called his best yet. We wear it out at the BAR-D, and songs like "Buckaroo Tattoo" and "Pickup Truck Café" are favorites. Over at Brenn's web site, you can listen to tracks, read lyrics, and get yourself a copy.  

February

  Songs of the Prairie, by LeRoy Jones

Honored Guest LeRoy Jones has a new CD, Songs of the Prairie.  Loaded with classics by S. Omar Barker, D. J. O'Malley, Curley Fletcher, and Badger Clark and others, and including traditional songs and his originals, it's all backed up by some top musicians, including Frankie McWhorter on fiddle. Read more about it and see the track list here. It's available for $17 postpaid from LeRoy Jones, Box 266, Mountain View, OK 73062 

January

 


 

New in 2004: Books of Western interest

 

 

Doug and Cathy Jory have two unique books of rodeo history.  Following are the official descriptions:

  The Badlands

When Doug and Cathy write about rodeo in the part of the world, they dig deep... not just the stats and record book stuff, but the way way if feels to slide into a bronc saddle, knowing you need to win some money to pay expenses to the next one. Sit back, take a deep seat, and enjoy this book. You're about to feel what it's like to grow up in rodeo country. Comments on the back cover by Jim Thompson.  $17.95 plus $3.95 shipping and handling

  From Pendleton to Calgary; An Oral History of Rodeo: From Pendleton to Calgary

This book takes you back to the beginning of the sport of rodeo. This is a history book as each chapter tells another story of the early days of rodeo. These are real stories from real men and women, who blazed the trail of a fascinating way of life-Rodeo. Comments on the back cover by Butch Thurman.  $21.95 plus $3.95 shipping and handling

(When ordering both books, $3.95 shipping and handling is sufficient for both)

Order from: Outpost #1, P. O. Box 505, Hines, OR. 97738 

October


  Texas Rangers edited  by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg

Past Lariat Laureate Rod Miller's short story, "No Luck at All," is included in Texas Rangers, a brand new anthology from the Berkley Publishing Group, edited  by Ed Gorman and Martin H. Greenberg.  The book is "a collection of short stories featuring these legends of the Old West by today's best sagebrush storytellers."  Rod's story joins those by Louis L'Amour, Brendan DuBois, Robert J. Randisi, and others.  Read more about it at Amazon.  

September


 

strawmtn.jpg (12873 bytes)  The Strawberry Mountain Wars by Dave P. Fisher

Dave P. Fisher's novel, The Strawberry Mountain Wars, is about a range war in eastern Oregon. It is published by PublishAmerica, where you can order it for $16.95 (ISBN: 1-4137-3389-1).

The site describes the book "It was the tough old widow, Abby Chaney, who found Devon McCloud bushwhacked and left for dead on her Double A ranch. The old woman and her daughter had been fighting a losing battle against cattle baron Charles Sampson and timber man Egert Taylor who both wanted their land. On top of that, the Parker clan was cleaning out their cattle. Odds for the Chaneys were considered slim to nothing. It was supposed to be an easy takeover, but the big men never counted on Devon McCloud buckling on his gun and stepping right in the middle of their plans. Sampson and Taylor had no intention of giving up, and Devon McCloud had never in his life backed down. War was about to break out in the Strawberry Mountains. The Chaneys' odds had greatly improved, but were they good enough to win?"  P

September

  Where Skulls Speak Wind by Larry Thomas

Congratulations to Larry Thomas, whose book of poetry, Where Skulls Speak Wind, is the winner of the 2004 Violet Crown Book Award (Literary Prose and Poetry category).  The awards, also granted for fiction and nonfiction and presented annually in Austin, Texas, are sponsored by the Writers' League of Texas and Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and carry a cash prize of $1,000.00.  The three winners (one in each category) also receive a beautiful, etched crystal trophy to commemorate the award.  No other literary award in Texas granted for a book of poetry published during a calendar year carries a larger cash prize.  The book, published by (Literary Prose and Poetry category).  The awards, also granted for fiction and nonfiction and presented annually in Austin, Texas, are sponsored by the Writers' League of Texas and Barnes & Noble Booksellers, and carry a cash prize of $1,000.00.  The three winners (one in each category) also receive a beautiful, etched crystal trophy to commemorate the award.  No other literary award in Texas granted for a book of poetry published during a calendar year carries a larger cash prize.  The book, published by Texas A&M University Press Consortium, previously won the 2004 Texas Review Poetry Prize.  Larry Thomas says "All of the poems in my book are set in the Southwest, the majority of them in far West Texas where I was born and reared."  

September

ntarcade.jpg (19110 bytes)  The Arcade Affair by Neal Torrey  

Past Lariat Laureate Neal Torrey has been busy promoting his new novel The Arcade Affair, and working on a sequel to this story about a military operation against terrorism. The book is available at the publisher's site (you can read the first chapter) and at Amazon. The publisher's summary describes the book" "A Commerce Department analyst investigates a virtual reality arcade game and almost loses his life. Together with his pastor and the church secretary he uncovers a plot that threatens millions of innocent people."  

April 

elstorms.jpg (12512 bytes)  The Storms of Summer by eric lee

A man of many writing talents, eric lee has a novel, The Storms of Summer, "... a good, romantic story that involves sailing, swords, and a little magic on the side..."  You can read more about it at eric's web site (where you can purchase an e-book edition at a special low price for a limited time) and at Amazon.  

April


New in 2004: Calendars 

 

  The 2005 Western Horseman Calendar

The 2005 Western Horseman Cowboy Calendar is available now.  Its theme of the importance of water to ranching life is beautifully rendered with art, photos, and the poetry of our Honored Guests Yvonne Hollenbeck ("A Windmill on the Priairie") and Carole Jarvis ("When the Rains Came"); the poems appear exclusively in the calendar. Other contributors are photographers Londie Padelsky, Robert Dawson, Dave Sietsma, Guy DeGalard, Bob Moorhouse, Diane Crisp, Heather Beierbach, and John Brasseaux; and pencil artists Joelle Smith, Brian Asher, Sheri Greves-Neilson, Carleen Ringler, and Ron Bonge.

The 2005 Western Horseman Cowboy Calendar is $12.95.  You can order toll free 1-800-538-9942 or on the Western Horseman web site

August 


New in 2004: Videos of Western interest

 

  All About Cowboys for Kids

The All About Cowboys for Kids for Kids videos and DVDs bring today's West and its history to kids--and grownups will find themselves drawn in as well. Shot on location in Wyoming, the engaging, educational videos are narrated by young Jeff McComas with help from local cowboys, ranchers, rodeo participants, trick riders, and others. The beautifully filmed videos include visits to the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, Big Creek Ranch, and Wyoming Territorial Park. Bethany Zill's performances of classic and original Western songs tie it all together for a completely enjoyable experience for the whole family. 

All About Cowboys for Kids has received the coveted Parents' Choice Award and a 3.5 star rating (of 4) from Video Librarian Magazine.

There is also a CD available with the videos' original songs and Cowboy classics.

See our feature here and an additional review here

August

 

Fiddlin' Man:  The Life and Times of Bob Wills

View Video, a leading producer and publisher of cultural and educational video and DVD, announces the DVD release of Fiddlin' Man: The Life and Times of Bob Wills.  Enhanced with multiple bonus features, this original documentary takes a nostalgic look back at the heyday of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, the founders of Western Swing music. 

Fiddlin' Man: The Life and Times of Bob Wills features intimate recollections from his band, theTexas Playboys, and those who knew the legend best.  A generous selection of performances captures four decades of Bob Wills' unique sound including tunes like "Sittin' on Top of the World," "Home in San Antone," "Lone Star Rag," "Goodbye Liza Jane," "Time Changes Everything," and "San Antonio Rose."  This enhanced DVD includes such bonus features as a Bob Wills Biography, Discography, Digitally Mastered Audio and Video, and Instant Acess to Numerous Scene Selections. 

Bob Wills etched his way into America's heart with his whoops and hollers, his dancing fiddle and the inimitable sound of the Texas Playboys.  Out of the Dustbowl Depression days Wills rose, fiddle in hand, creating an irresistible combination of soulful country blues, the raw tunes of Texas fieldworkers, the swinging horns of big band jazz and the jumping, joyous sound of Country and Western strings that we now call "Western Swing."

From their early days at KVOO "The Voice of Oklahoma" radio to the packed dance floor at the legendary Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, and on the national fame on the stages of Las Vegas and Hollywood's silver screen, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys were true American originals.  This award-winning DVD reveals the man behind the music that lifted the nation's spirit!

Fiddlin' Man: The Life and Times of Bob Wills 
#2354 DVD $19.98 #1354 VHS $19.98
61 minutes plus multiple bonus features, black and white
To order, visit www.view.com or call Toll-Free 800-843-9843

February

 


 

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 2005

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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