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Rick Huff reviews Western music and cowboy poetry releases in his "Rick Huff's Best of the West Reviews" column in Rope Burns, The Western Way from the Western Music Association, other publications, and at CowboyPoetry.com, We're pleased to have selected reviews, all indexed below.

Rick Huff considers Western music books and recordings; cowboy poetry books, chapbooks, and recordings; and relevant videos for review. For other materials, please query first: bestofthewest@swcp.com

Please be sure to include complete contact information, price (plus postage) and order address information.

From Rick Huff, February, 2012:

Policy of the Column: It should be understood by artists sending material that it is being done for review consideration. Submitting such material does not ensure that it will be reviewed. Also, predominantly religious material is not accepted for review in the column. If further clarification is needed, contact Rick Huff, PO Box 8442, Albuquerque, NM 87198-8442.


Rick Huff
 P.O. Box 8442
 Albuquerque, NM  87198-8442


Rick Huff has produced radio and TV ads and done TV hosting and deejay work for nearly 37 years. He's had his own production company in Albuquerque, New Mexico, since 1978.  

His working interest in Western Music began in 1983, promoting and creating with Western Music Hall-of-Famer Hi Busse.  In 1986 they developed the radio featurette "Song and Story with Hi Busse" and Huff subsequently released two albums of Hi Busse & The Frontiersmen material.  He has co-produced CD's for Sons of the Rio Grande and Jim Jones. 

In 1999 he and Sidekick Productions' Mary Ryland formed Frontiersmen 2 to co-produce their radio show "The Best of the West Revue" and its publication "The Best of the West Digest."  In 2004 they released a double CD set, The Best of New Mexico Western: Big Surprises From Behind the Chile Curtain! and are currently working on Volume II - or as they like to call it Son of the Best of New Mexico Western!  


Huff's "Western Air" column appears regularly in the Western Music Association's magazine, The Western Way. He also writes for Classic Country & Western magazine and Rope Burns. The column is a regular feature of the Western Music Association's quarterly magazine, The Western Way, and we're pleased to have recent columns posted here.

Read Rick Huff's comments in "What is Western music?"

Selected Reviews from Rick Huff's Best of the West Reviews


The most recent reviews are posted and listed here on page 7.

See the links below for all reviews.

Alphabetically by artist, all reviews


Counting the Cost by Liz Adair Page 4
Rangers and Rebels by Alias Smith and Owens Page 7
Harmonicowboy by Gary Allegretto  Page 3 
Allegretto—Espinoza by Gary Allegretto and Ian Espinoza  Page 7
JB the circle (J. B. Allen's poetry) edited by Duward Campbell and Chuck Milner  Page 2
A Remnant Gather by Jack "Trey" Allen  Page 7
Oh, Sweet Mama! by Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong  Page 6
Born to be a Cowboy by David Anderson
 Page 2
One Of The Boys by Jenny Lynn Anderson  Page 5
Cowboy II by Lynn Anderson  Page 4
Ride Easy, Pard! by Vic Anderson
 Page 2
Tough Times by Tom Angle  Page 6
Sulphur River by Art Anthony  Page 5
WEST by Lars Strandberg, Lars Åberg & Ronnie Nilsson  Page 6

Prairie Rose by Bad Bob 
Page 2
Cowboys’ Last Words by The Ball Family  Page 7
Texas To A T by The Ball Family  Page 5
Tales From The Trail by the BAR-D Wranglers  Page 6
Portrait of a Cowgirl by Eli Barsi  Page 7
Just In Case by Bill Barwick  Page 4
The Usual Suspects by Bill Barwick 
Page 6
Standing Tall in the Shadows (Memoirs of a Hollywood Manager) by Dick Baxter 
Page 2
Cowboy Coterie by Brian Levi Bergquist  Page 5
Butterfield Stage by John Bergstrom  Page 6
Ghosts and Legends by John Bergstrom  Page 5
Western State O’ Mind by John Bergstrom 
Page 3 
Ride Back in Time by Joe Bethancourt  Page 2
Red Rock Rondo by Phillip Bimstein  Page 4
Saddle Up!  Music Of The West by Bill Ganz Western Band  Page 5
The Black Ace Yodellin' Hitch Hiker by The Black Ace and others Page 7
Eastern Western Cowgirl by Aspen Black  Page 7
(From the) Heart of a Cowgirl by Aspen Black  Page 6
Horsegirl Poet by Aspen Black  Page 4
Baxter Black's Double DVD Live by Baxter Black  Page 5
Lessons From A Desperado Poet by Baxter Black  Page 6
Rudolph's Night Off by Baxter Black 
Page 6
Thirty Years Too Late, Volume 1 by The Blackbury Band  Page 3 
Alone Under The Stars by Mike Blair & The Rafter B's  Page 5
Song Man by Donnie Blanz  Page 3
Lost Trails by Bob and Johnny Boatright  Page 3
Lovers, Wives & Mothers by Almeda Bradshaw  Page 7
From Where I Came by Scott Bragonier  Page 7
Home on the Range by Riders in the Sky and Wilford Brimley  Page 7
A Harder Place to Leave by Broken Chair Band Page 6
Shoulder to Shoulder by Jerry A. Brooks  Page 5
Saloon Piano Vol. V by Dave Bourne  Page 3
Wyoming Cowboy Far from Home by Buffalo Bill Boycott Page 6
Work in Progress the Broken Chair Band  Page 4
A Cowboy and his Sweetheart by Roz Brown Page 6
It's A Cowboy Thang by Terry Brown
Page 6
Party on the Prairie by Terry Brown  Page 7
Mending Fences by Marci Broyhill  Page 3
Window of Memories by Marci Broyhill
Page 2
Cowgirl Serenade by The Buckarettes  Page 3
Buffalo Bill’s Holiday Roundup by Buffalo Bill (Boycott) & Dr. Jo   Page 7
Cleanin' Up by Les Buffham and A-10 Etcheverry  Page 5
Writes and Co-Writes, Volume II by Les Buffham and Friends  Page 5
Writes & Co-Writes Volume III by Les Buffham & Friends  Page 6
Old Guitar by Deb Bukala  Page 7
Unsolved by Don Bullis  Page 7
The Legend Remains by Teresa Burleson  Page 7
Back In The Swing by Jimmy Burson  Page 5
Time in Contention by Cindy Smith & T.B. Burton Page 6
Is She Country? by Marleen Bussma  Page 7
Scrapin' By (and other poems) by Marleen Bussma  Page 7

Riding Catalina Again by the California Cowboy Band  Page 4
Twilight on the Trail by Call of the West Page 3
Songs A Cowboy Might Sing by Charlie Camden  Page 4
Hal Cannon by Hal Cannon 
Page 6
Follow the Trail by Carin Mari & and Pony Express 
Page 3
Life Love Legends by Carin Mari and the Pony Express  Page 4
Poetry of a Florida Cowboy by David Carlton Page 6
The Last Desperado by Chance Carter  Page 5
From Whence They Came by TJ Casey 
Page 3
Man Of The West by T.J. Casey  Page 5
Rndnmup T.J. Casey & Jim Reader  Page 5
Lights of Santa Fe by Cathy Faber's Swingin' Country Band
  Page 6
The Gang by Jon Chandler  Page 6
Sixth Generation (Tales of the West) by Allan Chapman 
Page 3
West Of The 98th Meridian by Allan Chapman  Page 5
Western Folk (Songs From The Prairie) by Allan Chapman  Page 7
The Wild West by Cherry Creek Chorale  Page 5
Silver Screen Heroes & Other Legends by Ron Christopher  Page 5
Along the Christmas Trail by Cisco Jim  Page 6
Winding Highways by Mickey Clark  Page 3
Astraddle a Saddle, by Patty Clayton  Page 2
Dancin' in Denver by Patty Clayton  Page 6
Judy Coder Yodels! by Judy Coder  Page 3
Songcatcher by Judy Coder  Page 6
They're on the Wind by Richard Lee Cody   Page 3
Way Out West by Richard Lee Cody and Mary Kaye  Page 5
At First Light by Tom Cole & Brian Salmond  Page 4
The Leather, The Dust by Maureen Joy Gale and Jesse Colt  Page 3
Cowboy Songs by Mark Compere  Page 4
Woodsmoke at Sundown by Dean Cook  Page 2
I'm Gonna Be a Cowboy by Ken Cook 
Page 2
Cowboys Are Like That by Ken Cook  Page 4
The Right Five—Vol. 1 by Country Night Live   Page 3