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The BAR-D Roundup:  Volume Seven (2012)
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The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Seven (2012) is a compilation of vintage and contemporary recordings of some of the  best cowboy poetry. A wide range of voices present tales that express this venerable art form, words that uncover "the heartbeat of the working West."

This seventh annual edition of The BAR-D Roundup includes the works of three National Endowment for the Arts Fellows (the late Buck Ramsey of Texas, Wallace McRae of Montana, and Joel Nelson of Texas); two recipients of the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Andy Wilkinson of Texas and John Dofflemyer of California; past Montana Poet Laureate, Crow elder Henry Real Bird; and the voice of American man of letters, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943) in a vintage recording from the Library of Congress.

There are other fine selections of original works by
Gary McMahan (Colorado), Amy Hale Auker (Arizona),
Jay Snider (Oklahoma), Elizabeth Ebert (South Dakota), Rod Miller (Utah), Yvonne Hollenbeck (South Dakota), Ken Cook (South Dakota), Carole Jarvis (Arizona), Andy Nelson (Wyoming), Diane Tribitt (Minnesota), Rodney Nelson (North Dakota), Deanna McCall (New Mexico), DW Groethe (Montana), and Doris Daley (Alberta).


Outstanding reciters present classic cowboy poetry, including Randy Rieman of Montana (a poem by Bruce Kiskaddon), Andy Hedges of Texas (a poem by Buck Ramsey), and Keith Ward of North Carolina (a poem by S. Omar Barker). Contemporary poems of others are recited by Jerry Brooks of Utah (a poem by Andy Wilkinson), Pat Richardson of California (a poem by Jess Howard), and Jess Howard of Montana (a poem by Pat Richardson)—Jess Howard and Pat Richardson are brothers. 

Every year's CD includes a radio public service announcement about the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry. This year, it is delivered by seventh-generation Texan, poet and writer Linda Kirkpatrick.

The BAR-D Roundup cover images are vintage photos of poets or their forebears. This year's cover features California poet, humorist, artist, cowboy, and Pro Rodeo Sports News cartoonist Pat Richardson, in 1955 at age 21 in Kansas where he rode polo colts for Polo Hall of Fame honoree Willis L. Hartman. The photo is by Pat Richardson's brother, Jess Howard.

Inside each year's CD, a contemporary ranch photo is featured. For 2012, it is Montana poet, picker and ranch hand DW Groethe working on the Granley ranch near Bainville, Montana, June, 2009, in a photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland (

Poems and permissions were generously donated by poets, musicians, families, organizations, and publishers.

Wyoming's Andy Nelson, poet, humorist, popular emcee and co-host of the award-winning Clear Out West (C. O. W.) Radio show is the CD's engineer and co-producer (with Margo Metegrano).

The BAR-D Roundup CDs are sent to rural libraries as a part of Cowboy Poetry Week's Rural Library Project. They are also a premium for supporters of and the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, and are offered for sale.

Find complete information here, along with a narrative desription of the CD's contents, with poem excerpts.

Read more and find order information and special offers in our feature here.


Volume Seven (2012)

The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Seven (2012) is available, postpaid, for $20, and is offered to new and renewing supporters of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry at the $40 level and above.

Proceeds from The BAR-D Roundup support the Center. is a project of the Center. 

You can order by mail using the form here or send $20 (check or money order in U.S. funds) per copy to:
PO Box 695
St. Helena, CA 94574

Postage is included for the U.S. and Canada. Add $5 US for other countries.

You can also pay by a secure, on-line credit card payment (a Paypal account is not required): is a project of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, Inc. a non-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Act. Contributions are fully deductible for federal income tax purposes. The BAR-D Roundup fair market value is $15 and no amount of the $20 donation for its postpaid delivery is tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

Questions about quantity orders?  Email us.


The BAR-D Roundup News

 Thanks to the radio shows who frequently play tracks from The BAR-D Roundup.

Clear Out West (C.O.W.)
Real West from the Old West
Calling All Cowboys
The Western Hour
Back at the Ranch
Western Heritage Show
...and others

 The April/May, 2013 issue of American Cowboy magazine reviews The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Seven and comments on the history of The article, by Charley Engel, journalist and host of Calling All Cowboys radio, also includes an image of the 2013 Cowboy Poetry Week poster (with art by Shawn Cameron). Engel writes in the review that the CD, "...contains 26 examples of classic and modern cowboy poetry recited by some of the most talented performers in the genre...These pastoral poets and bucolic bards reveal their stories with passion, humor, and pride..."

The magazine also reviews new releases from GT Hurley, Hank Cramer, Doug Figgs, Mark Lee Gardner, and others. Charley Engel's article about about the roots of Western music is also included in the April/May issue.

Find more about the magazine at the American Cowboy web site,

Posted 3/4/13

Find a comprehensive index of all volumes of The BAR-D Roundup here. There are indexes by poem title, author, and performer for all volumes.

  Volume One (2006) and Volume Two (2007) of The BAR-D Roundup are no longer available from Volume One was sold out as of December 21, 2009, Volume Two was 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.