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"Up until a few years ago I was one of those who thought that all the great western songs had been written, but that was before I met Stephanie Davis..."

Don Edwards, in Goin' Back to Texas

 

About Stephanie Davis

Lyrics

Recordings

More

Stephanie Davis' Web Site and Contact Information

 

Western Bling and Western Bliss  separate page


photo by Clark Marten
 


 

About Stephanie Davis
 

Stephanie Davis needs little introduction. She frequently appears at the Western Folklife Center's National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and other gatherings and events across the West, and has been heard many times on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. Country music superstar Garth Brooks has recorded six of her songs, as have Don Edwards, Trisha Yearwood, Maria Muldaur, Joey and Rory, Roger Whittaker, Daniel O'Donnell, Martina McBride, Sam Moore and many others. She's recorded a number of albums (read about the most recent below).

She was at the special National Memorial "Dream Concert" at Radio City Music Hall in New York in September, 2007, to benefit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC. Garth Brooks sang "We Shall be Free," the chart-topping song he and Stephanie co-wrote, and other participants at the event included Stevie Wonder, Jessye Norman, Aretha Franklin, and many distinguished guests. She toured with Garth Brooks in November, 2007.

On October 31, 2007, George Cole's RealTime program on Yellowstone Public Radio aired a one-hour special, "A Visit With Stephanie Davis," recorded at her Montana ranch. You can listen to the archived program here at the show's web site.

In September, 2007, Stephanie Davis returned for another appearance as a featured guest on Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. You can listen to an archived broadcast here at the show's web site. The November 3, 2007 special "Harvest Moon" compilation show includes Stephanie's "Harvest Time." The August 29, 2009 compilation show includes "Goodnight Little Cowpup."

Following on the success of her "Trail's End Ranch Radio" show at the 2007 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (watch the cybercast here at the Western Folklife Center web site), she's working on a "Trail's End Ranch Radio" show, which will include "sketches, sound effects, monologues, and the Trail's End Ranch Hand Band."


Photo by Jeri Dobrowski. See more from the 2007 gathering in her gallery here,
 and view her Western Entertainers and Personalities Gallery here

Stephanie Davis and some "The Trail's End Ranch Show" cast from the 2007 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering:
Wallace McRae, Glenn Ohrlin, , DW Groethe, and Fred Newman, with the BAR-J Wranglers in the background.


Follow life at Stephanie's Montana ranch in her Ranch News at her web site, www.stephaniedavis.net.

 

Selected Lyrics 

 

Baling Twine

Goodnight Little Cowpup

Trail's End Theme Song

 

 

Baling Twine  

Way out in the country, miles from town
Things have a way of breaking down
At THE most inconvenient of times
Which can make the goiní rather rough
Unless, of course, you know enough
To always, always carry baling twine

Baling twine, you know what I mean
Fluorescent orange polypropylene
That for wrapping bales of hay has proved a winner
Ah, but friends, thatís just its start in life
The stuffís got more uses than a Ginzu knife
At the annual Donner Party reunion dinner                  

Itíll close a gate, hold your bait, fasten on your license plate
Tow a sled, lace a Ked, hang your deer in the shed
Keep your Ďmater plants and your pants from falling down
Itíll fix a cinch in a pinch, let your stirrups out an inch
Double as a fan belt, stretch a pelt, catch a smelt
Baliní twine keeps this olí world spinning Ďround

Well, Iís driviní one dark, rainy night
Not another soul in sight
When suddenly a deer steps into view
I brake and swerve and hit the horn, next thing I know my truckís airborne
And Iím repentiní for things I didnít even do

Now, friends, you wonít believe this part
But swear to Pete and cross my heart
Just as Iím beginning my decline
Right out my driverís side window
A little green man in a UFO appears and motions to my baling twine

Which, of course, is right there on the dash
So I toss him one end and lash
The other round my truck in record time
Then he gives me a big thumbs up and tows me like some astral pup
Safely back to earth with baling twine

Well I leap out, kiss the ground
Twirl my new green friend around
And we toast the stars and talk in pantomime
But friends, what really steals the show
And flat makes his antennas glow
ĎS when I give him a piece of baling twine 

Now, thereís no moral to this tale
No deep insights to regale
Just a few suggestions you might keep in mind:
Watch for deer on rainy nights
Stick to planes when makiní flights
And always, always carry baliní twine:
 

                      CHORUS II

Itíll close a gate, hold your bait, fasten on your license plate
Tow a sled, lace a Ked, hang your deer in the shed
Keep your Ďmater plants and your pants from falling down
Itíll fix a cinch in a pinch, let your stirrups out an inch
Double as a fan belt, stretch a pelt, catch a smelt

Tie your turkey legs together, pitch a tent in any weather
Make a leash for your lizard, save your family in a blizzard
Hang a wreath, knit a sweater, floss your teeth, nothinís better than

Whoah, Balin twine, (whoa) Balin twine
When youíre hanginí in the brink, when youíre runniní outa luck
The solution might be sittiní on the dashboard of your truck
Baliní twine, (just a little piece of)  baliní twine
Always, always carry baliní twine
Always, always carry baliní twine

© 2007, Stephanie Davis, Recluse Music (BMI), All rights reserved
These words may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

 

 

 

Goodnight Little Cowpup

Look at you lyiní there, cockleburr in your hair
Next to whatís left of my shoe
I bet a dollar that it was the old barncat
Who put those scratches on you

Must be one mean dream cow
There in your dream corral
Or is that a grizzly bear?
No matter, little hoss, youíll show Ďem whoís the boss
So what if you arenít housebroke through and through

Goodnight, little cowpup, goodnight
Sleep tight little cowpup, sleep tight
The stars in the blue to watch over you
Goodnight, little cowpup, goodnight

Look at the size of those paws of yours, heaven knows
How big youíll grow up to be
But for now Iím glad youíre just a small ball of fur
Curled on this porch next to me

Come morning, little guy, weíll ride out, you and I
Fix the old windmill again
Check the salt, check the grass
Your nose against the glass
And later on, you can dig up the lawn

Goodnight, little cowpup, goodnight
Sleep tight, little cowpup, sleep tight
The stars in the blue to watch over you
Goodnight, little cowpup, goodnight
Goodnight, little cowpup, goodnight

© 2004, Stephanie Davis, Recluse Music (BMI), All rights reserved
From Crocus in the Snow

 


photo by Clark Marten

Ted of "Goodnight Little Cowpup"...all grown up
 


Trailís End Theme Song

Come and saddle up your pony
and weíll ride together to
Trailís End, Trailís End
Where the mountains meet the valley
and the rivers rendezvous
Trailís End, Trailís End

Thereís smoke from the chimney
and an old dog in the lane
and the sign out on the gate says ďWelcome friendsócome on in!Ē

Head Ďem up, move Ďem out, letís travel
to the place the west begins
Trailís End, Trailís End
Trailís End, Trailís End

© 2009, Stephanie Davis, Recluse Music (BMI), All rights reserved
From Western Bliss

 

The "Trail's End Theme Song" is Stephanie Davis's song for her forthcoming radio show, which will include "sketches, sound effects, monologues, and the Trail's End Ranch Hand Band." A frequent guest on Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion, its host Garrison Keillor urged her to create a Trail's End Ranch Radio show. A show in 2007 at the Western Folklife Center's National Cowboy Poetry Gathering tried out the concept with great success (watch and listen to it here on the Western Folklife Center's site).

 


Stephanie Davis has shared Picture the West photos:

 

  Winter, 2010-11

  Spring and Summer, 2009

  Winter, 2009-2010

  A look back at Summer, 2009

  A June, 2009 installment of Ranch News from Trail's End

 

Recordings

 

Western Bliss and Western Bling

Stephanie Davis doesnít sound like anyone else Iíve ever heard, whether sheís singing western swing, old pop tunes, cowboy music, or her own masterfully-crafted compositions.
                                                                                                                     Rich O'Brien

The musicianship is so damn good it almost seems transparent as it envelops you...And Miss Stephanieís voice? Silky, sparkly, plenty of horsepower, simply delicious. Downright bling-riffic.
                                                                                                                                                     
Hal Cannon

 

See our separate feature about Western Swing and Western Bling here,
which includes track comments and more.

 



Western Bling

Talkin' Bout You
I Didn't Realize
Soon
Hubbin' It
Nevertheless
Beyond the Sea
Baby, That Sure Would Go Good
Slow Poke
If I Had You
The Best Things in Life Are Free
Going Away Party

Produced and arranged by Stephanie Davis and Rich O'Brien

Including musicians Rich O'Brien, Clint Strong, Ronny Ellis, Brent Dacus, Billy English, Cindy Cashdollar, Reggie Reuffer, Dale Morris, Jr., and Steve Story; and background vocals by Paul Daniels, James Hinkle, Rich O'Brien, Ronny Ellis, and Brent Dacus.

 Available for $17 postpaid from www.StephanieDavis.net

Order here and find links for iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby

See our feature here for more about Western Bling.

 

  

Western Bliss

Montana Cowgirl
Hittin' the Trail Tonight
 Santa Fe, New Mexico
 Bronco Busters' Ball
Leanin' on the Old Top Rail
Navajo Trail
 Texas Blues
Olí Faithful
Trail's End Theme Song
Idaho
There's a Gold Mine in the Sky

Produced and arranged by Stephanie Davis and Rich O'Brien

Including musicians Rich O'Brien, Clint Strong, Ronny Ellis, Brent Dacus, Billy English, Cindy Cashdollar, Reggie Reuffer, and Dale Morris, Jr.; and background vocals by Paul Daniels, James Hinkle, Rich O'Brien, Ronny Ellis, and Brent Dacus.
 

 Available for $17 postpaid from www.StephanieDavis.net

Order here and find links for iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby

See our feature here for more about Western Bliss.

 


 

Crocus in the Snow

"...a reflection of the very best in American music of and from its enigmatic West."
.                                                                                                 
 Thom Jurek (allmusic.com)

"...the songs, beautifully written, most of them being little masterpieces of musical narrative..."
                                                                                      
George Graham

 

Includes:

Somethin' 'Bout Montana 
 Talkin' Harvest Time Blues 
 Crocus in the Snow 
 Just A Cup of Coffee 
 Some Things Cost Too Much 
 Turning To the Light 
 Ikey 
 Yodel Blues 
 Cold Wind Blow 
 You Been a Friend To Me 
 The Spotted Ass 
 Good Night Little Cowpup

Including musicians: Spencer Starnes, Mitch Watkins, Larry Seyer, Lloyd Maines, Floyd Domino, Dave Sanger, Steve Meador, Bobby Flores, Steve Palousek, John Hagen, John Mills, Joel Guzman, Chris Gage, Alejandro Diaz, Jr., Paul Glasse, and Rich Brotherton; with vocals by Garrison Keillor, (Ranger) Doug Green, and Ray Benson.
 

Order info:

Available for $17 postpaid in the US

Recluse Records 

www.StephanieDavis.net

 


 

Home for the Holidays

Includes:

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
All I Want for Christmas Is You (w/Ray Price)
(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays  
The Gift
Let it Snow, Let it snow, Let it Snow
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
The Diamond O
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Wondrous Light
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

 

Order info:

Available for $17 postpaid in the US

Recluse Records 

www.StephanieDavis.net

 



River of No Return

Includes:

Give a Little Bit Back
Salt River Valley
The Gift
Lone Star Swing
Prairie Lullabye
The Diamond-O
Saturday Night at the Whitebird School
River of No Return
Big Sky Bounce
Wolves
 

Listen to samples at Stephanie Davis' web site

 

Order info:

Available for $17 postpaid in the US

Recluse Records 

www.StephanieDavis.net

 



I'm Pullin' Through

Includes:

There's a Springtime Feelin' in My Heart 
Takin' a Chance on Love 
I'm Pullin' Through 
Hallelujah 
You've Changed 
Yellow Moon 
What a Little Moonlight Can Do 
Yours 
I'll Never Say Never Again 
He's Funny That Way 
Big Sky Bounce


Listen to samples at Stephanie Davis' web site

 

Order info:

Available for $17 postpaid in the US

Recluse Records 
838 Countryman Creek Road
Columbus, MT 59019
406/326-2180
www.StephanieDavis.net

 

 

More

 

  Stephanie Davis has been featured numerous times on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. You can search the archive at the show's web site for individual shows.

 

  Stephanie Davis is featured on What's in a Song on National Public Radio, performing "Harvest Time."  You can also hear her as a part of stories about "A Musical Trip to the Mongolian Steppe" and the "Riding Along on the Cowboy Music Train."

 

    Stephanie Davis is featured in the Emmy-award winning film, Why the Cowboy Sings, produced by Hal Cannon and Taki Telonidis of the Western Folkife Center, and is featured on the 2007 CD, Songs from Why the Cowboy Sings.

 

  Stephanie Davis' "Trail's End Ranch Radio" show was an overwhelming success at the 2007 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. You can watch the cybercast here at the Western Folklife Center web site.

 

The Western Folklife Center presents a podcast here of Stephanie Davis performing "Crocus in the Snow," recorded in May 2006 in the Western Folklife Center's G Three Bar Theater.

 

  Stephanie Davis posts Ranch News here at her web site. She has shared some of that news in Picture the West at CowboyPoetry.com.

 

Stephanie Davis's Web Site and Contact Information


photo by Clark Marten

 

 

For More Information

Contact:

Rick Philipp
Recluse Records

recon@cmn.net 


www.StephanieDavis.net
 

Follow life at Stephanie's Montana ranch in her Ranch News at her web site and find more about her and her music and poetry, track samples, lyrics and poems, downloads, orders and more.

 

 

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