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I have often said that women were the cement that held the West together...Jean has done a tremendous job of expressing the emotions and dedication of ranch women. Her co-writers have a vast experience in the ranching lifestyle and have contributed their thoughts lyrically and musically in a masterful way ...It's magnificent!...
                   
Red Steagall, popular singer, songwriter and Texas Poet Laureate

                                                                                                           ... more praise below

Texas singer and songwriter Jean Prescott breaks new ground with her Sweethearts in Carhartts recording that celebrates ranching women of the West. 

The CD is brimming with outstanding collaborations with poets and other writers, and with today's top musical talents, both vocal and instrumental. The songs shine with Jean Prescott's artful arrangements, and her own celebrated voice is sometimes backed up by Tena Foster, Liz Masterson, and her husband and acclaimed singer and songwriter Gary Prescott. Producer Rich O'Brien lends his wizardry on guitar, mandolin and piano, and other musicians include Gary Carpenter, Ronny Ellis, Brent Dacus, Otis Halston, and Angus MacDougal. 

Most of the songs are co-written with top female poets, including Carole Jarvis, Yvonne Hollenbeck, and Doris Daley. The title comes from a song by poet, singer, and songwriter DW Groethe ("The Carhartt Song"). Additionally, one song is written by award-winning songwriters Max D. Barnes and singer and songwriter Leslie Satcher; one is inspired by poet Audrey Hankins' poem, "Hollyhocks"; 85-year old rancher and Cowgirl Hall of Fame inductee Georgie Sicking recites one of her poems; and one song, "The Boots Her Daddy Wore," is co-written by top singer and songwriter Kip Calahan, from a story told by Andrea McWhorter Waitley about her daughter, Abigail. We're pleased to have selections of poems and lyrics below.

Jean Prescott writes about her inspired vision for this recording:

For many years, I have dreamed of doing an album that provides folks with a glimpse into the hectic yet rewarding lives of ranch wives. They are women with strong convictions and strong backs. If you've ever seen a painting of a cowboy riding through a snow storm with a newborn calf over his saddle horn, you can bet he's taking it home to his wife's kitchen to be warmed and fed and nurtured by his willing partner. Words cannot express the respect I have for these women ...

Just writing about Sweethearts in Carhartts couldn't begin to do it justice. Carefully crafted in every aspect, it's an original, unique in its focus on ranch women. This celebration in song of the West—created by some of today's most talented writers and musicians and gloriously presented by Jean Prescott—is meant to be heard.

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Below:

Sweethearts in Carhartts

Selected Poems and Lyrics

Praise for Sweethearts in Carhartts

About Jean Prescott

Jean Prescott's Web Site and Contact Information


Sweethearts in Carhartts

Includes:

March Winds, Jean Prescott and Yvonne Hollenbeck
All My Trails, Jean Prescott and Doris Daley
Money Talks, Jean Prescott and Yvonne Hollenbeck
Leaving the Home Place, Carole Jarvis and Jean Prescott
Just One More Rain, Georgie Sicking (poem) and When The Rains Came, Carole Jarvis and Jean Prescott
Her Feet Would Rock the Cradle, Yvonne Hollenbeck and Jean Prescott 
Ranch Wife's Prayer, Jean Prescott and Yvonne Hollenbeck
The Carhartt Song, DW Groethe
The Boots Her Daddy Wore, Jean Prescott and Kip Calahan 
Hollyhock Memories, Jean Prescott (inspired by Audrey Hankins' "Hollyhocks")
Dining Out, Yvonne Hollenbeck and Jean Prescott 
Old Hands, Max D. Barnes and Leslie Satcher 

Carhartt® (s) - brand name for heavy, durable outerwear worn by farmers and ranchers to protect their clothing from the elements of winter weather and various situations that occur with a livestock operation. This workwear comes in bib overalls and coveralls, etc. A rancher might say to his wife, "Honey, put on your 'carhartts' and come help me," at which time she would don her bibs or coveralls and follow him out the door. She wears her "carhartt" jacket or vest to town for supplies.

Produced by Richard E. O'Brien
Recorded, mixed & mastered at Casey Jones' Recording Studio, Burleson, Texas
Engineered by Aarom "Casey" Meador

Richard E. O'Brien: guitars, mandolin, piano on "All My Trails"
Gary Carpenter: steel guitar and dobro
Ronny Ellis: acoustic and electric bass
Brent Dacus: drums and percussion
Otis Halston: clarinet
Angus MacDougal: bagpipe

Gary Prescott: vocal on "Old Hands"
Tena Foster: harmony vocals
Liz Masterson: harmony vocals
 

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Order info:

Available for $17 postpaid in the US
(add $5 shipping for international orders)

Prescott Music
P. O. Box 194
Ovalo, TX  79541
325-583-2551
www.jeanprescott.com

Allow 3-4 weeks for shipping

 O. J. Sikes (www.bostonpete.com/ojsikes) reviewed Sweethearts in Carhartts in his "OJ Corral" column in the November/December, 2006 issue of Rope Burns:

Most folks who read these lines will know what Carhartts are, but for the few who aren't familiar with the term, it's a brand of outerwear that protects ranchers' clothing when there's particularly rough work to be done. Ranch wives are often called upon to handle work requiring the use of these clothes and Jean Prescott's new CD pays tribute to those women of the West. Producer Rich O'Brien thinks it's Jean's best work to date.

While I have lots of favorite Jean Prescott recordings, I wouldn't argue with Rich's assessment. Red Steagall says it is "Magnificent."

To see why, look first at the 12 compositions, nine of which Jean wrote or co-composed. Her co-writers include some of the West's finest cowgirl poets, e. g. the award-winning Yvonne Hollenbeck (who co-wrote five) and Doris Daley. Each is a gem. And the musicians and singers are first rate, with Rich leading the way. And of course there's Jean herself, with her unique treatment of the lyrics and melodies.

I immediately programmed "March Winds" and "Dining Out" on my radio show and just noticed that the latter is included in at least one DJ composite disc, so it's sure to get lots of airplay elsewhere as well.  

Reprinted with permission


 

Selected Poems and Lyrics 

All My Trails
Doris Daley

When The Rains Came
Carole Jarvis

The Carhartt Song
DW Groethe

Dining Out
Yvonne Hollenbeck

 

All My Trails

Chorus
There's a wild rose growing for every horse I've rode
There's a west wind blowing for every rope I've throwed.
Hope shines like new on the morning dew
And all my trails lead home to you.

 
My gear's already loaded in the truck.
All I need is 8 seconds and a little bit of luck.
It's Calgary in July
They could mark me good and high
Let 'er rock, let 'er roll, let'er buck.

I turn to wave; an angel's who I see
Your hand throwing kisses, your hair blowing free.
You think it doesn't show
But this old cowboy knows
How hard it is to love a man like me.

500 miles, tomorrow is the same.
Warriors and dreamers—we'll all be in the game.
Cheyenne could be good pay
But as the miles roll away
I'm thinking 'bout the day you took my name.
 
I'm sorry for the times I made you cry
For all the nights alone, for one more sad goodbye.
I know it's hard on you
Thank God you said, "I do"
You say it's only me for you and only God knows why.
 
Bridge
It's promises and prayers
Then you kiss away the cares
Another road
Another ride
It's you I'm thinking of tonight.

© 2006, Doris Daley
These words may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

Read more of Doris Daley's work in our feature here.


 

When The Rains Came

It began so softly in the hours before dawn,
   half asleep, I strained to hear.
Quietly, like cat paws on the metal roof,
    or house-slippered feet coming near.

Then suddenly the volume intensifies,
   becomes a roar in the night,
And I know I'm not dreaming, the rains have come—
   the sound, a rancher's delight.

How many long months have we waiting for rain,
    watching dirt stock tanks go dry?
Seeing "dust devils" dance over bare pastures,
   where grass should be eight inches high.

Hauling our water by truck to our cattle,
   hoping the old feed will last,
'Til the rains finally come and transform this land
   to what it's been in the past.

For water is the measure of life in the West,
   more precious than diamonds or gold,
And unlike the land and the cattle we own,
   rain can't be bought nor sold.

A lightning flash brightens our room like day,
   then the echo of thunder rolls,
And the rhythm of rain, so long awaited,
   soothes our hearts and our souls.

For with it comes hope that the dry years will end,
   and dirt tanks once more overflow,
But whatever happens, we'll have to make do—
   it's the only way we know.

© 2004, Carole Jarvis
This poem may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

This poem is also featured in the 2005 Western Horseman magazine calendar and appeared in the September/October BAR-D poetry column in Rope Burns

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Read more of Carole Jarvis' work in our feature here.


 

The Carhartt Song

Them big city gals are a natural
At turnin' good cowboys around.
Dressed in their big city finery
They'll drop a good man to the ground.

I know 'cause I've been there myself boys
So please take a word from the wise.
There's far more to beauty, I'm certain,
Far more than what meets the eye.

Consider the gal that you're hitched to.
She'll be there when you make a stand.
Maybe them bibs ain't from Paree'
But who cares she's one heck of a hand.

      Chorus:     
      My sweetheart's the gal in the Carhartts.
      She's a one-of-a-kind kind of gal.
      Helps with the calvin' in springtime
      And gathers the herd in the fall.

      There's no one I'd rather depend on
      And the' them bibs don't look like much,
      Underneath that brown duck
      Is most of my luck, and I'll love her
      Till the day that I die.

It ain't that she looks like this always.
Just when there's work to be done.
Whenever we can we pull slack time
And we're off to go dance and have fun.
 
She'll put on a tight pair of bluejeans
A shirt with some frills on the side.
And she'll outclass them big city sweethearts
As across that ol' dance floor we glide
 
      Chorus:
      (underneath that brown duck
      is a gal that can chuck
      square bales with the best of the guys.)

© 2005, DW Groethe, from Tales from West River
These words may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

Read more of DW Groethe's work in our feature here.

 

 

Dining Out

When you live out in the country, it's really quite a treat
when, maybe once or twice a year, you might go out to eat.

It happened once last summer after helping put up hay,
my husband asked me if I would like to eat in town that day.

Well, I was quick to answer "Yes," then hurried to prepare;
I bathed and changed to better clothes and fixed my windblown hair.

In nothing flat, our pickup truck was headed down the lane;
a dinner date with hubby was like lighting an old flame!

I'm visualizing candlelight as music softly plays.
Imagining the kindly things that he would probably say!

And as the pickup bounced along, I dreamed of even more;
when soon we pulled into the town up to the old feed store.

I told him I would wait outside while he picked up some feed;
as the guy that usually waits on him don't have a lot of speed.

Besides my shoes were killing me, I thought I'd rest my feet.
He said: "you'd better come on in, if you would like to eat."

He pointed to a banner on the door that I could read,
For the annual pancake supper at the local Feed and Seed!

With headlights shining out, we went back to the ranch,
and we both laughed and talked about our evening of romance.

But next week is his birthday and instead of grilling steaks,
I'm gonna have his buddies out and fix 'em all pancakes!

© 2005, Yvonne Hollenbeck, from From My Window and other poems
These words may not be reprinted or reposted without the author's written permission.

 

Read more of Yvonne Hollenbeck work in our feature here.

 

 

  Praise for Sweethearts in Carhartts

 

Red Steagall (www.RedStegall.com):

I have often said that women were the cement that held the West together. They stayed home, raised the kids, and ran the farms and ranches. Nothing has changed. The women on today's farms and ranches are still the cement that holds the families together. Most times they don't get enough credit.

Jean has done a tremendous job of expressing the emotions and dedication of ranch women. Her co-writers have a vast experience in the ranching lifestyle and have contributed their thoughts lyrically and musically in a masterful way. "Ranch Wife's Prayer" is a visible examples of a woman's dedication to family, devotion to her God, and a compassionate soul for all things natural. All responsible women are great at multi-tasking. Whether it's rocking her cradle with her feet or pulling an infant on her cotton sack, she is willing and able to do whatever is necessary to care for her family.

Jean Prescott is one of the few people in her industry who can portray the women of the West in such vivid and emotional details. This is a brilliant collection of songs and I am so proud of Jean and all of her co-writers.'

It's magnificent!

 

Elmer Kelton (www.ElmerKelton.net):

Jean's songs give a vivid and realistic look at ranch life today, especially from the point of view of the ranch wife, who is expected to help with gathering livestock, feeding, branding, calving and windmilling, then go to the house and cook, wash and iron clothes, sweep out, and take care of the kids. Her reward may consist of something as royal as a pancake supper at the local Feed and Seed, on paper plates.

 

Richard E. O'Brien (Rich O'Brien at Western Jubilee Recording Company):

I will assert that "Sweethearts" is Jean's finest work so far. Every song will remind you of something fresh from the garden. Taken together, the songs are a cornucopia of delicious sentiment, seasoned with love and a
pinch of nostalgia.  

The recording is a firm but ever-so-gentle reminder that the west assumes an entirely different—while no less glorious—mystique when viewed from the perspective of an eloquent and sensitive woman such as Jean Prescott.

 

  About Jean Prescott    official biography

A native of West Texas, Jean Prescott wears her western heritage as comfortably as a well broken in pair of boots.  As a youngster she spent her summers horseback helping neighbors out and her evenings on the porch playing her guitar and listening to her Dad tell stories of his childhood on the big ranches in the panhandle of Texas.

Jean's love of the cowboy way of life and her love of music came together over the years and led to the best of both worlds for her.  From the warm glow of a campfire to the bright lights of the concert stage, Jean delights her audiences with songs about the west, the people who made it what it is today and the ranching families and cowboys who are dedicated to their way of life.  Her songs paint vivid musical pictures of the way of life in the real west of yesterday and today.

A multiple-award-winning artist, Jean's CD, Embers of Time was nominated for the 2005 Western Album of the Year award by the prestigious Academy of Western Artists.  She was also nominated for Female Vocalist for Western Music and Western Swing and for Song of the Year.  

In 1998 she was honored by the State of Texas for her musical contribution to the preservation of Texas music and history. And her rich alto voice graces an interactive music exhibit at the respected National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas.  One of only ten ladies selected for the exhibit, Jean is featured with Hall of Fame honorees, Dale Evans, Cindy Walker, Patsy Cline and others.   Her music is regularly featured on the Red Steagall Cowboy Hour and you will often find Jean's songs in the top ten charts for western music.

In 2006, Jean received the 2006 American Cowboy Culture Award, presented at the National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration in Lubbock, Texas.

Jean's music has been referred to as "the spiritual essence of the west." Her warm manner and total ease with her audiences always brings them back for more.  "My goal is to write and sing good songs that folks enjoy listening to."  Jean has been featured at the International Western Music Festival, the Santa Clarita Cowboy Music Festival, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the San Antonio Stock Show and the Red Steagall Cowboy Poetry Gathering, just to mention a few.

Dedicated to preserving and pursuing the way of life they love, Jean and singer/songwriter husband, Gary Prescott, make their home south of Abilene, Texas, where they raise quarter horses and continue to write and sing about the cowboy way of life.

Academy of Western Artists'
Female Vocalist of the Year

Western Music Association
Female Entertainer of the Year

Academy of Western Artists'
Best Western Song "Fair Blows the Wind" with Gary Prescott

 

Read more about Jean Prescott in our feature here.

 

Jean Prescott's Web Site and Contact Information

 


photo: Shelly Kay Studios

 

Visit Jean Prescott's web site for more about her and her music, track samples, schedule, and more.

 

www.JeanPrescott.com

 

Prescott Music
P.O. Box 194
Ovalo, TX 79541
Telephone: (325) 583-2553
Email: jeanprescott@taylortel.net


photo: Shelly Kay Studios

 

 

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