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“Ride ‘Em Cowboy”

November 26, 2019

Ride ‘Em Cowboy, the 1941 Western spoof, helped introduce black singers and performers to mainstream American audiences.

Is This the First Rock and Roll Song?

November 16, 2019

“You can have my money, you can have my honey, but let me rock and roll”

Every Picture Tells a Story

November 14, 2019

The life of Hercules Posey, George Washington’s cook, tells us a lot about slavery during and after the Revolutionary War

“Tryin’ To Reason With Hurricane Season”

August 31, 2019

There’s not much we can do about hurricanes except get out of their way, take shelter and perhaps write a song or two about Nature’s awesome power.

Dr. John Gone

June 8, 2019

Dr. John the flamboyant New Orleans musician has passed away at age 77.

Throne

May 23, 2019

The ancient Egyptians believed in a lot of strange things like soul travel and immortality.

Man and Horse

May 20, 2019

A riderless horse is a rare event in track racing.

The Passing of a Literary Giant; Herman Wouk Dies

May 17, 2019

Herman Wouk was privileged to a very special and colorful life before passing away at age 103.

The White Cowboys

April 28, 2019

Old Westerns still have something to tell us.

The Black Cowboys

April 27, 2019

Black cowboys were a vital part of the Old West.

Even Cowgirls Have a Notion To Sing

April 26, 2019

Even Cowgirls get a yearning for going onstage and telling a good story.

Cowboy Poets and Storytellers On Stage

April 25, 2019

                Gatherings Cowboy poetry readings are usually called gatherings and may occur at any time of the year. For example, The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is held every winter (late January or early February) in Elko, Nevada at the Western Folklife Center. The get-together lasts for a long […]

A Cowboy Ghost Story from West Texas

April 24, 2019

The hit song,Ghost Riders in the Sky, is reportedly based on a real ghost story.

Cowboy Poetry Week: Searching the Arroyos and Mesas

April 23, 2019

Music has always been a good medium for Western storytelling.

Earth Day, Cowgirl Poetry, the EPA and Richard Nixon

April 21, 2019

Though they often overlap on the calendar, Earth Day and Cowboy poetry do not share a lot of common ground.

Cowboy Poetry Week

April 20, 2019

If Jesus was a cowboy, would he attend the National Cowboy Poetry Festival.

Will Bernie’s Book Sales Put Him in the White House?

April 13, 2019

The next president of the United States will most likely also be a bestselling author.

Health

April 11, 2019

Fresh, clean water is a necessary for a healthy life.

Black and White

March 12, 2019

Black and white art mediums can be a powerful ally to the visual artist.

Summer In Antarctica

January 31, 2019

When winter rolls through America, it is summertime in Antarctica.

Galaxy

January 27, 2019

The discovery of the Whirled peas Galaxy has excited many astronomers and astrophysicists.

Botannical

January 22, 2019

We would be lost if it wasn’t for the plant world.

Hero

January 17, 2019

Nothing is more delicious to a Superhero than a hero.

Death and the Eternal Journey

January 11, 2019

Nobody really knows what awaits us after we die….perhaps that’ why there are so many different ideas.

Sci-Fi Songs and Ballads

January 9, 2019

Mankind’s exploration of outer space has, as a sideline, created all kinds of stories, some of which, have been put to song.

Hemingway and Havana

January 8, 2019

A look at Hemingway’s years in Cuba will help demonstrate some interesting aspects of the author’s life.

Winter in America

December 29, 2018

  Breakdown On the Potomac To many citizens of this fair land, the current breakdown of a functional government in Washington may seem like a disaster unfolding. Unfortunately, this viewpoint may not be far off from what is going down in our nation’s capital. Things are not good right now and could possibly even get […]

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

December 27, 2018

A White Christmas is not always something to be admired.

Good King Wenceslas

December 26, 2018

Good King Wenceslas is a joyous song that celebrates the life of a saint that was murdered by his brother.

Whacked Out Christmas Songs

December 23, 2018

No time of year produces encourages offbeat musical prodigies quite like Christmas.