Ranch Rhymes: Cowboy Poetry and Music from the Wes

Ranch Rhymes: Cowboy Poetry and Music from the Wes

The Christmas Quilt

For our special holiday Ranch Rhymes podcast, we feature Yvonne Hollenbeck, a South Dakota poet and quilter - who's...

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Celebrating Friendship in Verse

In this episode of Ranch Rhymes, we treat listeners to the only free verse poem written by the Cowboy Curmudgeon,...

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Cowboy Poets Give Thanks

Who are you thankful for this holiday season? The Western Folklife Center gives thanks to all cowboy poets and...

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A Cowboy Song for Elko

In 1976, singer-songwriter-columnist Mary McCaslin's LP, "Prairie in the Sky" on Rounder Records helped turn on a...

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Such is the Life of a Poet…

The Western Folklife Center continues to comb the archives for material inspired and informed by 25 years of the...

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The Master of "The Zebra Dun"

In this episode of Ranch Rhymes, we are featuring an old song sometimes referred to as "The Educated Fellow,"...

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The Vanishing Breed

This episode of Ranch Rhymes is brought to you courtesy of Baxter Black, renowned cowboy poet, NPR commentator and...

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Inspiration is Everywhere

Cowboy poet and all-around funny man Ed Brown ranched for many years before teaching eighth grade in Madera,...

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Rhymin' in Butte

The National Folk Festival takes place this weekend, July 11-13, 2008 in historic Butte, Montana, and the Western...

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How Cowboy Poetry Got Its Start

As the Western Folklife Center gears up for the silver anniversary of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering next...

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"The Old Prospector"

A master reciter of classic verse, Jerry Brooks worked underground in the coal mines of Utah for 26 years before...

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Husbands and Wives

We're approaching the season for wedding celebrations, so in this Ranch Rhymes episode, we honor those who will soon...

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Springtime on a Sierra Foothills Ranch

Situated somewhere between the California poetry legacy of Gary Snyder, the Beats, and the ranching communities his...

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"Put That Back… Hoedown"

Many years ago, it might have seemed an odd or ironic juxtaposition that one could celebrate National Poetry Month,...

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"April's Fool"

Between working, performing, and recording a new collection of his poetry, Elko's own Water "Bimbo" Cheney has been...

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Slim Critchlow, Part III

The latest Ranch Rhymes episode is the third installment in our Slim Critchlow series. This episode presents Slim...

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Don Edwards and "Chopo"

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the very first published collection of American folk songs, "Songs of the...

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"The Auction"

Even though the big performances always sell out, some of the best poems and songs at the National Cowboy Poetry...

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Sunny Hancock and "The Lost Flannins"

Bruce Kiskaddon penned a cautionary tale many years ago: a tongue-in-cheek story involving some bitter accusations...

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Sheep Stories on Ranch Rhymes

Over the past couple of decades, a majority of sheep ranchers throughout the American West have depended on Peruvian...

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