In our most recent installment of Western Skies, we explored the proximity between the perceptions and realities of the West and cowboy culture. We made a visit to the Western Jubilee Recording Company in Colorado Springs on a recent night where famed cowboy poet, Waddie Mitchell recited his poems and Western guitar player, Rich O’Brien picked out some tunes.

Listen to the slideshow above, or download the audio here.

In the 21st century is there such a thing as an actual cowboy? A person who rides on the back of a horse with a rope in his hand working a ranch in the ways ranches were worked more than a hundred years ago? The answer is yes, but that may not be the case for long. Scotty Hall, of Pueblo, Colorado tells the tale of cowboying in the modern age.

Listen in the slideshow above, or download the audio here.

The music in this piece was by Don Edwards, Rich O’Brien and Ed Bruce.

You can listen to the entire Western Skies episode wherein we explore the myth of the west by clicking HERE.


3 Responses to A Cowboy’s Heart is in the Saddle

  1. Liz says:

    Western Jubilee is a treasure in our city! When you walk into the studio you are whisked to a different era. It is a feast for the eyes and ears. Whether you like country music or not, it offers an opportunity to get out of mainstream “city life” and gain an appreciation for the heritage of the western states in our country. Thanks for highlighting such a special gem!

  2. Nico says:

    These were both riveting. I particularly liked listening to Scotty Hall: his frankness and stoic good cheer are very affecting, as is the insight with which he describes his way of life. Thanks to Western Skies for helping us to better see our land and people and culture.

  3. Paul says:

    Enjoyed this. Saw Waddie at TheaterWorks a few months ago. Great.


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