Cowboy Tracks

Join Nancy around the campfire to hear authentic western music and cowboy poetry. Something deep in your soul will resonate to stories from the early wranglers, Mexican vaqueros, old West adventurers, Silver Screen buckaroos, contemporary real cowboys, and all who appreciate wide open spaces, freedom, and the western lifestyle.


Replays Monday 10-11am, Thursday 9-10pm
Live Friday 1-2pm
Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

Cowboy Tracks for 1:00pm on May 10th, 2019

“Dick Baxter’s Memories of Dale Evans.”  Dick Baxter was Dale Evans' personal manager for 26 years. I had a delightful interview with Dick about his experiences with Dale. Tune in to hear the interview and to hear songs by and about Dale Evans, the  “Queen of the West.”

Cowboy Tracks for 1:00pm on May 3rd, 2019

“Cowboy Poetry Week.”  This episode is a celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week. We’ll hear top cowboy poems, traditional and new, recited by the leading cowboy poets. The Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry ( is the prime resource for all-things cowboy poetry-related and I drew upon their resources in preparing the show. (Image by Shawn Cameron, “Making Plans”, 2005)

Cowboy Tracks for 1:00pm on Apr 26th, 2019

“Transcontinental Railroad-150th Anniversary.”  This special episode of “Cowboy Tracks” commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first Transcontinental Railroad.  On May 10, 1869 the Golden Spike was driven into the rail track at Promontory Summit, Utah signaling the completion of the first American transcontinental railroad. This is considered the single most significant engineering achievement of the entire 19th century and it forever altered the development of the West. Hear about the railway’s history through words and music on the April 26 “Cowboy Tracks.” (Photo: Heritage Rail Alliance)


Cowboy Tracks for 1:00pm on Apr 12th, 2019

“Songs of the Cowboy.”  This episode was inspired by a songbook called “Songs of the Cowboys” by Ron Middlebrook.  You’ll hear traditional cowboy songs sung by performers of the past and present. Many of the songs have been voted as Top 100 Western Songs of All Time. Gold nuggets, every one!  (Cover art by Eddie Young)

Cowboy Tracks for 1:00pm on Mar 29th, 2019

“Cow Mooo-sings." Today's show is  a light, fun episode. When you think about cowboys, what is it that they have in common?  Well, lots of things, but how about the source of their name: "Cows". Cows or Cattle are the underpinning of cowboy culture but they don't get enough individual attention. So, today's show is called "Cow Mooo-sings" and is an ode to called our bovine partners. All the songs and cowboy poetry will be about these critters and I hope that you'll find it "A-mooo-sing!"

Cowboy Tracks for 1:00pm on Mar 22nd, 2019

“Academy of Western Artists Winners, 2018.”  Every year, the Academy of Western Artists gives awards to the best Western musicians, poets and artisans. The winners from 2018 were just announced in March 2019.  You’ll hear works from many of them on this episode of “Cowboy Tracks.”

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Hi Nancy,
I enjoyed visiting with you today on "Cowboy Tracks"
I wanted to set the record straight. During your show, I made a comment about recently deceased, Doris Day. In fact, Doris Day starred in "Calamity Jane" not "Annie Oakley"
Sorry, my mistake... Really love your show... Keep keepin' on with the great tracks!
Oh, BTW... John Fremont's guide and messenger was Kit Carson.

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Right now I'm listening to your Western Swing show and it's too wonderful, it's beyond super. It's even really swell. Thank you for this Swing salute. More Swing and more...

Wow, thank you! This was the first time I've done an all-western swing show. Now, I'm encouraged to do more!

Listened to this varied Cowboy time last Friday. There was Cowboy poetry, music, definitions of terms...yes, so much time has pasted we need to know what used to be common words that relate to Cowboy and The West. Tune in for a good time.

Thanks for listening and for your positive comments!

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