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“Wagons Ho!” June 21, 2019


Pioneer wagon at CA Trail Center in Elko. Photo by Nancy Flagg

“Wagons Ho.”  Most of  the pioneers that settled the west traveled by wagon. The wagon trains of Conestogas and Prairie Schooners must have been a sight to see as their white canvas tops rolled across the prairies. Today’s show is an homage to these pioneer wagons that played such an important role in American western history.

“Potluck.” June 14, 2019

“Potluck.”  This episode (6/14/19) is called “Potluck” because we are a community gathering to share and enjoy a table full of delicious western music and poetry. There’s lots of variety in the offerings; enough so that everyone should be able to find plenty to enjoy. I hope this episode leaves you feeling satisfied after this great feast among friends!

“Dick Baxter’s Memories of Dale Evans.” May 10, 2019


Dick Baxter and Dale Evans

“Dick Baxter’s Memories of Dale Evans.”  Dick Baxter was Dale Evan’s 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 Poetry Week

“Cowboy Poetry Week.”  This episode will be 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)

“Transcontinental Railroad-150th Anniversary.” April 26, 2019


Transcontinental Railroad

This special episode of “Cowboy Tracks” will commemorate 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.”