Cowboy Tracks

Join Nancy around the campfire to hear authentic Western roots 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, Western Swing bands, contemporary real cowboys, and all who appreciate wide open spaces, freedom, and the western lifestyle.


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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.”

Cowboy Tracks for 1:00pm on Mar 1st, 2019

“Cowboy Moon.”  When you think of cowboys from the old west, do you see them sitting around the campfire? It’s a dark night, the fire is crackling, perhaps coyotes are howling and the moon shines its bright light over the land. You can see why so many cowboy songs back then and today are inspired by the quiet and powerful presence of the moon. Today’s episode is dedicated to songs about the moon.


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

“Bluesy and Jazzy." Western music has lots of musical influences, including blues and jazz.  For example, western swing is a jazz form. Today's show will be all western songs that have strong blues or jazz elements, drawing on form, instrumentation (we'll hear sax, trumpet, clarinets), improvisation, chord progressions and rhythms. Enjoy this melange of musical sounds.

Cowboy Tracks for 1:00pm on Feb 15th, 2019

"Strong Western Winds." This episode's songs are about wind. Wind's physical power is featured in many western songs because it is such a big factor in cowboy work, range and animal duties, farming and more. But, wind is also the spirit of the universe. Its invisible yet powerful force often symbolizes movement and change, such as in the phrase "the winds of change." In today's songs there are both the physical and the representational dimensions of the wind. Teacher  Bert McCoy says that: "the wind plays its own music." That's so true but the wind also inspires music, as we will hear...

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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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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 05/17/2019 - 11:15pm

I am really excited about your interview with Dale's former long time manager (Dick Baxter).  Can't wait to hear his stories of the good ole days with Roy and Dale!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 05/10/2019 - 11:11am

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...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 04/25/2018 - 9:53pm

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

Submitted by Nancy Flagg on Thu, 04/26/2018 - 8:27am

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.

Submitted by Ruth Chambers on Sun, 05/28/2017 - 9:22pm

Thanks for listening and for your positive comments!

Submitted by Nancy Flagg on Thu, 06/01/2017 - 5:05pm

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