The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Ten


The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Ten (2016) is a double CD compilation of vintage and contemporary recordings of some of the best cowboy poetry. Find more complete information for all ten volumes at

Cowboy poetry records the heartbeat of the working West, a tradition—stories of cowboys, ranchers, and Western writers—that spans three centuries. Its enduring popularity is celebrated at today’s cowboy poetry gatherings and at, a program of the non-profit Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry.

This tenth and final edition of The BAR-D Roundup collects the most popular classic and contemporary poetry tracks from the past volumes, including those from early volumes that are long out of print. You’ll find the authentic voices of National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellows (Buck Ramsey, Wallace McRae, Joel Nelson); of past Texas State Poet Laureate Red Steagall; of classic poets in their own voices (Gail I. Gardner, Robert Service, Charles Badger Clark, Jr.); and of many other men and women, respected poets and reciters who are cowboys, ranchers, and Western writers.

The Center’s Cowboy Poetry Week celebration—recognized by unanimous U.S. Senate resolution—is held each April during National Poetry Month. Each year, The BAR-D Roundup CD and the celebration’s poster (by respected cowboy and artist Gary Morton in 2016) are offered to libraries in the Center’s Rural Library Program. The outreach program is a part of the Center’s commitment to serve rural communities and to preserve and promote our Western heritage.

The CD is dedicated to all those who proudly carry on the ranching tradition.


LOOKING BACK (Bruce Kiskaddon, 1878-1950) from “Looking Backward” Randy Rieman … 0:33
from Where the Ponies Come to Drink (2000); V6

WAITIN’ ON THE DRIVE Larry McWhorter (1957-2003) … 5:49
from The Poetry of Larry McWhorter (2010); V5

THE MEDICINE KEEPERS J.B. Allen (1938-2005) …. 1:30
from The Medicine Keepers (1998); V6

A COWBOYIN’ DAY Gary McMahan … 6:42
from A Cowboyin’ Day (1992);  V7

COWBOY COUNT YER BLESSINGS (Larry McWhorter, 1947-2003) Larry McWhorter and Waddie Mitchell … 3:15
from The Poetry of Larry McWhorter (2010); Prescott Music, PO Box 194, Ovalo, TX 79541, V6

from Pure Bliss (2013); V9

THE BREAKER IN THE PEN Joel Nelson … 5:37
from The Breaker in the Pen (2000); V2

SADDLIN’ UP TIME (Andy Wilkinson) Jerry A. Brooks … 2:43
from Shoulder to Shoulder (2010); V7

THE HORSE TRADE Sunny Hancock (1931-2003) … 4:54
from Sunny (2005); V2

HOSSES vs. HORSES (S. Omar Barker, 1894-1985) Paul Zarzyski … 2:04
from Spurrin’ the Words (2005);; V2

MY FATHER’S HORSES DW Groethe … 1:56
courtesy of the Western Folklife Center, recorded at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (2007),;

WHERE THE PONIES COME TO DRINK (Henry Herbert Knibbs, 1874-1945) Randy Rieman … 2:38
from Where the Ponies Come to Drink (2000); V3

FORGOTTEN (Bruce Kiskaddon, 1878-1950) Jesse Smith … 1:29
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup (2011); V6

OF HORSES AND MEN Jay Snider … 1:32
from Of Horses and Men (2006); V4

A COWBOY SEASON Jo Lynne Kirkwood … 5:20
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup (2007); V2

from Cowboys Are Like That (2009); V4

BORN TO THIS LAND Red Steagall … 2:58
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup (2006); V1

DAD WAS LIKE A COLT Virginia Bennett … 0:31
from Canyon of the Forgotten (1998); V1

from Kent Rollins: Live in Branson (2006); V2

recorded for The BAR-D Roundup (2008); V3

THE GOOD OLD COWBOY DAYS (Luther A. Lawhon 1861-1922) Jay Snider … 4:25
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup (2008); V3

TO BE A TOP HAND Georgie Sicking … 1:18
from To Be a Top Hand (2007); V3

HEADIN’ OUT Diane Tribitt … 1:32
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup (2010); V5

ADVICE Deanna Dickinson McCall … 1:00
from Hot Iron (2005); V3

BONES Doris Daley … 0:56
from Good for What Ails You (2006); V3

PAYIN’ ATTENTION Carole Jarvis … 2:29
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup (2012); V7

HE TALKED ABOUT MONTANA Elizabeth Ebert … 3:00
from Live from Thunderhawk (2002);  V2

MICHAEL BIA Chris Isaacs … 1:30
from Most Requested Poems (2001);  V5

DEATH OF THE LAST COWHAND Linda M. Hasselstrom … 2:52
from Bitter Creek Junction (2000); V6


THE MEN WHO RIDE NO MORE Joel Nelson … 3:26
from The Breaker in the Pen (1999); V4

FOUR LITTLE WORDS Jay Snider … 2:52
from Cowboyin’, Horses, and Friends (2000);  V7

ALONE (Bruce Kiskaddon, 1878-1950) Trey Allen … 1:01
from Cowpoke (2002);  V1

ANTHEM Buck Ramsey … 4:33
from Buck Ramsey’s Grass (2005); Texas Tech University Press,; V1

I’D LIKE TO BE IN TEXAS (traditional) J.B. Allen (1938-2005) … 2:34
courtesy of the Western Folklife Center, recorded at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (1993),; V4

WHEN THEY’VE FINISHED SHIPPING CATTLE IN THE FALL (Bruce Kiskaddon, 1878-1950) Randy Rieman … 5:07
from Old Favorites (2003); V2

THE SIERRY PETES (or, TYING KNOTS IN THE DEVIL’S TAIL) Gail I. Gardner (1892-1988) … 3:45
from a family recording (1986); V4

REINCARNATION Wallace McRae ….1:54
courtesy of the Western Folklife Center, recorded at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering (2012),; V7

YEP Rod Nichols (1942-2007) … 1:46
from Yep, A Little Bit More of Texas (2003);  V1

COWBOY BANKER Pat Richardson (1935-2016) … 1:24
from B. Y. O. S. (Bring Your Own Sheep) (2002); V1

WHAT WOULD MARTHA DO? Yvonne Hollenbeck … 2:31
from Where the Buffalo Rhyme (2003); V1

COWBOY LAUNDRY Rodney Nelson … 3:20
from Where the Buffalo Rhyme (2003); V4

YOO-HOO Jane Morton … 2:45
from Turning to Face the Wind (2004);  V1

TOMBOY Dee Strickland Johnson (“Buckshot Dot”) … 2:32
from Cowman’s Wife (1996); V5

MAGGIE (Wallace McRae) Brigid Reedy … 0:21
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup (2014); V9

PST the III (DW Groethe) Linda Kirkpatrick … 1:51
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup (2014); V9

SOME COWBOY BRAG TALK (traditional) Harry Jackson (1924-2011) …. 1:35
from The Cowboy: His Songs, Ballads, and Brag Talk, FW05723, courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways © 1959. Used by permission,; V5

THE LEGEND OF BOASTFUL BILL (Charles Badger Clark, Jr. 1883-1957) Jerry A. Brooks … 3:44
recorded by Hal Cannon and Taki Telonidis (2009), courtesy of the Western Folklife Center,;  V5

BIGFOOT Pat Richardson (1935-2016) … 3:14
from Pat Richardson Strikes Again (2007); V3

BILL’S IN TROUBLE (James Barton Adams 1843-1918) Hal Swift … 1:55
recorded for The BAR-D Roundup (2008); V3

THE CREMATION OF SAM McGEE Robert Service (1874-1958) … 9:27
from Robert Service in Person (2004), Norlynn Audio Visual Services, V3

CATTLEMAN’S PRAYER (traditional) Dick Morton … 1:32
from Cowboy Classics (2006);  V4

A COWBOY’S PRAYER Charles Badger Clark, Jr. (1883-1957) … 1:36
from Dakota Voices (1956) courtesy of the Badger Clark Memorial Society;  V5

HAIL AND FAREWELL (Delia Gist Gardner, 1900-1990) Gail Steiger … 2:11
from The Romance of Western Life (2007); V2

HOME ON THE RANGE (Brewster Higley, 1823-1911) James Richardson … 2:26
recorded by Ruby T. and John Avery Lomax (1939); courtesy of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, V9

by Baxter Black, top cowboy poet and philosopher (recorded 2009), V4 includes most of these poems and more information about the poems and poets.

All rights are reserved by the artists and owners of the included tracks.

The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Nine is produced by the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry with generous  funding support from Laura and Edmund Wattis Littlefield, Jr., Margaret T. Morris Foundation, and sustaining donors.

Special thanks to Bette Ramsey; the estate of S. Omar Barker; Margaret Allen; Andrea McWhorter Waitley; Jean Prescott; the Gardner and Steiger families; Judith Nichols; Jeff Hancock; Steve Green and the Western Folklife Center; Todd Kesner and Montana 4-H Center; the late Jessie Sundstrom; Stuart Spani; Matthew Jackson; Smithsonian Folkways Recordings; Todd Harvey and the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress; Andy Wilkinson and Texas Tech University Press; Walter Workman; Sylvia and Joel Nelson; Totsie Slover; Jarle Kvale; Francie Ganje; Charley Engel, Waynetta Ausmus, Graham Lees; Alf Bilton; Chris Waddell; Jim Nelson; Andy Nelson, engineer and co-producer (with Margo Metegrano); and all of the poets, reciters, families, publishers, and organizations for poetry and permissions.


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