Country Music · Cowpoke Legends

Mel Tillis (1932-2017)

It’s a sad and solemn Sunday here in the KWPX studio, with the news that magnificent M-M-Mel Tillis has gone to his great reward. According to a statement issued by his publicist, Mel, who was 85 years old and resided in Ocala, Fla., had “battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered.” Mel… Continue reading Mel Tillis (1932-2017)

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Shorty Joe and the Red Rock Canyon Cowboys

In doing a bit of research, The Cottonmouth Kid had made the erroneous assumption that the old Tracy Gardens roadhouse was over here in nearby Tracy. In fact, the Gardens was over in San Jose, on Stevens Creek near Highway 17, where the big Valley Fair shopping center now stands. Stompin’ Steve hepped us to… Continue reading Shorty Joe and the Red Rock Canyon Cowboys

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Dude Martin

John Stephen McSwain — known to his family and friends as “Steve” — was born back in March 1915 on a farm in the Central Valley town of Plainsburg, located pretty much in the heart of California. Steve would grow up, change his stage name to Dude Martin, and became a Western Music entrepreneur, performing with… Continue reading Dude Martin

Cowpoke Radio · Pinup Girl

This Month’s Pinup Girl

Well, what are the odds? Our pinup for this month is a bubbly gal drawn by Jerry Thompson (a/k/a T.N. Thompson) that was part of the Shaw-Barton Calendar Company’s offering in 1955. The bonus? It just so happens that the dates on the November 1955 calendar correspond exactly to November 2016! IMAGE CREDIT: “Ready To Throw… Continue reading This Month’s Pinup Girl