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
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
This month’s pinup is another Gil Elvgren classic — “Something New,” featuring a lovely lass in a delightful cowgirl outfit.
Episode 5 of Church of the Hollywood B Cowboy, starring John Mack Flanagan: Have a question or comment about this episode? Get in touch with John Mack Flanagan!
John Mack Flanagan presents Episode 4 of Church of the Hollywood B Cowboy: Questions? Comments? Contact John Mack Flanagan!
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
The first episode of John Mack Flanagan’s Church of the Hollywood B Cowboy. Send a message to John Mack Flanagan:
If you’ve listened to Cowpoke Radio for any significant length of time — let’s say ten or fifteen minutes — then you’ve heard a song written by Claude “Curly” Putman. There’s Tammy Wynettes’s “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” He wrote Dolly Parton’s breakthrough 1967 hit “Dumb Blonde” and “My Elusive Dreams”… Continue reading Songwriting Legend Curly Putman (1930-2016)
The Church of the Hollywood B Cowboy is a loving salute to the men and women who created those one-hour movies so popular in the ’30s and ’40s. Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Tex Ritter … they’re all here with a focus on those long ago days. Your podcast podner, John Mack Flanagan — who was… Continue reading The Church of the Hollywood B Cowboy (Volume 1)
By definition, according to the first book I recall reading as a kid, I was (and, pretty much to this day, remain) a Town Boy. Cowboy Andy, title character of that very same book, was also a Town Boy. But he dreamed of being a real cowboy. Written by Edna Walker Chandler and illustrated by E.… Continue reading Cowboy Andy