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Sacramento’s KRAK Country Radio

In Northern California back in the 1950s and 1960s, listeners had their choice of numerous radio stations playing both kinds of music — Country and Western. Among those stations were KEEN in San Jose; KVSM in San Mateo; KSAY in San Francisco; KTRB in Modesto; KCEY in Turlock; and mighty KRAK in Sacramento. KRAK began… Continue reading Sacramento’s KRAK Country Radio

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Cottonseed Clark

Cottonseed Clark spent his first years in Reno, Texas, in the dusty, cotton-growing heart of the Red River Valley, where his daddy was a dirt farmer and the one and only school teacher — for all eleven grades — in the town’s one-room schoolhouse. “My real handle is Sim Clark Fulks,” he wrote in the 1945… Continue reading Cottonseed Clark

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Country & Western Music Research Resources

Sometimes, just settin’ around in the bullpen here at Cowpoke Radio, somebody will ask a question about some long-lost Country and/or Western Music performer or song from the past, and we’ll get to searching the Interwebs to see what we can dig up. What are our go-to websites for helping to locate those lost treasures?… Continue reading Country & Western Music Research Resources

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Black Jack Wayne

Black Jack Wayne (left) and Johnny Cash, together in their show finery. Making an assumption here, but we’re guessing that John R. Cash is appearing on Black Jack’s weekly program on KTVU (Channel 2) in Oakland. Johnny may have also been promoting an upcoming appearance at Jack’s fabled Garden of Allah in Niles, probably in… Continue reading Black Jack Wayne

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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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Songwriting Legend Curly Putman (1930-2016)

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)

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Willie Nelson, Disc Jockey

Around about the same time that he was working on becoming one of the greatest legends in American music history, Willie Nelson was also gainfully employed behind the microphone as a disc jockey for several Country radio stations, spinning records during the day, then singing his own tunes at night. As recounted in his must-read… Continue reading Willie Nelson, Disc Jockey

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New On The Cowpoke: “Gotta Travel On”

Just added to the KWPX Cowpoke Corral of Country Classics is the 1959 recording of “Gotta Travel On” by local legends Rose and Cal Maddox, backed by the fabulous Black Jack Wayne Band. Rose and Cal are part of the Alabama-born, Modesto-based Maddox Brothers & Rose, known far and wide as “The Most Colorful Hillbilly Band… Continue reading New On The Cowpoke: “Gotta Travel On”