Cowpoke Legends · Cowpoke Radio

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

Cowpoke Legends · Cowpoke Radio

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

Country Music · Cowpoke Legends

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)

Cowpoke Legends · Cowpoke Radio · Podcast

The Church of the Hollywood B Cowboy (Volume 1)

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)