Back in the 1940s when he was reaching the height of his popularity and success, the great Gene Autry — Public Cowboy No. 1 — put together a list of basic tenets to live by known as The Cowboy Code. Intended originally for his younger listeners and fans, the Cowboy Code grew in renown over the… Continue reading Gene Autry’s Cowboy Code
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
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
If April’s showers are true to form, May will bring flowers and weather that’s warm! Here’s our pulchritudinous pinup for the merry month of May, regally rendered through the brilliant brush of Al Moore in Esquire (May 1951).
It’s Episode 6 of Church of the Hollywood B Cowboy, in which host John Mack Flanagan discusses how to build your own B Western movie library. To access every episode of the Church of the Hollywood B Cowboy podcast, please click here.
Happy New Year! This month’s pinup girl comes from the January 1950 edition of Esquire, and was beautifully created by the legendary Al Moore — who, in addition to being an amazing artist, played in the NFL for his hometown Chicago Bears.
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!