Cowboy Crossroads Podcast with Andy Hedges
On each episode, Andy interviews a different guest and asks them to share stories and discuss music, poetry, and culture from the working cowboy West and beyond.

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Episode 57: Henry Real Bird

Photo by Jessica Lifland. 

Montana poet laureate Henry Real Bird shares about growing up on the Crow Reservation, the history of the Crow Tribe, and the power of poetry and thought.

Episode 56: Elana James

Hot Club of Cowtown's Elana James stops by Cowboy Crossroads to talk about her classical training, her Western swing influences, working with Bob Dylan, wrangling horses in Montana, and interpreting traditional music. Don't miss the fiddle tune at the…

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Episode 55: Myrtis Dightman

Myrtis Dightman talks about being the first black cowboy to compete at the National Finals Rodeo in 1964 and shares stories from a lifetime in rodeo. Special guests Pipp Gillette and Waddie Mitchell also share stories and thoughts about…

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Episode 54: Remembering Gail Gardner

Photo of Gail Gardner, used with permission.

Singer/songwriter and working cowboy Gail Steiger shares stories and memories about his grandfather Gail Gardner. Gail Gardner is one of the classic cowboy poets and he is best known for writing…

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Episode 53: DW Groethe

Photo by Jessica Lifland.

Montana ranch hand DW Groethe talks about playing music because you have to, becoming a cowboy, the difference in poems and songs, and the isolation of ranch work. 

Episode 52: Barry Corbin

Barry Corbin talks about his career as an actor, his interest in the life of Charlie Goodnight, his creative process, and tells stories from working on the sets of Conagher and No Country for Old Men. Don't miss the…

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Episode 51: R.W. Hampton

Photo by Martin HM Schreiber, Quien Sabe Ranch, circa 1979. 

New Mexico cowboy singer R.W. Hampton talks about how a town kid became a cowboy, his musical influences, his acting career, Ian Tyson, and what makes a cowboy…

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Episode 50: Ian Tyson

The legendary Ian Tyson talks about Elko, Nevada, buckaroo culture, Greenwich Village, traditional folk songs, writing songs with Tom Russell, and encountering Bob Dylan.

Episode 49: Sean Sexton

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Florida rancher and poet Sean Sexton talks about working with his father and son, the Florida cattle business, his writing process, and poetic forms.

Episode 48: Vess Quinlan

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Poet Vess Quinlan discusses growing up on small family ranches, contracting polio as a child, occupational poetry, and offers insights into ranch culture.

Episode 47: Ned LeDoux

Ned LeDoux elaborates on growing up in Kaycee, Wyoming, getting started in music, playing drums with the Western Underground, and being the son of Chris LeDoux. Don't miss the new song at the end of the episode.

Episode 46: Rodney Nelson

Cowboy poet Rodney Nelson of North Dakota talks about his life experiences including ranching, rodeo, poetry, his parents, and the power of music.

Episode 43: Remembering S. Omar Barker

This episode features two guests celebrating the poetry and memory of S. Omar Barker. Barker's grandniece Georgia Snead shares memories, stories, and anecdotes about Barker and cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell tells his story of discovering Barker's poetry and calling…

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Episode 42: Corb Lund

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Canadian singer/songwriter Corb Lund talks about his family history, old cowboy songs, Marty Robbins, Ian Tyson, authenticity, his diverse audience, and tells the story of his parents putting on…

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Episode 41: John Dofflemyer

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Fifth-generation California rancher and poet John Dofflemyer talks about growing up on his family ranch, poetry, his first trip to Elko, Dry Crik Review, endangered species, and more.  


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Episode 38: Joel Nelson (Part 2)


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Part 2 of the interview with NEA Fellow and poet Joel Nelson. In this episode, Joel talks about his lifelong journey into poetry from his earliest exposures to…

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All episodes recorded, edited, and produced by Andy Hedges.

Theme music: Texas Traveler by Hal Cannon.