"This music isn't for arenas," says cowboy singer and music historian Don Edwards. Born in New Jersey, he cites influences like Robert Johnson and Willie Nelson, and broad ranging popular interests like the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Norah Jones. But American cowboy songs are where his heart lies, and he told me all about it when we met at this year's National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.
This photo was taken looking east, upriver. Tenmile Creek leads into the Siuslaw National Forest and the Central Oregon Coast Range of mountains. Downstream, the creek flows almost immediately into the Pacific Ocean at Stonefield Beach, near Yachats, Oregon.
"We'll be in Seattle, and someone will come up and say, 'I don't like cowboy music, but I like you guys.'" So says +Wylie Gustafson, cowboy singer and rockabilly band leader. I caught up with him at the 30th annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada and got a few choice words from him about his career, the radio and The Wild West.
Earlier this week, the Executive Director of the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Contest & Festival, Sandra Cooper, joined me in the KRBX studio. We played music from some of the National Grand Champions, and talked about the contest past and present. Listen to the full interview which is archived on Mixcloud.