I started my weekly +RadioBoise show in May of 2011. The radio station was brand new, and the library was very small, particularly for anything resembling folk or roots music. As I was casting about for music to play, I found The Holy Coming Of The Storm, my introduction to +Cahalen Morrison and Eli West, and I played their "Lost Lovin' Gal" on the very first broadcast. Their 2014 release, I'll Swing My Hammer With Both My Hands is everything I expected from them - excellent musicianship, strong originals and extraordinary covers, all in a beautifully packaged CD designed by West himself.
"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.