Merle Haggard

Born during the Great Depression, Merle Haggard’s family followed the migration toward the West Coast and settled in Bakersfield, California.

Chuck Wagon Recipe

Cowboy Black Bean Chili

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Ingredients
• 2 medium onions, chopped coarse
• 2 cans (16-ounces) chopped tomatoes in juice, undrained and chopped coarse
• 2 cups zucchini, chopped
• 2 cans (16-ounces) black beans, drained
• 1/4 cup vegetable oil
• 1 tablespoon chili powder
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 shredded carrot
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
• 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika

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Cowboy Lingo: Suicide Gun

Suicide Gun…Cowboys called the Colt .32 a suicide gun because it lacked the power to stop an assailant dead in his tracks and thus often led to the death of the man who fired it.

Cowboy Lingo: Suicide Gun

Suicide Gun…Cowboys called the Colt .32 a suicide gun because it lacked the power to stop an assailant dead in his tracks and thus often led to the death of the man who fired it.

July Wild West Trivia

Dear Readers: My Wild West Trivia Contest will be on hiatus for the month of July and August.

July Wild West Trivia

Dear Readers: My Wild West Trivia Contest will be on hiatus for the month of July and August.

Cowboy Poetry

Joel Nelson recites “Lasca,” by Frank Desprez at the 30th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Buck Owens

Buck Owens’ first number one single, “Act Naturally,” arrived in the spring of 1963. “Act Naturally” elevated Buck from a successful singer into stardom, starting a streak of 15 consecutive number one singles.

Chuck Wagon Recipe

Mock Apple Pie

12 soda crackers
1 cup cold water
1 cup sugar
1 lemon, juiced
cinnamon

Break the soda crackers into a bowl and add the water, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon.

Pour mixture into an unbaked pie shell and dot the top with butter. Now cover the top with another pie crust and bake in a moderate oven of approximately 400-degrees F. for around 30 minutes or until golden brown. Watch…

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Cowboy Lingo: Rag City

Rag City…A name prospectors gave to the tent cities that sprang up in the West during the gold rush years.

Cowboy Lingo: Rag City

Rag City…A name prospectors gave to the tent cities that sprang up in the West during the gold rush years.

June Wild West Trivia

June Wild West Trivia

The first Monday of each month I post a Wild West Trivia Question. Please leave your answer or best guess in the comment section of the blog post for a chance to win one of my books. At the end of the week, I’ll draw a name from all those who entered the contest and post the winner’s name in the comment section–be sure to check back to see who wins!

Question:What famous frontiersman and hunter…

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Buck Owens

Did you know that Buck Owens and his family moved to Mesa, Arizona,in 1937 during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. Around 1945 16-year-old Buck teamed up with 19-year-old guitarist Theryl Ray Britten and the two landed a fifteen minute show at KTYL in Mesa, Arizona called “Buck and Britt“(For which they weren’t paid).

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The KTYL studio had a 30-foot-long glass window facing its parking…

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