Episode 101: Peter Rowan

Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan talks about his lifelong fascination with the West, amateur historians, and making the album High Lonesome Cowboy with Don Edwards.

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Episode 100: Waddie Mitchell



Waddie Mitchell returns to Cowboy Crossroads to celebrate 100 episodes of the podcast. Waddie talks about making phone calls to Kris Kristofferson and S. Omar Barker, the classic cowboy poets, his recording career, and his favorite original poems.

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Episode 99: Barbara Van Cleve



Legendary western photographer Barbara Van Cleve talks about growing up at the end of the horse age, her family's Lazy K Bar Ranch, her father Spike Van Cleve, her collaborations with rodeo poet Paul Zarzyski, and her love for horses…

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Episode 98: Songs of the Cowboys with Rex Rideout


Old-time musician Rex Rideout discusses the life and times of the first cowboy song collector Jack Thorp. Rex discusses the events that led to Thorp's search for cowboy songs, Thorp's book of Songs of the Cowboys, the story of Little…

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Episode 97: Boots O'Neal

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Ninety-one year-old legendary working cowboy Boots O'Neal talks about his early cowboyin' experiences on the JA Ranch, starting colts with his brother Wes, horse wrecks, and tells stories from a lifetime spent punchin' cows on the…

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Episode 96: Jay Snider


Oklahoma cowboy poet, rancher, and former bull rider Jay Snider talks about his ranching and rodeo family, the influence of his grandfather, memories from his rodeo career, and the camaraderie of the trail driving era that continues through rodeo and…

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Episode 95: Clarence Lanka


94-year-old rancher and Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame inductee Clarence Lanka talks about growing up on a ranch in Western Nebraska, riding his horse to a one room school, roping, good horses, and his faith in God. 


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Episode 94: Gail Steiger (Part 2)

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Working cowboy, filmmaker, songwriter, and poet Gail Steiger sends in audio postscripts to continue the conversation from part 1. On this episode Gail talks about his cowboy mentor Bill Murphy, making the film Ranch Album, tracking…

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Episode 93: Gail Steiger (Part 1)


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Working cowboy, filmmaker, songwriter, and poet Gail Steiger talks about his family background, Arizona politics, writing cowboy songs, and tells the fascinating story of how he got into the cow business. 

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Bonus Episode: The Story of Jack Thorp


This bonus episode of Cowboy Crosroads features a segment that Andy Hedges narrated for the American Songcatcher podcast about the first cowboy song collector Jack Thorp. 

In March 1889, Jack Thorp, a born-to-privilege Easterner who had grown into a leather-tough…

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Episode 92: The King Ranch (Part 2)



Bob Kinnan, the resident historian of the iconic King Ranch gives an overview of the history of the King Ranch from the ending of the Civil War to modern times and discusses the life and legacy of National Golden Spur…

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Episode 91: The King Ranch (Part 1)

Bob Kinnan, the resident historian of the iconic King Ranch discusses his background and interest in ranching history and tells the story of the King Ranch from 1853 to the end of the Civil War.   

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