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 38: Joel Nelson (Part 2) 

 

Photo by Kent Reeves

 

Show Summary

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 literature to writing his own poetry. Listen to the end to hear Joel recite his poem "Awakenings."

Intro

Andy recites the poem "On Finding Someone", available on the album Cowboy Recitations. 

Quotes from this Episode

"Now days, I believe if one were to ask almost any working cowboy about Joel Nelson, they'd likely respond saying, 'He'd do to ride the river with.' In cowboy lingo, that means he's the 'best of the best' and you could trust him with your life." - Betty Ramsey, NEA National Heritage Fellowship Bio

"Now days, I believe if one were to ask almost any working cowboy about Joel Nelson, they'd likely respond saying, 'He'd do to ride the river with.' In cowboy lingo, that means he's the 'best of the best' and you could trust him with your life." - Joel Nelson, NEA National Heritage Fellowship Interview

"Poetry to a poet is the most rewarding work in the world. A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape and significance of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him." - Dylan Thomas, On the Air with Dylan Thomas: The Broadcasts

Links for this Episode

Find out more about Joel Nelson. 

Read Joel's poem "Awakenings."

Credits

Recorded, edited, and produced by Andy Hedges.

Theme music: Texas Traveler by Hal Cannon

Contact

andy@andyhedges.com

 

Episode 36: Amy Hale Auker 

Working cowboy, author, and poet Amy Hale Auker stops by Cowboy Crossroads and talks about her father, her history, her writing process, and her work with Andy Wilkinson. Listen to the end of the episode to hear Amy recite the title poem from her new book Livestock Man.

Episode 33: Wally McRae 

Cowboy poet and rancher Wally McRae talks with Andy about his father and grandfather, the story behind his poem "Reincarnation", the influence of theater on his work, and his friendship with Paul Zarzyski.

Episode 32: John Erickson 

Hank the Cowdog author John Erickson talks about his deep ranching roots, the inspiration for Hank the Cowdog, sense of place, and the oral tradition of storytelling.

Episode 30: Riders in the Sky 

Recorded live from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV, Riders in the Sky make the 7216th performance of their career on Cowboy Crossroads! Tune in to hear stories about their early days as a band, their worst gigs, and a few classic songs.

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

Theme music: Texas Traveler by Hal Cannon.