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OutWest Hour Radio Show #27 National Park Adventure

Join me, Bobbi Jean Bell, your "OutWest Scout," for a musical adventure that takes us from Eastern California to Wyoming and Arizona and on to Northern California. We'll explore the jewels of our National Parks. Our trail mix is one part Death Valley, one part Yellowstone, one part Grand Canyon, and one part Yosemite. Imagine you are enjoying this savory snack as the sun rises or sets, or under a full moon and star studded sky. Grab your favorite beverage (I suggest water), put on your best hiking boots and sun protection as we are leaving the famous Furnace Creek Ranch in Death Valley. I've got the trail mix and the map - let's go!
Scenic view of "Returning from Phantom Ranch, Grand Canyon" by In The Lens Photography

Our musical journey begins and ends with the classic, iconic Western song, "Ghost Riders in the Sky," written by Park Ranger Stan Jones while working at Death Valley National Monument in 1947. Little did he know that he composed one of the most recorded and performed songs of all time. 
PLAYLIST
1. Ghost Riders in the Sky - Allen & Jill Kirkham - CD Cowboy Classics
2. A Death Valley Day - Old West Trio - CD What's Left of the West
3. Wyoming: Jewel of the West - LeeLee Robert - CD Jewel of the West
4. Yellowstone Poem - Jerry Bell - CD Forever West
5. The Jewel - Ray Doyle - CD Emigrant Trail
6. Yellowstone Winds - Open Range - CD Yellowstone Winds
7. Ride Through the Country - Bob Corley - CD Buckles, Boots and Cowboy Roots
8. Grand Canyon Cowboy - Rusty McCall - CD Masters of Poetry, Vol. 2
9. On The Trail - Miss Devon and the Outlaw - CD Plains, Trains and AlsoBobWills
10. You Couldn't Buy That View - Joyce Woodson - CD Living The Western Dream
11. The Ballad of John Muir - Black Irish Band - CD Into The Forest
12. Spirit of Yosemite - Rich Price - CD Spirit of Yosemite
13. High Sierra - L.K. Potts - CD Gone West
14. Smoke of 1000 Campfires - Bill Ganz Western Band - CD Ridin' The Arizona Trail
15. Ghost Riders In The Sky - Wylie & The Wild West - CD 2000 Miles From Nashville
Book and CD Covers from this show
OutWest Hour Radio Show Playlist CD Covers June 1, 2019

About The OutWest Hour
Bobbi Jean Bell is an award winning radio host and your "OutWest Scout" taking you on a journey through the WEST by sharing the music, poetry, and prose inspired by its history, landscape, and people. Hand selecting each track of the playlist, Bobbi chooses from her personal collection of Western, Western Swing, Cowboy Country, Historical, Folk, Americana, Roots, Film and Broadway music searching for just the right song or poem to explore a Western theme. 

How to Listen
LIsten live to the OutWest Hour on KUPR low power community radio located in the heart of Placitas, New Mexico locally on 99.9 FM and streaming www.KUPR.org
A new broadcast airs every Saturday 4:00-5:00pm and rebroadcasts in its entirety every Wednesday at 6:00am (MT). 

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OutWest Hour Radio Show #26 Salute To Memorial Day

OutWest Hour May 25, 2019 radio show broadcast is a "Salute To Memorial Day" and is available for your listening pleasure! Memorial Day's long and rich history has inspired songwriters, poets, and storytellers from its very beginning. Today's trail mix is a red, white, and blue blend of music honoring the stories of the men and women of the Armed Forces. In our mix there is brass bandand Civil War music, a salute to the Flag, and to the Home of the Brave. 
Photo for today's show is "Memorial Day" is provided by Fine Art Photographer Cindy Quigley of CMQ Photographer.

How To LIsten To The OutWest Hour

Heard each week on KUPR low power local community radio station 99.9 FM broadcasting from the Heart of Placitas, New Mexico, the OutWest Hour airs live every Saturday 4:00-5:00PM (MT) and rebroadcasts in its entirety every Wednesday 6:00-7:00AM (MT). Listen to the OutWest Hour and many other great programs online at www.KUPR.org

Podcasts, with playlist information, are available to listen to anytime:
OutWest Hour on the OutWest Live Page of this website
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Follow the OutWest Hour on Facebook for the latest news of Music in the West happenings, events, and radio show updates including the show's playlist information. For more information or to contact Bobbi Jean Bell directly bobbijeanbell@gmail.com

May 23, 2019 Guests Mike Blakely and Lizzy Foster on Equestrian Legacy Radio

Join host Gary Holt and co-host OutWest's Bobbi Jean Bell for this week’s special edition of the award winning CAMPFIRE CAFÉ and SADDLE UP AMERICA on www.EquestrianLegacy.net.

We’ve recorded a great show - take a listen!


Equestrian Legacy Radio May 23, 2019

At 12:00pm (CST) Multi talented MIKE BLAKELY kicks off the show as our featured guest on CAMPFIRE CAFE. This is Mike’s first appearance and we are eager to share his music and story! We’ll be featuring music from his two latest recording projects, THE OUTSIDE CIRCLE and KEEPSAKES.

Campfire Cafe Radio Show Guest Mike Blakely
As a singer/songwriter, Mike Blakely has released 13 CDs, performed all over the U.S. and has made 16 tours to Europe. His songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson, Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez, and Raul Malo, and Geronimo Trevino III among others.

Mike’s latest album, THE OUTSIDE CIRCLE, features ten songs about the wild west and cowboy life, past and present. It was released in June 2018 and was nominated for Album of the Year through the Academy of Western Artists. The title cut, "The Outside Circle," (co-written with Damon Rogers) won a Spur Award for "Song of the Year" from Western Writers of America. Another of Blakely's songs from the same album, "The Ballad of Josiah Wilbarger," was a finalist. Separately, the album was nominated for four awards through the International Western Music Association. 

CD Cover The Outside Circle by Mike BlakelyCD Cover Keepsake by Mike Blakely
An acclaimed and award winning author, Blakely has published 19 books released by major New York City publishers. He is a winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Novel awarded by Western Writers of America. His newest novel, A SINISTER SPLENDOR, was published in February 2019. This sweeping historical saga chronicles the Mexican-American War of the 1840s through the fictionalized viewpoints of men and women who witnessed the conflict.  The author uses real people as his character.  Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, President James K. Polk, President Antonio Lopez de Santa
Anna and many other point-of-view characters reveal the glories and the horrors of the war.  
A Sinister Splendor Book Cover by Mike Blakely

“Blakely is a consummate artist whose superb ability to capture an audience only serves to highlight his songwriting skills…which approach brilliance.”  - Buddy Case, “The Loft,” Enola, AK.

Mike was a guest on another radio show Bobbi Jean co-hosts with Jim Christina and Bob Brill - THE WRITER'S BLOCK RADIO SHOW - enjoy his recent appearance on that show, talking about writing and his writing process. The Writer's Block Radio Show, March 28, 2019.

All this information is taken directly from Mike Blakely;s website. For more info and to purchase his books and CDs visit www.mikeblakely.com

1:00pm (CST) our programing continues on SADDLE UP AMERICA with special guest LIZZY FOSTER of the MUSTANG HERITAGE FOUNDATION and our musical Salute to Memorial Day.

Mustang National Foundation
LIZZY FOSTER will be talking about Mustang Heritage Foundation’s programs to help save America’s Mustangs and their upcoming June 20-22 EXTREME Mustang Makeover at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington KY. 

About the Mustang Heritage Foundation from their website:
The primary mission of the Mustang Heritage Foundation is to create and promote programs and activities that provide information and education about wild horses and burros, elevate their image and desirability, provide opportunities to become involved in the wild horse and burro experience and secure adequate caring homes for excess horses. Check the website for full details www.mustangheritagefoundation.org

Extreme Mustang Makeover
Extreme Mustang Makeover

Created and presented by the Mustang Heritage Foundation, the purpose of the Extreme Mustang Makeover competition is to showcase the beauty, versatility and trainability of the American Mustangs who roam freely on public lands throughout the West where they are protected by the Bureau of Land Management under federal law.

The mustangs competing in the Extreme Mustang Makeover events are wild mares and geldings typically four to seven years old that have been living in BLM off-range corrals. Approximately 100 days before the competition these wild mustangs spend 100 days working together to prepare to compete in a series of classes that will showcase their new skills. For full details visit www.mustangheritagefoundation.org

KENTUCKY HORSE PARK – June 20-22, 2019
Take It To The Extreme in Kentucky

The Extreme Mustang Makeover returns to the Lexington, Kentucky. Come watch trainers compete for $25, 000 in cash and prizes. Watch the preliminary classes including Handling & Conditioning, Mustangs Maneuvers and the Trail Class as trainers qualify to compete in the Top 10 Freestyle Finals on Saturday night. All the events are free to the public except for the Top 10 performance Saturday night.

Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511
All this information and more is found at www.mustangheritagefoundation.org

Memorial Day
Our special Memorial Day Salute features poetry and music performed by these great artists: 
Joni Harms – American Dream
Mark Munzert – Home of the Brave
Doris King Merritt – Watch Over Those Who Are Watching Over Me
R.W. Wade Hampton – Ragged Old Flag
Del Shields – The Best of America

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September 27, 2018 Award Winning Singer/Songwriter BARRY WARD on Campfire Cafe Radio Show

September 27, 2018 Award Winning Singer/Songwriter BARRY WARD on Campfire Cafe Radio

August 16, 2018 Award Winning Singer/Songwriter BARRY WARD on Campfire Cafe Radio

August 16, 2018 CAMPFIRE CAFE on EQUESTRIAN LEGACY RADIO 
Welcomes Award Winning Singer/Songwriter BARRY WARD

BARRY WARD returns to Campfire Cafe to share music from COYOTES & CATTLE, his latest CD. We'll catch up with Barry and find out all his exciting news! Tune into Equestrian Legacy Radio online for our live conversation at 12pm (CST) or listen to the podcast at www.equestrianlegacy.net
Coyotes & Cattle CD by Barry Ward

Recently featured on the cover of The Western Way, the quarterly magazine of the International Western Music Association, Barry has been honored with awards recognizing his songwriting and performing talents including:

2017 CD of the Year, Rural Roots Music Commission
2014 Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame Inductee, Cowboy Artist/Entertainer
2014 & 2015 Western CD of the Year, Rural Roots Music Commission
2014 Male Vocalist of the Year, Academy of Western Artists
2013 Male Performer of the Year, International Western Music Association
2012 Song of the Year, Academy of Western Artists
2008 Male Vocalist of the Year, Western Music Division of the Country Gospel Music Association
Western Way Magazine Cover with Barry Ward
Bobbi Bell, co-host of Campfire Cafe, and her husband Jim have worked with Barry Ward over the years, hosting him twice for their live music events SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series. A talented musician, Barry knows how to entertain the crowd with his own original music as well as performing traditional favorites. Here's a few pictures from his first performance.
Barry Ward Performs, February 2013, SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series
Barry Ward performs at OutWest Boutique and Cultural Center, Feb. 2013
Barry Ward and Marilyn Tuttle at OutWest Boutique and Cultural Center
Barry Ward and Marilyn Tuttle
Barry Ward with Jim and Bobbi Jean Bell of OutWest and Leon Warden Director of SCVTV
(L-R) Jim Bell, Barry Ward, Bobbi Jean Bell, Leon Warden of SCVTV

To enjoy Barry Ward's live concerts hosted by OutWest and filmed by SCVTV AND to listen to live radio podcasts click the links below:
SCVTV- Filmed at OutWest February 2013
SCVTV -Barry Ward and Eli Barsi with John Cunningham January 2014
Radio - Campfire Cafe Radio Show - August 11, 2016
Radio - Around the Barn Radio Show - October 13, 2012

July 26, 2018 MARY KAYE and COWBOYS-A DOCUMENTARY PORTRAIT Featured Guests on Equestrian Legacy Radio


We are rebroadcasting 5 of our favorite shows this summer and this week is one of them! Catch this week's rebroadcast at www.equestrianlegacy.net.

The countdown to National Day of the Cowboy, July 28, 2018 continues! To celebrate and honor this special day, enjoy a rebroadcast of our tribute to the Cowboy originally broadcast July 27, 2017. Join host Gary Holt and Western Horseman Magazine's Jennifer Denison was they welcome guests MARY KAYE and BUD FORCE, Producer of Cowboys-A Documentary Portrait.

CAMPFIRE CAFE - 12:00-1:00 pm (CST)
SADDLE UP AMERICA - 2:00-3:00 pm (CST)



CAMPFIRE CAFE Welcomes Wrangler Award Winner, MARY KAYE

MARY KAYE is a high quality vocal act and her voice literally takes over the air waves! When you can, see her perform live. Her show is true "Live Entertainment!" The audience's is captured with her award winning three octave vocals, amazing musical dexterity, singing well loved classics along with award winning originals, a magnetic stage presence, beautiful finger style guitar playing, interesting song introductions, and a healthy dash of humor thrown in. 

With multiple albums to her name as well as a collection of standards she can perform for hours and not repeat herself. Mary Kaye's music crosses many boundaries and has won her many faithful fans. Standing ovations are typical at the end of her performances!



Mary Kaye was a Featured Performer of the SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series. Click these links and enjoy her live performances.

April 2017: Mary Kaye and Joe Herrington
                   Queen of the Prairie and Sage of the Prairie

November 2012: An Evening With Mary Kaye
                            Special Guests Gency Brown, Robby Bausch

September 2011: An Evening with Mary Kaye
                             With the Cross Town Cowboys

September 2010: An Evening with Mary Kaye and Richard Lee Cody


SADDLE UP AMERICA Welcomes BUD FORCE: PRODUCER OF
COWBOYS - A DOCUMENTARY PORTRAIT
About this film - here is a recent description from the film's FACEBOOK Page

The identity or idea of the "cowboy" can vary wildly depending on people's preconceived notions about who this person is. Who exactly is this iconic American figure (and who is it not)? 

In the world of “cowboying,” there are common subcategories including family ranch or small-outfit working cowboys, feedlot cowboys and even rodeo cowboys. While each of these groups work directly with livestock in some form or fashion, "Cowboys - A Documentary Portrait" focuses solely on the lives of big-outfit working ranch cowboys. 

We might refer to this type of cowboy as the closest descendant – in a professional sense – of the trail-driving cowboys of the 1800s. Big-outfit cowboys live and work on extremely large, open-range ranches that often operate on several hundred thousand to more than one million acres of land. These ranches generally run a full crew of cowboys, ranging from 10 to 15 people, who live either at the ranch's bunkhouse or in remote cow camps. While the nature of the profession includes plenty of solitude by default, the cowboys regularly work together. Photo below courtesy of Cowboy-A Documentary Portrait


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