Road Tunes Contest Winners

Thanks so much for checking in to my Road Tunes posts. I hope you all found some new music within, and it inspired you to begin, compartmentalize, expand and review your own collection. Or, whatever turned your crank.

Right now I’m happy to announce the winners of the contest. Each of you will receive one of three Ian Tyson, Yellowhead to Yellowstone and Other Love Stories CD’s we have selected for this contest.

1. Diana Dohei, who wrote, “Hurt, The Man Comes Around and The Book of Revelations are overflowing with Johnny Cash’s emotions. One can’t help but sit and really, really listen to this CD. It’s so special.”

2. Maureen Hanson, who suggested Rosanne Cash’s, The List – taken from a list of 100 songs her father, Johnny, gave her as study material when she began her career in the music business. Maureen, I have just recently had the chance to listen to this CD, and I can see why you love it.

3. Bob Sinclair, who suggested George Strait and Pure Country, with a “it  just gets ya goin’.”

Alrighty, then you winners, contact please contact Beth at [email protected] with your particulars, you have 30 days to claim your prize.

Thanks, ya’ll come back next contest, which will be announced August 6! Stay tuned and sign on to our newsletter on the Home Page to get details.

In the meantime, there are two other contests currently in action. Here’s a quick link to both of them:

Name the barrel racer you’d like to sit down and chat with, and win a pair of jeans Contest

Win an Equi-Pass Contest

Best Babies Final Batch


We’ve loved receiving your submissions to Best Babies Photo Contest! Here is a selection of the final set of entries. At this point our panel of judges which includes professional equine photographers Cheryl Smythe and James Hudyma, will help decide which one of these beautiful photos takes home the grand prize of  a Greenhawk foal package. Runners-up will each receive a copy of Josh Lyon’s excellent guide, Foal Handling, the Lyons Way.

Stay tuned to see if your selection is picked!

Okay, Suzie, take a bow. 2010 AQHA filly sired by Whiz N Custom (“Custom Crome” x “Whiz N Darlin”) and out of Wimpys Little Step mare, Julies Genuine Step. Photo taken by Kevin, Silverado Colt Company, Carberry, Manitoba

Tater Chip Bandit 2010 APHA colt, Sire Poco Docs Bandit, Dam PP No Chip Marks. Photographed going for a swim in a creek at Sussex New Brunswick by Sylvia Balsor. 

Sunset beauty. Peso – dam is Bliss, sire is Tully. Photo by Cheryl Nygaard, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Sorrel stud colt by Sweet Slydun Doc and out of DD Zooms Only Angel. Photo by Rosemarie Ortman, Ryley, Alberta.

Dirty nose. CV Nifty Feature, a sorrel overo APHA filly. Photo taken by Cheryl, at Colour V Ranch located in 150 Mile House, British Columbia. 

Road Trips CDs #4

Here’s my last set of Road Trip CDs. The final five. Hope you’ve enjoyed the trip and please check back to see week one, two and three’s selections at Road Trip CDs.


Tom Petty – The Highway Companion

With the line, “a coyote raaaaan across the road,” . . . how could this not make the Road CDs list? Seriously, Tom Petty is a serious road tunes listen, and that pretty much includes any one of his compilations, however, this one is my favorite at the moment.


Frida Soundtrack

From the excellent movie, featuring Salma Hayek, it’s Lila Down’s music I’m drawn to most in this musical compilation, though I don’t think there is a single musical gem within which I haven’t heard a thousand times or more. Any road trip will benefit from the inclusion of this landscape of the the mysterious and tumultuous Mexico of the mid-20th century. Pay attention to Chavela Vargas’s Paloma Negra, recorded 40 years earlier. Vargas, once a lover of the free-spirited Frida Kahlo gives an unforgettable performance and she is featured in the movie as well.


Lucinda Williams – Little Honey

No music list of mine could be complete without a mention of the Goddess Lucinda. Williams is the real deal, drawing powerful breaths of authenticity. Little Honey is a wonderful rocky, bluesy sound, unmistakably Williams, who at 57, appears to have a lot of peak left in her. That’s an inspiration for a 40-something girl.


Corb Lund – Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier

At Western Horse Review, we love Corb Lund almost as much as . . . well, almost as much as Ian Tyson. I’m really, really sorry about this Corb. But consider, it’s not a bad deal being named in the same sentence as Ian. I especially love Especially A Paint, a beautiful ballad that draws a parallel between a lost desire and the Old West.

. . . which brings us to . .  .


Ian Tyson – Yellowhead to Yellowstone and Other Love Stories

It’s that gravelly voice that brings us to Ian’s latest, a beautiful compilation of songs and ballads suited for any drive, anywhere, any day.

And that finishes off the Road Tunes CDs set of four.

Now it’s your turn. What do you listen to down the road? Comment below with your fave Road CDs, and we’ll enter you to win one of three Ian Tyson, Yellowhead to Yellowstone and Other Love Stories CD’s we have to give away.

Contest closes June 30.

Leaving you with Lucinda William’s latest Letterman appearance performing Real Love. Enjoy!

Road Trip CDs #3

Because it’s Friday.

Because my lawn mower is in the repair shop. Not that it matters.

Because I am resplendently rich in lilacs and rain showers on this day.

Because we might just head out on our own road trip this weekend to little daughter’s first horse show of the year. With her still slightly chubby pony, Princess.

And, because there have been such great suggestions for Road Trip CDs already made in the comment section below, I’m going to share my next five top Road Trip CDs right here, right now.

Before you do anything check out week one and two of the Road Trip CDs saga.


Crazy Heart Soundtrack

T Bone Burnett and the late Stephen Bruton penned the songs for character Bad Blake, an aging, alcoholic, yet achingly beautiful country singer, played by Jeff Bridges in the movie. It’s these originals I love most on the soundtrack: Hold On You, Somebody Else, Fallin’ And Flyin’ with the catchy line, “Funny how fallin’ feels like flyin’ but only for a little while.” And then there is the Oscar-winning The Weary Kind, by Ryan Bingham, which captures, for me, the loves of a dear friend or two in all of their haunting beauty. Combined with country classics like Waylon Jenning’s, Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way, this collection has laid hold of the number one spot in my truck player for two months running.

P.S. Don’t miss the movie, it’s raw and true, and the music is a huge part of it.



Greg Brown  – The Evening Call

I can hardly believe this is Greg Brown’s 23rd release and my first. Brown’s vocals are not comparative to any other, and his lyrics are intelligent and poetic. It’s eclectic, completely authentic and so unusually, yet beckoningly different. My son loves Eugene (as in Oregon), wherein Brown talk-sings his way through a six-some minute long travelogue of camping and fishing spots across America and wise observations along the way, including “everybody’s got a story, everybody’s got a family, and a lot of them have RVeees.” This is a great one for the wee hours of the morning, after a long drive, when you can’t yet quite settle down to the idea of sleep.

By the way, Brand New Angel, in the movie Crazy Heart, is a Greg Brown tune.

Beginning to see the karma of my week?


Sam Baker – Pretty World

I heard a cut from this on CKUA’s fabulous Saturday morning program, Wide Cut Country, hosted by Allison Brock. Because I don’t know a lot about Sam, I looked up his website to see if he plays in Canada. On his home page, a note: Please confirm shows before travelling. This stuff changes in a most unpredictable manner – thanks, Sam.

Kinda like life.


Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Naturally

What is this? Funk? Soul? Blues? Motown? . . . oh whatever . . . every piece on this recording is a wee little retro gem.


Steve Earle – Washington Square Serenade

Okay, so I was told that no road tunes collection would be complete without a little bit of the great Steve Earle. So, I thought, which one? I settled on this. An older mellowed Steve Earle lives on Washington Square. Though much of this CD is comprised of tunes of a more political nature, Sparkle and Shine and Come Home to Me are my faves.

And that, in a three-week nutshell are some of my favorite road tunes. I only have five more. Well, that’s not quite accurate.

I have 57 more.

But for this series, I only have five more and I’ll be posting them next Friday. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, I hope you find something within that hits your groove, and when you do, turn it up.

Now it’s your turn. What do you listen to down the road? Comment below with your fave Road CDs, and, as long as you try not to mention Toby Keith in the same sentence, we’ll enter you to win one of three Ian Tyson, Yellowhead to Yellowstone and Other Love Stories CD’s we have to give away.

Contest closes June 30.

I leave you with this video of Ryan Bingham singing the Oscar-winning The Weary Kind.

Have a great weekend, friends.

Road Trip CDs #2

Okay, so before you do anything check back into my post from last Friday. It will give you the insight to this stream which is all about favorite road tunes. What we’re doing is sharing our road tunes selections, and I began with counting my #20-#16 last Friday and this week continue with my next five.

Just in time for the weekend, here they are:


American IV: the Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash

I’ve never been as passionate about Cash as I have been after hearing the American series. I’m drawn to the roughness of Cash’s aging voice in this CD and particularly the two tracks, Hurt, and The Man Comes Around – the first a rendition of the Nine Inch Nail’s classic, and the latter Cash’s interpretation of the Book of Revelations.


The Past Didn’t Go Anywhere – Utah Phillips and Ani Difranco

Satirical and intelligent, from a man whose mind was wounded in the Korean War and ended up on skid-row back in America, awesome music and reflective words, for real thinking and laughing out loud, when heading down the highway. This one, produced by and punctuated with the music of the original righteous babe, Ani Difranco, make for a brilliant collaboration.


DeStijl – The White Stripes

You don’t have to be a thinker to love this music . . . come to think of it, White Stripes is best for the days you don’t want to think at all . . . horse in the trailer, a few precious dog days of summer, a long stretch of gravel road and this CD mix well. I particularly like DeStijl, it has a raw quality to it that was somewhat compromised later, when the band was signed by a major record company.


A Love Song for Bobby Long Soundtrack – Various

From the opening scene of Bobby stepping out from the warm, protective graciousness of a smoky corner bar, into the unforgiving light, this movie and the music in it resonated with me. Set against a beautiful backdrop of New Orleans decay, with a collection of broken people I could completely relate to, the movie and soundtrack are a work of art, and from blues to rock, this collective fits any highway trip.


1,000 Kisses – Patti Griffin

It’s that voice. Soft, melodic, lonely; Griffin is a songbird. From Springsteen’s brilliant, dark, prairiesque Nebraska album, I especially love her bold rendition of Stolen Car.

That’s what I have for you in music this week, check back next Friday for five more and don’t forget to enter our great giveaway. Just mention your one or a few of your favorite road tunes CD’s in the Comments section below and you’ll automatically be entered to win one of three Ian Tyson, Yellowhead to Yellowstone and Other Love Stories CD’s we have to give away.

Contest ends June 30.

Road Trips CDs #1

In the March, 2006 edition of Cowboys and Indians magazine, columnist Bill Reynolds put a call out for readers to submit their favorite road trip CD’s. Mr. Reynolds led off the request with his own list of 12 favorites. His were specifically “for the Drive to the Rodeo.” It was an eclectic gathering and I recognized talent I could appreciate – Jimmy Buffet, Joni Mitchell, Lucinda Williams and, in a nod to the musical talent of his neighbour to the north, the Cowboy Junkies and Sarah McLachlan.

I can get really excited about music, it’s one of my passions. Naturally this 12 Road Trip CDs was right up my alley and I almost immediately fired off my 12 faves directly to Bill Reynold’s inbox. And, much to my surprise Bill Reynolds replied to me. He wrote something along the lines of “great list, good to see Ian Tyson at the top of it.” I kept that e-mail for years, then my laptop blew up, and that was the end of that.

But, as I recall, my number one CD happened to be Ian Tyson’s latest at the time, Live at Longview.

Since then, he’s released two more: Songs From the Gravel Road and Yellowhead to Yellowstone and Other Love Stories. I highly recommend them both. I am a longstanding fan of Ian Tyson. Not only is he a Canadian icon, a horseman and a true talent, he champions for the land – his land, my land, our land, and I have a great respect for folks like that.

He’s authentic and true to himself. I like that in a guy. Girls can have a little “pretend” in them, a little this, a little that – that’s cool. But guys need to be the real deal. No pretend. No hair color. No botox.

A tattoo is okay.

Back to the road tunes. Since I had so much fun doing this the first time around, and on the off chance that Bill Reynolds might write me again, I’m going to share my new and revised Road CDs with you. I’ll list them over four weeks, every Friday, counting down from 20 to 1.

Now mind, these are Road CDs, not Pre-Show CDs, which is a different entity entirely. That list might name the likes of Nirvana, the Ramones and even Eminem or 50 Cent, all designed to provide fortitude and strength to the guts upon entering the show ring. Road CDs are all about melting into and enveloping the landscape, as you lean into those kilometers ahead of you. Here’s my top five this week.


Timeless – A Tribute to Hank Williams – Various Artists

When she was a wee one, Teenager daughter often used to request original Hank when we were driving down the highway. She loved all that “hey, good lookin, whatcha got cookin’” stuff and it really was entertaining to listen to her belt it out from the back seat. No one could write or sing it the way Hank did, but I also love this tribute CD and particularly Keb Mo’s and Beck’s interpretation of the classic, mournful Hank, with I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry and Your Cheatin’ Heart.


My Sweetheart The Drunk – Jeff Buckley

“I don’t write my music for Sony. I write it for the people who are screaming down the road crying to a full-blast stereo.” – JB.

Guess that’s why I like it. Last fall, I really got into this vintage CD, some of which was compiled from tapes found in his studio after his tragic death.


Where’d You Hide the Body? – James McMurtry

If that name rings a bell, it’s probably because you’re familiar with McMurtry’s novelist father, Larry, of Lonesome Dove fame. Like father, like son, McMurtry’s descriptive, short novelette songs encompass entire lifetimes and characters, many of which could have been plucked right out of the tragedy-rich lives of the people I seemed drawn to most, in the prairies of my childhood.


Time Out of Mind – Bob Dylan

I purchase, and usually subsequently fall in love with anything produced by Daniel Lanois, and this gem is definitely no exception. A Dylanesque landscape of beauty, this fits the quietness of any night driving, and is particularly special at dusk.


Achtung, Baby – U2

Again produced by Daniel Lanois, my favorite all-time U2, I listen to it when I think I’ve been treading too long on placid waters.

That’s my top five this week. Enjoy and check in next week for five more. In the meantime, let me know your top Road Tunes CD’s in the comment section below. Name one, name five, whatever you like – just about anything but the Toby Keith Christmas Collection will be welcome in this county – and your name will be entered to win one of three of Ian Tyson’s Yellowhead to Yellowstone and Other Love Stories CDs, which I happen to know you’ll love.

Your Favorite Horse Activity Contest Results

On May 13 I posted the Your Favorite Horse Activity Contest, with the opportunity to win one of two great Rambo Quarter Horse nylon sheets.

The winners have been chosen but before we get to that I wanted to share with you the results of the contest.

All you had to do was let us know two things:

1) your favorite horse activity to participate?

2) your favorite horse activity to watch?

Here’s how it panned out:

So there you have it, I know I fall into one or two or more of those categories, how about you? We’ve randomly chosen our two winners and the lucky recipients will be the new owners of a sheet each. Here’s the lucky draws:

Cheryl said:

I like watching anything equine related, but have a passion for reining and of course driving, especially combined driving.

Iris said:

I love competetive trail riding to participate in. To watch, I think I like team penning the best . . . maybe horse racing.

Please contact Beth at [email protected] with your particulars, you have 30 days to claim your prize.

Thanks, ya’ll come back next contest.

Foal Contest Batch #3

Your Favorite Horse Activity Contest

Here’s a comprehensive and in-depth brain-quiz to test your memory and thinking skills, and assist each of you in determining your correct career-path. Just kidding. It’s actually just a fun, quick, brainless-quiz. Perfect for a Friday. Jot down your answer in the Comments section below in 60 seconds or less. Really, I’m timing you. Move on to the next activity. Have a great weekend.

Oh, and automatically be entered to win one of two great Rambo Quarter Horse Nylon sheets. In the picture above, they are blue, but the ones I’m giving away are green. I know this because they are in our office right now. I have touched them and felt the durable tough outer shell. I’ve tested the crisscross belly surcingles and can attest to their fastness. I ran the soft inside fabric through my fingers, and marveled at it’s silky smoothness. Then, Beth, our infamous office manager stopped me at the front door and took them away from me. She’s always interfering, that Beth.

The last contest I held, the Brand It Contest, garnered forth 96 responses. According to my iphone calculator that means every entry had a one in 32 chance of winning one of three pairs of Cruel Girl jeans. The chances of winning last Friday’s Lotto-649 draw was approximately one in 969,340. So, govern yourself accordingly and choose wisely on this Friday. Then get on with your weekend, already.

All you have to do is let us know – in the Comment section below – two things:

1) your favorite horse activity to participate?

2) your favorite horse activity to watch?

It’s fine if they are the same. We’ll randomly choose two winners and the lucky recipients will be the new owners of a sheet each.

Contest closes May 31.

Contest winners will be posted June 3. Look for them then!