Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, Cowboy, Cowboy Art

A post for those interested in contemporary cowboys: If you are not connected to these two pages I would highly recommend that you check them out--very entertaining.

A Facebook Post from the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry Cowboy

All day I've faced a barren waste
without the taste of water, cool water.
Old Dan and I with throats burnt dry
and souls that cry for water,
cool, water.
..."Cool Water," by Bob Nolan, Sons of the Pioneers

Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers sing "Cool Water" here.

Hank Williams sings "Cool Water" in this YouTube video, which includes a vintage photo slideshow.

Or one of my favorites, Johnny Cash singing "Ghost Riders in the Sky."

"Straight from the Well," by renowned Cowboy Artists of America President Tim Cox (Tim Cox Fine Art) says it all about "cool water," according to Cowboy Poetry,com, which recently posted: "The impressive painting was a part of the 2012 Prix de West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum." Cox's painting, "At His Own Pace," was selected as the 2007 Cowboy Poetry Week poster image. You can find more about Tim Cox at Or, you can go directly to his website at: or you can visit his Facebook page at

To the right, you will find a sketch by renowned Western artist Frederic Remington. For more information on the art of Frederic Remington visit the Frederic Remington Art Museum Website.

(I am currently on vacation in Colorado again preparing for a series of posts on cowboys!)


recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

Great links! I love the two versions of Cool Water. It just seems like those words were meant for old Hank!

Darla Sue Dollman said...

Isn't that the truth! I love the music of Hank Williams, and Hank Williams, Jr. Interesting how distinctly different their performances are, too.

john bord said...

In a parched throat ..... ridin herd ..... cool waters was a quest.

Darla Sue Dollman said...

I was just playing Marty Robbins' version for my grandchildren and switched over to his version of "El Paso." Love these old Western songs!

Jessica Nelson said...

Very cool! Thanks for the links. :-)

Zetroc said...

Thanks for the link to the Fredric Remington art museum. I looked more information about Remington himself, it turns out he lived a very interesting life. It would be great to have a career like his, being able to travel into a land so inspirational and shape the public opinion of it.

Darla Sue Dollman said...

That's a good point. In a way, the artists of that time had similar influence to journalists in their ability to influence public opinion. People tended to believe that if it was on canvas, or if they read it in print, then it had to be true! And I do not mean to imply in any way that Remington was exaggerating his views of the West. On the contrary, I believe he was devoted to capturing that wildness in his art.

AJ said...

hey this is a very interesting blog. interesting stuff.


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