Christmas gift-giving Ideas #2 |

Christmas gift-giving Ideas #2

For the Dec. 5, 2009 edition of Tri-State Livestock News.

If you’re like me, you receive a lot of glossy, color catalogs that are of little interest. Lately, I’ve made a point of calling customer service as soon as they arrive, asking them to remove my name from their mailing list.

One catalog I’m always excited to see in the mailbox comes from Western Jubilee Recording Company (WJRC). The 2010 edition is hot off the press with a new CD release by Wylie & The Wild West entitled Unwired, and Michael Martin Murphey’s first-ever solo album, Lone Cowboy. Both were recorded live at the Warehouse Theatre; each is priced at $15 each, plus postage.

Two other offerings from among a collection of award-winning titles are from WJRC’s Moving Picture Collection: Don Edwards, America’s Cowboy Balladeer and Sons of the San Joaquin. The concert segments run an hour; both titles feature additional footage. The Sons’ is their first live recording in over two decades of performing. Their “From Whence Came the Cowboy” bonus video is stellar! The DVDs are $20 each, plus postage.

Here’s another reason to like the Western Jubilee Recording Company catalog: catalog customers can buy three CDs and get the fourth one free (offer applies throughout 2010). For Web purchases, there’s free shipping on domestic orders over $50. Contact WJRC at PO Box 9187, Colorado Springs, CO 80932; (800) 707-2353;

Cowboy poet Baxter Black is offering holiday pricing on his new book, The Back Page (Western Horseman, 2009, 174 pages, 8.5×11″, illustrated; hardcover ISBN: 0911647856). For more than 15 years, Baxter’s “On the Edge of Common Sense” column has appeared on the inside back page of the Western Horseman. The book is a collection of these columns, accompanied by the original illustrations.

The Back Page is priced at $29.45 (priority shipping included). Baxter is offering a buy-two-get-one-free holiday special for $54.25 (priority shipping included). He proffers buy six, get three free and buy 428, get 214 free. You do the math. Send checks and money orders (US funds) to Coyote Cowboy Company, PO Box 2190, Benson, AZ 85602; 800-654-2559; Visa and MasterCard accepted.

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for the camp cook or Western heritage buff in your life, check into the Chuckwagon Boot Camp. The motto of Hollis, OK rancher, hash slinger, and camp ramrod, Kent Rollins, is “We’ll teach you how to burn food the right way!” I met Kent at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko. Besides having mastered cooking for a crowd, he can entertain one with his stories and poetry.

Raised near the banks of the Red River, Kent and his family own and operate the Red River Ranch Chuckwagon. They cater traditional Western meals at company picnics, weddings, bar mitzvahs, and brandings. Twice a year – March and October – they share their knowledge with campers at an old cow camp in southwest Oklahoma. Students sleep in ranch teepees, on a cot and cowboy roll. Participants learn how to cook chuckwagon staples like those served up on old cattle drives and wagon trails. Kent also teaches the proper ways to season and clean cast iron and shares his experiences and knowledge from the catering business.

Expect your gift recipient (or yourself) to have fun. Kent says, “I like people who like to laugh and have a good time. I ain’t going if we’re not going to have fun.” Special rates are available for couples. For details and pricing on the Red River Chuckwagon Boot Camp, contact Shannon Keller at 303-219-0478;

Should an easy chair next to a fireplace sound more inviting than a cowboy teepee next to a campfire, relax with this new book on Western artist Charlie Russell: The Masterworks of Charles M. Russell, A Retrospective of Paintings and Sculpture (University of Oklahoma Press, 2009, 304 pages, 12x10x1.2″, 133 color and 81 b&w illus; paperback ISBN: 978-0-8061-4097-1; hardback ISBN: 978-0-8061-4081-0).

Edited by Joan Carpenter Troccoli of the Denver Art Museum, it’s a beauty that will most certainly be cherished by the recipient! The generous format pages are brimming with reproductions of more than 150 of Russell’s finest examples of oil, bronze, and mixed media, most in full color. There are also select examples of his drawings, watercolors, and illustrated letters, as well as archival photographs placing Russell’s paintings and sculpture in historic and artistic context.

Order this sumptuous volume in either hardback ($58.50 + shipping) or paperback ($27.97 + shipping) from University of Oklahoma Press, Attn: Order Dept., 2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069-8218;; 1-800-627-7377.