Featured Artist of the Month: Deanna Dickinson McCall
Deanna Dickinson McCall currently ranches in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband, Dave. She is from a long line of ranchers, people who revere the land and livestock, and love their livelihood. Deanna and her husband spent 22 years raising their 3 children on a remote Nevada ranch without electricity or phones. Besides ranching in several states, she’s ridden for paychecks, sold feed and received cattle at sales yards to make ends meet when necessary.
The stories she writes are generous slices of this life. They are tales of gritty existence, simple honest love, a code of honor still upheld, and beating overwhelming odds. They are about the people and land of today’s West. Her voice of experience cannot be mistaken as you read and are drawn into her writing.
Her poetry opens a door allowing you deep into her world, often touching a heart string as she writes of the ranch life and people she loves, or sends her reader into laughter as her wry humor rings true.
Deanna is the author of 4 books : Mustang Spring, Rough Patches, Rough Patches II, & Split Reins. You can hear her poetry in her own voice on her award winning CD Riding. https://www.deannadickinsonmccall.com/
Quite simply, Western music is the folk music of the West.
Western music originates from roots in English, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ballads, as well as the many musical influences from the immigrants who "went west." While "Cowboy" music is an important part of Western music, the stories of larger populations of Western culture are equally important. Settlers, farmers, ranchers, horsemen and women, soldiers, miners, gamblers, saloon keepers, school teachers, and other folk who inhabited the great American west are all subjects of modern day Western music.