Twenty-ought-three? Thatís impossible! Has it really been
two years since I wrote last? I mean in print, longhand,
using actual words no digital babble and techno shorthand.
How foolish of me to nearly be tricked into thinking that
e-mail and the internet were the do all to end all way to go
in the twenty-first century. The nineteenth century
renaissance man himself, listening to those who have turned
a useful tool into a lifestyle telling me I should no
longer bother with such a slow and outdated form of
communication. But God bless you, you the friends and fans
of old-time music. It was you who overwhelmingly requested
I continue this outdated, old fashioned and at best, erratic
much for all that. There has been quite a bit going on
since I wrote last. But the first thing Iíd like to say is
thank you all so very much for all the wonderful Christmas
cards and letters. Your thoughtfulness is most
appreciated. In this little nitch world of ours it truly
makes what we do all the more worthwhile. So I guess the
least I can do is write this letter once in awhile.
As I said,
thereís been quite a bit going on since I wrote last and
most of you are way ahead of me so I wonít bore you with a
lot of details. I do want to say that Iíve been really
excited about the success of High Lonesome Cowboy. But Iíll
tell you here and now that Iím still in shock to hear that
the record was nominated for a Grammy. That alone is
amazing, but to have cowboy music nominated in the
traditional folk category where it belongs, as it is, and
always has been really took me by surprise. Cowboy music
has never been recognized before in the history of the
Grammy Awards. Awards are very nice and I appreciate that
but my main mission is the salvation of the old music. It
must be preserved. This is not to say that itís not a great
thing to perpetuate it by writing new material but donít
forget the old songs in the process. This is one of the
reasons I am in the process of recording another double CD
volume of Saddle Songs called The last of the Troubadours.
Iím hoping for a May or June release with a new book of
songs to follow shortly after. Iíve been a little slow
getting motivated lately but I should be easing into a
pretty good lope by the time we leave Elko. The Cowboy
Poetry Gathering has been my main inspirational motivation
for eighteen years.
thank you for your friendship and support. We wish you all a
wonderful new year, long life and easy ridiníÖÖ.
Singin' Hills Cattle Co.
Hamilton Co. Texas