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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Rodeo Songs by Kaye Spencer Part 4 of 4 - Countdown of Kaye's 7 Favorite Rodeo Songs #rodeo #rodeosongs #prairierosepubs

This is Part 4 of my four-part series about my favorite rodeo songs, which came about because July 4, 2019 was the 150th anniversary of the Deer Trail Rodeo in Deer Trail, Colorado. It was a rodeo from my younger days that I didn't miss.

In Part 1, I promised pictures of me as the Brush Rodeo Queen c. 1970. I couldn’t locate the one rodeo queen picture I wanted, but I did locate a newspaper article and picture. I also found a picture of me as 1st Attendant for the Standard Quarter Horse Association c. 1971.
Kaye on the right - 1st Attendant - Standard Quarter Horse Association

Kaye doing the 'queen wave' at the judges
Brush Rodeo Queen - Kaye in the center

My horse’s name was Stonewall Jackson. He and I won many performance events in 4-H and other quarter horse riding and showing competitions such as obstacle trail, English pleasure, and western pleasure. We were a force to be reckoned with in the show ring for many years. Later, my brother (12 years younger) rode Jackson to local fame, too. Just for kicks and giggles, here are pictures of me and Jackson – c. 1970-1972.

I also mentioned in a comment that I had a picture of me in the very fashionable fringed leather jacket of the 1950 and early 1960s. I’m the little one at about 10 years old. The other two are my sibling cousins.

I digressed…back to my Top 7 Favorite Rodeo-Themed Songs.

To remind you where I’ve been with this four-part series, you can read Part 1 HERE - Part 2 HERE -  Part 3 HERE

So far, my seven favorite rodeo-related songs are:

7 – Bad Braham Bull by Chris LeDoux
6 – Strawberry Roan by Marty Robbins
5 – Bandy the Rodeo Clown by Moe Bandy
4 – All Around Cowboy by Marty Robbins
3 – Amarillo by Morning by George Strait
2 – Rodeo Cowboy by Lynn Anderson

Here are my Honorable Mention Rodeo Songs (not in any particular order):

Cowboy in a Continental Suit by Marty Robbins

  • Rodeo Romeo by Moe Bandy
  • Cowboy in a Continental Suit by Marty Robbins
  • Rodeo by Garth Brooks
  • 8 Second Ride by Chris LeDoux
  • 10 Seconds in the Saddle by Chris LeDoux
  • Old Cheyenne by Ian Tyson
  • I can Still Make Cheyenne by George Strait

All of these songs are available on YouTube.

Now, for my Number 1 favorite rodeo-themed song...

The song that I first heard when I was 14 years old—

The song that sparked the embers then lit the fire of romantic angst in my teenager’s writing heart—

The song that spawned the first novel I ever wrote [high school] (which has thankfully been lost to the ages)—

The song that references my home state of Colorado… (I love this song so much.)

Someday Soon – performed by Judy Collins

Someday Soon was written by Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Tyson. He and his wife Sylvia recorded the song in 1964, but they didn’t release it as a single then. Someday Soon has been covered by Judy Collins, Moe Bandy, and Suzy Bogguss with chart-hitting success. The Kingston Trio, Chris LeDoux, Crystal Gayle, Glen Campbell, Lynn Anderson, and a host of other singers also have versions.

Someday Soon is listed in the Top 100 Western Songs of all time by members of Western Writers of America.* 

Here is an interesting note— Judy’s version is categorized as ‘folk’, not western.

Here are two Someday Soon videos for your listening pleasure. The first is Judy Collins’ rendition. The second is Judy singing with Ian and Sylvia Tyson. About mid-video, the music cuts to Judy offering an anecdote about recording the song.

Until next time,

Kaye Spencer

Writing through history one romance upon a time

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  1. Dang, Kaye, I didn't know you were a rodeo star. Loved the pictures of you and Stonewall Jackson.
    I love cowboy songs. My favorites were Mule Train by Frankie Lane and Wanted Man. There's something calming and comforting about cowboy music. ne of the ER doctors and I used to place cowboy music while we were working. It felt like sanity in a mad house.
    I didn't know a couple of the songs and singers you mentioned, but I knew most of them.
    I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah. I can't tell you much about what I call 'new age' country music. I'm old school. Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Lefty Frizzel, Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, Johnny Horton, Ian Tyson, Chris LeDoux...and so forth.

      I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year, too.

  2. LOOK AT YOU!!!! All rodeo-in' and everything! HOW COOL! Loved those pictures--thanks so much for sharing those!

    Oh, my goodness, how I love Someday Soon--the Judy version, of course! I remember hearing that for the first time on an album I bought of hers back when I was in highschool. I still remember hearing that song and thinking...WOW..."he loves his damned ol' rodeo as much as he loves me..." I have thoroughly enjoyed your series of rodeo song favorites and I think I must agree with you on your Number One pick!

    1. Ahh... those glory days...

      Thanks for stopping in.

  3. I love seeing pics of you, Kaye. You and Stonewall Jackson were quite a winning pair. Obviously you were a fan of the singer to name your horse after him. Love your song pics. I love both versions but probably favor on the side of Ian because he's such a fabulous songwriter and loved his music since his early days with Sylvia. My fave song of Judy's, though, is Bring In the Clowns

    1. Yes, I am a fan of Stonewall Jackson, the country music singer, but it was actually the American Civil War Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson that I named my horse after. lolol One of my favorite Ian Tyson songs is Four Strong Winds.

      Funny story about Bring in the Clowns. One year when I was principal in a small school, that song was the one that accompanied the administration, and school board members as walked into the graduation ceremony. Awkward. *snort*

      Thanks for stopping in.

  4. Fantastic pictures, Kaye.A proper Rodeo Queen!

    1. Scrapbooking was never a hobby that I embraced, but once in a while, I'd give it a try. Well, thank goodness for those rare trying-moments, because that's where I located these pictures of me and the newspaper article. Thanks for stopping by to comment. ;-)

  5. Kaye, I so agree with your #1. It is the perfect song. I also loved the 'vintage' photos. You were looking good even back then.

    I have really enjoyed this four part series.

    On a side note, my mother's father alwasy called her Stonewall Jackson because she was so stubborn. Then to top it all off, I was speaking with a cousin on my fathers side of the family who swears we are relate to same naned person. I'm working on finding out the truth of that relationship. (It would explain a lot of things. *GRIN*) Doris

    1. Doris,
      Thank! I enjoyed the trip I took myself down my memory lane. Ooh... family relationships. Let me know what you find out. Yes, Stonewall Jackson was a euphemism in our family for stubbornness, too. Thanks for stopping in. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!