Deuce Richardson picked up the trail of G.W. Thomas by way of James Reasoner. Reasoner, a seasoned old scout if there ever was one, put Deuce on the trail:
Author G.W. Thomas has started a new blog called NORTH-WEST ADVENTURES, all about Northerns, a genre that’s at least a cousin to Westerns, but taking place in Canada or Alaska, featuring Mounties, prospectors, fur trappers, etc.
Them’s our kinda tales — especially since what Thomas is putting up is free — as in True North Strong and Free… You can moil for gold here.
Paul McNamee found a gem of a folk album by Dom Flemons.
Dom Flemons’ latest album, Black Cowboys, is a collection of seldom-heard stories about the roles African-Americans played in settling the West after America’s Civil War. The album’s inspiration came during a road trip back home where the fifth generation Arizonan became enamored with an obscure collection of stories.
“I came across a book called The Negro Cowboys that talked about how one in four cowboys who helped settle the West were African-American cowboys,” Flemons, a co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, says. “And being an African-American person that’s half-African-American, half-Mexican-American from the Southwest, I just found that to be a fascinating story.”
Now, the album has earned Flemons a 2019 Grammy nomination in the category of best folk album.
This is sweet stuff — Flemon’s voice goes down easy and the picking is fluid. And he can sling a double-bit ax pretty well, too.
What I want is to get Flemons on a stage with Colter Wall and Corb Lund — all of whom have a deep sense of history — and really tell the story of the West. I could listen to that all night.