If I could roll back the years
Back when I was young and limber
Loose as ashes in the wind
I had no irons in the fire…
— Ian Tyson, 50 Years Ago
Irons in the fire? I got me some. We’re going to set out into some new territory here at Frontier Partisans. Look for a major announcement sometime in the next few days…
Corb Lund’s Agricultural Tragic is out. It’s a good un, and I love that album cover…
Speaking of cowboys… as we were… Craig Rullman’s work on the Len Babb Movie Project continues apace. Mike Biggers and I recorded the first piece of original music for the film last week, and we’re going to lay down my song Charlie Russell Sky for it as well. Craig’s trail has tracked across an outfit called the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association.
The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association is dedicated to preserving and promoting the skills of saddlemaking, bit and spur making, silversmithing and rawhide braiding and the role of these traditional crafts in the cowboy culture of the North American West.
Take a few minutes to browse through the site. The beauty will elevate your soul.
This looks like a fun one. Drops at the end of the month:
It’s 1909, and Teddy Roosevelt is not only hunting in Africa, he’s being hunted. The safari is a time of discovery, both personal and political. In Africa, Roosevelt encounters Sudanese slave traders, Belgian colonial atrocities, and German preparations for war. He reconnects with a childhood sweetheart, Maggie, now a globe-trotting newspaper reporter sent by William Randolph Hearst to chronicle safari adventures and uncover the former president’s future political plans. But James Pierpont Morgan, the most powerful private citizen of his era, wants Roosevelt out of politics permanently. Afraid that the trust-busting president’s return to power will be disastrous for American business, he plants a killer on the safari staff to arrange a fatal accident. Roosevelt narrowly escapes the killer’s traps while leading two hundred and sixty-four men on foot through the savannas, jungles, and semi-deserts of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Congo, and Sudan.
The wonderful Hillbilly Highways scouted this one up:
I recently realized that I never posted this short film based on the exploits of Deneys Reitz. Stephen de Villiers created it as a student film project.
Looks like I’m going to have to schedule some class time on July 25. Every education needs a bit of Bandit Wars.
SILVER CITY, N.M. – The Silver City Museum is offering a free webinar by Professor Andy Hernandez on the Bandit Wars along the U.S.-Mexico border surrounding Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus, NM in 1916. This virtual lecture will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 25. Join the Zoom Webinar at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82522002786 or download the app ahead of time and enter Meeting ID: 825 2200 2786.
Violence along the U. S. – Mexico associated with the Plan de San Diego and Pancho Villa’s raid on Columbus are often treated as discrete events. This presentation will explore the connections between Venustiano Carranza’s Machiavellian use of the Plan de San Diego, Villa’s decision to raid Columbus, NM, and the resulting Punitive Expedition and offer a more cohesive understanding of border violence during this period.
Andy Hernandez is Professor of History at Western New Mexico University.
Speaking of Pancho Villa — his statue in Tucson has not fallen… yet.
As always, where you stand seems to depend on where you sit, and on whose ox is getting gored. While, to their credit, denizens of the political Right have not gone around toppling statues in fits of destructive adolescent pique — but they have it in for statues, too. Certain ones. Judicial Watch (arch-conservative) has deployed some legal procedural technicalities in an unsuccessful attempt to get the statue removed. Those who dislike the Villa statue think there’s something wrong with honoring a foreign terrorist who attacked the United States. Which is fair enough, right? But, then, all those controversial Confederates were also enemies of the United States, were they not? And they killed a whole bunch more Americans than Villa did.
Hard to get it right, I guess.
The city administration of Denver proactively removed a statue of Kit Carson. Of course.
“Denver Parks and Recreation has removed the Kit Carson statue within the Pioneer Monument Fountain,” city spokeswoman Cyndi Karvanski said. “This was done proactively for safety and as a precautionary measure to keep it from being torn down similar to the sculpture at Civic Center park last night.”
Greg Waddell scouted up a video series featuring the legendary Steve Earle talking about Martin Guitars. As is his wont, Mr. Earle has taken his enthusiasm to an extreme — his collection runs to 132 guitars. I recall that his seventh ex-wife (see above) the lovely and talented Allison Moorer once threatened mayhem on a Mr. Earle’s New York City instrument dealer if he sold her husband one more guitar. Hah!
Extreme he may be, but I’d do the same with guitars and rifles and shotguns if I had the $$.
Anyhoo, thought y’all would find the 1870s and 1890s guitars of interest. Just don’t lend one to Quentin Tarantino…