Sunday, April 03, 2011

March and April New Releases

Katy Creek
Wild Rose CD

Katy Creek released their latest CD titled Wild Rose in February at the 2011 Cochise County Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Sierra Vista, AZ.

The new project is thirteen tracks nearly an hour long of mostly original works. Songs included in this project are Wild RoseCowboy Willie, a song about a vaquero who would visit Wes' family each year when Wes was a young boy; Riding Back to Texas, a fun swing tune about a cowboy heading home after the drive; Sarah Hogan, a tragic love story written by John Lowell; Headstone By the Trail, a true story co-written by Les Buffham and Nancy Ruybal; The Dream, a poem by Wes Ruybal that leads into the dreamy song/recitation of Campfire Reflections; Wild Colts and Wild Hearts by Jon Cook, a Grand Lake, CO Cowboy;   Because "Lawman of the Trail" from our CD "Autumn's On Its Way" went number one on the Sunset Western Radio charts, we could not resist giving you, Saddle Up!/Thunder Over the Prairie, another law enforcement dedication, this one inspired by Chris Enss book Thunder Over the Prairie.

Just An Old Cowboy, a waltz tune about the passing of days; Where the Wind Blows A Different Song, a cowboy's lament presented in the manner of the great Western musicals like "How the West Was Won;" The Voice in the Desert, a Gospel poem leading in to A River Wild and Bold, a Gospel song both about a sudden and profound realization and redemption.
We are pleased to have Grammy nominated and award winning International Bluegrass Musicians Association (IBMA) fiddler Doug Bartlett lending his musicianship and vocal skills throughout the work, as well as Western Music Association award winning Jeanne Cahill of the duo Call of the West on vocals (Where the Wind Blows a Different Song) and guitar work throughout. 

Cover design by Nancy Ruybal and graphic art by Ryan Johnson at Marooned Echoes. Photograph taken at Old Tucson Studios on the High Chaparral movie set. The stories and inspirations behind the songs and poems are available on request.   

Produced by Doug Bartlett and Nancy Ruybal, and recorded at Dreams Captured Studios in Maricopa, AZ, Wild Rose can be purchased for $18.00 including shipping by mailing your request to Nancy Ruybal, PO Box 187, Stanfield, AZ. 85172;  through the Katy Creek Band website at, and will soon be available at CD Baby.


   Baby Doe Tabor
Matchless Silver Queen
by Joyce B. Lohse

Baby Doe Tabor: Matchless Silver Queen is the biography of a legendary woman who went from rags to riches, and back to rags again, during the boom and bust days of early Colorado's mining history.

After writing several books for the “Now You Know Bios” YA series, Joyce B. Lohse's latest book is written for a general audience, and is appropriate for history buffs of all ages.
As with many historic characters, Baby Doe Tabor was surrounded by myths and misconceptions. After extensive research among archival materials and primary sources, Elizabeth Tabor’s “voice” was found to help discover the truth about her life. This book is available upon request from your local library or bookstore. 

Available here at, and others. Retail distribution is through BooksWest. Check the Events and Appearances schedule at for booksigning appearances by the author.

With Baby Doe Tabor: Matchless Silver Queen, author Joyce Lohse has accomplished something remarkable. Not only has she retold Colorado history’s most famous soap opera in terms appropriate for all ages, but she has also presented the notorious 'Baby Doe' as a sympathetic character. Rare is the biography that neither demonizes nor romanticizes Elizabeth Tabor. By focusing on her determination and her devotion to her family, Lohse manages instead to humanize this often misrepresented folk heroine. --Debra Faulkner, Author, Brown Palace Hotel Historian and Metropolitan State College of Denver Faculty.