Cowboy poet and songwriter Ernie Sites from Wendell, Idaho, has come to Elko for the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering every year since he stumbled onto it by accident in 1986. In this episode of Ranch Rhymes we talk with him and feature a poem and a song.
We spoke with Ernie in the Deep West Sheep Camp this past January, about his life and career in western music and education. Also featured is "When the Sun Shines on the Sawtooths," a poem he performed at the 1989 Gathering, and "Trailin' Back to Old Mexico," from Ernie's 1992 album, Saddle Bags and Wishes.
This podcast was drawn in part from the Western Folklife Center's archival audio material.