"Put That Back . . . Hoedown"

McRae_from_McRae-sml Celebrating National Poetry Month, Cowboy Poetry Week, and Earth Day all at once, Ranch Rhymes features Wallace McRae's brilliantly crafted and politically charged poem, "Put That Back... Hoedown."

Length: 4:39 ~ Listen or Podcast from iTunes.


Many years ago, simultaneous holidays might have seemed odd or some kind of ironic cultural juxtaposition, but it seems we've reached a point where that now raises no eyebrows and somehow makes perfect sense. Also making perfect sense and in perfect tempo, Wallace McRae recited this original poem, and held the audience spellbound, during the 1997 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

This Podcast was drawn from the Western Folklife Center's archival audio material of National Cowboy Poetry Gathering performances.