TV Talk Shows
The 36th Gathering • 3m 22s
Rodney attributes the rise of syndicated daytime drama to the original spectacle–critters. Rodney Nelson performs "TV Talk Shows" during the "That Seventies Show" show at the 36th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rodney Nelson and his wife, Teri, live at Sims, North Dakota, population 2, a suburb of Almont. Despite advancing age and declining health, Rodney continues to make his living rodeoing, which has caused him to enjoy a low standard of living. His rodeo career has been in a steady decline for most of his life, going from riding saddle broncs to now competing in senior breakaway roping, which his daughter says is a girls’ event for old men. He finds it necessary to supplement his rodeo income by raising a few cattle, breaking a few horses, working as a brand inspector, writing a column “Up Sims Creek” for Farm and Ranch Guide, freeze-branding cattle around North Dakota in the coldest winter months, and entertaining banquet crowds with his brand of rural humor. He died in 2020.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Western Folklife Center's G Three Bar Theater on Jan. 30, 2020.
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