The Strawberry Roan
Vintage Videos • 3m 2s
J.B. brings his timbre to this famous cowboy poem about misjudging the spirit of an outlaw. J.B. Allen recites "The Strawberry Roan" by Curley Fletcher during the "Curley Fletcher in Poetry and Song" show at the 10th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
J.B. Allen came from cowboy stock on both sides of his family tree. He worked cattle from the Great Divide to Fort Worth, then settled down near Whiteface, Texas, where he and his wife, Margaret, tended their own herd of crossbred cows. Allen’s poetry reflects the early-day experiences he heard about while growing up as well as his own experiences as a working cowboy. His book, The Medicine Keepers, received the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Wrangler Award for Poetry. He died in 2005.
"The Strawberry Roan" poem by Curley Fletcher (first published as "The Outlaw Broncho").
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Elko Convention Center’s Laurena Moren Theater in Elko, NV, on Jan. 27, 1994.
Made possible by the multitude of staff, artists, volunteers, and community members working behind the scenes to make this show happen.
Brought to you by the Western Folklife Center, using story and cultural expression to connect the American West to the world.
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