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Jim Reader and TJ Casey's duo CD, RNDNMUP, has been awarded the 2011 Best Western CD of the Year through the National Traditional Country Music Association and the Rural Roots Music Commission.
This association is a group of concerned citizens, deeply interested in not only the direction of country music today but also the lack of preservation work concerning country music of the past, formed a panel of knowledgeable people in the music business, the recording business, the publishing business, and the songwriting business. Their objective is to bring attention to America's rural culture, with emphasis on rural music. Where it came from, why it was so popular in it's golden age, and why do people of all ages still respect the simplicity, honesty, and beauty of America's rural-folks music.
The award presentation will take place during the festival in LeMars, Iowa at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds from August 29 - September 4, 2011, with Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius and Jeannie Seely scheduled to perform along with several other entertainers.
Cowboy poet and musician TJ Casey endeavors to instill the Code of the West in a new generation of youngsters through his school visits and community performances. The code, he writes in his new book, "is about how you treat other folks, not about how wonderful you think you are."
The western heritage and ranching traditions of Alberta and Montana have been closely intertwined since the first cattle were trailed across the Medicine Line. Jim Reader — a well-known singer, songwriter, guitar-picker and rancher — teamed up with Montana rancher, cowboy and animal-health tech T.J. Casey to produce a neat collection of the real deal when it comes to cowboy music.
There’s plenty of Reader’s fine acoustic finger-pickin’ guitar on tracks like Grubline and The Frontier. T. J. wrote one called Harvest Moon and I’ve never heard him sing better. The arrangements are pure, clean and western and they reflect the great sound coming out of Mountain Valley Studio in Taber.
Bruce Rawling knows how this music should sound; his production touch is just what it should be. He also plays a great guitar part on Swingin’ My Way Home To You. He adds vocal harmony on several tracks as well. You’ll also find one of Reader’s songs that got a lot of airplay from his 1880s Cowboys CD, Trail Drive.
Hugh McLennan - Cowboy Country Magazine
Billings cowboy singer TJ Casey has teamed up with popular
Canadian cowpoke picker and singer Jim Reader on a corral-full of original
tunes. The new album, named after a Montana license plate, pays tribute to
the spirit of those who shaped the West and their modern-day counterparts
who continue to do so on North America’s ranges and ranches.
TJ's poetry book, "Man of the West" is available in print order your copy now: Paperback Version
TJ has started teaching Indian Education for ALL a requirement by the Montana Education Association. TJ combines this with the teaching of our western heritage, cowboy culture, the Code of the West and cowboy poetry in residencies.
TJ featured in
Cowgirl!" as the voice of Dell Blancett.
Shirley Morris' documentary, "Oh, You Cowgirl!" is about the early twentieth century rodeo cowgirls and women of the wild west shows. It is the culmination of a four year quest. Her passion to share these little known stories about the women she calls the "unsung heroes of the west" resulted in a documentary project that was produced, written, directed, edited and almost entirely self funded.
Release of RNDNMUP CD with Jim Reader through TMG Records
TJ has gone "green" with the release of his first E-Book of poetry, ramblings and musings. No paper required just download it to your computer and start reading.
Glenrock, Wyoming's only Sunday Morning Newspaper "The
Glenrock Bird Newspaper" is Converse County's weekly Sunday morning
newspaper publication, launched Sunday, July 1st, 2007. The community's
"local news" newspaper.
TJ is featured in Open Range Magazine.
Open Range Magazine is a unique and exciting new magazine catering to those who live in the West, and those who dream to experience the West... the real Western Way of life. It is a magazine covering the realities of living and working in the West. From Night Calving to Blacksmithing. Black rocking horse Oilfield Workers to the miners who run coal at night and herd cattle during the day. From hardcore ranching to the old style of law that keeps the West in check. Brand Inspectors to Sale Barn Auctioneers, this magazine covers it all...Touting the true spirit of the west, It isn’t all glamour.... it’s real, and more and more people are turning back to the ways of the Open Range.
Amanda Smith is the publisher of Open Range Magazine. She is a professional Photographic Artist for over 20 years. Award winning Western Photographic Artist and Official Photographer of The Bulls Only Rodeo.
TJ was in LeMars, Iowa accepting his award, what a great time and thanks to the Rural Roots Music Commission and the National Country Music Association.
Billings, Montana, resident T.J. Casey wins RRMC's "Country-Western CD of the Year" Award
The May issue of the Western Horseman has an article on the Giving Back Foundation, which was created by TJ in 2006 to help farmers and ranchers from the ravages of mother nature.
The Rural Roots Music Commission, a subsidiary of the National Traditional Music Association Inc has awarded TJ's Pure "D" Cowboy CD as the "Best Country-Western CD of the Year". The commission was formed several years ago in an effort to honor and reward those that still create and perform what we now call traditional acoustic rural music. The award will be presented at the annual festival of the National Traditional Country Music Association by Bob Everhart which is held in LaMars, Iowa on August 31 - September 6, 2009.
TJ had the honor of singing the National Anthem with the Michigan’s Multi-Jurisdictional Mounted Police Drill Team and Color Guard at the Michigan International Stallion Expo and Trade Show. This Drill Team participated in the 2009 Inauguration Parade in Washington DC.
Giving Back Foundation going strong; another fundraiser in the works to help ranchers and farmers in need when Mother Nature gets 'em down
Jim Reader and TJ Casey are in cahoots with a duo CD coming out soon
Roots Music Report Charts still has TJ on the list for over 100 weeks
From Whence They Came is now available for sale.
"From Whence They Came" TJ's latest CD will be ready next month - you'll get a taste of some of the good ol' songs like Strawberry Roan, Little Joe the Wrangler, Down in the Valley, Tyin' Knots in the Devil's Tail and many more
over 80 weeks on the Roots Music Report Charts
South Dakota Arts Council presenters select TJ to for 5 different residencies in 2008-09 season.
Giving Back Foundation helps folks out in Michigan
Alaska State Council on the Arts selects TJ to work with Shishmaref School students for 2 weeks.
University of Idaho is awarded a scholarship from the Giving Back Foundation for their Ag program
Foundation is also able to help ranchers in the Big Timber area for their fire in November TJ presented the Crazy Mountain Stockgrowers with a check.
Giving Back Foundation awards Washington State University and Montana State University scholarships for their Ag programs
Article written in the Agri News on working with the kids in schools
Filming for Due West a National TV Show on Bresnan Communications
TJ has a sold out show at the Spaghetti Western in Genessee, Idaho
Giving Back Foundation sends its first dollars to help the ranchers and farmers in Colorado
Giving Back Foundation has it's first fundraiser concert in Billings, Montana
Rhonda Stearns, Ken Overcast, Rusty Feathers, Ringling 5, Kail Mantle, Dan Miller
TJ starts a new non-profit foundation with the help of the Montana Stockgrowers
and Northwest Farm Credit Services
TJ performs with Waddie Mitchell to a sold out crowd
Day of the Cowboy nonprofit organization. Martin has donated one of its famous “Little Martin”
LXM Series Acoustic Guitars to TJ, to be raffled for the benefit of the recently formed Cowboy
and Western heritage focused organization.
for the National Day of the Cowboy Organization. Casey also teaches Western heritage and Cowboy culture
to young cowboys and cowgirls, helping them connect to Western roots by working with them in clinics and
teaching them how to be safe around horses. Along with the clinic, he teaches ranch roping, cattle handling,
horseshoeing, and horsemanship. With the help of several arts councils and 4-H, TJ also has the opportunity
to teach Cowboy poetry in the classroom.
continuously producing acoustic instruments that are acknowledged to be the finest in the world.
Many well known Country and Western artists are on the roster of Martin & Company’s illustrious
clientele, such as Gene Autry, Michael Martin Murphy, Marty Robbins, Dwight Yoakam, Dolly Parton,
Will Rogers and Willie Nelson, to name a few.
The Second Annual National Day of the Cowboy will be July 22, 2006, once the 2006 resolution passes.
The mission of the National Day of the Cowboy Organization is to contribute to the preservation of
America’s Cowboy heritage so that the history and culture which the National Day of the Cowboy honors,
can be shared and perpetuated for the public good, through education, the arts, celebrations,
gatherings, rodeos, and community activities.
on the Second Annual National Day of the Cowboy, July 22, 2006! Tickets are available for purchase
through TJ’s website or they may be purchased directly from
TJ at any of his personal appearances.
climbed to No. 6 on the Sunset Network Western Charts and a song, “Cowboy Don’t Change Your Ways,”
went to the top within three months of the release. The CD hasn’t stopped there - another song,
“It’s In My Blood,” is sitting at No. 7 on the Power Source
Magazine Western/Swing Music Charts.
newsstands nationally and internationally, is like no other with a mix of faith, family and country and a
great resource for the world of music. The publication, based out of Nashville, Tenn., contains several
major music charts including Christian Country, Southern Gospel, Indie Country, and Western/Swing.
It also contains album reviews, and features such artists as George Strait, Stella Parton, Randy Travis and
the legendary Johnny Cash.
(www.josephfirecrow.com). FireCrow is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation of Montana and is a
past Grammy nominee and winner of three Native American
Music Association Awards (Nammys).
His family lived and worked on a ranch where he and his siblings packed water from the spring for his Mom
to cook and do laundry. Fortunate to be taught by his Dad the Code of the West, TJ now devotes a lot of his
time to working in the schools teaching western/cowboy culture and cowboy poetry. He hopes to pass on to
future generations the strong morals and values and love for
the country and customs that he knows and respects.
Montana Cowboy, TJ Casey, has signed on to be one of their official spokespersons. TJ's purpose
in supporting the organization is to encourage recognition and appreciation for all the history and
heritage the National Day of the Cowboy represents. As a touring performer in Western music and
Cowboy poetry, he is in a unique position to share information about the work of the organization
with those who support the preservation of our Western
heritage. National Day of the Cowboy is July 22, 2006.
the "Cowboy" way to the extent that they participate deeply and actively in some aspect of the
preservation of America's Western heritage. In addition, a spokesperson for the organization should
have a clear and accurate understanding of the history of the Cowboy resolution, a day set aside by
the United States Senate to pay homage to our Cowboy and Western heritage, as well as to honor Cowboys
and Cowgirls, rodeo athletes, Western musicians, Cowboy poets, Western artists, ranchers, and all
others who contribute to the Cowboy and Western culture in
He has dozens of national awards for Western singing, songwriting, and Cowboy poetry, while his
entertainment travels take him from his beloved Montana all over America. The breadth of his
dedication to the preservation of our Cowboy heritage is evident in his continued involvement
in numerous other organizations which are also focused on
key aspects of Western and Cowboy culture."
because as he says, "Our culture, heritage, and roots are important to me and I feel it's critical that
we continue to preserve the Cowboy way of life. This is a subject that I speak of daily and know
on a first-hand basis, as I've lived on ranches in Montana,
Wyoming, and Oregon for most of my life."
preservation of America's Cowboy heritage so that the history and culture which the National
Day of the Cowboy honors, can be shared and perpetuated for the public good, through
education, the arts, celebrations, gatherings, rodeos,
and community activities.
Ft Riley, Kansas on November 29, 2005. The troops are being deployed to Iraq in December
and Best of America by Horseback has put together some great entertainment.
This Christmas special will be aired on RFD-TV on December
23 and 25, 2005.
celebrated western swing debut, Blue Montana Skies. This more traditional acoustic album,
titled Pure “D” Cowboy, is a Montana-made cowboy classic.
presents his fans with a dozen new songs about authentic cowboy life in the west. He single-handedly
wrote all but one song (“Old Can Man” with words by Val
Prophet), and there’s not a downer in the wagon.
(Belgrade, Montana). He is a performer in his own right (www.cowboyentertainer.com) and plays lead
and rhythm guitar, and bass on the album. It also features several other Montana musicians,
including multi-award-winning fiddle player Tim Todd, and Laura Wilson on accordion. T.J. plays rhythm
guitar and sings back-up vocals, along with vocalists Laura and Andy Wilson, and Alice Hanks
of the western duo SaddleBags.
courtesy of Makoche' Records (www.josephfirecrow.com). Native American flutist FireCrow is a
member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation of Montana and is a past Grammy nominee and winner
of two Nammys (Native American Music Association awards). It is a seamless musical collaboration
between Cowboy and Indian.
cowboy poetry, A Cowboy’s Thoughts in Rhyme, and over 100
appearances throughout the country.
the merchandise page to purchase TJ's latest poetry
Swing Male Performer of the Year.
that this video will be aired as part of the awesome
show: Horse Sense!!!
Alaska State Council on the Arts. Check out the residency
page for more information!!!
"Blue Montana Skies" CD. The release of the video will be seen during Horse Sense, a program
aired on RFD-TV, December 14, 2004. Horse Sense is a series that is both educational and
entertaining for all levels of horsemen and features experts in various aspects of the horse industry.
TJ's video is a dedication to all the horse owners across
video for "In America". The majority of the video was shot, on location at Rocking Tree Ranch,
Big Timber, Montana, with the help of Mary Bennett and ranch
staff, check them out at www.rockingtreeranch.com.
Horse Sense and is a half hour weekly program about ranchers and their experiences along
with products or procedures pertaining to the cattle market.
Check it out on the web at www.thecattleshow.com.
at 7:00 pm Mountain Time. TJ's video will be on RFD-TV through satellite feed of both Direct TV
and Dish Network. The Horse Sense show is titled "Horses
at www.tjcasey.net. Keep an eye out for TJ's new CD, "Pure
D Cowboy" coming soon.
starting in November 2004, on Legends and Legends in the Making with Executive Producer
and Co-Host "The Chaplain of Country Music", Doug Dugger. Along with Doug will also be
Roger Fredinburg, host of "The New Roger Fredinburg Show," a nationally broadcast show that
can be heard around the world at www.talkone.com radio.
The Chaplain of Country Music has traveled the world booking major artists and promoting country music.
For over 50 years, Doug Dugger has played a part in
the success of the country music industry.
Dan wrote Billboard #1 "Beaches of Cheyenne". Dan is currently using his music to promote his foundation
for children at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas. It is called the Refuse to Lose
Campaign and you can find more information about Dan and the campaign by logging onto
www.danroberts.net and www.refusetolose.org.
Wednesday night, at 10pm Mountain Standard Time. Once you have reached the website, click on
"Listen Live to Talk One Channel One" look for the "New Roger Fredinburg Show" and Legends and Legends
in the Making then sit back and enjoy. While listening, you can call 800-850-5043 to talk to TJ, Dan, Doug or Roger.
Please do, we'd love to hear from you.
Depot for "An Evening of Americana." TJ and The Rough Rider Band performed with the cameras
rolling as they played some great western, western swing and
about Western spirit and lifestyle. Stan Hitchcock, host of "Heart to Heart" and legendary country
singer-songwriter. Ronnie Reno, bluegrass musician, bandleader and host of "Reno’s Old Time Music Festival."
Other performers included Michael Jonathan, host of WoodSongs, a music and interview radio program,
and other artists from the Billings area.
that explores the folklore, music, traditions, destinations, festivals and artistry of America. Keep your
ears and eyes tuned to www.tjcasey.net for more information about the release date. As soon as we
know, we will let you know.
Top 5 nominees for Rising Star of the Year.
the running for Rising Star of the Year and Western Music Male of the Year. The awards will
take place in July at Ft Worth, TX.
are interested in hearing his newly vintage western songs and tales of ropin' and ridin' the range.
They will be tuning in when he is featured live as the on-air guest at 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 21 on "
The New Roger Fredinburg Show," a nationally broadcast show that can be heard round the world
at www.talkone.com radio.
"The Chaplin of Country Music," Doug Dugger. Jackson's 40-plus years in country music include
recording the first live album at the Grand Ole Opry. He's had two No. 1 country hits as well as a
crossover Top 5 single on the pop charts. Dugger's hits
include "Deck of Cards" and "Bummin' Around." For
Western Music Ratings. Sunset Network is a compilation of Contemporary Western Music
played on the radio, record store sales, private sales, and other informational sources to monitor
the Western Music Movement in the United States, Canada, and
and Co-Host "The Chaplin of Country Music", Doug Dugger. Along with Doug will also be Roger
Fredinburg, host of Radio America Show.
"The Chaplin of Country Music" has traveled the world booking major artists and promoting
country music. For over 50 years, Doug Dugger has played a
part in the success of the country music industry.
Radio on Friday, December 5, 2003 at 10pm Mountain Standard Time,
with a full 1 hour interview by Doug and Roger.
within the Academy of Western Artists. After just eight months of national and international radio play,
Casey has received ten Will Rogers Awards nominations from
values, and heritage of the American Cowboy. The group sponsors the annual Will Rogers Awards Show,
which gives recognition and encouragement to those individuals who are bringing the cowboy movement
in to the 21st Century. The Awards will be held in Ft.
Worth, Texas at the Scott Theater on July 8, 2003.
of the Year and Rising Star of the Year, Casey made the top ten cut in the category, Western Music Song
of the Year for the title track on his latest CD, "Blue Montana Skies", and is one of the Top 5
Finalists for the category, Western Swing Album of the Year
with "Blue Montana Skies".
he truly is one of the last "singing cowboys". His broke-in boots and dusty hat are telltale signs of days
spent in the saddle, ridin' the range and ropin' the wind. Casey's simple, cowboy way of life makes for
genuine cowboy music that touches the hearts of his
fans and gives them a taste of life under the "Blue Montana Skies".
with his music and cowboy poetry. He provides entertainment at a number of different venues
across the United States and Canada, including rodeos, fairs, conventions, family reunions,
corporate functions, school assemblies, workshops and
Rising Star, Western Music Song - Blue Montana Skies, Poetry-Male, Storyteller/humorist,
Western Swing-Album, and 3Western Swing Song - Blue Montana Skies, Turtle Dove
and Sleepin' Out Under the Stars
Still on the Roots Music Report charts and holding steady
TJ his the Roots Music Report Charts in the Roots Country Category with Blue Montana Skies in the top 25.
taste of real cowboy music.The music of T.J. Casey, Montana's Singing Cowboy,
will hit the airwaves with the debut of his latest CD, "Blue Montana Skies". This collection
of 12 songs features Casey's unique talent of capturing the laid back life of the West
through his own words and music.
mixes his own brand of Western Swing with stories of ridin' the range and ropin' the wind. Best
known for his personal rendition of "Cowboy's Paradise", which he performed for thousands
while on the Louisiana Hayride, Casey captures that same feeling on his new CD with songs like
"Trickling Water", and the title track, "Blue Montana
honest-to-goodness American cowboy, spending his days in the saddle and on the ranch.
One thing's for sure... Casey is no gimmick. His boots are broke-in' his spurs are well worn
and his cowboy hat could tell a story or two.
cowboy music that touches the hearts of his fans and gives
them a taste of life under the "Blue Montana Skies".