KVEW TV Interview
50+ Years @ National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
What folks are saying about JessicaWhat folks are saying about cowboy poet, Jessica Hedges…
“…Hedges grew up on a 450,000 acre spread and has the feel of it in her veins. That background is part of what prompted her to put pen to paper. And multiple trips to the National Cowboy Gathering in Elko, Nevada, further inspired her to perform what she wrote. And it’s gotten her far enough to be nominated for an Academy Of Western Artists’ Will Rogers Award for the album…”
~Rick Huff- Best of the West Reviews~
“…I have had the great pleasure of becoming a friend of Jessica's and hearing her great work and can tell you she is a performer who is a great asset to any event. She will take the crowd on a journey with her poetry that will allow them to escape to a simpler time and place and leave the daily grind of today's world. Long after the lights have faded from the show in your mind you will still see the picture she painted for you with her poems and if you listen close you can hear his cinch bell ring.”
~ Jeff Anslinger, Cowboy Poet, Andrew County, Missouri~
“Thank you so much for being so flexible and performing at the Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation’s annual Country Sweethearts Dinner, Dance, and Auction. You did a magnificent job and were able to adjust to all of the changes that we had to make. I got many compliments afterwards about your performance…”
~Kayla Stoker, Marketing Director, Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation~
“…The author's poetic style is true to the cowboy tradition with attention to both the poetic form and the rhythm of the trail. The poems offer a true reflection of western life, both then and now, and the delivery is very well done with sincerity and a quiet, captivating enthusiasm...”
~Clark Crouch, Secretary/Editor, Columbia Chapter of the WMA
Leo @ the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Jessica Hedges radio interview January 2011
Jess was a guest on Melody Scalley's talk-radio show in Norfolk, VA. Have a listen as they banter about what life is like out on the range and living in the cow camp with no internet, TV or phone access.
(You may have to pause the streaming audio at the very bottom of this page before you hit the '>' below to play the interview.)
History in the Barn: A New Poetry CD
A new CD, History in the Barn, recorded by Jessica Hedges, a cowboy poet of Soap Lake, WA has just recently been released. With twelve tracks of poems and running about 25 minutes, the album is well-worth a listen. Jessica recites eleven of her own poems and offers a twelfth, "Where to Go," written by Waddie Mitchell.
Jessica, who as a kid was inspired by her trips to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV, writes from a life-time of experience; first as a youth on a 450-thousand acre ranch in Nevada and now as the wife of a cowboy. Her poems reflect a great respect for western traditions and a sense of history which encompasses an early covered wagon trip out of St. Louis into Nevada, an 1850s border encounter, a final resting place for a pioneer woman, the death of a favorite mount, and the joys and tributlations of life on the range.
The author's poetic style is true to the cowboy tradition with attention to both the poetic form and the rhythm of the trail. The poems offer a true reflection of western life, both then and now, and the delivery is very well done with sincerity and a quiet, captivating enthusiasm.
The tracks are: 1. Moving; 2. Listening for His Cinch Bell; 3. 50 Plus Years; 4. History in the Barn; 5. Dad; 6. Buckaroo Traditions; 7. Why I'll Never Stray; 8. Resting Place; 9. Leo; 10. Joaquin Murrieta; 11. One Last Shot; and 12. Where to Go.
The CD is priced at $15 postpaid and can be purchased on Jessica's website or by contacting her directly: Jessica Hedges, 21071 Rd A NE, Soap Lake, WA 98851.
Reviewed by Clark Crouch, Secretary/Editor, for the Columbia WMA