Joan Wells

Hear the songs that cowboys sang on the long journeys pushing cattle up the trails.


When the Union Pacific built the railroad across Nebraska in 1867 cattle ranching was almost unknown in the state. With a surplus of cattle in Texas, cattle drives brought hundreds of thousands of cattle to Nebraska by way of the Great Western Trail from San Antonio to Ogallala, where they were shipped to markets in eastern cities. The cowboys on these four-month-long cattle drives would pass the time singing songs about life on the trail. They’d calm the cattle at night with songs traced back to European folk songs. Wells and Simon sing and tell the story of the origin of western music.

Joan Wells

Title: Independent Scholar & Honoree to the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (402) 484-5676


City: Lincoln

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