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Cowboy Church, Hey There Pilgrim, Grab Your Bible.

There is a new church in town. It’s a bit different than your grandmaw’s. It’s a Cowboy Church! Instead of suits, ties and winged-tipped shoes, you are likely to see buckles, boots, hats, and jeans. Our method is certainly different but our message is the same ol’ story of Jesus and His love!

The first time I went west, I ended up in Texas, when I got there, I felt I wasn’t going anywhere, and I felt I had nothing left in me.  I found myself in a little church, prayin, and askin for the man upstairs to guide me. I knew I was half good, but am I? Or am I mostly bad? Still struggling with the PTSD, I face everyday, I bring myself to my toughest of times, knowing that things are not ever really bad.
The first I ever heard this song was in that lil cowboy church in Texas, it made me feel like I was home, and finally right where I needed to be. I miss that church, and I miss the west. Only wish I’d had made it to Cheyenne.Maybe the good Lord willin, I will make it there someday, but in the meantime, I will continue living somewhere between Jesus,and John Wayne.

The Purpose of a Cowboy Church is to Impact the Cowboy Culture With the Gospel of Jesus, in hopes to keep the cowboy and cowgirl an honest fella. We continue to prey that we are “Somewhere between a cowboy and a saint, while crossing the open range, and always be somewhere between Jesus, and John Wayne.”
The Cowboy’s Ten Commandments are below, and if ya need a better way of livin’ well pick up yer bible, and head to the Cowboy Church. Live by these simple rules, and trust me, you will remember the experience forever.
Cowboy’s Ten Commandments
 
  1.   Just One God
  2.   Honor yer Ma & Pa
  3.   No Tellin Tales or Gossipin
  4.   Git Yerself to Sunday Meetin
  5.   Put Nothin Before God
  6.   No Foolin Around With Another Fellow’s Gal
  7.   No Killin
  8.   Watch Yer Mouth
  9.   Don’t Take What Ain’t Yers
  10. Don’t Be Hankerin For Yer Buddy’s Stuff

History of Cowboy Church, across America:

Local Christian churches within the cowboy culture  are distinctively Western heritage in character. A typical cowboy church might be in a barn, metal building, arena, sale barn, or old western building, have its own rodeo arena, and a country gospel band. Baptisms are generally done in a stock tank, or waterin troth. The sermons are usually short and simple. Some cowboy churches have covered arenas where rodeo events such as bull riding, team roping, ranch sorting, team penning and equestrian events are held on weeknights. Many cowboy churches have existed throughout the western states for the past forty or fifty years, however just in the past fifteen or so years has there been an explosion of growth within the “movement”. Prior to 1980 there were no less than 5 cowboy churches in Texas, now the number exceeds 200, and there are an estimated 750 nationwide. There has been no definitive group that established the movement; rather it seems to have had a spontaneous beginning in diverse areas of the country at nearly the same time. Some of these cowboy churches are an outgrowth of ministries to professional rodeo or team roping events, while the roots of many can be traced back to ministry events associated with ranch rodeos, ranch horse competitions, chuck wagon cooking competitions, cowboy poetry gatherings and other “cowboy culture” events.

So we hope to see ya, here or there, maybe in church, or on the range. No matter where it is, love thy brother, and treat each and everyone with respect. have pride in yourself, and never give up. God Bless Ya, all. Come on back if yer passin through Amen!

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Heroes and Antiheroes in Westerns (Guest Post By Mathew Pizzolato)

We all have our heroes, some mystical, others superheroes, but me it was the outlaws and lawmen of the Old West. As an adult I still have those heroes, and in having them it fuels me to write at my best. Today as Matthew Pizzolato launches his book release  for Outlaw, he stops by to tell us who his heroes are, and compares heroes to anti-heroes in westerns. Welcome Matthew, thanks for dropping by.

“As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.”
Ernest Hemingway

Western Author Matthew Pizzolato

I think that every child needs to have direction in life, something to emulate and admire and to strive to be.  Quite frankly, everyone needs heroes.  As a young man, I found my heroes by reading Westerns.

Mostly, I read Louis L’Amour but I partook of many others, from Max Brand and Zane Gray to Loren Estleman and Elmore Leonard and everything in between.  If it was a Western, I read it or watched it on the screen.  My heroes were Louis L’Amour, John Wayne and Clint Eastwood and the characters they portrayed.

The earlier Westerns told stories of right and wrong and the heroes of the genre lived by a black and white code of good and evil.  There was no middle ground, and there is nothing wrong with that kind of story.  In fact, I prefer them because it’s what I grew up reading.

However, beginning mostly with the films of Clint Eastwood, a new type of character was introduced into the Western, the antihero.

While there are still similarities to the Western hero of old, there are some vast differences.  Antiheroes are flawed characters.  They are not perfect and don’t pretend to be, but they still possess heroic qualities.

Like the hero, the antihero possesses honor and loyalty, but may on occasion step outside moral boundaries that a hero cannot.  Sometimes their integrity may be called into question, but there is always a line that the antihero will not cross.

It is that aspect that opens areas of new storytelling for writers because instead of the moral unequivocalness of telling stories in black and white, the gray areas of morality can be explored.  I think that if writers want to create fresh and exciting material for readers, it’s going to be in that gray area and not rehashing the same stories that have already been told.

That is what I have tried to do with Wesley Quaid, the antihero protagonist of Outlaw.  He is a bank robber who has killed plenty of men and done some things he’s not proud of, but he is still a man of honor and loyalty.

Heroes provide examples of the kind of people we should strive to be even though we might not be able to.  As humans, we are inherently flawed and so perhaps we can identify more with the antihero.

Perhaps in the future, we should mix a fair amount of antiheroes into our Westerns.  We still need heroes to emulate because as humans we have to be able to strive toward something, but part of the joy of reading is the escapism it provides, so we need characters that we can identify with also.

Outlaw Book Link on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009GDDGU8

BIO:

Matthew Pizzolato is a member of Western Fictioneers. His fiction has been published in various online and print magazines. He writes a weekly NASCAR column for Insider Racing News and can be contacted via his personal website:

http://www.matthew-pizzolato.com.

Contact Links:

http://www.facebook.com/authormatthewpizzolato

https://twitter.com/mattpizzolato

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5837035.Matthew_Pizzolato

OUTLAW Book Description:

The outlaw Wesley Quaid wants to put the past behind him and start his life anew in another place where no one has ever heard of him.  When a mysterious woman he once knew resurfaces, Wesley discovers that a man can’t run from his past anymore than he can run from the kind of man he has become.

To view or purchase Outlaw today visit Amazon.com.

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The Code of the West: A Cowboy’s Law

Larry Payne

We are nearing the end of the National Day of the Cowboy blogathon,  and I thought I it was fitting to include the Code of the West.  Joining us today sharing that Code is, Larry Payne, A new found western author of the Ride The Savage Lands. Welcome Larry and thank you for stopping by for this weeks blogathon.

The Code Of The West

John Wayne once said, “A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.”

Back in the day, when men were working on settling the west, a lack of written law made it necessary to make some of their own, rules of behavior, if you will. This “Code Of The West” was a gentleman’s agreement, of sorts, as rules to live by. They were never written, but always respected. They might break every written law of the territory or government, but took pride in upholding their code.

The Code

* Don’t inquire into a person’s past. Take the measure of a man for what he is today.
• Never steal another man’s horse. A horse thief pays with his life.
• Defend yourself whenever necessary.
• Look out for your own.
• Remove your guns before sitting at the dining table.
• Never order anything weaker than whiskey.
• Don’t make a threat without expecting the consequences.
• Never pass anyone on the trail without saying “Howdy”.
• When approaching someone from behind, give a loud greeting before you get into shooting range.
• Don’t wave at a man on a horse, as it might spook the horse. A nod is the proper greeting.
• After you pass someone on the trail, don’t look back at him. It implies you don’t trust him.
• Riding another man’s horse without permission is nearly as bas as making love to his wife. Never even bother another man’s horse.
• Always fill your whiskey glass to the brim.
• A cowboy doesn’t talk much, he saves his breath for breathing.
• No matter how weary and hungry you are after a long day in the saddle, always tend to your horse’s needs before your own and get your horse some feed before you eat.
• Cuss all you want, but only around men, horses and cows.
• Complain about the cooking and you become the cook.
• Always drink your whiskey with your gun hand to show your friendly intentions.
• Do not practice ingratitude.
• A cowboy is pleasant even when out of sorts. Complaining is what quitters do. Cowboys hate quitters.
• Always be courageous. Cowards aren’t tolerated in any outfit worth its salt.
• A cowboy always helps someone in need, even a stranger or an enemy.
• Never try on another man’s hat.
• Be hospitable to strangers. Anyone who wanders in, including an enemy, is welcome at the dinner table. Same was true for anyone who joined the cowboys on the range.
• Give your enemy a fighting chance.
• Never wake another man by shaking or touching him. He might wake suddenly and shoot you.
• Real cowboys are modest. A braggert is not tolerated.
• Be there fro a friend when he needs you.
• Drinking on duty is grounds for instant dismissal and blacklisting.
• A cowboy is loyal to his brand, to his friends and those he rides with.
• Never shoot an unarmed or unwarned enemy. This was also known as “the rattlesnake code”. Always warn before you strike. But, it could be ignored if you were being stalked.
• Never shoot a woman no matter what.
• Consideration for others is central to the code.
• Respect the land and the environment by not smoking in hazardous fire areas, disfiguring rocks, trees, or other natural areas.
• Honesty is absolute. Your word is your bond. A handshake is more binding than a contract.
• Live by the Golden Rule.

The National Day Of The Cowboy is long overdue.  Men that helped a scarred nation recover from a war that pitted brother against brother and father against son. From moving thousands of cattle along the trails from The Chisholm to the Oregon, to exploring unknown ranges for the railroads, they opened up a new land from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. And through my stories I salute the men, and sometimes women, who braved a harsh and brutal environment in their quest for a better life for themselves and those who would follow.

   The National Day Of The Cowboy, a fitting way to say…”Thanks fer getting’ ‘er done, boys.”

Ride the Savage Land

Bio: Larry Payne grew up in East Chicago, IN and now resides in Apache Junction, AZ with his wife, Susan, and their two cats, Molly and Emily.
He is a US Navy veteran where he served as a Hospital Corpsman and is employed at Banner Heart Hospital, in Mesa, AZ, as a Cardiac Monitor Technician.
His novella, Ride The Savage Land, will be published as an e-book by Wild Child Publishing. The release date is yet to be determined.

You can find out more about Larry’s short stories on his Amazon author page: Author Central

Larry’s website: http://larrypayne.jimdo.com
Larry’s Blog: http://larrypayneauthor.blogspot.com
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The Cowboy’s Code, America’s Chance

“A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.” — John Wayne

   There was a time when the vast open lands of the west were yet to be tame, the mustang ran free from fences, and the cattle to graze free from barb wire. In those times there was no written law across these vast open lands, only a code, which led to a way of thinking, a way of survival, and a list of guidelines to live by. Until Zane Grey wrote his 1934 novel The Code of the West, there was no written code, just a set of rules that were set for a man to carry, and to live by.

Somewhere along the line, we forgot what that meant, and the power of greed, technology, money, and resources has taken us over. Wall street gets richer, and the government backs them up, and the heritage of the west is pushed further away. Once you seem to forget what our country was built on then we have come to an end. How many wrong’s can we do before our maker turns his back on us. in our society today it is OK to cheat, our elected government officials are attempting to change the laws our four fathers set for us, because they are afraid that we the people may just take over and fix things, however they stop us from even our basic rights.

Our nation has lost the way, and I feel that instead of forget our history, the real rich history of the western frontier, that we grasp it, and put it forth, much like Montana when they adopted  the cowboy’s code as the Montana Code. America needs to adopt this code, and we need leadership that lives by this code to the core. Only if The Duke were alive today we could elect him to office, maybe if we had a true cowboy as our leader that lives by this code we would once again stand tall, as a nation, a country, and as one. Remember 9/11/01, WWJWD What Would John Wayne Do, and what would he have done, not only would he have stomped the right people, but taught them a lesson in doing so, instead we create war over greed, oil, drugs, and religion, for one thing only sole power.
America we have lost our way, and it is time we made a stand, The cowboy code is simple, and easy to live by. What would it be like if our children were taught to live by the cowboy code, instead of garbage reality shows. In my opinion there should be twenty western channels playing John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Tom Mix and Clint Eastwood on teaching us the cowboy code, and teaching us to live by it strong, and firm. The loyalty, trustworthiness, and integrity of the American cowboy is a legacy that still does endure today we have just began to lose sight of it and, regardless of your profession, you can be considered a cowboy, and I’ll tell you why. The Cowboy isn’t just the guy you remember with chaps, handkerchief, and a ten gallon hat. A cowboy is an iconic hero, a man or woman that stands strong in what he/she believes in. A person that digs down to his/her heart and soul to give everything  they got in whatever job is is they do. Like John Wayne said, “no matter his job.” A cowboy stands for something and lives by these simple values, which makes him/her the iconic hero we all know and love.

The man with no name told us it’s halftime America, at this years Superbowl, and it is time to come back and make a difference.

It’s Halftime America

It’s Halftime America, Chrysler, Clint Eastwood

America it is time to be the hero’s our children need us to be, show them that it is OK to live by a set core of values, and we as a country of the land of the free and the home of the brave will one day again be something worth fighting for.

The Cowboy’s Code is as follows, if you can find a way to add these ten core values in everything you do, you will be living the cowboys code.

Live each day with courage.

Take pride in your work.

Always finish what you start.

Do what has to be done.

Be tough, but fair.

When you make a promise, keep it.

Ride for the brand.

Talk less and say more.

Remember that some things aren’t for sale.

Know where to draw the line.

-James P. Owen

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Western Genre a New Rising.

I am a western fiction writer/author, and I spend a great deal of time just researching the western genre, and what I read about our genre is more on the dying side than on the rise. I would like to ensure that our genre has not died; in fact, I believe that it is making its new rising.

The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy

I read today, a blog posted last November about the western genre dying titled The Slow Death of the Western Genre (in honor of BigBlackHatMan) which you can read from the link provided. The article began to say that there were very few western genre films in the 90’s, and the western genre began to die off in the 80’s, unless it was a crossover. Disgruntled with knowing it was not very true I did some searching of my own, and in my search, I found several movies, which the blog author failed to mention, as well as the people that commented on the post as well.

I began with the big screen and yes, it starts where our blogger left off at Back to the Future III, which was a crossover western, yet many western films were not mentioned. Movies  like Dances with Wolves, Quigley Down Under, Young Guns II, The Last of the Mohicans, Unforgiven, Tombstone, Rio Diablo, Frank and Jesse, Legends of the Fall, Wyatt Earp, Desperado, Wild Bill, Riders of Purple Sage, Gunfighter, Purgatory, as well as Silverado starring actor/author, and a new found pal Ken Farmer, and this list goes on and on. Did we forget about Emilio Estevez, and his boyish looks as Billy the Kid, and certainly forgot about Kurt Russell in Tombstone, and Kevin Costner in Wyatt Earp.

Young Guns II

This is why it disgruntled me so much that so many Western films have come into the late 20th and 21st century as well and not even thought of by the author while writing this blog. Written in 2011, I was amazed that neither he nor any of the comments mentioned 3:10 to Yuma, or Jeff Bridges in an awesome performance in the remake of John Wayne’s True Grit.  Counting from 2000 to 2012, I have counted nearly a dozen westerns that were solely of the old west, which proves, the Old West is not in the grave just yet, with a new film just  released March 3oth, 2012 The Legend of Hell’s Gate: An American Conspiracy.

As a western writer, and author I wanted to include Western Fiction books, I see countless books published in the western genre all of the time, from titles like Yuma Gold by Steven Law, and The Devil in a Bottle by Carol Buchanan, as well as so many others, I could spend days just listing them . Even coming into a digital age not long ago, I can count dozens of western books available on Kindle, the IBook store, and Nooks, which brings a completely new breed of some great western genre authors.

Also noted in the blog above was the fact that the reason not many were interested in the genre anymore was the age of space, and fantasy, and yes possibly the age of space, science fiction, and fantasy has taken us by storm. Maybe if Jeff Bridges Sparkled in True Grit, we might just get the media to agree we as a genre are still on the rise.

The Pony Express

Our history is built from the Old West, and without it, there would be no Boomtowns, which led to a railroad and later Hollywood, so why not keep it alive, has the media forgotten, that media itself originated by means of The Pony Express, which has a rich history in itself in the Old West. I think they should look our way more often than they do, and notice that we are a rising genre as like any other genre. It seems we are only in the mainstream media when it is to review us as a dying entity, yet more and more westerns have come, and are coming.

Here on Shotgun Bo Rivers Blog, the Old West will never die; at least while I am alive and kickin, here at Bo’s place there will always be a spot for a good western genre story, book, or movie.

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