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February 16, 2021
R.J. VANDYGRIFF (his friends call him "R.J.") is an award winning singer/songwriter, playwright and actor not to mention a pretty darn good cowboy. He’s at home on stage, in front of a camera or horseback in the big pasture. R.J. grew up ridin’ horses and strumming an ol’ guitar, competed in Saddlebronc and Bareback as well as working as a rodeo clown and bullfighter.
He has appeared on stage with George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alabama, The Judds, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Moe Bandy. Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Andy Williams, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Sons of the Pioneers, Red Steagall, Michael Martin Murphy, and Baxter Black just to name a few.
Some performers sing the songs, but R.J. has lived them. He lives his life by the cowboy code on and off the stage. He earned his spurs and has the scars to prove it. Join us for a fun conversation with R.J. and enjoy the backstories of his music and long entertainment career.
SADDLE UP AMERICA
FEATURED GUEST ASHLEY AVIS
ASHLEY AVIS is an American director, screenwriter, and producer. She is married to Edward Winters, who is her partner in their Los Angeles based production company, Winterstone Pictures. Ashley's work has been called "timelessly romantic" (White Lies Magazine), "elegantly sensual" (Elite Daily), and "tasteful, blending innocence with seduction" (Red Hot Society).
In 2018, she was brought on to write and direct the modern day reprisal of Anna Sewell's classic BLACK BEAUTY for Constantin Film's Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer. Filming in 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa which doubled for the United States - her reimagining transformed Black Beauty into a wild horse rounded up in the American West, directly paralleling Sewell's original intentions for writing the iconic novel - which was to give voices to the horses of her time in the late 1800s. She hopes that by illuminating the issues wild horses are going through in the United States today, real and necessary change can finally be made. ---From IMDb Biography
You won't want to miss this engaging conversation with Ashley Avis!
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FEBRUARY 18, 2021 THE WRITER'S BLOCK RADIO SHOW
SHOW #294 A CONVERSATION WITH TOM SWEARINGEN
International Western Music Association 2019 Male Poet of the Year, TOM SWEARINGEN, joins Jim Christina and Russ Avison to chat about writing and reciting poetry, and Tom's new book of poetry REFLECTION.
Tom Swearingen tells stories of the people and land of the American West through original cowboy poetry that is often inspired by his own experiences and observations from the saddle. Some are humorous, others serious, and all entertaining. Tom brings his stories to life with rhythm and rhyme and a storytelling style that makes him a popular performer not only at cowboy gatherings and horse camps, but at libraries, historical centers, and wherever else you find folks who appreciate the cultural heritage of the West.
The Writer's Block Radio Show airs on LA Talk Radio. Airs live every Thursday on LA Talk Radio: 6pm (PST), 7pm (MT), 8pm (CST), 9pm (EST).
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OUTWEST HOUR RADIO SHOW
FEBRUARY 20, 2021
Show #110 "Music From My Saddlebag"
This week's playlist is curated from songs about wine, ridin' the range, and guitars, partly inspired by National Drink Wine Day and National Guitar Day.
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