Music, history, books, desert rats, Nevada, Carson City, jug band music. It’s all here. In the menu at the top of this page, see CW TALKS ABOUT GOLD RUSH SONGS, great for your spot!
CW would make a great addition to your western BBQ. Meanwhile, if you’d like to delve back into the lore of Nevada’s past read CW’s books! At right are links. Read them free online! (Donation appreciated)
- DREAMING UP NEVADA TERRITORY is the story of William Ormsby. It is the founding story of Nevada and of Carson City, its capital.
- RHYMES FROM THE SILVER STATE is a seminal collection of historical mining verses from Nevada. It defines the culture of the 49ers, prospectors and desert rats as that culture spread eastward from California.
- GOLD RUSH SONG is an overview of their progression and stories, looking at their historical context and the most significant examples. This progression is fundamental to any understanding of culture and literacy in the West.
- THE CELTIC HARP AT STONEHENGE is a detailed and esoteric account of ancient learning for those who might find this of interest.
- THE STRYCHNINE BANJO is the story of Jake Wallace, Charley Rhoades and “The Days of ’49”. It tells the story of the far West’s two most important 19th century banjo players and of the amazingly popular song they created about the gold rush pioneers.
- TRUCK TRAIN THROUGH THE SAND tells the story of the 1919 Transcontinental Motor Convoy on the road through Carson City. It looks at the romance and politics of the central overland route through Carson City.
- ESSAYS BY CW BAYER are rambling, incoherent thoughts that might be of interest.
CW & DR. SPITMORE, honky tonk guitar and jug. Swingy, western, twangy, fun. The guitar– tin can National. The big jug–thrift store special. CW is so old school he’s almost fashionable. Learning guitar during the folk scare of the mid-60s, he has traipsed the by-ways of the silver state writing songs about dust devils and wild women. DR. SPITFIRE brings an impeccable attention to detail and tone borne of his many years as a performer of Baroque music. His favorite jug is the one that works. Regulars at the Genoa Cowboy Festival, the Ponderosa Saloon in Virginia City, Bodie Days, Comma Coffee, The Third St. Farmer’s Market…perfect for bankruptcies, wakes and foreclosures! Look for them in all the best saloons, honky-tonks and outdoor markets. See the boys at:
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