, music and histories by CW Bayer



CW’s SONG REVIVAL. CW performing original songs with old-school twang on National guitar and blues harmonica.-video slider above. Bring CW to your joint for some new vintage fun. Click on little boxes to go through the slider and see videos. Take These Blues From Me, Gonna Keep Me Warm, Magic Eyes, The Street Corner Blues–all ©2017 CW BAYER

SEEING THE ELEPHANT–CW’s gold rush song presentation. 11 songs with 11 stories. Based on extensive research, this musical exploration traces the origins and fate of the 49er phrase  “seeing the elephant”. Download “The Gold Rush Song Primer” for an abbreviated overview of the topic–the free book that goes with CW’s CD: A Gold Rush Song Sampler. Entertaining and informative, these songs and an understanding of their context are fundamental to the gold rush, western history and American culture.

THE STRYCHNINE BANJO. CW’s historical talk and slide show based on his book of this title. The 45 minute to one hour program uses slides as CW talk’s about the lives of Charley Rhoades and Jake Wallace as well as their song, the most important to emerge from the gold rush: “The Days of ’49”. A revealing look at show business in the far West as it actually occurred.

THE MAJOR AND THE GAMBLER. CW’s one man play outlining the creation of Nevada Territory. First Lucky Bill gives his version. Then Major Ormsby gives his version. The fundamental story of Nevada’s founding. Vigilantes. Intrique. Massacre. Gambling. Politics. Not to be missed!

THE HOBOES, old time music. Demon Dave on the Octaplex, Dr. Whackamore on the Bones and Ferd McGoo on the Gut Banjo. The Hoboes bring to wakes, foreclosures, bankruptcies and other holidays the unbridled simplicity, joy and extreme repetition of American Old Time Music.


  • Books & CDs:

  • The Nevada Collection. THREE GREAT HISTORY BOOKS at one reduced price–saving you money. See descriptions of these books below. DREAMING UP NEVADATERRTIROY, RHYMES FROM THE SILVER STATE & THE STRYCHNINE BANJO. To purchase The Nevada Collection, go to the MERCANTILE LINK

  • The Founding! “DREAMING UP NEVADA TERRITORYthe story of William Ormsby.” The founding story of Nevada Territory and of Carson City, its capital. The fundamental cultural and political history of early settlement efforts–full of drama, violence, intrigue and free-booting. Important to the early politics of the far West and the central overland road prior to the Civil War, Nevada and western history. About 39 pages. For copies, go to the MERCANTILE LINK . This book may be ordered for Kindle by clicking here.  (Note: This is a summary of the other book, PROFIT, PLOTS & LYNCHING–a more detailed and documented study of this history.)

  • Great Story! “THE STRYCHNINE BANJO-Jake Wallace, Charley Rhoades and ‘The Days of ’49′”.The story of the early far West’s most important banjoists and the song they created and popularized–the far West’s most significant 19th century mining song. This story is important to the history and culture of the far West! Amazing period quotes about music in gold rush California and Nevada. About 148 pages. For copies, go to the MERCANTILE LINK. This book may be ordered for Kindle by clicking here.

  • Lyrics! “RHYMES FROM THE SILVER STATE–historical lyrics.” The fundamental collection of Nevada lyrics–songs and poems–reflecting both the mining era, c.1854 to c.1905, and the sagebrush and pine era, 1905 to c.1932. Nothing defines the historical culture of the silver state better than these pieces. About 87 pages. Click on the MERCANTILE LINK and buy a copy.

  • Trucks! “TRUCK TRAIN THROUGH THE SAND–the story of the 1919 Transcontinental Motor Convoy on the road through Carson City.” The events, romance, steel and politics of the Lincoln Highway around the 1919 motor convoy as it encountered its most difficult stretch. Lots of great photos. About 47 pages. For copies, go to the MERCANTILE LINK. The book may be ordered for Kindle by clicking here.

  • Historical Music! THE GOLD RUSH SONG SAMPLER CD. Click here to download “THE GOLD RUSH SONG PRIMER”–a companion to CW’s CD: “A GOLD RUSH SONG SAMPLER”. That CD is available at the MERCANTILE LINK. The CD and PRIMER illustrate the progression of gold rush song from 1849 to 1868. Both contain offensive historical lyrics. CW is available to speak and present on this subject.

  • Old Timey Western Ditties! “SAGEBRUSH SONGS” CD. Decades of song writing by CW, rambling the silver state. For copies, go to the MERCANTILE LINK Listen below: a few of CW’s old timey western songs from his “Sagebrush Songs” CD:






CW & Dr. Spitmore:

Honky tonk guitar and jug. Swingy, western, twangy, fun. The guitar–a tin can 1930 National, the best. The big jug–thrift store special. CW is so old school he’s almost fashionable. Perfect for bankruptcies, wakes and foreclosures! See calendar below. Look for them in all the best saloons, honky-tonks and outdoor markets. Email:

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