CW AND DR. SPITMORE would make a great addition to your western BBQ. Email for info.
See the CDs listed at right. And, 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)
- Click on this title to download “THE GOLD RUSH SONG PRIMER”–a companion to CW’s “A GOLD RUSH SONG SAMPLER”. This is a discussion and CD illustrating the progression of gold rush song, accompanied on 1860s gut-strung banjo. Both contain offensive historical lyrics. CW is available to speak and present on this subject. For a detailed history of gold rush music including the sources, go to the MERCANTILE link and buy a copy of THE STRYCHNINE BANJO-Jake Wallace, Charley Rhoades and “The Days of ’49”, 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.
- DREAMING UP NEVADA TERRITORY–the story of William Ormsby, the founding story of Nevada and of Carson City, its capital.
- RHYMES FROM THE SILVER STATE–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– 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.
- TRUCK TRAIN THROUGH THE SAND–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–rambling, incoherent thoughts that might be of interest.
- THE CELTIC HARP AT STONEHENGE, book. Go to http://www.cruit.info
A few of CW’s old timey western songs, from his cd, SAGEBRUSH SONGS:
PASSIN” THRU ©2016 CW BAYER
GIVE ME STARS IN THE DESERT SKY ©2016 CW BAYER
LOUIE THE HORSE ©2016 CW BAYER
TWILIGHT ON THE SAGEBRUSH ©2016 CW BAYER
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. SPITMORE 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:
Visit the links. All about CW’s presentations, books. etc. Lots of songs by CW.