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June 2012 - Vol 4, Issue 6
In This Issue
Feature Story: Me and the Music, by Don Hedgpeth
Featured Photo: Pictorial View of Western Americana....Featuring Myron Beck
Linda's Feed Bag: Rosemary-Pepper Beef Rib Roast for Father's Day
From Our Sponsors
In The News: Brian Lebel's 23rd Annual Old West Show & Auction
Show Dealer Spotlight: Darryl Abernathy - Sonora West Trading
Expressions: Reel Cowboys of Western Cinema, by Gary Eugene Brown
Upcoming Events: Don't miss these upcoming Western and Native American events

Feature Story
Photos of Don Hedgpeth with his guitarMe and the Music


By Don Hedgpeth       



My Daddy came home from World War II with an arch top Gretsch guitar. He knew and could play and sing most all of the songs that were on the radio back then by the Hanks (Williams, Thompson and Snow), Ernest Tubb and he particularly liked Red Foley. Some of my earliest memories are of the West Texas beer joints and honkytonks where Daddy fronted a four-piece country band called the Ross City Wranglers. Saturday nights were family affairs in those places. Kids could run and play in the unpaved parking lot, and wander in and out of the dance halls to listen to the music.

I also remember the nights we would have company come to visit, or go to someone else's house. The men usually sat in the kitchen playing music and drinking beer. The women sat and talked in another room. All those houses seemed the same: just small shotgun shacks that were the common accommodation all over the West Texas oil fields.

Featured Photography by Myron Beck

Cowboy on horse looking back
Through his photos, award winning photographer Myron Beck (Los Angeles, CA) inspires us to dream and embrace the beauty that surrounds us in the people we see, the environments in which we thrive and the diverse cultures that enrich our lives. www.myronbeck.com

Did You Know?

1. San Ildefonso is one of the eight Northern Pueblos, located south of Santa Clara, well known for red and black pottery, especially for black on black technique.

2. Lewis and Clark never knew it, but the Spanish sent out four expeditions between August, 1804 and August, 1806 to try and stop them. However, they failed in their mission as they were consistently turned back by the Indians. However, on one occasion they came close - near Red Cloud, Nebraska they were within 140 miles.  

3. Cradleboard is a wooden frame worn on the back, used by North American Indian women for carrying an infant.

If you have some interesting tidbits that you would like to share, send them to SmokeSignals@highnoon.com

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Linda's Feed Bag
 Linda's Father, Harold Goldstein
Father's Day: Give him beef! (and mashed potatoes - add a green vegetable, your choice)

To the right: my father.... 

Beef Rib Roast
(For the FATHER in your life) 

Ingredients:Delicious Prime Rib Dinner
cup chopped fresh Rosemary
3 tbs ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning. Coarse is better than fine
3 tbs olive oil
One 6-rib standing beef rib roast (14-16 lbs) - ask the butcher to leave " fat cap on the meat
3 tbs butter
1 medium shallot - chopped fine
2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
cup dry red wine
1 qt beef stock  (or canned broth - low sodium)
cup sherry vinegar
4 Thyme sprigs
1 oz dried porcini mushrooms (1 cup) ground to powder in a spice grinder or blender

1. Combine rosemary, 3 tbs black pepper, oil and rub over the roast.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.
2. Put a large roasting pan in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375. Be sure the roast sits at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
3. Season the roast with salt and place in the pan, fat side down.  Roast 30 minutes. Turn it over (fat side up) and cook 350 for approx 3 hours. If your oven is not even, be sure to rotate the pan a couple of times.
4. Insert a thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. It should register 130 for medium-rare. Transfer to carving board and let it rest for around 20 minutes. DO NOT PICK AT IT- that's cheating.
5. In a saucepan, melt butter, add shallot, garlic and cook until lightly browned. Add the wine and boil for 2 minutes. Add the stock, vinegar and thyme and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat for about 20 minutes. It will reduce somewhat. Whisk in porcini powder and simmer 1 minute. Cover, remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with meat.

Serve with mashed potatoes. Not just meek, bland mashed potatoes. Add the High Noon logofollowing for 6 pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks and boiled for 20 minutes and drained and mashed:

4 tbs butter
1 cup low-fat sour cream
1 tsp black pepper
6 tbs finely chopped chives
2/3 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (just buy it grated - do not bother taking the time to grate it yourself!)

Give Dad a "cold one" and show him some love!


Help us "Put on the Feed Bag!" Appetize us with your favorite cowboy cuisine. Send us a recipe or culinary creation - keeping the traditions of the American West alive is about the great food too! From ribs to rhubarb, campfire food to a great bowl of chili - we Wild West epicureans want to know.
Submissions welcome at SmokeSignals@highnoon.com.

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In The News

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1 Exciting Weekend 

Antique and Contemporary Western Shopping Weekend at Brian Lebel's 23rd Annual Old West Show & Auction
On June 22-24, 2012, Brian Lebel's Old West Show returns to the Denver Merchandise Mart Expo Building for its annual weekend dealer show and sale. Once a small event in Cody, Wyoming, the Denver Old West Show now boasts over 200 dealers and exhibitors from around the world. Thousands attend to buy, sell, and trade authentic Cowboy and Indian art, artifacts, collectibles and fine merchandise. Museums, authors and non-profits round-out the exhibitors. Saturday night features the Denver Old West Auction, 400 lots of fine Western art and artifacts.

Visit the website or facebook page for details, discount coupons and catalog sales.

Show Dealer Spotlight

Photo of Larry Peck

Darryl Abernathy 

Sonora West Trading, Payson, AZ

"I may have a '9-5' job, but I eat, sleep and drink the Cowboy and Indian thing..."

by Jayne Skeff


It was his '9-5' that had me feeling like a stalker trying to wrangle him in for an interview. After several reschedules, we finally got it done and he was so much fun to talk to!

Intrigued at first without knowing what his '9-5' was, he began by saying, "everyday I wake up wondering what I'll find today." But as the conversation went on, turns out he has the perfect job to continue his hunt. More on that a bit later...

Let's go way back (well, not that far, Darryl's only in his 40s). "When I was a little kid growing up near Longmont, Colorado, there was this little Indian trading post near us where I used to spend a lot of time. This is where I got my first taste of Western stuff. I just loved it then as I do now."

Photo of Gary Brown on Horsebak
Reel Cowboys of Western Cinema
A Century of Silver Screen Heroes on Horseback

By Gary Eugene Brown

A continuing series on the leading men who made western films a special art form. Many, in the beginning, had been actual working cowboys; while others were accomplished actors who applied their craft in such a manner as to appear as though they had just rode into Hollywood on horseback. This is the story of one of them.


When two of the most respected cowboy icons pay homage to a former stage actor from the Bronx, one takes notice. Will Rogers said Harry Carey "was the most human and natural of the Western actors." John Wayne hailed him as "the greatest Western actor of all time." In addition, the legendary director John Ford who once remarked "[Harry] Carey was a great actor," dedicated his 1948 film, Three Godfathers to "Harry Carey - the Bright Star of the early Western Sky." However, if it wasn't for Harry Carey, we might not have heard of John Ford. The story begins in New York City on January 16, 1878.

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Upcoming Events

NOW Until July 8, 2012  Arizona's Pioneering Women: Early Women Artists (1905-1945)  Prescott, AZ 

NOW Until September 2, 2012  Bolo Tie Exhibit at the Heard Museum  Phoenix, AZ

NOW Thru September 17, 2012  Extraordinary Animals Revisited  Phoenix, AZ 

NOW Thru November 2012  Many Mexicos: Vista de la Frontera  Tucson, AZ  

NOW Thru November 30, 2012  Birds and Beasts in Beads: 150 Years of Iroquois Beadwork  Howes Cave, NY
June 16-17, 2012 
Plains Indian Museum Powwow  Cody, WY 

June 22-24, 2012  Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction  Denver, CO

June 23-24, 2012  Al Shelton Open House and Sale  Studio City, CA 

June 28 - July 4, 2012  Prescott Frontier Days  Prescott, AZ  

July 11-14, 2012  Rodeo Clown Reunion  Sheridan, WY 

July 13-15, 2012  Taste of Dallas  Dallas, TX 

July 19-22, 2012  California Rodeo Salinas  Salinas, CA

July 27-29, 2012  77th Annual Durango Fiesta Days  Durango, CO  

July 28, 2012  Day of the Cowboy & Cowgirl at the Autry  Los Angeles, CA 

July 28, 2012  National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration, Malibu Dude Ranch  Milford, PA 

July 28-29, 2012  Oxnard Salsa Festival  Oxnard, CA 

August 1-4, 2012  5th Annual Wild West History Association Roundup  Prescott, AZ 

August 3-5, 2012  The Great Southwestern Antique Show  Albuquerque, NM 

August 3-5, 2012  Oregon Jamboree  Sweet Home, OR 

August 9-11, 2012  29th Annual Antique Ethnographic Art Show  Santa Fe, NM 

August 11-12, 2012  Auction in Santa Fe  Santa Fe, NM 

August 12-14, 2012  34th Annual Antique Indian Art Show  Santa Fe, NM 

August 16-18, 2012  15th Annual National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo  Kanab, UT    

August 24-26, 2012  Vaquero Heritage Days  San Juan Bautista, CA 

September 6-9, 2012  20th Annual Western Design Center  Jackson Hole, WY 

September 6-9, 2012  United Tribes International Powwow  Bismark, ND 

September 13-15, 2012  Crow & Cheyenne Indian Art Symposium  Billings, MT 

September 15-16, 2012  Fiestas Patrias California  Los Angeles, CA 

September 19-22, 2012  Rendezvous Royal  Cody, WY

September 21-23, 2012  2012 International Iroquois Beadwork Conference  Howes Cave, NY  

October 6-7, 2012  Will James Society 20th Gather  Elko, NV 

October 12, 2012  Traditional Cowboy Arts Association 14th Annual Sale & Exhibition  Oklahoma City, OK 

October 12-13, 2012  Cowboy Artists of America 47th Annual Sale & Exhibition  Oklahoma City, OK 

October 13-14, 2012  The Golden California Antiques Show  Glendale, CA 

October 19, 2012  Buckaroo Bash  Indianapolis, IN

October 25-28, 2012  10th Annual Southeastern Cowboy Festival and Symposium  Cartersville, GA

October 31 - November 4, 2012  Heber City's Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Buckaroo Fair  Heber City, UT  

November 30 - December 2, 2012  Monterey Cowboy Poetry & Music Festival  Monterey, CA

December 6-16, 2012  Country Christmas  Las Vegas, NV

January 26-27, 2013  High Noon Western Americana Antique Show & Auction  Mesa, AZ  


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Our magazine was founded in 2010 from our desire to share thoughts and facts with and from our High Noon family. We write about what we know (cowboy and Indian artifacts), highlight dealers and collectors, their thoughts and memories. We also love to feed our readers with great recipes. We offer free western music, a look at factoids intrinsic to our interests, give you insight into the newest books and tell you what is going on across the United States.

And hopefully we educate along the way.

Linda Kohn Sherwood, Editor

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