We share our 2021 recommendations for musicians, writers, entertainers, and podcasters who possess a common trait: unmistakable authenticity.
The Gospel According To Paul Cauthen
The (mostly, probably) reformed ex-con who turned 20 behind bars and had a hit with “Cocaine Country Dancing” transformed from pot slinger to righteous outlaw singer. Plus, Cauthen- and C&I-approved country singers.
Indigenous American Music Makers
Add these artists to your New Year playlist, from Americana blues musician and enrolled Crow tribal member Cary Morin to First Nations DJ collective A Tribe Called Red.
Western Stories To Watch
Fill your marathon lineup with exciting features like Nomadland (starring Frances McDormand) and News of the World (starring Tom Hanks) as well as streaming selections like Disney Plus’ The Mandalorian and Netflix’s Concrete Cowboy (starring Idris Elba).
Western Yarns And True Tales
Make some room on that bookshelf for editor picks including a biography of Shawnee brothers Tecumseh and Tenskwatawa, Craig Johnson’s latest Walt Longmire novel, and a what-if romp about Wild West outlaw Billy the Kid.
This year, we’re shining our literary light on Indigenous writers Joy Harjo (Muscogee Nation), Kelli Jo Ford (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), and Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa).
For Your Podcast Pleasure
Whether in the car, in the office, or in the saddle, queue up enlightening and entertaining podcasts like Canada’s Unreserved and nostalgic Bonanas for Bonanza.
From our January 2021 issue.