Tami Jo Blake, Agri-News editor
“Wishing for more than the weekly dose of Ken Overcast you get from Agri-News? Then fix that itch with Ken’s book, Shootin’ the Breeze, Cowboy Style, a collection of 50 of his funniest, laugh-‘til-you-snort stories. With chapters like ‘Grandad’s Double Uddered Cow,” “Longhorn-Harley Davidson Cross,” “The Eye Patch Story,” and “Skunk Trappin’,” I promise you won’t be able to read just one.
Get a signed copy of “Shootin’” just like mine! Write to Bear Valley Records, PO Box 1542, Chinook, MT 59523 or call 406-357-3824 or visit https://kenovercast.com.
And while you’re orderin’, did you know that Ken is not only a humor columnist, but a singer and songwriter too? Hear his CD Montana In My Soul and you’ll believe it. Produced by Russ Ragsdale and recorded in Nashville, Ken’s music combines old-timey cowboy music with a 1970’s country feel. Complete with a saloon piano tinkering in the background, the CD incorporates banjo, steel guitar, accordion, and harmonica with Ken’s down-to-earth voice.
Eight of the songs on the album… like Kid Curry, and Too Far Back To Texas are written or arranged by Ken, and they’re mixed in with some best-loved cowboy originals like The Cowboy Blues and Lilly Dale (a duet with Joni Harms).
The right-out-of-the-1920’s Five Foot Two , complete with clarinet, will bring you to your feet! The sad, slow Mama Called Her Praise tells of how Ken’s daughter lost a baby. Ghost of Little Joe will make you shiver with its haunting final note. And Dancin’ and Dreamin’ will remind you how lucky you are to have someone to grow old with.
As Ken sings the title song: “If this ain’t cowboy heaven, boy it looks that way to me. They’ll never bury me back in Texas. This cowboy’s found his home. Jack rode back to Abilene, and Billy’s huntin’ gold, but I’ve got Montana in my soul.”