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The Cowboy Up Podcast

39 EpisodesProduced by Russell True and Alan DayWebsite

Dude rancher Russell True and cowboy H. Alan Day team up in Tucson, Arizona to talk all things Western. They'll share adventures from the range, from the seat of a plane's cockpit, from the back of a horse. (You may wonder how they lived to tell their tales!) And they'll have a roundup of guests, … read more

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E39: Mustang Saviors: Inspiring New Documentary

April 9th, 2021


Director and producer David Glossberg never anticipated making a documentary about wild mustangs and military vets. But when he learned about the high suicide rate of veterans and how wild mustangs have been helping …

E38: The Authentic Western Life

April 1st, 2021


Mark Bedor returns to the ranch to talk all things western. Mark is the host and director of the TV show, “Today’s Wild West,” a half-hour magazine show that combines his experience as a television news anchor and …

E37: Writing the Frontier with Nancy E. Turner

March 26th, 2021


Arizona author Nancy E. Turner started college when her children were full-grown. After earning a triple major in creative writing, music and studio …

E36: Military Wives: Women Who Helped Settle the Frontier

March 19th, 2021


In honor of Women’s History Month, award-winning author and historian Jan Cleere joins Russell and Alan to discuss her new book Military Wives in Arizona Territory: A History of Women Who Shaped the Frontier. Most of …

E35: Horse Crazy in NYC and Around the World

March 13th, 2021


Sarah Maslin Nir, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and New York Times reporter, fell in with horses by age two. But growing up in New York City …

E34: Cowboy, Horse Lover, and Raconteur: Randall Dale

March 5th, 2021


What happens when three cowboys get together? Well, the stories start to flow, especially when all three were raised on Arizona ranches, are horse lovers to the core, and have written books about their adventures. So …

E33: Learning the Language of Horses

February 26th, 2021


Anna Twinney communicates with horses on a daily basis. The founder and owner of the Reach Out to Horses® program, Twinney takes horsemanship to a new level using body language, energy work, animal communication and …

E32: What’s the News in Loveland, CO?

February 19th, 2021


Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. Grass-fed cattle. Cutting-edge land conservation. Award-winning historical novel trilogoy. All good things, and all connected to the energy, passion and creativity of David M. Jessup. Give a …

E31: Lynn Downey: Author, Archivist, and Authentic “Dudine”

February 12th, 2021


Although Lynn Downey was raised around cowboys and horses, she never inherited the horse gene. Instead, she got the love-of-western-history gene. Russell and Alan chat with Lynn about her career curating and archiving …

E30: Tucson, AZ: Not Just for Horse Lovers

February 5th, 2021


Over the past decade, Tucson has become a literary hub. The Old Pueblo is now home to the Tucson Festival of Books, the 3rd largest book festival in the country. Hundreds of talented writers, including National Book …

E29: What Really Happened in Tombstone?

January 29th, 2021


On October 26, 1881, a gunfight between a group of lawmen and outlaw cowboys occurred at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, AZ. It lasted all of 30 seconds. The infamous shootout has been the basis for books, movies, and TV …

E28: Loop Rawlins, World Renown Trick Roper

January 22nd, 2021


Tucson native Loop Rawlins is one of the most versatile western performers in the world today. His act of trick roping, whip cracking and fancy gun spinning thrilled audiences in Vegas  and national sports stadiums, at …

E27: Meet the Inimitable Bob Boze Bell

January 15th, 2021


He’s an illustrator, an author, a storyteller extraordinaire. He’s written a book about Wyatt Earp and three books about Billy the Kid. He grew up in Kingman, AZ along Route 66 and currently is the owner and editor of …

E26: Guns of the Old West

January 7th, 2021


Russell and Alan chat with two gun experts and historians. From the pioneer days through the Civil War into the 20th century, the evolution of guns …

E25: It’s Here! It’s Here! It’s a New Year!

December 31st, 2020


Turn the calendar. Open the gate. And say hello to 2021! Russell and Alan review the challenges of the past year and also challenges they’ve faced in the past. What does it take to get through tough times, as well as …

E24: The Equus Film & Arts Festival Rides Again!

December 24th, 2020


Lisa Diersen, Founder and Executive Director of the EQUUS Film & Arts Festival, and associate Julianne Neal make a virtual tour stop at the ranch …

E23: Meet Marshall Trimble: The Will Rogers of Arizona

December 17th, 2020


He’s an author, songwriter, storyteller, performer, cowboy, college prof, and Arizona’s own state historian. As the Arizona Historical Foundation’s …

E22: Holiday Traditions, Celebrations & Libations in the Old West

December 10th, 2020


‘Tis the season to celebrate, even in these crazy, strange times. But how have holiday celebrations evolved over the decades? Culinary and western …

E21: Where Cowboys and Celebrities Converge

December 4th, 2020


Alan and Russell talk with guest Bill Markley, a western writer and history buff, whose experience with Hollywood’s silver screen began where Alan’s …

E20: Cowboy Hats: Icons of the West

November 27th, 2020


Few westerners know hats better then master hatter Jimmy Harrison, fondly known as Jimmy “the hat man.” He’s been shaping and cutting down hats since he was young and in rodeo with his buddies. Eventually, he became the …

E19: Extraordinary Women of the Old West

November 20th, 2020


Russell and Alan chat with historian and author Chris Enss. Some of the most famous names in history, not to mention film and pop culture, populate …

E18: Remembering John Wayne

November 12th, 2020


In 1907 in the small town of Winterset, Iowa, Marion Robert Morrison was born. As an adult, he would change his name to John Wayne. A Hollywood …

E17: When Life Is Stranger than Fiction

November 4th, 2020


On a ranch, the unexpected is just part of life. You might say it’s the expected. From quirky individuals who move in as neighbors to horse wrecks and pickup wrecks, the unanticipated flavors ranch life with the kick of …

E16: A Travel Writer’s Take on Awesome Arizona

November 1st, 2020


Roger Naylor, an award-winning travel writer, avid hiker, and road trip junkie, joins Russell and Alan. Roger has been exploring and delighting in the Grand Canyon since he moved from Ohio to attend Northern Arizona …

E15: Cooking and Conversation on the Ranch and Over the Range

October 23rd, 2020


Russell and Alan enjoy learning from one another and sharing stories. One question remains. Should Alan's blue-ribbon beef jerky be renamed?

E 14: Captured on Camera

October 9th, 2020


Wild horses tend to be a shy bunch, but for photographer Jan Drake, they are beautiful and fascinating subjects. Jan joins Alan and Lynn Wiese Sneyd …

E13: Dude Ranching DNA

September 22nd, 2020


Dude ranching has been part of the western experience since the turn of the 20th century. Many of today’s dude ranches have stayed in the family for generations. Russell and Alan chat with Bryce Albright who, like …

E12: Gotta Love Your Mentors

September 12th, 2020


Ever have a mentor who impacted your life, a person who you’ll remember forever? Russell and Alan reflect on their mentors and offer up some inspiration and lessons to help us get through these crazy times. They also …

E11: How Many Hats Can A Cowboy Wear? Ask Ross Knox

September 7th, 2020


Ross Knox learned about life from the saddle. A wrangler, mule packer, leather braider, and renown cowboy poet, Knox offers up some western …

E10: Veterans, Their Families & Wild Mustangs

August 23rd, 2020


Deborah Plum, co-founder of Base Camp for Veterans, Inc., and Jeff Cook, wild mustang trainer at Dream Horse AZ, join Russell and Alan to talk about the unique program being offered to veterans and their families. At …

E9: The Lady Who Led the Way

August 13th, 2020


Alan shares more stories about his sister, Sandra Day O’Connor, the woman who started Stanford at age 16, graduated from law school at 22, found her …

E8: The Making of a Supreme Court Justice

August 9th, 2020


Ranch life is not the easiest. One thing it does, however, is build character. Alan reflects on how being raised on a cattle ranch in the hard-scrabble, high desert of Arizona influenced his sister, Sandra Day O'Connor, …

E7: Diana Madaras and the Spirit of Western Art

July 31st, 2020


Award-winning artist Diana Madaras is equally well known for her bold, colorful Southwest art as for her generous charitable giving. Diana owns

E6: Celebrate "The National Day of the Cowboy"

July 23rd, 2020


Guest host Lynn Wiese Sneyd talks with Bethany Braley, the executive director and publisher of National Day of the Cowboy, a non-profit dedicated to …

E5: Training, Adopting & Saving Wild Horses

July 17th, 2020


Russell and Alan talk with horse whisperer and author of Lessons from Horses Randy Helm about the future of America's wild horses. Alan shares how he came to start the first government-sponsored wild horse sanctuary in …

E4: Wild Horses and Inmates—Partners in Prison

July 10th, 2020


Russell and Alan invite Randy Helm to the ranch. An experienced horse whisperer, Randy is the supervisor of the Wild Horse Inmate Program (WHIP) at …

E3: For the Love of Horses

June 26th, 2020


Chess is a game. Tennis is a sport. But horse riding is an adventure. So mosey on over to the ranch and hear Russell and Alan who have over 100 years of experience and stories about loving, caring, grieving and riding …

E2: True Tales of the West with Guest Mark Bedor

June 20th, 2020


Russell and Alan chat with guest Mark Bedor, an avid horseman who wears many hats. Writer, photographer, news reporter, anchor, producer, author, musician and host of the TV show “Today’s Wild West” — Mark has done it …

E1: Raised a Cowboy, Always a Cowboy

June 12th, 2020


Meet Russell True and Alan Day, two cowboys who’ve lived big lives in big spaces. Russell grew up on White Stallion Dude Ranch in Tucson, AZ. Alan was raised on Lazy B, a 200,000-acre cattle ranch straddling the high …

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