A Comunity Reads Selection
Nationally released as an hour-long PBS special, Ranch Album celebrates rough country ranching in Northern Arizona. Season by season, the people of this film describe what they do and why they do it. In the process, they reveal a sense of something more important; a spirit and culture that have survived in the American west for a very long time. Included in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences/UCLA Film and Television Archives's survey of outstanding recent work in the documentary field.
*** I have a friend in Modesto that has had this video for a few years and we have all loved watching it over and over. It is wonderfully documented, like a national geographic special, with original music and real ranch cowboys and their wives and children. Excellent for family viewing, school reports, show and tell. Great gift for a child who loves to watch other children riding horses and roping and branding in real life, humbly and authentically, helping their parents. Also, great talk-overs, interviews by the real cowboys and their families.
Gail Steiger is a songwriter, filmmaker, and cowboy who has been the foreman of remote Spider Ranch in Yavapai County, Arizona since 1995.
He is a frequent performer at the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering and at the Western Folklife Center's National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. His acclaimed Ranch Album film, released in 1988, is recognized as one of the best portrayals of modern cowboy and ranching life on film. nty, Arizona since 1995.
A CD of his music, The Romance of Western Life, earned praise from Cowboy Magazine editor Darrell Arnold, who wrote his music is "... like listening to Bob Dylan if Dylan had been a working cowboy...the lyrics are so beautifully descriptive of daily cowboy life...These are cowboy feelings, simple and profound."
Steiger is the grandson of Delia Gist Gardner and Gail I. Gardner. His recitation of Delia Gist Gardner's poem, "Hail and Farwell," is included on The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Two. His recitation of Gail Gardner's poem, "The Dude Wrangler," is included on The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Four. Notes Courtesy of http://www.cowboypoetry.com/