Frontierado

15 Jun 19
Balladeer's Blog

With the Frontierado Holiday coming up in just over a month and a half, Balladeer’s Blog decided to whet readers’ appetites with this look at a gritty cable western series based on the real-life gunslinger turned artist Kid Russell (Charles Marion Russell). As always, Frontierado is about the myth of the American West, not the […]

01 Feb 19
Balladeer's Blog

With President’s Day approaching here’s the first of many seasonal posts. John Adams called the Vice Presidency “the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived.” A very old joke went “Once there were two brothers. One ran away to sea and the other became Vice President. Neither was ever heard from again.” […]

24 Dec 18
Balladeer's Blog

Balladeer’s Blog’s retrospective of the Best of 2018 rolls along with this look at August’s Best. BOONE MAY: NEGLECTED GUNSLINGER – The three-day Frontierado Holiday Weekend kicked off with this look at the underrated gunslinger Daniel Boone May, better known as just Boone May. Calling someone “the deadliest gun in the Dakotas” makes people think […]

20 Dec 18
Balladeer's Blog

Balladeer’s Blog continues its retrospective of The Best of 2018 with this look at July’s Best. MAVERICK (1994): MOVIE REVIEW – Frontierado was fast approaching when I posted this review of the 1994 film version of the James Garner television series Maverick. Virtually no movie adaptations of tv shows do real justice to their source […]

21 Nov 18
Balladeer's Blog

For this holiday week Balladeer’s Blog is focusing on topics that are seasonal. This time around it’s bad movies and hilariously lame educational shorts that have a specific Thanksgiving theme. As always my Bad Movie page contains full-length reviews of the films I’m offering a brief synopsis of here. BLOOD FREAK (1972) – This movie […]

03 Aug 18
Balladeer's Blog

BOONE MAY – We ring down the curtain on another Frontierado holiday with this look at neglected gunslinger Daniel Boone May, better known as just Boone May. Daniel Boone May was born in Missouri in 1852 and raised on the family farm in Kansas following a move around 1860. In the early 1870s Boone headed […]

03 Aug 18
Balladeer's Blog

IT’S THE FIRST FRIDAY OF AUGUST, MEANING IT’S FRONTIERADO! NOW CELEBRATED ON SIX CONTINENTS! The joyous day is here at last so let’s enjoy our meals of buffalo meat, Tumbleweed Pizzas, Southwest Fried Rice, corn on the cob, Cactus Salad, mashed potatoes and Western Spaghetti ! Later we can wash down some Deuces Wilds (Red or […]

01 Aug 18
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The Frontierado holiday is Friday, August 3rd! GUNPLAY MAXWELL – This neglected gunslinger was born in Boston, MA as James Otis Bliss circa 1860. When he was 15 years old he got into a fight with a friend at a Boston tavern and shot him to death. Fleeing authorities the young man headed west and began […]

31 Jul 18
Balladeer's Blog

Frontierado will be here this Friday and who DOESN’T love a 3-day weekend with Friday off instead of Monday! Two days to recover from all your Frontierado parties and cook-outs and late-night movie marathons! Here’s another song for the season. It’s the extended version of Maverick Didn’t Come Here To Lose from the telefilm Bret […]

29 Jul 18
Balladeer's Blog

Frontierado is coming up this Friday, August 3rd. The holiday celebrates the myth of the Old West, not the grinding reality. With just a few days remaining until the big day I’ll be squeezing in some last seasonal posts. Part of the appeal of old west gunslingers lies in their catchy nicknames. I’ve covered all […]

27 Jul 18
Balladeer's Blog

  Here’s a refresher on the rules for Frontierado Poker, the game that is strictly my own invention, to be played on Frontierado (the first Friday of every August). 1. Remove all face cards from the deck. The game is played with a 40-card deck. 2. Every player antes up. (I’m not advocating gambling. You can […]

27 Jul 18
Balladeer's Blog

JUST ONE WEEK UNTIL FRONTIERADO! As always Frontierado is about celebrating the myth of the Wild West and not the grinding reality. Part of the fun each year is an examination of neglected gunslingers from the 1800s.  The likes of Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday, Calamity Jane and Jesse James have been the subject of […]

25 Jul 18
Balladeer's Blog

Frontierado is coming up on Friday, August 3rd. For the holiday season here is another “Frontierado Carol.” It’s Linda Ronstadt with Desperado. 

20 Jul 18
Balladeer's Blog

With Frontierado coming up on Friday August 3rd here’s another song for the season. It’s Jon Bon Jovi with Billy Get Your Guns from the Young Guns II soundtrack. 

15 Jul 18
Balladeer's Blog

With the Frontierado Holiday coming up on Friday, August 3rd here’s another song and video appropriate to the season. It’s Bon Jovi’s Blaze of Glory from Young Guns II. 

09 Jul 18
Balladeer's Blog

Recently I reviewed the 1994 movie Maverick since Frontierado is coming up on Friday, August 3rd. Here’s the Clint Black song and official video for Good Run of Bad Luck complete with scenes from the Maverick movie. 

07 Jul 18
Balladeer's Blog

FRONTIERADO IS COMING UP ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 3rd! As always the Frontierado holiday (now celebrated on 6 continents) is about the myth of the Wild West, not the grinding reality. It’s just like the way medieval festivals celebrate the era’s romantic aspects, not “the violence inherent in the system” (for my fellow Monty Python fans). […]