Best Dispersed Camping in Colorado

Best Dispersed Camping in Colorado

At the Grizzly Rose, we pride ourselves on offering the best Country music the state of Colorado has to offer. But beyond our walls, the state has plenty to love, with most of them being natural wonders. And if you want to experience the natural beauty of Colorado fully, you need to go camping. Campsites are fine, but if you’re going to get to truly know Colorado while saving money, you should look into dispersed camping. Dispersed camping means taking on extra responsibility, but the rewards can be great. To help you get the most out of your experience, we’ve looked far and wide for some of the best dispersed camping areas in Colorado.

Bill Moore Lake

Bill Moore Lake Dispersed Camping

This Lake’s dispersed camping spots are some of the closest to Denver, but that doesn’t mean it’s the easiest to get to. You also need to bring a 4-wheel drive vehicle with decent clearance because the roads around this area can get pretty steep. People who make it to the lake in time to snag a spot will be rewarded with some truly breathtaking views. If you’ve got a Jeep or another 4X4 vehicle and you’re looking for a scenic drive, then you can use your campsite as a jumping off point for exploring the Empire Loop, a collection of trails that offers a lot of excitement and beautiful views without getting too tricky.

Highway 67 – Platte River

Platter River Dispersed Camping

This spot is a few miles farther away from Denver than Bill Moore Lake, but it’s a more leisurely drive. It’s well known to Denver residents who want to get to their dispersed camping site as quick as possible. This convenience is its biggest strength and weakness. Even though there are plenty of places to camp along Highway 67, it can get crowded quickly, especially during peak vacation times. If you want an isolated camping experience, you might want to look elsewhere, but if convenience is a priority, then this is a great place to be. Besides, even when there are lots of campers along the road, you don’t have to hike for long to find some peace and quiet. The nearby Platte River means that it’s also a convenient place for fishing, tubing, or just cooling off on a hot summer day.

Lost Lake Trail

Lost Lake Dispersed Camping Colorado

This spot is the place to be for anyone who wants a trip that combines hiking with camping. To begin with, if you’re going to camp here, you need to be ready to do a bit of hiking. To get here, you have to start at Hessie Trailhead, go down Thumb Trail $902, and turn south at Lost Lake Trail #813 to arrive at the lake. It’s almost 2 miles between Hessie and where the campsites on Lost Lake start, and you’ll have to carry anything you want at your campsite. You should also know to head out early, there are only eight designated spots you can camp at, and they can fill up quick during peak season. But if you’re looking for a campsite on a lake and easy access to some of the state’s best hiking, then a little hiking is a small price to pay.

Guenella Pass

Guenella Pass Dispersed Camping

If the “Mile High City” isn’t giving you the elevation you need then you can climb up even higher to camp at Guenella Pass. Just an hour from Denver down I-70 you’ll find a chance to camp amongst the clouds and bighorn sheep. Be aware that the roads are closed during the winter when the snow shuts down the pass. But from the End of may up through November, this is a great camping destination. Things can get windy on the pass, but when you look up at the night sky, you get a chance to see the stars the way they were meant to be seen. After a clear night on Guenella Pass, you’ll never look at the sky the same way again!

Montezuma Road

Montezuma Road Dispersed Camping

Two miles outside the town of Montezuma you can park along the Montezuma Road and enjoy camping during the summer months. Once upon a time, you could camp here all year long, but camping season is now limited to May through October. Still, this is plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful campsites here. The Snake River runs parallel to Montezuma Road, so no matter where you set up camp you shouldn’t be too far from the water. RVs can be brought, but the maximum length allowed is 25 feet. Anything larger has to be taken elsewhere. No matter where you camp you should be sure to clean up after yourself, but it’s especially important here. Camping here has been shut down because of bears attracted by food left by campers, so for the sake of yourself and others, you should always keep a tidy campsite.

Boating Lakes in Colorado

There’s nothing quite like spending the day on a boat out on a lake. Whether you’re planning on fishing, exploring, or relaxing you can find what you’re looking in Colorado’s beautiful lakes. The state is home to more than 4,000 lakes that cover almost 250,000 acres, so lake lovers in Colorado have plenty of options to choose from. But to save you time we’ve looked the best lakes in Colorado for boating. These six lakes have something for every boating enthusiast, from beginners looking to rent a boat to boat owners who practically live on the lake. Read on, and you’ll find a lake that suits your needs.

Chatfield Reservoir

Chatfield Reservoir Colorado Boating

  • Surface Area: 1,500 acres
  • Lowest Depth: 154 feet
  • Miles from Denver: 20 miles

While Colorado is home to plenty of natural lakes, you’ll find that some of the best places to go boating are the state’s human-made reservoir. The Chatfield Reservoir, also known as Chatfield lake, was created by the Army Corps in 1966 to help control flooding in the area. But a happy side effect of this decision was the creation of one of the state’s best boating destinations. Anyone who wants to go out on the lake or bring their own boat or rent boats on site. The Chatfield Marina handles motorized boats while Colorado Water Sports rents smaller, human-powered boats. The area is currently being updated to expand the size of the lake and bring its facilities into the 21st century. The changes will add 500 more acres to its surface area and 12 feet to its depth. In summation, the Chatfield Reservoir is a great place to visit now and it looks like it’s going to keep getting better as it grows in the coming years.

Grand Lake

Grand Lake Colorado Boating

  • Surface Area: 507 acres
  • Lowest Depth: 265 feet
  • Miles from Denver: 100 miles

If you’re looking for a large and yet completely natural lake, then Grand Lake is the place to be in Colorado. This glacial lake is the largest natural lake in Colorado in terms of surface area, depth, and total water volume. The lake itself is gorgeous, but the scenery surrounding the lake is just as beautiful. The lake is situated in Rocky Mountain National Park, and so you can always look out over the waters and see gorgeous mountains rising up above the blue depths of Grand Lake. Anyone who doesn’t have their own boat can rent or charter a boat at the Grand Lake Marina. So whether you’re an experienced boat owner or looking to go out for the first time, Grand Lake is a fantastic boating destination.

Cherry Creek Reservoir

Cherry Creek Reservoir Boating in Colorado

  • Surface Area: 850 acres
  • Lowest Depth: 46 feet
  • Miles from Denver: 10 miles

Anyone looking for boating excitement close to Denver should seriously consider a trip to Cherry Creek Reservoir. This lake combines size and convenience. It can take less than 20 minutes to get from downtown Denver to this 3.25-mile long lake. Cherry Creek Reservoir as we know it today was created when the Cherry Creek Dam was created in 1950. Rental pontoons are available at The Marina at Cherry Creek, alongside non-motorized options for people who want to take things a little slower.

Granby Lake

Lake Granby Colorado Boating

  • Surface Area: 7,250 acres
  • Lowest Depth: 221 feet
  • Miles from Denver: 90 miles

With a shore that stretches on for 40 miles and a total surface area of more than 7,000 acres, Lake Granby is truly a sight to behold. The modern Lake Granby was created along with the Granby Dam in 1950, but the lake had a boating presence even before it grew with the dam’s creation. Since 1902 the lake has been home to the Lake Granby Yacht club. The club is home to Colorado’s most committed sailboat racers. If you’re not looking to join a yacht club, you can rent or charter a boat at the Indian Peaks Marina, Beacon Landing Marina, or Highland Marina. With a lake the size of Lake Granby, there are plenty of options to choose from!

Sloan’s Lake

Sloans Lake Colorado Boating

  • Surface Area: 177 acres
  • Lowest Depth: 8 feet
  • Miles from Denver: 0 miles

Most of the time you have to leave the big city to experience true boating, but Denver is one of the few major landlocked cities where you can have some serious boating fun. Sloan’s lake is one of the only options for boating in Denver where boating enthusiasts can head out on both motorized and non-motorized boats. The boating season usually lasts from the first of April until the first of November, but anyone interested in boating on Sloan lake should check in advance because these dates are subject to change depending on the circumstances. The lake is relatively small and shallow, reaching only 8 feet of depth! Still, boating may be possible as long as proper arrangements are made with the Sloan’s Lake Boating office.

Shadow Mountain Lake

Shadow Mountain Lake Colorado Boating

  • Surface Area: 1,345 acres
  • Lowest Depth: 24 feet
  • Miles from Denver: 100 miles

The lake is named after the mountain that overlooks it, Shadow Mountain. There’s something magical about boating under the watchful eye of that majestic mountain. It’s the sister lake of Grand Lake, and the two bodies of water are continuous, with nothing but a few gates separating the two. Still, the Shadow Mountain Lake has a character all its own. It’s much larger than Grand Lake, though the water is more shallow. Its spaciousness means there’s plenty of room to stretch out and explore even in the busy season. Anyone who wants to rent a boat on Shadow Mountain Lake can do so at the Trail Ridge Marina since boats rented on the Grand Lake side cannot be taken over into the Shadow Mountain Area.

Most Popular Music Genre by State

Most Popular Music Genre by State

One of the things that makes America great is how diverse it is. While Americans share many things, collectively there are also plenty of distinctions between different regions. This is very apparent when you look at musical tastes. You can learn a lot about the different states by looking at their favorite genres and favorite artists, so that’s exactly what we’ll do.

Before we look at the findings, it’s important to note that the way that such information is gathered influences the result. The sort of songs popular on streaming sites like Spotify aren’t necessarily the types of songs popular on the radio. To get the most widely representative results, we’ll be looking at both the top genres in terms of live performances and the most popular musicians according to Pandora 2017 streaming numbers. Finally, to give you a taste of the music each state has individually produced we’ll look at the most popular bands that have come from each state. A handful of artists from major metropolitan areas might dominate the top of the charts at any given moment, but that doesn’t mean that each and every state hasn’t contributed their own unique artists to America’s musical tapestry.

With all that out of the way, let’s take a closer look at America’s musical landscape.

Best Music Genre by State

Alabama

  • Most popular genre: Country
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Kevin Gates
  • Most famous homegrown band: Alabama

Alaska

  • Most popular genre: Country
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Eminem
  • Most famous homegrown band: Portugal. The Man

Arizona

  • Most popular genre: Metal
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Alice Cooper

Arkansas

  • Most popular genre: Country
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Kevin Gates
  • Most famous homegrown band: Evanescence

California

  • Most popular genre: Pop
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: The Grateful Dead

Colorado

  • Most popular genre: Indie
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: OneRepublic

Connecticut

  • Most popular genre: Metal
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: The Carpenters

Delaware

  • Most popular genre: Classic Rock
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Florida

  • Most popular genre: Alternative
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Georgia

  • Most popular genre: Classic Rock
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Future
  • Most famous homegrown band: OutKast

Each State Most Popular Genre

Hawaii

  • Most popular genre: Rhythm and Blue
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Bruno Mars
  • Most famous homegrown band: Pepper

Idaho

  • Most popular genre: Country
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Eminem
  • Most famous homegrown band: Built to Spill

Illinois

  • Most popular genre: Classic Rock
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Earth, Wind & Fire

Indiana

  • Most popular genre: Classic Rock
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Jackson 5

Iowa

  • Most popular genre: Indie
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Slipknot

Kansas

  • Most popular genre: Metal
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Kansas

Kentucky

  • Most popular genre: Classic Rock
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Kevin Gates
  • Most famous homegrown band: My Morning Jacket

Louisiana

  • Most popular genre: Classic Rock
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Kevin Gates
  • Most famous homegrown band: The Neville Brothers

Maine

  • Most popular genre: Alternative
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Eminem
  • Most famous homegrown band: Rustic Overtones

Maryland

  • Most popular genre: Indie
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: The Orioles

Drake Most Popular Artist

Massachusetts

  • Most popular genre: Indie
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Aerosmith

Michigan

  • Most popular genre: Classic Rock
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: The Temptations

Minnesota

  • Most popular genre: Indie
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Prince and the Revolution

Mississippi

  • Most popular genre: Classic Rock
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Kevin Gates
  • Most famous homegrown band: 3 Doors Down

Missouri

  • Most popular genre: Classic Rock
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Ike & Tina Turner

Montana

  • Most popular genre: Alternative
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Eminem
  • Most famous homegrown band: Silkworm

Nebraska

  • Most popular genre: Country
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Bright Eyes

Nevada

  • Most popular genre: Electronic
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Imagine Dragons

New Hampshire

  • Most popular genre: Country
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Eminem
  • Most famous homegrown band: Aerosmith

New Jersey

  • Most popular genre: Classic Rock
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

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New Mexico

  • Most popular genre: Alternative
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: The Shins

New York

  • Most popular genre: Classic Rock
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: The Ramones

North Carolina

  • Most popular genre: Indie
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: The Charlie Daniels Band

North Dakota

  • Most popular genre: Metal
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Eminem
  • Most famous homegrown band: Bobby Vee & The Strangers

Ohio

  • Most popular genre: Country
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: The Isley Brothers

Oklahoma

  • Most popular genre: Metal
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: The Flaming Lips

Oregon

  • Most popular genre: Alternative
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: The Decemberists

Pennsylvania

  • Most popular genre: Country
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Hall & Oates

Rhode Island

  • Most popular genre: Indie
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Talking Heads

South Carolina

  • Most popular genre: Classic Rock
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Kevin Gates
  • Most famous homegrown band: Hootie and the Blowfish

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South Dakota

  • Most popular genre: Metal
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Eminem
  • Most famous homegrown band: The Spill Canvas

Tennessee

  • Most popular genre: Indie
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Kevin Gates
  • Most famous homegrown band: Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three

Texas

  • Most popular genre: Latin
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: ZZ Top

Utah

  • Most popular genre: Country
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Eminem
  • Most famous homegrown band: The Osmonds

Vermont

  • Most popular genre: Indie
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Eminem
  • Most famous homegrown band: Phish

Virginia

  • Most popular genre: Country
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Dave Matthews Band

Washington

  • Most popular genre: Indie
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Nirvana

West Virginia

  • Most popular genre: Country
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Asleep at the Wheel

Wisconsin

  • Most popular genre: Country
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Drake
  • Most famous homegrown band: Violent Femmes

Wyoming

  • Most popular genre: Indie
  • Most popular contemporary artist: Eminem
  • Most famous homegrown band: Teenage Bottlerocket

Best Genre by State Music

Analysis

The first thing that will jump out to just about anyone looking at this list is that while live tastes are diverse across the country the most popular artists tend to be rappers. Out of fifty states, only one gave the top spot to a singer, with Hawaii streaming Bruno Mars more than anyone else. Nielsen found that 2017 was the year where hip-hop became America’s leading genre, finally surpassing rock in terms of popularity.

While hip-hop and R&B are more dominant than ever the popularity of the genres are driven by streaming. That’s why they dominate the “contemporary artist” category but almost never show up when we look at most popular touring genres. Younger listeners are more likely to enjoy hip-hop and use streaming sites. Genres like rock and country are more likely to be enjoyed via radio, record, or live performance. According to a report from Nielsen Music, rock accounts for 40.1% of the total album sales even though it only accounts for 16% of total streams. On the other hand, kip-hop and R&B account for just 17% of total album sales while they captured 29.1% of the total streams.

Streaming numbers are also subject to frequent change. For example, Kevin Gates was at the height of his popularity when Pandora released its figures in mid-2017. But in the early months of 2018, it feels like Kevin Gates has dropped off the planet. It should also be noted that Eminem dominated ten states despite the fact that he hadn’t released a new album in years when the Pandora’s numbers were released. That speaks to his lasting power, something he shares with artists like Guns N’ Roses, U2, Metallica, and Garth Brooks, artists who dominated concert ticket sales even if they weren’t found at the top of the latest sales charts.

Music in America is currently in an interesting place. The internet has made it easier than ever for artists to release their music for the world to hear, but at the same time it can feel like a smaller group of artists is capturing the top of the charts. Still, when it comes to touring shows and local scenes rock and country musicians are helping to bring fans together all across the country. While the charts might be dominated by music that is streamed over phones and computers the local concert venues are packed with people looking for that classic combination of drums, a guitar, and a singer that can make them feel something.

Top 10 Rodeos in the USA

Best Rodeos

There’s nothing better than throwing on a good pair of boots and watching one of the most dangerous events around – the rodeo. Each year comes with a spectacular array of rodeo events you’d kick yourself in the rear for missing, but a very prominent question we get tends to be, “which ones are the best ones to see?” Well here’s a list of the top ten rodeos we feel are the best of the best; from singular rodeo events to full on jamborees we guarantee you’ll have a good time no matter which of these you attend!

10. The Reno Rodeo – Reno, NV

Saddle up and head to The Reno Rodeo for this 10 day event acclaimed as the Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West!

Like most other rodeos this one features many events to keep the whole family involved – even if the main rodeo attractions aren’t up their alley. The featured Cowboy Church has you covered for some away-from-home Sunday worship should you so choose.

You can take a look at the full list of events at the website listed below; so see for yourself just how incredible The Reno Rodeo is year after year.

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9. Prescott Frontier Days: World’s Oldest Rodeo – Prescott, AZ

Featuring eight world-class rodeo performances, the 188-year-old “World’s Oldest Rodeo” will be holding it’s 129th annual Fourth of July celebration!

This rodeo features wild horse races, an arts and crafts show as well as a kiddie parade; it never fails to bring a smile on the faces of the whole family. Anyone looking for a special night out with their significant other can even attend the Rodeo Dance!

For a more detailed list of activities and prices, see the event website below!

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8. Greeley Stampede – Greeley, CO

Each summer you can experience everything that the Greeley Stampede has to offer.

From rodeos and barrel events to a demolition derby and more – there’s guaranteed to be something for the entire family to see.

Even if someone coming along isn’t a big fan of rodeo themselves, there’s still the parade and the fireworks! Check out the detailed list of all upcoming events and ticket prices below.

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7. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – Houston, TX

For those of us unlucky enough to have never attended the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, it’s quite possibly one of the best rodeos to take your family to in Texas.

Filled with rodeos and events, the full celebration even has concerts and a carnival you can take the kids to for a day (or days) of fun and excitement.

In early spring you can experience a full slew of activities designed to keep you entertained! You can find all the information about this rodeo you need below:

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6. Pendleton Round-Up – Pendleton, OR

This is one rodeo designed to bring more of a Native American background to the audience.

Rest assured that the rodeo itself is amazing, but the addition of some light history is always fun to both see and hear. This is one rodeo event you’d definitely want to take the kids along to! For those that enjoy this true Midwestern feel, you can attend this year from September 14th through the 17th.

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5. Weekley Brothers Davie Pro Rodeo – Davie, FL

Finally, an event not being held in the Midwest makes it to our top ten list with the Davie Pro Rodeo in Davie, Florida. If you’re a true fan of rodeo then this is the one you want to see! While there are plenty of vendors with a great assortment of foods, there’s little more up the avenue of kids.

There is an upside though, rodeo events are held here throughout the year, so even if you miss one there’s still more right around the corner!

For ticket prices and other information about the Davey Pro Rodeo, you can find it on their website below.

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4. Cheyenne Frontier Days – Cheyenne, WY

If you haven’t had the pleasure of attending what’s been called “The Daddy of ‘Em All,” don’t worry! It’s an annual event filled with fun for the whole family, so even if you miss one year you’ll still be able to meet the next. This year it runs from July 22nd-31st (2016).

This rodeo is 10 days long filled with all the normal rodeo activities as well as a carnival for the kids, but there’s still plenty for the adults! Ten full days of activities, events, concerts, beer and some really juicy turkey legs will keep you coming back year after year for the premiere rodeo of the Midwest.

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3. Ellensburg Rodeo – Ellensburg, WA

Here’s an old rodeo that’s host to a slew of events on top of the existing fair that takes place at the same time. Ellensburg Rodeo lasts for five days and is generally held in the beginning of September every year.

If you’re looking for a great rodeo to take the whole family to – this is it. Opening with a parade, the Kittitas County Fair and even hosting the World Finale of PRCA’s Extreme Bulls Tour, Ellensburg is on a lot of “Must See” lists!

If you would like to see a detailed list of events and prices check out the links below.

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2. National Finals Rodeo – Las Vegas, NV

Can you imagine Las Vegas with a more Western feeling? All the fun of the normal nightlife mixed with some good old-fashioned country themes make this one of the best rodeos you could attend in the US. Even if you’re not going for the main events, they still host other free shows you could see just by being in Vegas.

For ten days you’ll be witness to what’s been called the Super Bowl of rodeos, the National Finals Rodeo.

For more information and ticket prices for next year, you can visit the main website below.

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1. National Western Stock Show & Rodeo – Denver, CO

For 110 years now the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo has been attracting people across the globe to it’s events. The entire thing lasts closer to a full month than a matter of days and is filled with fun for the whole family.

From parades and live music to plenty of good food and great drinks you’ll be remiss to skip out on the best rodeo in the United States!

Starting in January this massive event will feature nearly 30 rodeos throughout the month – not including the horse shows, agricultural trade shows as well as the “Super Bowl” of livestock shows.

If you need more information about the shows or the ticket prices themselves, you can find all that information below.

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Cowboy Boot History

Cowboy Boot History

The cowboy boot is more than just a shoe.  It’s part of a lifestyle, and it’s one of the key pieces of clothing that transform a person into something new.  Even with a horse, a cowboy hat, a six-shooter, a lasso, and a dusty street at high noon, no cowboy would be complete without the boots. That goes the same for a country music fan.  Try going out dancing or hitting a concert without your favorite boots.  It just wouldn’t work.

But, what’s the history behind cowboy boots?

Riding Boots Aren’t New

First off, the concept of having special footwear to wear while on the back of a horse isn’t anything new.  Some sort of equestrian boots have been around for hundreds of years.  They have been very different in every culture, but they usually managed to be unique and distinct.

What Makes a Modern Cowboy Boot

There are a few rules that are needed before something qualifies as a cowboy boot, and each feature was given for a reason.  They always have a rounded to pointed toe, and this helps the foot to get into the stirrup.  Next, they have a Cuban heel (the fancy name for the big heel on the back), and it’s there to give the boot an easier hold in the stirrup.  They never have laces because those only serve to catch on things and cause harm to the wearer.  A real cowboy pulls on his boots.  Also, they have a high shaft, and this means that they go pretty far up the leg.  Finally, they’re made from tough material, usually leather, to protect the wearer from stirrups, horses, snakes, barbed wire, and other nasty things.

Hessian Boots

Hessian Boots

And Now, the Roper Boot

The story continues into today with the more modern roper boot.  Our rodeos have more demands on the cowboys, and the biggest is that they often have to run on foot, not just on a horse.  This led to the creation roper boot, and it solves that problem by having a lower heel and not going as high up the leg.

The Inventor of the Cowboy Boot

No one really knows who made the first pair.  But, with all the different types in the evolution of the boot, maybe there wasn’t a true first pair.  Some rumors say the original was in Texas or Kansas, and that’s likely because of the location, but it’s impossible to prove.

Descendant of the Hessian Boot

Another boot that had a big influence was the Hessian boot.  This was a popular part of the cavalry uniforms during the big military period in Europe in the 19th century.  These boots had a rounded toe and slight heel, so they weren’t as extreme as cowboy boots.  But, they reached nearly to the knee to really protect the rider.

Wellington Boot

Wellington Boot

Next Came the Wellington

Wellington boots are still around as those clunky, rubber monsters that people wear when splashing through puddles, but they’re different from the original version.  They were named by an English nobleman, the Duke of Wellington, who decided to modify his Hessian’s.  Basically, they made them a little softer and significantly cut down length of the side.  This made them more comfortable and fashionable, so they weren’t unbearable to wear around during city life.

Influence by the Spanish Vaqueros

The closest ancestor of the cowboy boot was the footwear worn by the Spanish vaqueros.  These were basically cowboys from Spain, and they were around before the Wild West grew up.  They came into Mexico and Texas to herd cattle, and a lot of their traditions and methods spread north.  They wore some footwear similar to the cowboy boot.

Needed to be Affordable

One issue with making cowboy boots is that they had to be able to be sold at a fairly cheap price. Equestrian boots for militaries and high-class riding competitions could be more expensive because the buyers had deeper pockets.  But, the cowboys were farmers and country folk, so they generally had a tighter budget.  So, a big influence on the design was they had to be strong and sturdy, but for the least amount of money possible.

Cowboy Boot HistoryEven Hollywood Had a Hand in It

By the 1930s and 1940s, the Wild West had died out, but Hollywood was resurrecting it in the form of Western movies.  However, they really didn’t value functionality as much as they did appearance, and they started making costumes a lot more colorful and noticeable.  They wanted things like bright leather and patterns of flowers stitched on the outside.  It’s more than likely that a few old gunslingers were rolling over in their graves as they realized they were being portrayed with such flashy footwear.

Function vs. Beauty

Today, real cowboys still wear their boots, but they’ve become an icon for many others.  The debate between having a practical boot or a fancy pair will never end, but the best solution is probably just to get multiple pairs.  How many do you have?

Be honest…

Top Outlaw Country Songs

Top Outlaw Country Songs

Believe it or not, country music at one point was a genre which was hard to popularize and profit from. Country was a traditional style music normally enjoyed live and varied greatly from region to region. It wasn’t until the Nashville style of country came along and created a consistent standard for the genre that it was finally able to see mass appeal.

Top Outlaw Country Songs

Eventually a sub-genre called outlaw country rose up in almost direct response to the slick, mass produced patterns of the Nashville style and brought a bit of attitude to the popular country music scene. Even if the term outlaw country sounds unfamiliar, it is incredibly likely that you are already familiar with the genre without having been aware of it. The following songs are some of the most well known and culturally influential songs to have spawned from the movement. Enjoy these top outlaw country songs.

Folsom Prison Blues, Johnny Cash

A quintessential example of the outlaw style and charm is Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues. Cash actually got the chance to perform this song at Folsom Prison for one of his live albums before going on to record another album at San Quentin.

Cash, also known as the man in black, is probably one of the most well known outlaw country artists. His songs have been sampled for countless movies, commercials, and trailers over the years. If you’ve ever seen any sort of cowboy movie made after the 70s then chances are good that you’ve heard at least one of his songs.

Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain, Willie Nelson

While for many artists the term “outlaw” country is just a label, for Willie Nelson it’s a little bit more on the nose. Nelson has infamously had more than a few run-ins with the law, mainly for marijuana possession. Despite this, Nelson is popularly thought of as more of a good natured hooligan than a serious criminal.

Nelson’s Blue Eyes is a somber ballad full of longing and love gone by. While there’s normally a touch of the sentimental in most outlaw country songs, it really takes the spotlight here.

Ladies Love Outlaws, Waylon Jennings

The song Ladies Love Outlaws is argued by many to be the origin of where the “outlaw” in outlaw country comes from. If this is the case, then that would make singer Waylon Jennings and songwriter Lee Clayton the pioneers of the genre. The song itself also sets a standard for outlaw country both in sound and subject matter. The refrain of the song, “ladies love outlaws,” can be applied not only to ladies, but the populace in general. There’s a certain appeal in outlaws that ring true with almost everyone. The song itself more or less explains why the subgenre caught on.

Mama Tried, Merle Haggard

If you want to dig even deeper into the history of outlaw country, you’ll have to go back and look at the “Bakersfield Sound.” The type of country music pioneered in Bakersfield, California could be seen as almost a predecessor to outlaw country in that it too also shrugged the conventions set by the extremely popular Nashville style of country music. Merle Haggard was a musician heavily inspired by some of the biggest names in Bakersfield style country such as Buck Owens. Haggard’s music specifically can be seen as an update of the ‘50s and 60’s Bakersfield style brought into the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Mama Tried sticks to a popular theme in outlaw country- the laments of a remorseful criminal that the audience can’t help but feel sorry for. While justice usually prevails in this sub genre, we’re still allowed to root for the criminal and enjoy some of the thrill. There’s a certain amount of catharsis involved before the status quo is returned.

The Devil Went Down to Georgia, Charlie Daniels

The Devil Went Down To Georgia is much beloved for its narrative similar to that of traditional country fables. Devil also features some of the finest fiddle performances in country that manage to incorporate elements from blues and rock. This song and story has inspired countless aspects of popular media and has even been featured contemporaneously in video games and internet memes.

Jackpot, Nikki Lane

While many are quick to assume that country music is generally a man’s genre, the history of country has been shaped just as much by female musicians. The outlaw movement is no exception, with many notable women adopting or adding to the style.

More importantly, Nikki Lane is a much more recent example of outlaw country. While the sub-genre saw the most activity during the 70’s and 80’s, artists like Nikki Lane keep it alive. Jackpot is a great example that carries the same energy and devil may care attitude as many of the old classics.

King of the Road, Roger Miller

In this song, the outlaw aspect is present conceptually more than literally. The idea and romanticism associated with outlaws is generally that of freedom, which this song celebrates and reveres. Freedom might not always be glamorous, but there’s a certain magical element to it captured very well in this song.

Interview with Ray Scott

Interview with Ray Scott

We’ve got Ray Scott joining Sawyer Brown for what’s setup to be a fantastic show this week! If you haven’t bought tickets yet follow the link below.

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Interview with Ray Scott

We’re excited to have you back at the Grizzly Rose again! Tell us about your last time playing with us?

It was a snowy Thanksgiving eve a couple of years back, so the crowd was a little small, but it was great!

Tell us a bit about your newest album “Guitar for Sale.’ How is it unique and different from your previous albums?

Guitar for Sale is a little different than the last couple we put out. It’s still me, still my songwriting viewpoint, but we tracked this one live, giving it more energy and more of an unpolished sound. I wanted this record to sound reminiscent of the music that lit a fire in me years ago, be it country or rock.. I think we accomplished that. I’m proud of our results. Michael Hughes produced this record and it was a first time effort with him.

You have been in the country music game for quite some time now. What are your top 3 favorite venues to play in the country?

Well, the Grizzly Rose was on my Bucket List for a while, and we finally got to do that, so that’s one of them. I also enjoyed playing at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. There have also been a number of old theaters across the US that all have their own charm. It is really hard to narrow it down.

What was your path to becoming a country musician like? Was there a defining moment or influence in your life that is most responsible for driving you to become a country musician?

I was a rocker… My first band was a rock band. Growing up in the 80’s I wasn’t a big fan of the country stuff my dad was listening to, but looking back that was more about rebellion against the folks! I heard Steve Earle singing ‘Someday.’ The song spoke to me really loudly and I was hooked. I then began to realize country was getting cool again. I immersed myself with it during the early 90s. I realized that it much more suited my sensibilities as my songwriting began to develop.

What is your all-time favorite line in any song that you’ve ever written?

My all time favorite line in one of my songs is:

  • “It ain’t the neighborhood you’re in… It’s the neighbor that you are.”

Another one that I really like is:

  • “I ain’t always thirsty when I drink”.

Ray Scott Country Singer Interview

When you aren’t on the road, in the studio, or on tour. What activities usually occupy your time?

When I’m not on the road or in the studio, I like to hang out with my best friend which is my wife Stacey. She always reminds me of what life is all about, the simple things.

It seems as if a cowboy hat is a permanent fixture in your wardrobe. Do you have a favorite brand or store for your cowboy hats?

Man, I like Lonestar Cowboy Hats. I’ve been getting them at Boot Barn, but they don’t carry them as much now. I need a new hook-up!

If someone had never heard your music and wanted to know what you are all about based on one song. Which song would you recommend them to listen to?

My first single, My Kind of Music, is a good place to start. Then they could peel the onion a number of ways after that, haha…

Looking back on all you’ve achieved, what advice do you have for someone who wants to pursue a career in music?

The Music Biz is harder than it’s ever been… You’ve gotta really burn inside to do it. And you’ve gotta work your butt off to set yourself apart from all the other newcomers. With social media, it’s like every other person is an “artist” these days. You’ve gotta really work to make yourself unquestionably legitimate and original. I still believe the cream rises to the top, but there are a lot more dead fish in the way now.

Drinkin’ Beer is a fantastic song. When your partaking in this activity, what’s your favorite beer?

Man, I’ve actually taken a break from the golden beverage, but I tend to like getting away from the big brands. I enjoy trying the specialty stuff like micro-brews. I’d also recommend Veteran Beer. They’re a smaller company that makes a superior product, and they donate a lot of proceeds to the needs of Veterans and their families. That rocks in my book!

Eric Paslay Exclusive Interview

Interview with Eric Paslay

We are very excited for Eric’s upcoming show at the Grizzly Rose. If you haven’t already got a ticket for the show you can purchase tickets below.

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Have you played at the Grizzly Rose before?

This will be my 3rd or 4th time playing at the Grizzly Rose


It’s been said that honesty is a potent tool in your creative arsenal as a musician. Can you explain this a bit and why you’ve developed this as a part of your music.

Honesty is a tool in my creative arsenal. I think every great song has honesty at its root.


Who are your top 3 favorite red heads (besides yourself)?

My Top Three Red Heads:

  1. Willie
  2. Reba
  3. Lucille Ball

You’ve had a lot of #1 hits in your time. Regardless of how well the song performed, what is your favorite song you’ve ever written and/or performed and why?

I am grateful and love all of the number one songs I’ve been a part of. One of my favorite songs is Deep As It Is Wide because I got to record it with Amy Grant and Sheryl Crow. Not only was it a dream to sing with both of them, but it was at a time when I didn’t have any hits as a writer or as a singer and them believing in me was a boost from Heaven.


You started playing guitar at a young age. Who was the artist or band that was your biggest inspiration to pick up a guitar and want to play it yourself?

I didn’t start playing guitar until I was 15, kinda crazy! Eric Clapton ‘Tears In Heaven’ was the first song I figured out on guitar. At most sound checks you might hear me playing it.

 Eric Paslay Interview

Like many country musicians you very much identify with your Texas roots. Can you tell us how important the Lone Star state is to you and how’s it’s shaped you as a musician?

Being from Texas has shaped me musically I’m sure. I think we are all shaped from the country, state and town we grow up in. I love all kinds of music and Texas radio waves are full of diversity.


Tell us about the best day you ever had. What happened that day?

The best day I ever had was when I married my wife!


Besides Texas, where is the city that’s your favorite place to play? The place that every time you see it on the tour list you smile.

One of my favorite cities to play is Denver!!!


Here’s doubled a barreled question. Who is your favorite artist you ever performed with? Also, what artist have you not performed with yet, but would love to collaborate with sometime in the future.

It’s hard to pick one person I loved performing with. Amy and Sheryl were amazing! Charlie Daniel’s was a total trip! Singing The Driver with Charles Kelley and Dierks was super special too. An artist I’d love to perform with is Tom Petty.


What’s your comfort food? After a long tour or show, what’s your go to meal to make yourself feel whole again.

Honestly, when I get home from a tour my wife and I usually walk up the street and get some Shrimp and Grits!

Country Line Dancing

Popular Country Line Dances

One of things that makes country music the very best of all the tunes out there is the ability it has to bring folks together on the dance floor. Some would even say you’ve never truly listened to country music until you’ve danced to country music. There is something charming and old-fashioned about dancing in a group, which makes going out line dancing to country music such a fun time. Compared to Salsa or Tango, line dancing is friendly to those who are learning the steps, so no need to be shy.

We’ve wrangled up a list of the most popular country line dances that are sure to get your boots tapping!

Popular Country Line Dances

Electric Slide

An oldie but a goodie, the Electric Slide offers the perfect place for dipping your cowboy boots into line dancing for the first time. This four wall, 18 count line dance was originally choreographed by Richard L.”Ric” Silver in 1976, gaining viral popularity in the late 80s and early 90s. Branching beyond the country genre, it was paired with Marcia Griffiths’ Electric Boogie. For a more traditional get down we recommend Josh Turner’s “Why Don’t We Just Dance” or Tim McGraw’s “I Like It, I Love It.” Here’s a step sheet and a tutorial video below that will have you doing grapevines all over the dance floor before you know it!

The Cowboy Cha Cha

Choreographed by Kelly Gellette & Michelle Stremche, this one has a lot of turns. It might take a bit of practice, but trust us, it’s a heck of a lot of fun once you’ve got it down! This step sheet gives a good run down of the four wall, 20 count dance. Colorado’s own Brooke & Company does an excellent demo (shown below) of this one, dancing you through everything you’ll need to know. The Cowboy Cha Cha lends itself to a handful of songs, but most often you’ll find yourself rocking back and forth to Neon Moon by Brooks & Dunn. From time to time, it will be paired with a more uptempo to tune such as Gone Country by Alan Jackson.

Double D

The Double D, also known as Duck Dynasty, is a newer line dance on the scene, choreographed by Trevor Thorton in 2015. A four wall, 32 count dance this is done to “Cut ‘em All” by Colt Ford Featuring Willie Robertson and has plenty of rocking back and forth to get you grooving. Here’s the steps break down and you can try it out for yourself with this Double D demo:

Tango with The Sheriff

Most of us do our best to avoid run-ins with law enforcement, but Tango with The Sheriff is one encounter you won’t want to miss out on. Choreographed by Adrian Churm, this four wall, 48 count dance is a delightful mixture of slides and box steps. Practice stomping along with the video below and gear up to dance to this one with “Cha Tango” by Dave Sheriff.

Bring on the Good Times

This four wall, 32 count dance choreographed by Gary O’Reilly & Maggie Gallagher absolutely lives up to its name. With a mixture of claps, slides, and struts Bring on the Good Times makes for a fun transition between beginner to intermediate level line dances.  Coupled to Lisa McHugh’s song of the same name, you’d never know this one has Irish roots…to us it sounds as country as all get out! For this one, we will have these French cowboys and cowgirls show how it’s done:

Tush Push

On par with the popularity of the Electric Slide is the Tush Push, one of the most widespread line dances found on the dancefloor over the last twenty years. Choreographed by Jim Ferrazzano, this four wall, 40 count dance earns its name from plenty of hip bumps and cha-chas as detailed in this step sheet. Some great songs are Brooks & Dunn classic “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” which makes for a great match with Tush Push, as does Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee.” Let’s have Robert Wilson, five-time world champion of country dance, working with artists like Taylor Swift, Kerry Underwood, Brad Lesley, take us through this one:

Step sheets and YouTube videos are helpful, but there is no replacement for hitting the dance floor to practice those shuffles and slides! With thousands of different line dances out there, we could keep rambling on, but why not grab your dancing boots, come on by the Grizzly Rose for a line dance lesson or two? We promise to show you why the most popular country line dance steps and a hoot and hollerin’ good time!

Jon Pardi Exclusive Interview

Interview with Jon Pardi

We’re very excited for our upcoming show with Jon Pardi! We had the opportunity to ask Jon some questions to get to know a bit more about him, here’s what we found out.

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Jon Pardi Grizzly Rose

Have you played at the Grizzly Rose before?

YES! It’s been a couple of years, but we are excited to be back!


We’ve heard that you started writing music before you were even a teenager. What inspired you to want to be a musician at such a young age?

My grandmother was a big inspiration for me. I grew up listening to 90’s country so all those guys inspired me as well.


You’re a California boy who moved to Nashville to pursue a dream of becoming a country musician. Which do you prefer California or Tennessee?

I prefer AMERICA!


Your California roots are more blue collar than the stereotypical Orange County, surfer boy type. Tell us a bit about why this is important to you and how it shaped you as an artist.

Man, that’s just how I grew up. I’ve always worked hard and I carried that work ethic into music with me. It’s what helped drive me to Nashville.


If you could team up with one other country artist right now to record a duet album and go on tour, who would it be and why?

Gotta go with Dierks. I am out on tour with him right now. The album would be called “Jon and Dierks sing Frank Sinatra”

Jon Pardi Exclusive Interview

A lot of people talk about your voice and that it has a very old-school country sound to it. Is this something you deliberately worked on to give a certain tone to your music or is just something you were born with?

I’ve been twangy since I was 7!


How many instruments can you play?

Guitar and drums.


What is Jon Pardi doing when he’s not playing music or touring the country?

Working on my ranch and renting bulldozers!!


What’s your favorite song that you’ve written so far and why?

“Head Over Boots” because it was my first #1! Everyone loved this song and I really think it had a big impact on couples.