The Motel Cowboy Show

On the Trail of Mountain Music, from Idaho to Texas, and the Side Roads In Between

The second book from Josh Crutchmer, author of Red Dirt

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“The coolest thing about our fan base is, we got them one at a time. I’m pretty proud of that. Once we got a fan, they stayed with us.”

Willy Braun, Reckless Kelly Front Man

“These artists, they’re all misfits. Their lives are so tied to music that they cannot even imagine doing anything else.”

Suzy Bogguss

“Being an Idaho band, it’s pretty damn cool to get to share the stage with bands and songwriters we’ve looked up to for years.”

Jeff Crosby

The Motel Cowboy Show is not a book — it’s a journey. From the Sawtooth Mountains of central Idaho, where phone service still may not reach, to the bustle of Austin, centerpiece of the Texas Music Scene, the influence of mountain roots music is real, lasting, and chronicled by Josh Crutchmer.  This highly-anticipated sequel to Red Dirt: Roots Music, Born in Oklahoma, Raised in Texas, At Home Anywhere ties mountain originals like Pinto Bennett to cowboy poets like Baxter Black and Chris LeDoux, and follows their trail down every highway and back road they chose. The rise, heyday and pending touring retirement of Reckless Kelly is covered extensively, bouyed by the humor and introspection of Willy and Cody Braun, their musical upbringing and the larger-than-life influence they forged wherever they made music. The book also puts you in the seats at the venerable Red Rocks Amphitheater for the 2022 comeback concerts by the Turnpike Troubadours, supported by Reckless Kelly and Shovels & Rope. You’ll also get the complete story of the Braun Brothers Reunion and its lasting impact on the community of Challis, and read about the determination of Micky and the Motorcars to carve their own legacy. The Motel Cowboy Show will inform as much as it entertains, and it will leave readers casting eyes toward the stages and studios of the American West.

Willy Braun, Micky Braun and Cody Canada at Braun Brothers Reunion in 2019.
The view of Braun Brothers Reunion in Challis, Idaho.