Baxter Black can shoe a horse, string a barb wire fence and bang out a Bob Wills classic on his flat-top guitar. Cowboy poet, ex-veterinarian and sorry team roper, he has more hair around his lip then on his head. Raised in New Mexico, he spent his workin' life in the mountain west tormenting cows. Now Baxter lives in Arizona and travels the country tormenting cowboys.
Since 1982, Baxter Black has been rhyming his way into the national spotlight, and now stands as the best selling cowboy poet in the known universe. He's written many books (including a rodeo novel), recorded over a dozen audio and video tapes, and achieved notoriety as a syndicated columnist and radio commentator. From the Tonight show and PBS to NPR and the NFR, Baxter's wacko verse has been seen and heard by millions. His works are prominently displayed in both big city libraries and small town feed stores.
Yet Black, who still doesn't own a television, fax machine or cellular phone, hasn't changed a thing about his subject matter or his delivery. He continues to focus on the day-to-day ups and downs of everyday people who live with livestock and work the land. Driven by a left-handed sense of humor, Black evokes laughter just by being there. Baxter's philosophy is simple enough - in spite of all the computerized, digitized, high-tech innovations now available to mankind, there will always be a need for someone who can "think up stuff."
"He could make a dead man sit up and laugh" - Washington Post