Jim `Curly` Musgrave

Curly Jim Musgrave is a lifetime member of the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association and his talents are available for Cowboy Festivals and Gatherings throughout the continent or wherever there's someone who loves the lure and lore of the West.

Born to be a Cowboy
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My Daddy's Hat
Born to be a Cowboy
Bluebell Blue
Harry Play your Mouth
Coyote Choir
The Master's Hand
Thanks
One Last Trail
Billy Tucker's Stew/Poem
Wild Rose of the West
Waltzing on Saturday Night
Cheroke Sun
Wild in the West

This collection is Jim's debut recording of exclusively original material for western enthusiasts. While the mood and music is cowboy, there is a unique thread which weaves through all of Jim's work then invites the listener to be part of the tapestry that is the wonder and power of relationships. It reflects his own relationships to family, friends, the land and life around him while reminding us of our own connections to each other, the West and all it represents.

While Curly's music and poetry obviously don't fall under the category of hair raising material, they will raise your appreciation of the Western life and those who live it. So, enjoy Born To Be A Cowboy and the unique writing and performing talent of Curly Musgrave.

"CURLY" JIM MUSGRAVE .... "Cowbiography"

Through the years Jim has carried the moniker "Sonny Jim" (he WAS young once) and "Gentleman Jim" (he's been known to tip his hat to friend and stranger alike). But now, if it looks like he's gonna tip his hat at you, better grab some sunglasses. "Curly Jim" has pushed a passel of scalp through his hair and looks like something chewed the rest plumb down to ground level! So, you gotta say "Curly" with a bit of tongue in your cheek and a smile on your face as you shake Jim's hand.

Jim's thrown from English stock but blew into Calgary Alberta in '49. The cowboy soul in him stirred as cowpokes from ranches north of town drove cattle through his school ground on their way to the stockyards. Early on, as he began to express the cowboy way through songs and poems he would write and sing around town. But, fate took him from Alberta's wild rose country to California where he came to enjoy a career performing and writing. For over three decades he's performed for royals, prime ministers, presidents and potentates ... for grandkids on his knees ...friends in the living room ... and pool players in honky tonks. During that time he was mentored and managed by the late and legendary, Cliffy Stone, who said there ain't an audience that Jim won't like or win over with his singin, pickin, humor, and down to earth way of goin. Along the way, Jim widened his horizons and took that down to earth way of goin into an additional career as a marriage and family therapist. No matter what hat he's wearin the cowboy's always there in his wranglers n' boots and an old Martin next to the chair.

But when "Curly" Jim Musgrave measures his life, he does so in terms of his relationship with his beloved lady Kathleen, his wife of over 30 years, and his family. He still saddles up and hits the trails of the San Bernardino Mountains where they live but, for now, dreams of ranch life on the Alberta prairie remain just that, dreams and inspiration for fine poetry and music. While careers, his sons, and grandkids keep him working out of California, he remains a Canadian boy calling Calgary home and returning there regularly to perform during Stampede week or any other time there's an ear that'll listen.

Curly's now taking his poetry and pickin' talents to gatherings and festivals, creating friendships and new fans of his original songs that speak to the heart of anyone who loves the land and life in the west. It's not unusual to see folks chucklin' with the whimsical one minute, and dryin' a tear the next. His peers have called him, among other things, "a dame fine guitar picker and a singers singer". (He still wonders what THAT'S supposed to mean).

Curly Jim Musgrave is a lifetime member of the Alberta Cowboy Poetry Association and his talents are available for Cowboy Festivals and Gatherings throughout the continent or wherever there's someone who loves the lure and lore of the West.

"Curly" Jim Musgrave
Lake Arrowhead, California



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