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"The New Range" by Fletcher is the song now playing off the CD "Church At The Wagon".  This song was written by Fletcher, Tommy Allsup guitar and harmony vocals, Bobby Boatright on fiddle, Mark Abbott bass and harmony vocals, Donny Catron guitar and harmony vocals.

 



Fletcher Jowers- Cowboy Gospel Music

A cowboy holding a Bible next to a campfire was on the cd cover and the title was "Church At The Wagon" by some fellow
by the name of Fletcher Jowers. After my initial chuckle over someone sending cowboy music to "The Southern Gospel.Com"
and after looking over the songs on the back I decided that at this exact moment in time I had nothing better to do than to open this cd and give it a listen. Now I'm hooked. Or hog-tied or lassoed or whatever you call it when you get bit by the "cowboy
gospel music bug." This is such refreshing music! And the guy not only carries a tune he has great voice that just fits the
music like a gun in a holster or a branding iron in a leather glove or warm fire on a cold prairie night. ( I know, cut it out Brady! LOL!!)

First off I am a southern gospel fan. A rather large fan (in more ways than one.) I am such a fan of southern gospel music that
 long before Woody Wright ever wrote the song "I'm A Southern Gospel Fan" I had already registered the domain "www.southerngospelfan.com" so Woody had to register the .net version of the site.

I also love bluegrass gospel music as well. I'll listen to most anything once for about 10 seconds. Some people found out about
that and started sending in cds to my PO Box and to the office and some even tracked down my home address and collectively
 they send me boxes of cds each week. After a couple years of this I had to add a secret code to the address line that lets our
 staff know which cds to bring to my desk and which go into "the box". The others go into an ever-growing collection of things
 to do when I retire. It would take me 30 hours a day to listen to everything that comes in and hey… a big guys gotta eat once
in a while.

So the sad fact is that I only get to listen to maybe 5% of everything that comes through the door. But I do listen to 100% of the ones that come in coded correctly because it is most likely something I have asked to hear.

Once in a great while a cd will slip into my laptop because it got picked up and brought to the house by mistake. Such was the case with the envelope from Red Oak, TX that somehow wound up on my end table next to my favorite chair. Now it didn't have the secret code on it but somehow it managed to get in my way one time too many and I picked it up and ripped it open and popped it into my cd player.

Listening to Fletcher is like listening to what you'd hear if you mixed up a generous portion of Marty Robbins &
Carroll Robertson & The Chuck Wagon Gang & Roy Rogers. It's really good stuff. And it's pure 100% cowboy gospel music.
Music that I was largely (in more ways than one) unaware of before tonight. The album has 10 songs of which 9 were penned by Fletcher Jowers and one interestingly enough by Marty Robbins one the obvious vocal influences of Jowers.

My favorite tune is one called Old Camp Meeting Ground which is a great up tempo song that takes you back in your mind to a magical time when the wide open spaces played host to hundreds of wagons in an under the stars type camp meeting service.
 It is a great song and I'm going to have to add it to our online radio station just to make our listeners go…huh???

One thing I have enjoyed about the online station are the "huh moments" scattered throughout the day with things like
segments of the "Roadhog Show" and "Herbert the Rabbit." I hope our listeners "get my sense of humor" when I break up
some powerful sets of great southern gospel music with something totally out in left field.

One things for certain for this editor this project is from left field but wow do I love this stuff! Once in a great while I guess
 there is a project that even if it doesn't follow the normal process of getting my attention the Lord just breaks my rules
and makes me listen. I'm glad I did! Fletcher's got a new fan in Charles Brady and I'm ready to saddle up and join them out
 on the plains! (Poor horse! LOL!!)

You can listen to some of Fletcher's music by going to his site at www.fletcherjowers.com or you catch him by listening each
 day at www.live365.com/stations/charlesbrady?play

Until then I'll leave you with this from Fletcher Jowers…. " I'm riding here tonight…underneath the prairie skies…The moon is
 full the stars are shinning bright… I'm headed for that ring…where the boss is King of Kings….one more river then we'll reach the other side"

I'll be hearing this in my sleep tonight just as sure as the world!!!

Bio:
Fletcher Jowers is a premier Cowboy Singer and Songwriter of pure Cowboy music. His authentic Texas Cowboy approach to music has warmed the hearts of his fans throughout the West.

He has been featured at Cowboy events such as The Western Heritage Classic, The Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering, The Great Pikes Peak Cowboy Poetry Gathering (there awarded the prestigious Dick Spencer Memorial Award), The New Mexico Cowboy Poetry Gathering, The National Cowboy Symposium, The Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, The Cowboy Hall Of Fame, and The Academy Of Western Artists Awards Ceremony.

Fletcher has been nominated for Entertainer Of The Year, Male Vocalist Of The Year, Song Of The Year as well as Album Of The Year.

He co-authored, along with Red Steagall, the great song "Sleepin' In My Leggin's Tonight" which was on Red's Wrangler Award winning project "Dear Momma, I'm A Cowboy". He also wrote "When The Roses Bloom Next Spring", a cut on Red's project
 "Love Of The West".
Fletcher was a principal actor/singer along with Charlie Daniels, Ian Tyson, Becky Hobbs and Will Dudley on the short
film/musical video "Ol Cowboys And Dreamers" produced by Peter Lippman.

Fletcher has lived the life of a cowboy, working on several ranches throughout the West.

Article Link: http://www.thesoutherngospel.com/more.php?id=2503_0_21_0

Posted by: Charles on Sep 12, 06 | 2:43 am

Dann Hansen  hangingtree@mail.dk

As grown up Country Music DJ,  I has been listen to it all, but when Fletcher Jowers CD take off and landed at my desk, I took it and placed it in my player, without the great expectation, because all name their music as country nowadays, but when the sound begun, it feels like a punch under the belt, because the music was really pure Western music, so pure than cactus blooms and real desert smells floated and fill the studio with pure nostalgia from a time, when country music was country and nothing else.  It's surely not necessary to tell this CD makes my day, and Bob Nolan, Marty Robbins, Tex Ritter and Roy Rogers would be proud of a man like Fletcher Jowers as keep the pure country music alive and authentic.  "CHURCH AT THE WAGON" will take out on the Western Plains, on a tour you ever never will forget.      

Happy trail Fletcher.
Country Music DJ at Roskilde Radio in Denmark

 

                

 

O. J. Sikes -  www.ojsikes.bostonpete.com/ojsikes 

An all-star band of musicians (Bobby Boatright, Tommy Allsup, Mark Abbott and Donny Catron) joined noted singer-songwriter Fletcher Jowers on a project called Church At The Wagon. 

It was years in the making, but worth the wait.  9 of the 10 songs are Fletcher's originals, the 10th being Marty Robbins" "Master's Call".  My favorites turned out to be a couple of upbeat tunes called "Old Camp Meeting Ground" and "The New Range" but as I write this I'm listening to "John Three Sixteen" and I've gotta add that one to my list, too!

The CD is full of good cowboy inspirational material.

CHUCK "DUSTY DAWG" WILSON
PRODUCER/PRESENTER KCR97/CFM103.5

WONDERFUL TRADITIONAL COUNTRY CD...... BACKING...VOCALS AND CHOICE OF MATERIAL ALL TOP CLASS.



Trudy Burke , Email:
trudyburke@optusnet.com.au

 I have had a good listen to it and really like it a lot, it's so different and refreshing from all the other country music that I received, almost on a daily basis.  I will be sure to give this some airplay on my program.

Hope everything is going great your end and the album is doing well for you.
Thanks again, bye, take care and kind "country" regards from Aussie land.
 
Excerpt from review

Jowers is "the real thing." He is an authentic Texan Cowboy singer and songwriter and ex-cowboy whose pleasant, slightly vibrating voice takes you back into a time when being a cowboy was an honorable and hard profession. Secondly, the album swings in a truly Western way.  Not surprising, once you know that lead guitar playing and production lay in the steady hands of Tommy Allsupp, once Buddy Holly's guitar player. Apart from being a Cricket, Allsup has spent his life as a Texas Playboy and as a producer for country giants like Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, Hank Thompson, Gene Watson, George Jones and many others.

Mark Holt, Email:
mailto:darkhorse@orofino-id.com?subject=Church at the Wagon review

FLETCHER JOWERS - Church at the Wagon
No label or number  Total Playing Time: 31:26

 Song Listing: 1) Church at the Wagon  2) Your Never Alone 3) Old Camp 
 Meeting Ground 4) A Brand New Life 5) The New Range 6) John Three Sixteen 7)
Ol Snake 8) A Memory of Jim 9) God Gave Us The Horse  10) Masters Call

     There are voices that as soon as you hear them, they transport you to another time.
Authentic, western, cowboy, ranch music are what Fletcher Jowers sounds like. He has one of those voices that is comfortable, like your favorite pair of worn, dusty boots. Fletcher reminds me of Sam Elliott (Conager, Tombstone, "Beef it's what's for Dinner") and Ken Curtis (Sons of the Pioneers, and later Festus on Gunsmoke). Their voices are as recognizable (and as western) as their faces. You hear those kinds of voices and you just know it's western! You say to yourself, "I can relax now and enjoy. This is going to be a real western."  "Church at the Wagon" is a cowboy gospel project. Fletcher has presented his brand of cowboy music throughout the country for several years.

 He has received several awards for his writing and recording of authentic  cowboy music.
This album contains nine original songs, along with Marty Robbins' "Masters Call." The project's title cut is a story about a wagon cook, "Coosi," who buys an old Bible from a peddler just before leaving out on the trail, bound for Abilene. He proclaims "We'll have church at the wagon." My personal favorites are "Ol Snake," a story of a preacher making a deal with some cowboys that he will ride "Ol Snake," the meanest ronc on the place, in return for their church attendance. It all happens, and "Ol  Snake" becomes the top horse in the string. I also liked Fletcher's cover of Marty  Robbins' "Masters Call." Marty could just plain write a song! Fletcher does a great job with it.

The gut string guitar work on this album is really, really well done. Tommy Allsup is the lead guitar player, and Tommy's guitar work really transports the feel of this CD "south of the Rio Grande." The mix and production on this CD is way above average. Besides Fletcher Jowers, other musicians listed are Tommy Allsup (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, harmony vocals), Bobby Boatright, (fiddle), Donny Catron (rhythm guitar, harmony vocals), Mark Abbot (bass fiddle, harmony vocals), Mark Petty (engineer). It was recorded at ASC Recording, Dallas, Texas. Fletcher Jowers and the group of backup musicians on this album just set a tone and feel for these songs, that make this album a nice, subtle, cowboy gospel listen.

Jo Hargrave http://www.keepinitcowboy.com/

This is one of the best works I've seen in a long time.  I love going in on Sunday mornings just so I can play a few more selections from your CD.  I don't have the words to express the admiration I feel for someone who has communicated in such a beautiful way with our Lord and has allowed us to share this communication with him.  Thank you for sharing your
wonderful talent with me and my listeners.
Jo Hargrave

COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE MAGAZINE - Hugh T. Wilson

Fletcher Jowers is an ex-Texas cowboy who took to writing songs of the Old West and for several years has been performing at many venues in the States. His easy-to-listen-to style and vocals describe clearly what life was like on the range.

All good songs need good musical accompaniment and Jowers certainly has that here. Bobby Boatright plays gentle and plaintive fiddle throughout while Tommy Allsup, who was Buddy Holly's guitarist at the time of Holly's death, plays lead guitar and also produced the album. Donny Catron, lead singer with the Tennessee Gentlemen, plays rhythm guitar while Mark Abbott adds some pretty tight bass fiddle to complete things. The latter three also produce nice harmonies to compliment Jowers' vocals.

The material is all of a gospel nature. The first nine songs are self-penned but, to close the set, Jowers sings Marty Robbins' classic, The Master's Call, which deally suits the album's theme. All are story songs and the title song, Church At The Wagon, has the hallmarks of a classic. It relates the tale of a cook who, before leaving on a trail drive to Abilene, buys an old bible from a peddler so that he can have a prayer meeting at the wagon every Sunday.

The tales are hugely enjoyable. Ol Snake is the story of a parson who makes a deal with cowboys that he will ride "the meanest bronc here on this place" if they will attend church. John Three Sixteen takes the quote of "For God so loved the world that He gave His only son," and uses it to relate the sad tale of Little Jake, who dies after his horse falls while chasing mavericks.
A Memory Of Jim also reminisces about the loss of an old friend.

You're Never Alone is a self-explanatory statement that God is always there for those who need help and, of course, there is a song about the cowboy's best friend in God Gave Us The Horse.

Story songs, great lyrics and simple, tuneful melodies. A great CD for those who like story songs of cowboy life similar to those performed by Red Steagall, Don Edwards and Michael Martin Murphy.

Sounds Country by Pete Smith

Fletcher Jowers is very much in demand for all the top Western gatherings.
His popularity stems, not only from his obvious talent as a singer and songwriter, but from his authentic approach to Western music and life.

And total authentic Fletcher is, for he is a real life Texas cowboy.

Church At The Wagon (Pistol Hill Music) shows the spiritual side of the cowboy beautifully portrayed in ten songs - nine originals - and a finale of Marty Robbins The Master's Call.

These stories, for that is what they really are, explain the cowboys' hopes and fears, sorrow and happiness, simply and effectively, with just a quartet of musicians behind Jowers' extremely listenable voice.

Fletcher tells of the "Old Camp Meeting Ground"; tells of the loss of a friend, "A Memory Of Jim"; dreams of a better life; "The New Range" and reminds us that "God Gave Us The Horse."

An unusual album in this day and age but one which is both welcome and needed.

Church At The Wagon
Fletcher Jowers  by Hugh McLennan, Canadian Cowboy
Country Magazine

Fletcher Jowers is the real thing. He’s ridden for a lot of outfits in south Texas, and his years of cowboyin’ have inspired some mighty listenable cowboy music. Whether he’s singing after supper with just his guitar and the roundup crew for the audience, or in a concert hall with paying customers, his music reaches the heart.

My friend Darrell Arnold, publisher of Cowboy Magazine, calls Fletcher’s voice a “sandy tenor”, and that describes it pretty well.

Church At The Wagon is a collection of songs mostly written by Fletcher, and the cowboy’s reverence for the Creator and the blessings of a cowboys life run through each and every song.

Some are based on scripture passages, others are kinda like new testament parables, all of them are catchy and you’ll find yourself easily singing along with them. The great Tommy Alsup did the arrangements and plays lead and rhythm guitar and provides harmony vocals. Bobby Boatright’s fine fiddle supports the harmony vocals of Mark Abbot, who also supplies the stand-up bass.

Country Music In Britain
http://www.cmib.co.uk/reviewsus.htm
by Iain Dobie
 
Fletcher Jowers singer and songwriter of pure Cowboy music. Fletcher has been nominated for Entertainer Of The Year, Male Vocalist Of The Year, Song Of The Year as well as Album Of The Year. He co-authored, along with Red Steagall, the great song "Sleepin' In My Leggin's Tonight" which was on Red's Wrangler Award winning project "Dear Momma, I'm A Cowboy". He also wrote "When The Roses Bloom Next Spring", a cut on Red's project "Love Of The West". Fletcher has lived the life of a cowboy, working on ranches throughout the West.
Nine out of the 10 tracks are written by Fletcher, all story songs with a gospel theme in the true cowboy spirit similar to the likes of Michael Martin Murphy, Don Edwards or Marty Robbins. The title track
Church at The Wagon tells about a cook who takes a bible on the trail drive and holds church every Sunday at the wagon. You Never Alone reminds you that God is always there if you need him - A Memory Of Jim mourns the passing of an old friend and Ol' Snake tells of the preacher who makes a deal with the cowboys that if he rides Ol' Snake they'll turn up at his church on Sunday.. of course he rides the horse.. the cd finishes off with Marty Robbins' The Master's Call . Good stories well sung and backed by the excellent Tommy Allsup on lead guitar and Bobby Boatright on fiddle. Sit back, close your eyes and listen and you are sitting round a campfire on the trail listening to the cowboys singing at the end of a long day

 

 

True West Magazine -  review by Sandy Whiting
 
If you feel smothered in buildings and revival tents, then come to the Church At The Wagon.  Beside the crackling campfire, "John Three Sixteen" bids listeners welcome to "The New Range" when this earthly life reaches its end of the trail.  Fletcher Jowers has created his own sweet cowboy melodies accented with gospel "kicks."  Each song highlights a biblical scripture without being preachy.  This CD would be a nice addition to any collection.

 

 

Review by Pete Smith
Fletcher Jowers “Sing Me A Cowboy Song” (Pistol Hill Music). I bet most readers of a certain age became country music fans through the singing cowboys of the thirties through fifties. And I will further bet that such fans still have a yearning for those songs of the wide open spaces, cattle drives and the cowboy’s relationship with his maker. If that is the case you will certainly love Fletcher Jowers. Supported by just guitar, mandolin (Rich O’Brien), fiddle (Bobby Boatright) and bass fiddle (Mac Macrae) Fletcher faithfully recreates the era of the golden west with a superb blend of originals and traditional favorites. The originals feature “A Cowboy Lullaby”, “When The Roses Bloom Next Spring” and “Trail Drive” whilst those timeless favorites include “Shenandoah”, “Danny Boy” and “Annie Laurie”.
 



 

Review by Jeri Dobrowski
 
A person’s friends and associates speak volumes without uttering a word. Take cowboy singer Fletcher Jowers, for example. His "Sing Me a Cowboy Song" CD had me hooked from the first listen. When I read the names of his song-writing buddies and back-up musicians, I was even more impressed.

Jowers shares musical credits with the likes of Red Steagall, with whom he coauthored "Sleepin' in My Leggin's Tonight," and Cowboy Magazine Editor Darrell Arnold. Richard O’Brien, master producer of the recorded project, rode herd on "Sing Me a Cowboy Song" and contributed banjo and guitar tracks. These are names that bespeak quality and respect – which pours out through the speakers as Jowers warbles.

A mix of 12 original and traditional cowboy tunes, there’s enough of Jowers' material to keep the CD from being just another collection of tired cowboy music. I especially like "A Cowboy Lullaby," "Ol’ Diamond," "When the Roses Bloom Next Spring" and "Trail Drive." Baxter Black and Robert Keen penned "Young Lovers’ Waltz." "Annie Laurie," another fine waltz, wraps the collection. In fact, the CD is loaded with waltzes. If there’s someone in your outfit who adores a waltz, this is the perfect gift! Send $14.95 (postpaid) to Fletcher Jowers, 803 Purdue., Waxahachie, TX 75165. You may order online at www.fletcherjowers.com. Phone Jowers at 972-268-3317 or (888) 876-6038.

 

 
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