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True stories from the wild and woolly west. Also really lame jokes! Each episode I discuss a real life person or event from the wild west era (gunfighters, lawmen, outlaws, Native Americans, frontiersmen, etc). I'm neither a historian or comedian, but I do try to be as accurate as possible whilst dispensing dad jokes and mispronunciations. NSFW language abounds.
 
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Wyatt Earp meets Doc Holliday while trailing outlaws to Texas. In Dodge, Bat Masterson takes a new law job and his older brother, Ed, becomes town marshal. But Ed’s life is in danger. In the first six months, he finds himself in two gunfights, and the second has tragic consequences. Join Black Barrel+ for early access and bingeable seasons: blackba…
 
Wyatt Earp crisscrosses the West as a stagecoach driver, a teamster and a lawman. He experiences tragedy and triumph, and he builds a reputation as a relentless lawman. By the summer of 1876, he and his friend Bat Masterson are on patrol in Dodge City with an all-star cast of legendary lawmen. Thanks RAYCON! Get 15% off your order at buyraycon.com/…
 
Bat Masterson hunts buffalo in western Kansas. He fights in the Second Battle of Adobe Walls. He plays a key role in an Army rescue mission. He meets his lifelong friend, Wyatt Earp. And the journeys of both young men lead them toward an up-and-coming cowtown called Dodge City. Join Black Barrel+ for early access and bingeable seasons: blackbarrel.…
 
Veteran of the United States Army, Law School graduate, Elvis aficionado, Tennessean born and bred, author, actor. Husband and father. You may remember him as E.B. Farnum in HBO’s Deadwood, or Sheriff Bud Dearborn on True Blood. He played Lippy on my favorite western, Lonesome Dove, J.F. Sebastian on the cult sci-fi hit Blade Runner, he had a broth…
 
Julia Bricklin wrote this series and she is the author of “The Notorious Life of Ned Buntline: A Tale of Murder, Betrayal, and the Creation of Buffalo Bill.” She discusses several aspects of Buntline’s life, which was often dark but always adventurous. She talks about chapters of his life that were not in the series, and assesses his impact on the …
 
After the Civil War, Buntline heads west to California in a short-lived effort to support the temperance movement. He makes new friends, and lots of enemies, and meets the scout who becomes the basis for his most successful literary creation. He permanently shapes the image of the American West when he turns a shy frontiersman named William Cody in…
 
Buntline wears out his welcome in New York and heads west to St. Louis. He finds a city primed to explode, and he leads another whiskey-fueled riot. He moves to upstate New York in an attempt to quit drinking, but it’s an uphill battle. He marries, divorces or abandons several wives. And in 1861, he feels the pull of the ultimate adventure: war. Jo…
 
Buntline leads a mob to the Astor Place Opera House and ignites the bloodiest episode in New York City since the Revolutionary War. Fueled by anger and alcohol, Buntline starts a riot that claims more than 20 lives and injures more than 100, and it lands him in prison. But the event only serves as a blueprint for another riot to come. Join Black Ba…
 
On the 19th of December 1854 Captain Jonathan R. Davis and two of his companions were ambushed by a gang of murderous thieves. During the short battle that ensued, Davis was able to single-handedly kill all 11 attackers. Carving the last four up with his Bowie Knife. One-man verses 11. Sounds a little too good to be true, huh? Sounds a little unbel…
 
Edward Judson becomes famous — and infamous — under the pen name Ned Buntline. He raises hell in Nashville; marries multiple women; suffers humiliation at the hands of a brothel owner; and begins a slanderous rivalry with a New York publisher. And all the while, he writes dozens of adventure stories that earn him legions of fans. Thanks RAYCON! Get…
 
Arkansas Dave Rudabaugh was an old west outlaw who some say taught Doc Holliday how to shoot in addition to being the only man that Billy The Kid ever feared. He was hunted by Wyatt Earp and arrested by both Bat Masterson AND Pat Garrett. Ran with the Dodge City Gang of Las Vegas, NM, rode with Billy The Kid, and was never held accountable for his …
 
Geronimo finally takes his place as a leader during the final years of the Apache Wars. To avenge the murder of his family, he wreaks havoc on northern Mexico. As his raids on Arizona and New Mexico intensify, the U.S. Army sends nearly a quarter of its force to stop him. When the fighting finally ends, the legend of Geronimo begins. For more detai…
 
Charlie Goodnight. The father of the Texas Panhandle and one tough son of a bitch. Although I doubt anyone ever called him that to his face. To quote Larry McMurtry’s book Streets Of Laredo, “bullets had killed men fighting at his very elbow, but no bullets had ever struck him. He had taken herds almost 100 waterless miles and had not starved. He h…
 
Apache chief Victorio leads his people off the San Carlos Reservation in search of a better home. The search leads to two years of desperate fighting across the American southwest and northern Mexico. And the end of the campaign opens the door for the last great Apache leader to step forward. For more details, visit our website www.blackbarrelmedia…
 
When an American boy goes missing in Arizona, the U.S. military accuses Cochise of kidnapping and tries to hold him hostage until the boy is returned. The event launches 25 years of fighting between the Apache and the Americans. For more details, visit our website www.blackbarrelmedia.com and check out our social media pages. We’re @OldWestPodcast …
 
Over the course of two centuries, the Apache rise to become the dominant raiding society in the land that will soon become the American states of Arizona and New Mexico. The Apache battle the Spanish empire, and then the new nation of Mexico, and finally begin a decades-long conflict with the United States. In the process, the first great Apache le…
 
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Exciting new things are on the horizon. Here are the quick hits:Apache Wars has been delayed. It will now begin May 27. Explanation in the episode.Bonus content is on the way! We've partnered with a company to create a premium listening experience. Hear about some of the features in the episode.The back catalogue is on its way to YouTube...Thanks L…
 
Dynamite Dick Clifton, often referred to as the most killed outlaw in the American West was a mysterious, relatively unknown outlaw who rode with some of the deadliest men that the Indian Territory had ever known. While at the same time being constantly tracked down by the west's most legendary lawmen. That's right, we're headed back to Oklahoma on…
 
Weeks of firefights and arrests lead to the Battle of Grapevine. A party of McCoy supporters led by “Bad” Frank Phillips clashes with a party of Hatfield supporters. The consequences push the states of Kentucky and West Virginia to the Supreme Court. The last fight of the feud happens in a courtroom, but it claims one more life. For more details, p…
 
A deadly raid on New Year’s Day launches the bloodiest month of the feud. The Hatfields inflict more casualties on the McCoys, but then the McCoys unleash “Bad” Frank Phillips to hunt down the Hatfields. While raiding parties race across the Tug River, the governors of Kentucky and West Virginia spar over extradition. For more details, please visit…
 
A brutal attack pushes Devil Anse Hatfield to an extreme act of revenge. The feud enters its bloodiest phase, and the consequences force the governors of Kentucky and West Virginia into a showdown. For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com. Our social media pages are: @blackbarrelmedia on Facebook and Instagram, and @bbarrelmedia on T…
 
A trial leads to murder. A relationship between a Hatfield young man and a McCoy young woman deepens the divide between the two families. And Devil Anse Hatfield makes new enemies who join the McCoy side of the feud. For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com. Our social media pages are: @blackbarrelmedia on Facebook and Instagram, and…
 
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