Western novelist John D. Nesbitt has announced a new venture, a western CD featuring songs he wrote. The new CD is called In a Large and Lonesome Land, and the artist singing the songs, W.C. Jameson, is a long-time friend of Nesbitt.
“We’ve worked on this project for a long-tome,” shared Nesbitt. “It’s great to have it finally coming to fruition.”
Nesbitt began writing songs which appeared in his books and short stories as early as 1989 and in his novels around 2000. The first time he ever heard one of his songs put to music was by some musicians at a writer’s conference in 2002. “It’s an overwhelming feeling to hear it set to music,” added Nesbitt.
The content of the songs on the CD would be considered “cowboy songs or range ballads,” said Nesbitt.
Another one of Nesbitt’s songs, Rangeland Lament, was recorded by Carol Markstrom and can be found on her CD Desert Rose.
“It is really a feeling of disbelief to have this project done after working on it for so many years,” added Nesbitt. “It feels really good.”
The CDs are available directly from Nesbitt or at Marly’s Signs and Designs at 1840 Main in Torrington. They will also be available at Eastern Wyoming College on Sunday, December 9th during the Afternoon of Art and Music, in the Fine Arts Center, where student art by Rebecca Green will be featured, Nesbitt will sign CDs and books, and the Christmas Concert will take place. Doors open at 1, concert begins at 2.
Other projects recently published by Nesbitt include a young adult traditional western titled Castle Butte, which was released in May. In June, he was published as part of an anthology of short stories called The Trading Post and other Frontier Stories. Pearl of Great Price, a novella, was published electronically in August.
Nesbitt teaches English and Spanish at Eastern Wyoming College.
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