Russell "Red" Steagall (born December 22, 1938) is an American actor, musician, poet, and stage performer who focuses on American Western and country music genres. He has performed for heads of state, including a special party for President Reagan at the White House in 1983, and has completed three overseas tours for the United States Information Agency to the Middle East, the Far East, and South America.
Red Steagall at the 2007 Texas Book Festival.
|Birth name||Russell Stegall|
|Born||December 22, 1938|
Early life and day jobsEdit
Steagall was born Russell Steagall in Gainesville in north Texas on December 22, 1938. He became a bull rider at rodeos while he was still a teenager, but at the age of 15, he was stricken with polio. He took up the guitar and the mandolin as physical therapy to recover the strength and dexterity of his arms and hands. Based out of Amarillo, he formed a dance band "Russell Don & The Premiers" making his first recordings (which were unreleased) at Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, NM in April 1961. Steagall entered a career in agricultural chemistry after graduating from West Texas State University with a degree in animal science and agronomy. He then spent eight years as a music industry executive in Hollywood, and has spent the last 40 years as a recording artist, songwriter, and television and motion picture personality. He currently maintains offices outside of Fort Worth, where he is involved in the production of motion pictures and television shows.
Television and radio personalityEdit
Steagall made numerous appearances on syndicated television shows such as Hee Haw and Nashville on the Road. He also spent four years as host of the nationally televised National Finals Rodeo, was host of the Winston Pro Tour on ESPN for the 1985 season, and co-hosted the College National Finals Rodeo for the Freedom Sports Network from 1988 through 1991. He was also the host of Western Theater on America One Television.
Steagall currently hosts a one-hour syndicated radio show, Cowboy Corner, on 170 stations in 43 states. Cowboy Corner celebrates the lifestyle of the American West through the poems, songs, and stories of the American cowboy. In 2010, In the Bunkhouse with Red Steagall began airing on the RFD-TV network; as of 2017, Steagall now hosts Red Steagall is Somewhere West of Wall Street for the same channel. His down-home, friendly manner and considerable musical talents make him a favorite of rural America.
Steagall had a major role in the motion picture Benji the Hunted, which was released in the summer of 1987. He also appeared in the motion pictures Dark Before Dawn and Abilene. He produced the motion picture Big Bad John, starring Jimmy Dean, Jack Elam, Ned Beatty, and Bo Hopkins, and directed by Burt Kennedy.
Steagall is a trustee of the Pro Rodeo Hall of Champions, honorary member of the Cowboy Artists of America, and former board chairman of the Academy of Country Music.
Musical and literary accomplishmentsEdit
In 1975, he discovered a then-unknown Reba McEntire and signed her to Mercury Records the following year. He discovered her while she was performing the national anthem at the National Rodeo Finals competition in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. One year later, in October 1977, McEntire released her first album on Mercury Records, and though most of her Mercury albums were commercial failures, in 1984, she picked up with her big album, My Kind of Country.
In March 1993, Texas Christian University Press published Steagall's first book, entitled Ride for the Brand, a 168-page collection of poetry and songs embracing the Western lifestyle that Red loves and lives. The book is illustrated by Cowboy Artists of America members Bill Owen, Fred Fellows, Joe Beeler, and Howard Terpning.
In September 2003, Texas Tech University Press published Born to This Land, a joint effort between Red Steagall and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Skeeter Hagler. The book contains Hagler's black-and-white studies of modern ranching, accompanied by Steagall's award-winning poetry. The Academy of Western Artists named Born to This Land' as recipient of the Will Rogers Award for best book of 2003.
Red has won the Wrangler Award for original music five times: 1993 (for his Warner Western album, Born to This Land), 1995 (for the Warner Western album, Faith and Values), 1997 (for his Warner Western album, Dear Mama, I'm a Cowboy), 1999 (for Love of the West). In fall 2002, Steagall released his 20th album, Wagon Tracks, which also won the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
In May 2011, Bunkhouse Press released Steagall's CD Dreamin' of......When the Grass Was Still Deep, featuring eight songs and two poems.
Honors and awardsEdit
The Texas Legislature named Red Steagall the Official Cowboy Poet of Texas in April 1991. Steagall was an early participant in the American Cowboy Culture Association, which holds the annual National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration each September in Lubbock.
Since 1991, Red has hosted the annual Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering in the Stockyards National Historic District of Fort Worth. The event features a ranch rodeo, chuckwagon cookoff, children's poetry contest, Western swing dances, cowboy music and poetry, a trappings show, and horsemanship clinics.
In 1999, Steagall was inducted into the Texas Trail of Fame.
In April 2003, Steagall was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, joining the likes of Will Rogers, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Goodnight, and Charlie Russell.
In January 2004, he received the Spirit of Texas Award and was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth.
In April 2005, he was inducted to the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in Belton, Texas.
|1972||Party Dolls and Wine||—||Capitol|
|1973||Somewhere My Love||42|
|If You've Got the Time, I've Got the Song||—|
|1974||Finer Things in Life||47|
|1976||Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music||27||ABC/Dot|
|1977||For All Our Cowboy Friends||—|
|1978||Hang On Feelin'||—|
|1979||It's Our Life||—||Tractor|
|1993||Born to This Land||—||Warner Western|
|1995||Faith and Value||—|
|1997||Dear Mama I'm a Cowboy||—||Warner Western|
|1999||Love of the West||—|
|2006||The Wind, the Wire and the Rail||—||Wildcatter|
|2007||Here We Go Again||—|
|2011||Dreamin' of.....When The Grass Was Still Deep||—||Bunkhouse Press|
|US Country||CAN Country|
|1972||"Party Dolls and Wine"||31||—||Party Dolls and Wine|
|"Somewhere, My Love"||22||65||Somewhere My Love|
|"If You've Got the Time"||41||—||If You've Got the Time,|
I've Got the Song
|"The Fiddle Man"||87||—|
|1974||"This Just Ain't My Day (For Lettin' Darlin' Down)"||93||—||single only|
|"I Gave Up Good Mornin' Darling"||54||—||Finer Things in Life|
|"Finer Things in Life"||52||—|
|"Someone Cares for You"||17||17|
|1975||"She Worshipped Me"||62||—||single only|
|1976||"Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music"||11||—||Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music|
|"Truck Drivin' Man"||29||10|
|"Rosie (Do You Wanna Talk It Over)"||45||—||Texas Red|
|1977||"Her L-O-V-E's Gone"||59||—|
|"I Left My Heart in San Francisco"||53||—|
|"Freckles Brown"||90||—||For All Our Cowboy Friends|
|"The Devil Ain't a Lonely Woman's Friend"||72||—||Hang On Feelin'|
|1978||"Hang On Feelin'"||63||—|
|"Bob's Got a Swing Band in Heaven"||flip||—|
|1979||"Goodtime Charlie's Got the Blues"||41||—||singles only|
|1980||"3 Chord Country Song"||31||—|
|"Dim the Lights and Pour the Wine"||49||—|
|"Hard Hat Days and Honky Tonk Nights"||30||—|
- Slatta, Richard W. (2001). The mythical West: an encyclopedia of legend, lore, and popular culture. ABC-CLIO. pp. 331–. ISBN 978-1-57607-151-9. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
- "National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration, Inc. (Lubbock, Texas)". cowboy.org. Archived from the original on August 26, 2013. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
- "Red Steagall". Western Heritage from the Texas Trail of Fame. www.texastrailoffame.org. 26 May 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2018.