When The Beatles Were Cowboys

When The Beatles were cowboys
Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr of the Beatles 1964 © 1978 Gunther

ON 19TH SEPTEMBER 1964, in the middle of their tour, The Beatles needed a rest. After their appearance at the Dallas Convention Center during their 25 date US tour, they celebrated Brian Epstein’s 30th birthday on Reed Pigman’s ranch in Alton, Missouri. They landed at the little Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, airport.

Reed Pigman’s Ranch

The Beatles spent the weekend at Reed Pigman’s ranch, riding on horseback and playing at being cowboys.

Young Reed Pigman, 14 years old, remembers the time well. “They dressed up in their very best cowboy outfits,” Pigman said. Ringo also had a tooled western belt with his name on the back, a gift from Elvis Presley. They also went swimming and drove go-karts. “They went nuts with all the freedom they had,” Pigman said.

Walnut Ridge


When I visited Walnut Ridge in 2017, I met many lovely people, one of whom was Carrie Mae Snapp, older sister of mayor Charles Snapp. Like all the locals, they made us so welcome. Carrie Mae was a witness to The Beatles short time in Walnut Ridge and took some incredible photographs.

George Harrison heading to the plane in Walnut Ridge
George Harrison heading to the plane in Walnut Ridge

They then returned to the airport and left Walnut Ridge behind.

The little town of Walnut Ridge has an annual Beatles festival – Beatles At The Ridge – which I visited in 2017. What a fantastic festival, when the whole town shuts down and celebrates The Beatles.

Read the full story and see all the unique photographs of The Beatles in The Country of Liverpool.

David Bedford

Liverpool Country Groups & Artists – 1960s onwards

Liverpool Goes Country
Liverpool Goes Country

The famous country artists were Hank Walters & The Dusty Road Ramblers, The Hillsiders and Phil Brady & The Ranchers. However, there were so many country groups and artists around the Liverpool and Merseyside country music scene.

Is this a complete list? I am still compiling it and hopefully can add to it too.

Trying to record all of the country groups on Merseyside is no easy task. The following is the list as it stands so far.
Aberlene
Arcadian Ladies, The
Black Cats, The
Blue Country Boys, The
Blue Mountain Boys, The
Blue Mountain Express, The
Boleros, The
Boot Hill Billies, The
Carl Fenton Four
Carol Western
Carolina Travellers, The
Charlie Lansborough
Cheap Seats, The
Cimmaron
Country Boys, The
Country Comfort
Country Cousins
Country Five, The
Country Sounds, Carl Goldby’s
Countryside
Doreen and the Wranglers
Drifting Cowboys, The
Everglades, The
Fair Enough
Foggy Mountain Ramblers, The
Georgie Cash
Georgie Collins and the Sundowners
Hank & The Drifters
Hank Walters & The Dusty Road
Ramblers
Harvey
Hillsiders, The
Hobo Rick
Idle Hours
Irene & The Sante Fes
Jerry Devine
Jo and Gerry Clark
Joey Rogers and Harry Chambers
Johnny Gold and the Country
Cousins
Kansas City Five, The
Kelvin Henderson
Kenny Johnson & Northwind
Kentuckians, The
Kevin Daniels Band, The
Lawmen, The
Lee Brennan
Little Bernie & The Drifting
Cowboys
Little Ginny Band
Liverpool Country
Lonesome Travellers, The
Miller Brothers, The
Neal Brothers, The
Outlaws, The
Paddy Kelly Band, The
Patsy Foley Band
Phil Brady & The Ranchers
Poacher
Quintones, The
Rainbow County
Ranchers, The
Ramblers, The
Ray Mac’s Trio
Redwoods, The
Saddlers, The
San Antones, The
Sarah Jory
Schooners, The
State Liners, The
Stringdusters, The
Sundowners, The
Stu Page
Tennessee Three, The
Tennessee Five, The
UK Country
Val Sutton
Wells Fargo
Western Union
Westerners, The
Westerns, The
West Virginia
Whisky River

Do you know anybody who is missing from this list? Please message me.

The list will appear in the book, “The Country of Liverpool”, which covers the country roots of The Beatles and Liverpool. Pre-Order yours now.

David Bedford