Biography—Singing in the Saddle, The Life and Times of Yellowstone Chip

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Nan Weber chronicles the bronc-busting life and times of Chip Samuell from farm boy to Yellowstone stage driver to Western entertainer.

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Author Nan Weber presents her published book Singing in the Saddle, The Life and Times of Yellowstone Chip. In this engrossing work, Weber shines the light on Chip Samuell and brings to life the fascinating story of an Illinois farm boy classically trained in music with the dream of becoming a true Western Cowboy.

Chip’s contributions as an entertainer and wrangler caught the author’s imagination. After finding traces of Yellowstone Chip’s writing at the historic OTO Dude Ranch north of Yellowstone National Park, Weber tracked Chip’s history. In the course of her research, she found Chip’s memoirs, his music, his cartooning, and his family. “What has emerged from these home sources and civil records is the picture of a first-class wrangler and entertainer during the heyday of dude ranches and singing cowboys,” she states.

Singing in the Saddle documents Chip’s travels from his Illinois childhood home to the majesty of the Western United States. Within the book, tunes are introduced highlighting different portions of Chip’s musical development. His lively journey encompasses music, cowboy life, and, most of all, people. Backed with nostalgic photographs and Chip’s reminiscences, this book engages readers with a story of a true singing cowboy.

This book will be featured at the California School Library Book Exhibit in San Jose, Calif. on November 2-4, 2012.

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About the Author
Nan Weber grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but always knew she would one day live in the West. She received her BFA in theatre arts at the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. Ms. Weber has also lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Seattle, Washington; and various towns in Montana. She now makes her home in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her musician husband, Paul Boruff.

In addition to stage scripts and screenplays, Weber is the author of Mattie, A Woman’s Journey West, which chronicles the life of Mattie Shipley Culver whose grave is in Yellowstone National Park.

Singing in the Saddle * by Nan Weber and Yellowstone Chip Samuell
The Life And Times Of Yellowstone Chip
Publication Date: June 2, 2011
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 391 pages; 978-1-4628-5703-6
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 391 pages; 978-1-4628-5704-3
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4628-5705-0

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