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Legends of the Old West

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Wyatt Earp, Jesse James, and Butch and Sundance. Lakota, Comanche and Apache. Wars, gunfights and robberies. This show covers the toughest lawmen, the wildest outlaws, and the deadliest towns — all the people and events that shaped the American West.

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Wyatt Earp, Jesse James, and Butch and Sundance. Lakota, Comanche and Apache. Wars, gunfights and robberies. This show covers the toughest lawmen, the wildest outlaws, and the deadliest towns — all the people and events that shaped the American West.

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733 Ratings
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Excellent

By Eddo's IPOD - Feb 22 2020
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This podcast is well done . And as a guitarist I appreciate the musical background also . I especially like the background facts and the fact that this program does not appear to be revisionist . No political spin that I can detect . I will do business with sponsors of this podcast and would pay if asked . Thank you for creating legends of the Old West ! Update 02/20- loved Jesse James directors cut . I wish somehow we could easily jump to billy the kid podcasts ,or red cloud, etc. . I guess it is hunt and peck for now . Absolutely my favorite #1 podcast !

Best historical podcast

By t@ar - Jan 11 2020
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Great listen. Looking forward to many more episodes!

iTunes Ratings

733 Ratings
Average Ratings
673
32
10
10
8

Excellent

By Eddo's IPOD - Feb 22 2020
Read more
This podcast is well done . And as a guitarist I appreciate the musical background also . I especially like the background facts and the fact that this program does not appear to be revisionist . No political spin that I can detect . I will do business with sponsors of this podcast and would pay if asked . Thank you for creating legends of the Old West ! Update 02/20- loved Jesse James directors cut . I wish somehow we could easily jump to billy the kid podcasts ,or red cloud, etc. . I guess it is hunt and peck for now . Absolutely my favorite #1 podcast !

Best historical podcast

By t@ar - Jan 11 2020
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Great listen. Looking forward to many more episodes!
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Legends of the Old West

Latest release on Feb 26, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 1 day ago

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: JESSE JAMES D.C. | "Retribution"

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Frank and Jesse James grow into young men amid the chaos of the Civil War. They learn the skills and tactics of guerilla warfare in their home state of Missouri. And when the war is finished, they must decide on a new path. When the first daylight bank robbery in peacetime America happens in their home county, the men of their former guerilla outfit become the chief suspects.

For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com. Our social media pages are: @blackbarrelmedia on Facebook and Instagram, and @bbarrelmedia on Twitter.

Jan 08 2020

33mins

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Rank #2: The Coffeyville Raid

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On October 5th, 1892, the Dalton Gang attempted one of the most daring robberies in the history of the West. Armed with Winchester rifles, they tried to rob two banks at the same time in broad daylight in Coffeyville, Kansas. The result was a running gun battle with the townsfolk that has become legend.

Special guest discussion with Bob Boze Bell, Executive Editor of True West Magazine.

Apr 01 2018

33mins

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Rank #3: TOMBSTONE | All That Glitters

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Wyatt Earp earns a reputation as a peace officer in the tough cowtowns of Kansas before his brother Virgil entices him to move west. Doc Holliday begins a promising career as a dentist in Georgia before tuberculosis, and possibly darker troubles, drive him out of the South. Holliday and the Earps converge on a mining camp called Tombstone in the Arizona desert with dreams of making their fortunes.

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Original sound and music by Robb Vallier

"Theme" by The Mighty Orq

"Swamp Ghost" by Brian Wayy courtesy of Pond 5

"Across The Mountains" by Brian Wayy courtesy of Pond 5

"Shine On" by Brian Wayy courtesy of Pond 5

"Outlaws" by Brian Wayy courtesy of Pond 5

"Lonely Traveller" by Brian Wayy courtesy of Pond 5

"Iminhor Drone" by Chris Jacobs courtesy of Pond 5

Aug 12 2018

30mins

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Rank #4: TEXAS RANGERS | "A Captain Rises"

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After the Texas revolution and the Great Comanche Raid, a Tennessean named John Coffee Hays rises to prominence as the commander of the Texas Rangers. Hays, along with captains Ben McCulloch, Samuel Walker and "Bigfoot" Wallace fights bandits in the Nueces Strip and Comanches on the frontier.

The rangers are on the front lines as Mexico sends hundreds of troops into Texas. Texas responds by sending the rangers to Mexico on the disastrous Mier Expedition.

For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com

Apr 28 2019

41mins

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Rank #5: JESSE JAMES D.C. | "Armed Robbery"

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Bank robberies pile up fast in the years after the Civil War. Frank and Jesse learn the tricks of the trade from their old guerilla comrades and then strike out on their own. But in their first solo action, Jesse murders a man in cold blood and earns the wrath of an angry posse.

For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com. Our social media pages are: @blackbarrelmedia on Facebook and Instagram, and @bbarrelmedia on Twitter.

Jan 15 2020

29mins

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Rank #6: DEADWOOD | W. Earl Brown Interview

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"Deadwood" star W. Earl Brown gives us a behind-scenes-look at the TV show and the movie. Earl played "Dan Dority" in the acclaimed HBO drama and he talks about a wide range of topics: the abrupt cancellation of the show, the moment he found out the movie would be made, the emotional reunion of the cast and crew, a preview of the long-awaited film, and much more.

He also talks about his band, Sacred Cowboys, and its connection to Deadwood.

This is the first episode of a mini series about Deadwood: the TV show, the movie and the real history.

For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com

May 29 2019

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Rank #7: TOMBSTONE | Lawdogs

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Wyatt Earp and his brothers arrive in Tombstone, and immediately clash with the Clantons and McLaurys. Doc Holliday journeys to Tombstone and quickly makes enemies with important businessmen. Curly Bill Brocius kills Tombstone's first town marshal.

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Music:

Original sound and music by Robb Vallier

"Theme" by The Mighty Orq

"Dust Bowl" by Brian Wayy, courtesy of Pond 5

"Endless Road" by Brian Wayy, courtesy of Pond 5

"Nostalgic Cinematic Piano" by Erick McNerney, courtesy of Pond 5

Aug 19 2018

31mins

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Rank #8: Texas Rangers (Part One)

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From Walnut Creek to the Gulf of Mexico, the early Texas Rangers fought against defiant Native tribes and the Mexican army when the Republic of Texas declared its independence. They were fearless frontiersmen, and in one case, maritime fighters, as well. Here are some of the early stories of the Texas Rangers.

Apr 29 2018

43mins

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Rank #9: JESSE JAMES D.C. | "Fame and Fortune"

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A bank robbery in Iowa jumpstarts the career of the James-Younger gang. A train robbery -- also in Iowa -- cements the gang as the premier outlaw group in America. The bandits' rise to stardom is fueled by their biggest fan: an aggressive newspaper editor in Kansas City.

For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com. Our social media pages are: @blackbarrelmedia on Facebook and Instagram, and @bbarrelmedia on Twitter.

Jan 22 2020

27mins

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Rank #10: TOMBSTONE | The O.K. Corral

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A stagecoach robbery sets in motion events that will lead to the collision of the Earps and the Cowboys. The Cowboys transform into an outlaw army that almost starts a war with Mexico. Tensions between the Earps and the Cowboys finally erupt in the most legendary gunfight of the American West.

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Original sound and music by Robb Vallier

"Theme" by The Mighty Orq

"Echo Backrop" by Erick McNerney, courtesy of Pond 5

Aug 26 2018

31mins

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Rank #11: The Baron of Arizona

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In the 1880s, James Addison Reavis attempted the greatest land fraud in American history. In a story that crisscrosses the United States and Mexico, and crosses the ocean to Spain, he tried to convince the U.S. government that he owned 18,000 square miles of the Arizona Territory. In the process, he anointed himself the Baron of Arizona.

Apr 15 2018

38mins

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Rank #12: RED CLOUD'S WAR | "The Road to Sand Creek"

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Red Cloud rises from an obscure child with an alcoholic father to war chief of the Oglala band of the Lakota. As white civilization begins to destroy the Lakota way of life, he calls for war. But older chiefs urge patience. Then the Sand Creek Massacre happens and the march toward war begins.

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Feb 03 2019

42mins

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Rank #13: JESSE JAMES | "American Outlaw"

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In the aftermath of the Civil War, the South was in ruins. The leaders of the Missouri guerillas were dead. Jesse James and his older brother, Frank, rose to prominence and began their careers as killers and thieves... and a Kansas City newspaperman began a campaign to turn them into heroes.

For more details, visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com

Nov 11 2018

36mins

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Rank #14: Deadwood

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Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Seth Bullock and many more flocked to the Black Hills in 1876 to strike it rich. It was a lawless, illegal town in its early days — a hell of a place to make your fortune.

Jun 10 2018

41mins

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Rank #15: TEXAS RANGERS | "Fight Like The Devil"

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Captain Jack Hays, Samuel Walker and a company of rangers fight a small battle with Comanches that has a big impact on history of the American West.

The United States goes to war with Mexico and General Zachary Taylor enlists the help of the Rangers. The U.S. army marches into Mexico and the Rangers lead the charge from the Battle of Palo Alto to the Battle of Monterrey.

For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com

May 05 2019

40mins

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Rank #16: TOMBSTONE | Helldorado

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In the aftermath of the gunfight, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday are taken to jail as they wait for a judge to decide if they should stand trial for murder. Newspapers fan the flames of chaos and ruin the reputations of the Earps. And the Earp family experiences its darkest moments when Virgil and Morgan are shot from ambush.

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Original sound and music by Robb Vallier

"Theme" by The Mighty Orq

"Long Ambient Soundscape" by Erick McNerney, courtesy of Pond 5

Sep 02 2018

34mins

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Rank #17: TEXAS RANGERS | "Naduah"

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Texas Ranger Sul Ross makes a fateful discovery during an expedition against the Comanches. He finds a woman who had been captured more than 20 years earlier. But the revelation has tragic consequences and it proves to be one of the most controversial and hotly debated topics in Texas history.

This is the full story of the capture, and re-capture, of Cynthia Ann Parker, whose journey was the inspiration for the acclaimed film “The Searchers” with John Wayne.

The end of the episode features an interview with Justice Ken Wise, the host and creator of “Wise About Texas,” a podcast dedicated to Texas history. Chris and Ken separate fact from fiction in a discussion about this key moment in Texas’ past.

For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com

May 26 2019

52mins

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Rank #18: TOMBSTONE | The Reckoning

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In the season finale, Wyatt Earp takes the law into his own hands. He forms a posse that includes Doc Holliday and begins a quest to destroy the Cowboys. His pursuit becomes front page news across the country as newspapers begin to call it the "Arizona Vendetta." When it's all over, three Cowboys are dead; Wyatt and Doc are some of the most famous men in America; and they can never set foot in Arizona again.

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Music:

Original sound and music by Robb Vallier

"Theme" by The Mighty Orq

Sep 09 2018

36mins

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Rank #19: TEXAS RANGERS | "Comanche Moon"

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The end of the Mexican-American War brings great change to the Texas Rangers. Heroes have been buried; the old captains move on; and new leaders emerge.

The U.S. army builds two lines of forts in Texas and finally creates a star-studded regiment of cavalry to battle the Comanches on the frontier. John "RIP" Ford becomes the preeminent Ranger captain of the age as he fights Comanches in the north and Juan Cortina in the south.

For more details, please visit www.blackbarrelmedia.com

May 19 2019

43mins

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Rank #20: Jesse James — Guerilla War

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May 1863. Union soldiers attempt to strangle information out of Jesse James’ stepfather. They succeed, but they also drive 16-year-old Jesse to join the guerilla raiders who rampage through Missouri during the Civil War. Under the leadership of violent captains like William Quantrill and Bloody Bill Anderson, Jesse and his older brother Frank learn tactics they will use to become the most famous outlaws in America.

May 27 2018

34mins

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