Bugle Radio is on the Air!

It’s a combination of music and mischief from Madison County, Montana and it is live for your listening pleasure today. Join Montana Bugle publisher Mati Bishop in an exploration of American music and life in Montana. It’s exclusively on Spotify and you must be a Spotify Premium listener to get the full versions of theContinue reading “Bugle Radio is on the Air!”

A Hidden Gem at McAllister Inn

The navigation system in the car indicated that we had five miles to go before our destination when the sign for McAllister Inn caught my eye and made my heart sink.   The roadside strip motel was a far cry from our usual off the beaten path accommodation choices.   Mel had chosen this one and sheContinue reading “A Hidden Gem at McAllister Inn”

Modern Hippy Heaven at Norris Hot Springs

I was fascinated by the wood bottom of the large soaking pool at Norris Hot Springs.   Convinced at first that I would get splinters, then soothed by the feel of the mineral water treated planks on the bottoms of my feet.   It was just one of many small touches that add up to make NorrisContinue reading “Modern Hippy Heaven at Norris Hot Springs”

The Kootenai Project Chapter 3 – Approaching the Breaking Point

The CARD clinic office was packed again.   Dr. Whyte had been out for three days and the backlog of patients waiting to be seen was getting out of control.   People were sick, people were scared and all Julie Reynolds could do was sit at the front desk, nearing her breaking point, and listenContinue reading “The Kootenai Project Chapter 3 – Approaching the Breaking Point”

The Kootenai Project Chapter 2 – Questions without Answers

“Americano?”“Yep.”“Big one?”“Yep.”“To go?”“Yep.” The scene played out pretty much the same every morning.  Neil Roberts stopped for coffee between 8-8:15 every day on his way to work.   Sheila Priest ran through the basic questions that highlighted the only subtle changes in Neil’s daily routine.    Today was going to be a bit different.   “TheyContinue reading “The Kootenai Project Chapter 2 – Questions without Answers”

The Kootenai Project Chapter 1 – Predator and Prey

The wrestling slurping sound floated up the ravine as the creature fed by the small creek.  The hunter’s blood boiled.   It was the fucking wolves again.   Probably eating a calf elk.   He’d fix this one.    The creature moved, obscured by the brush and trees at the edge of the creek.   HeContinue reading “The Kootenai Project Chapter 1 – Predator and Prey”

“Uprising: The Fall of Man” Chapter 1

Old Man Stories & Starvation The inside of the cave was habitable.   Dark, drafty, but habitable.  Barely.  A small fire burned in the corner.   A single chair and a dilapidated cheap plastic patio table were the only furnishings.   “A visitor, at this hour?” said the old man not turning from his seat at the fire.  Continue reading ““Uprising: The Fall of Man” Chapter 1″

Tom Waits Songs for Country Music Fans

Tom Waits has created some of the most amazing chronicles of the American condition every recorded.   He captures the life of ordinary and extraordinaire people in the same manner that John Steinbeck layered his novels with  raw emotion.   Sorting through the wild ride that has been Tom Waits  career to find the country masterpieces isContinue reading “Tom Waits Songs for Country Music Fans”