Bill Wood

Bill Wood half 3-17Bill Wood was born in the city of Angels.  After staying  there four  days he went to the foothills of Sierra’s, to a small rural community of about 750 people.  Bill’s father was a machinist.  But Bill didn’t care about that work and wanted to be around livestock, so he was allowed to go and work with parents’ friends who were ranchers as he was growing up. Around the  mid-1960’s he started packing mules in the Sierras for a local pack station.

Bill served our military from 1970-1974, in the Air Force with stateside duty. In 1984 Bill interviewed with Jesse Smith  for what was to become the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko.  He was chosen as a participant and went in ’86, and was invited a number of years thereafter.  He appeared there on a night show Waddie Mitchell put together in 1990.  South Dakota’s famous songsmith, Kyle Evans, used Elko Rag, a song Bill Wood wrote, on SONGSMITH, one of his very popular albums. Bill appears in Allen Sack’s video of  the 10th Gathering, and Elko Rag is used as the opening for the Gathering video. Kyle Evans’  album had Elko Rag on it.