Ross Burns

Host, I Hear America Singing

A native of Austin, Texas, Ross grew up in the midst of the Urban Folk Revival of the 1950s and 60s.  His first introduction to folk music was the Kingston Trio with their million selling albums.  From there, he went forward, backwards and sideways collecting music all along the way. He is a retired librarian and a student of history.   

As a historian, he loves researching the stories behind the music and the performers.  He has worked as a librarian in public, academic and corporate libraries around the state of Texas.  He combines his love of both folk music and history to research the stories of the performers as well as of the songs that they sing.  He has been a guest lecturer in English and Folklore classes at the college level and has had articles published in newspapers and professional journals.

In 2006 Ross began his broadcast career with Marfa Public Radio.  He recently retired and moved to Waco with his wife Betty.  Ross is the volunteer host and mastermind behind I Hear America Singing which will begin airing regularly on KWBU in August, 2014.    

On I Hear America Singing this weekend, we have special guests Sharon Douglas and Freddie Fuller on board to tell us all about the First Salado Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering coming up May 6th through 9th.

The first modern Cowboy Poetry Gathering was held in Elko, Nevada in 1985. The following year, the first Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering was held on the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine. Since then, Gatherings have popped up all over the nation.