Shane Clouse always wanted to be a cowboy.
“My mother used to say I was born in Tony Llamas,” said the well-loved local country-Western singer and longtime owner of Missoula’s Pink Grizzly Greenhouse, who now calls Stevensville home. “I always wanted to be a cowboy. I’m still working on that.”
Nearly 40 years his senior, Rock Creek author Larry Martin grew up in Bakersfield, California with the same dream.
“I was a poor boy who couldn’t afford horses as a kid,” Martin said. “The first job I had was wrangling horses and packing mules. I always wore cowboy boots.”
In his first life in real estate, he sold farms and ranches all over the West. When he later turned his attention to writing, Martin penned more than 40 Westerns.
More than a decade ago, the two men’s paths crossed after Martin heard Clouse perform his original song, “Montana Matters.” They became fast friends after co-producing a song that combined Martin’s lyrics and Clouse’s music.
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