1/
Skip to main content

Western Jubilee Recording Company

Western Jubilee Recording Company logo

The Western Jubilee Recording Company was founded in Colorado Springs in 1996 by Scott O’Malley, an avid collector and connoisseur of Western and cowboy music. After his own time performing as a musician, O’Malley moved to Colorado Springs in 1985, bought an empty warehouse, and started a management agency. He represented acclaimed Western artists Don Edwards, Waddie Mitchell, and the Sons of the San Joaquin, eventually creating the record label the Western Jubilee Recording Company as his roster grew. The artists O’Malley worked with are from families of farmers and ranchers and write songs about authentic experiences on the range. Other artists on Western Jubilee Recording Company include Montana balladeer Wylie Gustafson, "Cowboy Girl" Katy Moffatt, and singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey, as well as renowned guitar player Norman Blake and his wife, folk musician Nancy Blake.

Western Jubilee Recording Company founder Scott O'Malley

Western Jubilee Recording Company founder Scott O'Malley

Many of the albums were recorded live at Western Jubilee’s historic Warehouse Theater in Colorado Springs. Draped in colorful quilts with guitars and memorabilia lining the tin walls, the Western Jubilee stage is a space dedicated to storytelling and the artists who have passed through it. Their commitment to the preservation of old-time music has earned the label a collection of well-loved releases and multiple Grammy nominations. Soft-spoken storytelling, a deep love of the land, and an appreciation for companionship provide tender insight into life on the range, showing there’s more to cowboys than machismo.

Smithsonian Folkways acquired Western Jubilee Recording Company in April 2020, keeping the spirit of the label alive for all who want it for years to come.

A few recordings from Western Jubilee. Click here for more.

Take Me Back to the Range: Selections from Western Jubilee Recording Company
Take Me Back to the Range: Selections from Western Jubilee Recording Company
WJRC019876 (2020)
Warehouse Tracks
Warehouse Tracks
Various Artists
WJRC127623 (2007)
Back Home In Sulphur Springs by Norman & Nancy Blake
Back Home In Sulphur Springs
Norman & Nancy Blake
PLECT012112 (2006)
High Lonesome Cowboy by Peter Rowan & Don Edwards with Tony Rice and Norman Blake
High Lonesome Cowboy
Peter Rowan & Don Edwards with Tony Rice and Norman Blake
WJRC117520 (2002)
Sing One for the Cowboy by Sons of the San Joaquin
Sing One for the Cowboy
Sons of the San Joaquin
WJRC117025 (2000)
Cowboy Girl by Katy Moffatt
Cowboy Girl
Katy Moffatt
WJRC118022 (2001)
That No Quit Attitude by Waddie Mitchell
That No Quit Attitude
Waddie Mitchell
WJRC116820 (2002)
TOP

.