Biography of Judy James

  • Lady Balladeer of Texas and Western Music DJ of Cowboy Jubilee with Judy James and Western Heritage Radio
  • Former educator of Choral Music
  • 6 CDs – Cowboy Jubilee, The Gift of the Cowboy, Beneath These Western Skies, My God and I, Christmas in My Hometown, and Beautiful Texas
  • One of the Top 100 Most Heard Individual Artists on Cowboy/Western Radio Programs
  • Four-Time DJ/Program of the Year – Cowboy Jubilee with Judy James AND Western Heritage Radio
  • Cowboy Jubilee with Judy James is heard on QXFM 88.5 in North Texas & on Saturday mornings at 7:30 Central time
  • Western Heritage Radio can be heard on
  • Cowboy Jubilee Gospel Hour can be heard on Sunday mornings at 8:00 Central time.
  • Author: Western Wisdom – Educator’s Guide for Teachers of Western Heritage.
  • Co-Author – Parker County Legends: Trail Bosses and Wild Horses (the story of Charles Goodnight, Oliver Loving, and Bose Ikard)
  • Buckaroo youth director of Cowtown Opry in Fort Worth
  • Board member Cowtown Opry in Fort Worth
  • Available for history programs for schools, museums, groups, etc.
  • Available to Emcee events and programs

Keeping Our Western Heritage ALIVE!

Judy’s Accomplishments

As a West Quest Award Winner and Teacher of the Year, Judy continues teaching children about our ranching heritage through her school educational programs. Judy has a great passion to continue teaching the era of the men and women who helped settle the West. Therefore, programs have been developed that are intended to bring life to that period in history. The Western Wisdom Educator’s Guide was developed to reach the needs of educators to give more information, activities, and songs. A CD with some of the songs from the programs is included with the guide as well as performance tracks without voice. The CD is suitable to use to present as a short program or concert.

Additionally, that love of the West inspired Judy to write two books, Western Wisdom; her educator’s guide for teachers, and her co-authored book, Parker County Legends: Trail Bosses and Wild Hosses, a true story of Oliver Loving and Charles Goodnight.

Parker County Legends; Trail Bosses and Wild Hosses
by Mary Kemp, Judy James, and Pam Tarpley

Co-author of Parker County Legends; Trailbosses and Wild Hosses – the story of Charles Goodnight, Oliver Loving, and Bose Ikard.

Judy co-authored the sections on Goodnight and Loving after doing many new interviews and deep research on the lives of these two men and their families. Stories from the Goodnight and Loving families, not commonly found, are in this book.

Performance Venues – A History

  • State Fair of Texas – Dallas, Texas
  • Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo – Fort Worth, Texas
  • National Cowboy Symposium – Lubbock, Texas
  • Doss Heritage & Culture Center – Weatherford, Texas
  • National Cowboy Poetry Gathering – Elko, Nevada
  • Charlie Russell Museum – Great Falls, Montana
  • Festival of the West – Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Texas Cowboy Gathering – Alpine, Texas
  • Cattlemen’s Texas Longhorn Registry – Weatherford, Texas
  • Charles Goodnight Festival – Claude,Texas
  • National Cowgirl Hall of Fame – Fort Worth, Texas
  • Western Music Association – Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Cowboys, Heroes & Friends – Branson, Missouri
  • Folk Alliance Festival – Austin, Texas
  • Tombstone Western Music Festival – Tombstone, Arizona
  • Along with many Educational Programs in public and private schools, many Cowboy Gatherings, Ranch Rodeos and other performances in cities across the United States.