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Personalities: At Home with Baxter Black

Baxter Black, cowboy poet
Source: East Valley Tribune, Tempe, AZ
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In Chuck Anderson's first interview with Baxter Black, the duo had a strong rapport. So, Chuck had to visit Baxter again. This time, it was in Baxter's home in Brighton, CO.

The two men picked up right where they left off, which was basically when Chuck lost control over the interview and Baxter switched roles.

Baxter welcomed Chuck to his home, apologizing for a "missing wall" that he removes every summer. Chuck was so comfortable in his environment, he forgot to introduce himself until the second minute of the interview.

The men were very observational comedians throughout the interview, first noticing Baxter's wife roaming around. Baxter introduced her to the listening audience, giving them a detailed image of her appearance, almost like a commentator telling the physical stats of an athlete.

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Baxter Black introduces his wife like a sports commentator introduces the physical stats of an athlete.

Chuck was stunned how Brighton made no mention of Baxter on its welcome sign. Baxter, in his mind, was an underrated celebrity. Baxter said the original sign which did mention his name was burned down when he was "mayor" of the town.

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Baxter talks about his brief stint as "mayor" of Brighton, CO.

The men then went off on another tangent (a common habit between them), talking about their recent trip to a 7-Eleven, where Baxter was looking for a compressor for a drip sprinkler. Chuck made an interesting assumption about the lady behind the counter.

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Chuck and Baxter recall a fond moment when Chuck thought an Oriental lady at the 7-Eleven was a native Coloradan.

Baxter then brings up his career, talking about his new book, Hey Cowboy, Wanna Get Lucky?, which has been on different bestseller lists. Chuck brings up Baxter's secretary, Cheryl, who he jokes is secretly ciphoning off the success of her famous boss.

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Chuck reveals to Baxter that his secretary, Cheryl, is secretly feeding off his success.

Both men discover that they share a passion for the outdoors, in the form of trout fishing and hunting.

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Chuck talks about his special lure for trout fishing and Baxter describes how he bartered his performances for antlers.

And to end the visit, Baxter performs another of his cowboy poems.

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Baxter reads a poem that takes place in a conversation about a one-horned cow.

For Anderson's full interview with Baxter Black, listen here.

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Chuck Anderson's full interview with Baxter Black

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