Wes St. Jon: The Oilfield Cowboy

Interview and Photo by Todd Melby

Did you ever wonder what a toolpusher, roustabout or derrick hand does on an oil rig?

Wes St. Jon, also known as “The Oilfield Cowboy,” aims to tell you. Wes is a singer/songwriter from Nashville who fell in love with the oil industry while living in Oklahoma and Louisiana. He got to know roughnecks, truckers and others folks in the business. They taught him how things worked. And he wrote songs about it.

In this interview with Black Gold Boom’s Todd Melby, Wes sings a whole bunch of oilfield classics, including “Redneck Roughneck,” “An Oilfield Man’s Wife,” “Fracin’ The Hole” and “The Story of the Derrick Man, Toolpusher, Roustabout, Roughneck, Driller and The Company Man.” That last one explains the jobs.

In this music video we made with Wes, he sings about the ups and downs of oilfield life. It’s called “Boom or Bust.”

More information is available on his Oilfield Cowboy website.



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  2. […] and roughnecking. He came to the Bakken to sell his albums from rig to rig. Listen to Melby’s entertaining interview with him, and see the video that Melby and BGB intern Laura Candler shot for his song “Boom […]

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