K.R. Wood's interest in country music began over forty years ago. K.R., a native Texas singer, songwriter, historian and musician, plays 6 and 12 string acoustical guitars and has received acclaim for his Fathers of Texas CD series. It is a collection of songs and narration about Texas’ storied history, which is considered a landmark in Texas music. His CD titled “Davy Crockett’s Fiddle Plays On” was recorded live in the Alamo with the Davy Crockett Fiddle from the Witte Museum. This is an honor and privilege that only K.R. Wood has been given.
K.R. Wood’s acting career began at the age of 15 with a speaking part in the classic movie The Last Picture Show. He also appeared in Texasville, Hotwired, and Urban Cowboy as well as assisting with the music in the remake of The Alamo. K.R. has appeared on several television shows including The Big 40 reality show, The Perfect Match out of Canada, Half Yard Productions History Channel documentary titled Meat in America, and Billy Bob Thornton’s documentary On the Road with Willie Nelson. K.R. brought his Chuck Wagon and guitar to these events singing songs and telling tales of the Old West. He also wrote the songs and was interviewed in the documentary The Life and Times of Peter Bogdonovich about his role in the movie Texasville. He has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild for over 40 years.
K.R. Wood a.k.a. Camp Cookie, has been travelling the great state of Texas bringing its history to life through songs and tales for almost 20 years. K.R. was nominated for Texas Musician of the Year in 2009 and 2011 with the TCA (Texas Commission for the Arts). He is a member of the American Chuck Wagon Association, has been recognized by the 75th Texas Legislature in 1997 for keeping Texas History alive with his first Fathers of Texas CD, is an adopted member of the Davy Crockett family and the Texas Alabama Settlement Group, and his Fathers of Texas album was adopted by the State of Texas approved Texas history curriculum through Harcourt Publishing. On April 20th, 2011, K.R.’s Fathers of Texas Music Series and the documentary Fathers of Texas: 175 Years of Texas Independence was recognized by both the House of Representatives and the Senate with a resolution commemorating his work in keeping Texas History alive. On September 5, 2013 K.R. had the distinct honor of being inducted as an honorary member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas with the San Jacinto Chapter and also inducted as an honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy Tom Toby Squadron.
He performs unique and spirited cowboy entertainment from solo to an 8 piece band. K.R.’s repertoire includes the old traditional/western music, country, gospel, blues, bluegrass, and old time rock and roll. He entertains often at the Hyatt Lost Pines, Bob Bullock Museum, The Alamo, many corporate events, educational school shows, private parties and anniversaries, rodeos, and other Texas festivals.
K.R. has created a western variety show called “The Old Chisholm Trail”. It is a family friendly show and tells the story of the history of the Old Chisholm Trail through song, stories, poems and live action of a world champion trick roper, pistol twirler and bull whipper. The show will go on the road for a tour in 2017 to commemorate 150 years of the first Chisholm Trail. It truly brings history to life!
K.R.’s latest project is a CD called “Songs and Tales of the Old Chisholm Trail”.
The music of the two-disc CD consists of 32 songs, which includes traditional songs from the era, three original songs by KR Wood. Artists include Texas singer/songwriters KR Wood, Michael Martin Murphey, Gary P. Nunn, Ray Benson, Red Steagall, Don Edwards, Bob Livingston, Doug Moreland, Augie Meyers, T. Gozney Thornton, Kimmie Rhodes, Mikki Daniel as well as many amazing Texas musicians. Our last song on the CD is “This is the Last Cowboy Song” by the Highwaymen (Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson). The perfect ending for the CD!
K.R. brings history to life through his performances and his authentic Chuck Wagon in Texas schools. His unique historical and hysterical performances by Camp Cookie’s Solo, Duo, or Trio encourage children to sing & dance along while learning the wonderful history of the Lone Star State! Stories of Texas are told through song and narration, from the events of the Texas Revolution to the cowboy’s life on the cattle trails. Stories are incorporated that tell of our Tejano and African American heroes and the ‘Fathers of Texas’ such as Davy Crockett, Stephen F. Austin, William B. Travis, just to name a few, as well as the contributions of the women and children. Through these stories, the focus is on instilling good values in our youth and teaching them of the sacrifices that helped make Texas what it is today. He was honored to be a part of the Education in Action Historical Educational Program for 10 years.
Through music, stories and song, K.R.’s passion for Texas history and traditional country music continues to contribute to our great Texas heritage.