Lauralee Northcott is an award winning musician and fiber artist.  She plays guitar and sings, offering both original and classic western songs.  In addition, she recites original poetry expressing time spent in the wilderness.  With over 20 years of experience as a guide and wilderness cook in Washington State, she has a lot to say about life in the mountains.

Lauralee's interest in the horse culture of the last century in American history, and love of all things western is authentic and abiding.  In the 1990's she interviewed over 50 people who have spent extensive time in the wilderness, spanning almost 70 years of personal narratives.  Some of her work is now used to enhance the exhibits at the Shafter Museum in her home town of Winthrop, WA.  She has borrowed a lot of their stories and you can hear about them in her performances.

With a degree in music from Western Washington University Northcott began her career as a public school teacher.  She taught in the public schools for just over 30 years, teaching music and grade school.  Teaching in the winter, guiding and cooking in the summer, and playing music on the weekends has pretty much been her working career. 

Lauralee's broadcasting career was short and sweet.  She hosted the Dollar Watch Cowboy Show a radio program for over 4 years airing in North Central Washington featuring cowboy music, cowboy poetry, true stories and tall tales.  Lauralee's accomplishments have been recorded in the academic work: Wranglin' Women (Humor and Gender in the American West) by Kristin M McAndrews.  Nevada University Press.  She is also represented in the work: She Speaks to Me (A Western Women's View of the West Through Poetry and Song) by Jill Charlotte Stanford.  Two Dot Press

For 17 years Lauralee was the bass player for Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band.  This rollicking trio of fun cowgirls toured the west and points beyond.  The history of the band members is found in the recording section of this website, with pictures and recordings.  The band was named "Group of the year 2015" by the Western Music Association.  In addition, the band won: Harmony Trio of the Year, 2009; Crescendo Award for rising star honors, 2009; Harmony Trio of the Year, 2010; Best of the Best Harmony Group of the Year, 2014; and finally, Group of the year, 2015.  The band was super fun and had a long run, you are going to enjoy listening to album samples of the recordings page, don't be afraid to buy a bunch!

Basket making became a passion for Lauralee in about 2015 or so.  Since that time her work is displayed in many galleries and is well loved by her family.  She was awarded the "Best in Show" at the 2016 Western Art Association National Art Show.  Her baskets are made of Ponderosa Pine needles collected from the hills around her home.

 

 

 I love my Martin guitar!  Do you want to hear it?  Photograph by Teri Pieper.

I love my Martin guitar!  Do you want to hear it?  Photograph by Teri Pieper.

 This story is fairly true.  It could be true.  Some of it is true.  Actually, it is based on a true story.    You are going to LOVE it!  Photography by Teri Pieper.

This story is fairly true.  It could be true.  Some of it is true.  Actually, it is based on a true story.    You are going to LOVE it!  Photography by Teri Pieper.

 Cowgirl’s Creed      Courage doesn’t develop when things are going well.    Instead, it creeps up your backbone fed by the springs of fear.      So begins  A Cowgirl’s Life in the Mountains , where colorful, authentic characters—including the  author herself—reveal their stories as they navigate rugged terrain and negotiate the temperaments  of fellow travelers.     In her debut book, Lauralee Northcott braids together stories, songs, poems, menus and recipes  from her 30-plus years as a horseback guide and cook in Washington’s Pasayten and Lake  Chelan-Sawtooth wilderness areas. Lauralee captures human (and animal) behavior humorously  and thoughtfully, recounting evenings where her cook tent and the camp re became the space  for sharing hearty dinners, re ecting on the day, getting better acquainted, and enjoying cowboy  music. Focused and engaging, her experiences as an entertainer and a mountain horseman shine  through.     Perfect for anyone who loves the mountains, horses and the wilderness,  A Cowgirl’s Life in the    Mountains  will teach readers practical wilderness tips, as well as the art of Dutch oven cooking  and how to set up their own backyard “camp re”—a space to share a meal and a story, and the  magic of the outdoors. So saddle up and grab a big slice of hard-won, horseman knowledge,  served up in some kickass prose and sweet poetry!     Lauralee Northcott’s  first home was Sitka, Alaska where she learned to be  comfortable in the natural world. Moving to Washington when she was eight  years old, she started singing with her parents’ band which proved to be a joyfully  formative experience. Lauralee’s talent as a professional musician is tried  and true. Her 2018 solo album,  On the Loose and Headed Your Way , reached  #1 on the Western Music Charts. As a member and principle songwriter for  the Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band for 17 years, she’s produced 6 albums. She  performs in venues such as cowboy poetry gatherings and festivals of all kinds.  In addition to music, Lauralee was a public school teacher for over 30 years and spent her  summer breaks working as a guide and cook for groups camping and traveling on horseback in  the Cascadia region of Washington.     Lauralee lives in Winthop, Washington, population 300, in the North Cascade mountains. She  roams the woods and collects pine needles for her handmade, award-winning baskets and enjoys  sharing a nice  re with her “local boy” husband of over 35 years.  A Cowgirl’s Life  is Lauralee’s  first  published book.  For more information on Lauralee, visit www.lauraleenorthcott.com .

Cowgirl’s Creed

 

Courage doesn’t develop when things are going well.

Instead, it creeps up your backbone fed by the springs of fear.

 

So begins A Cowgirl’s Life in the Mountains, where colorful, authentic characters—including the

author herself—reveal their stories as they navigate rugged terrain and negotiate the temperaments

of fellow travelers.

 

In her debut book, Lauralee Northcott braids together stories, songs, poems, menus and recipes

from her 30-plus years as a horseback guide and cook in Washington’s Pasayten and Lake

Chelan-Sawtooth wilderness areas. Lauralee captures human (and animal) behavior humorously

and thoughtfully, recounting evenings where her cook tent and the camp re became the space

for sharing hearty dinners, re ecting on the day, getting better acquainted, and enjoying cowboy

music. Focused and engaging, her experiences as an entertainer and a mountain horseman shine

through.

 

Perfect for anyone who loves the mountains, horses and the wilderness, A Cowgirl’s Life in the

Mountains will teach readers practical wilderness tips, as well as the art of Dutch oven cooking

and how to set up their own backyard “camp re”—a space to share a meal and a story, and the

magic of the outdoors. So saddle up and grab a big slice of hard-won, horseman knowledge,

served up in some kickass prose and sweet poetry!

 

Lauralee Northcott’s  first home was Sitka, Alaska where she learned to be

comfortable in the natural world. Moving to Washington when she was eight

years old, she started singing with her parents’ band which proved to be a joyfully

formative experience. Lauralee’s talent as a professional musician is tried

and true. Her 2018 solo album, On the Loose and Headed Your Way, reached

#1 on the Western Music Charts. As a member and principle songwriter for

the Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band for 17 years, she’s produced 6 albums. She

performs in venues such as cowboy poetry gatherings and festivals of all kinds.

In addition to music, Lauralee was a public school teacher for over 30 years and spent her

summer breaks working as a guide and cook for groups camping and traveling on horseback in

the Cascadia region of Washington.

 

Lauralee lives in Winthop, Washington, population 300, in the North Cascade mountains. She

roams the woods and collects pine needles for her handmade, award-winning baskets and enjoys

sharing a nice  re with her “local boy” husband of over 35 years. A Cowgirl’s Life is Lauralee’s  first

published book.

For more information on Lauralee, visit www.lauraleenorthcott.com .