"Life as a rancher is never easy. Long hours, little money and a seemingly endless amount of work fill each day. Sometimes, those responsibilities can keep you from fulfilling other dreams. For singer-songwriter Jason Wickens, music and ranching naturally go hand in hand.

While learning the ropes on his family’s ranch in Montana, he also taught himself guitar. As he grew older, he saved up enough money from working in oil refineries to build himself a small studio. It steadily grew into a special place where friends could gather, create and share great music. That led to the development of “Live From The Divide,” a public radio program that showcases works of the songwriter community.

But none of this has come easily. Balancing work, family and music is no easy feat. Many times, Wickens was had to take up ranching jobs to keep things afloat. Even during the darkest days, he was inspired by his fellow songwriters to keep marching forward."

-Wide Open Country