Born in California, “Straw” Berry grew up in west central Oklahoma on a ranch producing cattle, sheep and poultry. He became part of the third generation of Berry’s to live and work on the GL ‘’Jiggs” Botchlett ranches west of Cordell in Washita County.
At graduation from high school, Straw moved to Oklahoma City where he spent several years playing and traveling with country western bands and working as a staff musician in local recording studios. After a few years he entered the livestock feed and farm and ranch supply business from which he retired in 2010. Straw and wife, Penny, currently live in Cordell, Oklahoma until recently worked a small cow/calf and wheat growing operation. He enjoys spending time with his 7 grandchildren and starting a few colts along. Straw graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a degree in history and is currently Vice President of the Washita County Historical Society. He has been an invited performer at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, the National Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock, Texas, and the Cowboy Gathering in Nara Visa, New Mexico. Straw has performed last several years in the afternoon cowboy poet show at the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas. Straw has recorded a new cd, “Straw” Berry Preserved with his current cd, “Red Hill Reflections” and hopes to produce a book of original cowboy poetry soon.