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Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs

Sabra 05 Mar 00 - 02:19 AM
TheOldMole 05 Mar 00 - 02:00 AM
Lin in Kansas 05 Mar 00 - 01:33 AM
Biskit 04 Mar 00 - 08:15 PM
Lonesome EJ 04 Mar 00 - 03:58 PM
Big Red 04 Mar 00 - 03:50 PM
Susan A-R 04 Mar 00 - 01:53 PM
folk1234 04 Mar 00 - 01:34 PM
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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Sabra
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 02:19 AM

YES! Finally someone mentioned Rider's In the Sky (group, not the song, although song is cool too! Everything I know about cowboy music (& neo-cowboy humour)I learned from Too Slim, Ranger Doug, and Woody Paul...can't rave enough about their hilarious radio show that NPR used to carry. Does anyone know where they might have archived recordings of it? I never heard the end of "Meltdown on the Mesa"

However,to return this post to the thread topic a bit...The Riders are great collectors of cowboy songs and their recordings are not only excellent, but a gold mine of information as well!!


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: TheOldMole
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 02:00 AM

Another song about shagging a girl of a different race is "The Yellow Rose of Texas," done beautifully by Michael Martin Murphey on "Cowboy Songs." That album also has a great Ian Tyson song called "Cowboy Pride."

Did anyone mention Jerry Jeff Walker's "Navajo Rug" album?

And there's a wonderful song by Woody Guthrie called "Belle Starr," never recorded by Woody. In fact, he never wrote music to it, but Pete Seeger did, and put it on an album of cowboy songs by various artists.

And you can't forget Frankie Laine. I know how corny he is, but I still love him.

Funniest cowboy album...Riders In The Sky, "The Cowboy Way."


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Lin in Kansas
Date: 05 Mar 00 - 01:33 AM

There's a great "cowboy" version of Barbra Allen on Art Thieme's "The Older I Get the Better I Was" CD. A very classy mix...

Lin


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Biskit
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 08:15 PM

There is just so many good ones,... if I had to pick one it would have to be "Long Black Veil" as done by the man in black Johnny Cash. -Biskit-


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 03:58 PM

In the Traditional grouping, I like Old Paint, The Texas Rangers, Streets of Laredo, San Antonio Rose and Jessie James. Of the newer "old favorites" I like The Blue Canadian Rockies, Me and my Uncle, Someday Soon, Sonora's Deathrow and Ghost Riders. For sheer energy, its hard to beat Thin Lizzy's Cowboy Song.

Roll me over and turn me around
Let me keep spinnin' 'til I hit the ground
Roll me over and let me go
Runnin' free with the Buffalo


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Big Red
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 03:50 PM

My all time favorite is the old one-liner (melody is variable and/or optional) "I'm lonesome in the saddle since my horose died."


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Susan A-R
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 01:53 PM

My favorites would be Goodnight Lovin' trail, Old Dolores and Spanish is the Lovin Tongue. What are some of the good yodeling songs? Those are fun for harmonizing once you get them down.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: folk1234
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 01:34 PM

One of my favorites not yet mentioned is "Blue Mountain". I've heard it done with somewhat of a bluegrass mountain twang and meter, but my favorite version is the one done by Bok, Muir, & Trickett in cowboy waltz-time on their "Lanugage of the Heart" CD. It is available from our friends at Folk Legacy.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: GUEST,Pixie
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 11:38 AM

Tumbling Tumbleweeds! What a hard one to narrow down. If I didn't live in the Maritimes, I'd live in the old west! Yahoo! Try some of Michael Martin Murphey's recordings of cowboy songs....Linda Ronstadt has recorded many old western tunes over the years, as has Emmylou Harris. There is a whole culture in the interior of BC devoted to keeping this genre going so there should be lots of resource material out there.

Pixie


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: pastorpest
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 10:47 AM

In the fifties (am I dating myself!) the Norman Luboff Choir issues an LP entitled "Songs of the West" with great cowboy/western folk songs on it. I wish that whoever owns the copyrights to the Luboff "Songs of the West, the Sea, The South, and the World" would reissue them as CDs.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Duffy Keith
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 10:38 AM

Hey Homeless, what was that "cowboy celtic' music like....DK


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Midchuck
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 10:30 AM

I concur with enthusiasm on the Tom Russell suggestions.

I concur with equal enthusiasm on the Ian Tyson suggestions, but I think "Cowboyography" is really his best.

Skip Gorman has several albums of cowboy songs, all good stuff, and more authentic trad. than the above.

Try to find Guy Logston's book "The Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing" and Other Songs Cowboys Sing. It has great songs, but they may be too authentic to perform in many venues.....

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 09:53 AM

IMO, Chris Ledoux's early stuff is more trad cowboy stuff than his more recent. We knew him then, he still lives just up the road from where we are in Wyoming.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: GUEST,Frankie
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 09:32 AM

Yes, When the Work's all Done this Fall is a great one and Doc and Merle Watson do a fine version of it on their On Stage album. One of my all time favorite recordings is Marty Robbin's Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs which includes classics like Strawberry Roan and Cool Water as well as his two masterpieces Big Iron and El Paso. F


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 09:19 AM

My great favorites are _The Greenhorn_ and _Zebra Dun_.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: kendall
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 09:13 AM

Fast Gun Getting Slow by Dave Mallett


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Timehiker
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 08:36 AM

Being a horseman more so than a cowboy, my favorite oldtimers are "I Ride Old Paint" and "The Strawberry Roan". As for the newer ones, "Amarillo By Morning" describes the modern rodeo experience better than any of 'em IMHO. There's a rodeo singer named Chris Leduiox(sp?) who has several albums of cowboy and rodeo songs out. He covers many of the titles already mentioned in this thread. Take care, Timehiker


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 08:34 AM

At www.bibliofind.com, you will find used copies of Lomax's book, Cowboy Songs and Frontier Ballads, which was republsihed in 1986 by Alan Lomax, ISBN # 0-02-061260-5.

You can also find copies of Ms. Katie Lee's 10,000 Goddam Cattle You will also find many of the songs already mentioned, in teh DigiTrad database here at the Mudcat. Another favourite of mine is "When the work's all done this fall."

We also had a huge thread on this with some wodnerful postings by Sandy Paton, Frank Hamilton and others which you will find here. You can also type in COWBOY in the filter box at the top of the threads, set the date to one or two years and find a few more threads relating to cowboy songs in some manner.

Have fun,

katlaughing


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: GUEST,Frankie
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 08:02 AM

Gosh Liz, thanks for setting me straight on Red River Valley. Here I thought it was just a simple, beautiful song of parting.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Lanfranc
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 06:53 AM

RE Celtic & Western

Those blasted (blasting?) Hibernians try to subborn every music genre going - I'm waiting for some member of the Irish mafia to claim that Beethoven was really Loudvaich O'Bheathown from Tipperary!

RE Modern Cowboy Songs

How about "Sweet Baby James" by James Taylor, and there's a Don McLean song whose title escapes me for the moment, "I could have been most anything that I set my mind to be, but a cowboy's life was the only one for me ...". Also "Long Black Rifle" as sung by the Kingston Trio and "South Coast" as sung by Derroll Adams and others.

Trad ditto

"Streets of Laredo", "Chisholm Trail" and "Bucking Bronco" come to mind.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Chris/Darwin
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 02:46 AM

"The Goodnight-Loving Trail" (Utah Phillips) would have to be my favourite.

Regards
Chris


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Stewie
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 02:23 AM

For the classic old stuff (20s and 30s), see the two Yazoo compilations 'When I Was a Cowboy Vols 1 & 2' Yazoo 2022 and 2023 - everything you need from that era. For later material, try Tom Russell's 'Cowboy Real' Philo PH 1146 - highlights are 'El Llano Estacado' and 'Roanie' - also his 'Song of the West' HMG 2501 and Ian Tyson's excellent 'Old Corrals and Sagebrush and Other Cowboy Culture Classics' Bear Family BCD 15437. Those don't skip over the terrain, they well and truly dig into the ground.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Arkie
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 01:52 AM

The Gol' Darn Wheel and Stetson Hat are in Glenn Ohrlin's book of cowboy songs. The first describes a cowboy's encounter with a bicycle. The second is a tribute to his hat, as you might suspect. For more contemporary songs you might check into anything by Bob Campbell. Some of my favorites are Big Cowboy Moon; Roll On, Cowboys; Round Up Time on the Pitchfork; Arbuckle Coffee, and Dance At Domingo. Also Sonora's Death Row and Marty Robbin's song about Old Red, about the battle between the horse that had never been rode and the cowboy that had never been throwed.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 01:35 AM

Here's a quarter, call someone who cares.....

Or are you not wanting more modern stuff? That one for me sums up all that is the American West. Just an old cynic I suppose...

If it's the old stuff you want, then I guess Red River Valley always does it for me, typical story of a bloke shagging a girl from a different background/ethnic group for pleasure, then buggering off when one of his own calls, regardless of what he leaves behind. A broken hearted NA girl in this case, but usually with something else like TB, syphillis, measles or chickenpox, all equally deadly, and a lot less fun....

LTS


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 01:30 AM

Utah Carl, Little Joe the Wrangler, The Last Wagon, Old Dolores, The Telling Takes Me Home (one of Utah Phillips' genuine gems), Tyin' a Knot in the Devil's Tail (AKA Sirey Peaks), Scum the Saddle Bum (on one of Skip Gorman's Folk-Legacy cassettes). Many more.

Sandy


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Homeless
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 01:08 AM

I ran across a somewhat scary (for me) CD at the local library. It's called "Cowboy Celtic" by David Wilkie, published by Red House Records, 1996. It's got some of the songs listed in previous posts. The scary part was that most of the songs were done with a celtic flavor to them. It was supposed to show how the Old West songs were influenced by the music that came across with the immigrants of the time.


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: Amos
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 01:00 AM

Lavender Cowboy, Laredo, Red River Valley, Got No Use For The Women, Colorado Trail, Riding Old Paint, Night Riders, Get Around, Lil Dogies, Chisholm Trail, and Rockabye Sweet Babty James


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: DonMeixner
Date: 04 Mar 00 - 12:08 AM

Pure folk? Hard to say, Strawberry Roan, Tyin' a Knot, Plains of the Buffalo, Billy Venero, Alongside the Sante Fe Trail.

Western Jazz, Cool Water, Blue Bonnet Girl, Way Out There, Everlasting Hills of Oklahoma, anything By The Sons of The Pioneers, Bob Wills,

Modern, Four Strong Winds, Nightriders Lament, Goodnight/Loving Trail,

Don


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Subject: RE: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: rainbow
Date: 03 Mar 00 - 11:57 PM

how about rounder recordings? 1996 "singing in the saddle" - seventy years of recorded cowboy song. rounder cd 1102... has gene autry, sons of the pioneers, roy rogers, tex ritter, bob wills and his texas playboys, ray whitley, elton britt, rosalie allen, louise massey and the westerners, wilf carter (montana slim) and jimmy wakely trio. i really like montana slim's song "there's a love knot in my lariat."

and skip gorman's cd's, and sourdough slim's cd's (along with the saddle pals, aka cactus bob and prarie flower)...

... lorraine


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Subject: Your favorite cowboy/western folk songs
From: BlueSage
Date: 03 Mar 00 - 11:49 PM

I'm doing a material search for my trio. Anyone know of any outstanding folk songs (trad. or contemporary) that deal with themes pertaining to the American west? If so, what recordings of same songs would you recommend? Any suggestions will be of great help to me! Thanks in advance...Mike Iverson


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