Monday, August 27, 2012

COWBOY ~





Gene Autry



Buttons And Bows (Album Version) by Gene Autry on Grooveshark




I wanna be a cowboy's sweetheart by Patsy Montana on Grooveshark



"Canadian-born Robert Nobles spent part of his childhood in the Arizona desert, for which all lovers of Western music may be thankful. As "Bob Nolan", a founding member of the legendary Sons of the Pioneers, he gave us some of the finest poetry and most satisfying melodies in the history of the genre. The words to one of his early compositions, concerning the tumbling leaves of autumn, were misunderstood by 1933 radio fans of the Pioneer Trio, many of whom wrote in to request the song about the "tumbling weeds." Nolan did a quick rewrite and thus was born a cowboy classic. The Sons of the Pioneers recorded the song for Decca in 1934 as one side of their very first release, but it was Gene Autry's 1935 cover — with his slightly different arrangement — that earned the gold disc and brought Nolan's work to prominence. Later that same year it also served as the title for Gene's first starring feature film for Republic Pictures."

~ Jon Guyot Smith
from Gene Autry, Sing Cowboy Sing
(Rhino Records)



No offense, but we prefer Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers version :



Tumbling Tumbleweeds by Sons of the Pioneers on Grooveshark



Keeper Of My Heart by Bob Wills on Grooveshark







The Sons of the Pioneers



Rawhide by Frankie Laine on Grooveshark





Old Rivers by Walter Brennan with the Johnny Mann Singers on Grooveshark






As Long As The Grass Shall Grow by Peter La Farge on Grooveshark








Emmylou Harris


Rose Of Cimarron by Emmylou Harris on Grooveshark




Man With a Harmonica by Once Upon a Time in the West/Ennio Morricone on Grooveshark






Billy the Kid



Big Iron by Marty Robbins on Grooveshark


The Dying Cowboy by Cisco Houston on Grooveshark





Billy Joe Shaver
© Matt Lankes


The Greatest Man Alive by Billy Joe Shaver on Grooveshark












Cowboy Jack Clement



Dreaming My Dreams With You by Cowboy Jack Clement on Grooveshark







Mary McCaslin



Don't Fence Me In by Mary McCaslin on Grooveshark




It doesn't matter where you were born when it comes to the west — scholars have Billy the Kid born in an Irish neighborhood of New York City, as was Walter Brennan born of Irish immigrants in eastern Massachusetts; and Cisco Houston born on the east coast but raised in California ditto the Sierra Nevada climber Clarence King came out of posh Newport, Rhode Island (what's he doing here? Well, when I hear western songs I see mountains). Emmylou Harris is a southern belle; and Mary McCaslin, with a melody sure of the west, was born in Indianapolis. Patsy Montana's real name was Ruby Rose Blevins, pure Arkansas. Likewise the other Arkansas wonder Johnny Cash. Chicago's Frankie Laine was born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio, enough said.
Of course both Bob Wills and Billy Joe Shaver are T-is-for-Texas; as Cowboy Jack Clement is Memphis, Peter La Farge all Southwest. June Carter Cash was born in Virginia and country music via the Carter Family at the age of ten. Marty Robbins was born outside of Phoenix, though I believe he was born with a golden voice.



Over the Next Hill (We'll Be Home) by Johnny Cash on Grooveshark














2 comments:

Luster said...

Bob,

And of course some great cowboy singers of our time Tom Russell and Jerry Jeff Walker from New York and New Jersey's Ramblin' Jack Elliot. I was raised in suburban town of Irving with one foot in South and East facing Dallas and one in Fort Worth and the West.Here in the Ozarks, mostly cattle country these days, our young cowpokes got their new donkey Applejack (for his gender and the old Dolly Parton song)yesterday. Get along little donkey get along, my donny gal!

stay close,
Mike

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

Mike,

As I'm sure you know, I could have gone on all day with this 'cowboy' tunes. I've a house filled. Two houses! (Do I hear three?)

Tom Russell is coming up — I've been hammering and nailing and gluing something in the wings yet to come.

Plus one on trains. Inevitable.

Let us know when and how Isaac sweeps over you
all's well, Bob