Monday, August 27, 2012


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