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Place to go when wanting to remember the songs of yester year, and the stars that made them famous.
Michael Martin Murphey I think is one of the best singing cowboys. His album of Cowboy Songs has so many good old cowboy songs and some new. His "Cowboy Logic" written by Don Cook and Chick Rains is a humorous, but true description of a true cowboy.
Hands down modern favorite of mine is Ken Overcast of Montana.
remember when country music was more than just singing about white trash beer drinking folks? and folks that refuse to take down the confederate flag?
when it was more about cowboys and western culture.
Who can match the body of work of the Sons of the Pioneers? Country Music Hall of Fame, National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Texas Swing Hall of Fame, Hollywood Walk of Fame... their songs Tumbling Tumbleweed and Cool Water in the Grammy Hall of Fame. AND they are still performing today after 75 years of continuous music. There have been many greats come after them but they were the first. Catch their current videos, bios and music at the official website sonsofthepioneers.org. Happy Trails!
Streets of Laredo when I was a little girl. I remember her singing all the time and we were always surrounded by music.
Rex Allen, Jr. did a concert for the radio station many years ago and in memory of my grandmother he sang it to me. What a special moment.
Long live cowboy music!
I want to be a cowboy's sweetheart
I want to learn to rope and ride
I want to ride o'er the plains and the deserts
Out west of the great divide
I want to hear the coyotes howlin'
As the sun sets in the West
I want to be a cowboy's sweetheart
The life I love the best
Who are the top ten out of this list?
We are having a lively debate as to who best represents THE American Cowboy Magazine?
Sons of the San Joaquin
Sons and Brothers
Wylie & The Wild West
Michael Martin Murphey
Peter Rowan &
John Michael Montgomery
Well, others have raised a lot of good selctions with which I agree, so I'm revising my list, on scond thought. I'm listing what I consider cowboy or western singers, not country singers.
Its so hard to limit to just ten, but I got close (in alphabetical order) --
1. Asleep At The Wheel
2. Gene Autry
3. Patsy Montana
4. Willie Nelson
5. Riders in the Sky
6. Jimmy Rogers
7. Roy Rogers & Dale Evans
8. Red Steagall
9. George Strait
10.Sons of the Pioneers
11.Sons of the San Joaquin
12.Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
Trying to pick one's 10 favorite cowboy songs would be even difficult so I don't even want to try.
Well, its so hard to single out just ten, but I would say my Top Ten include -- Bob Wills, George Strait, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Red Steagall, Kitty Wells, Sons of the San Joaquin, Jimmy Rodgers, Tammy Wynette, and I would add one to the list -- Riders In The Sky.
Working Cowboys today who sing and embrace the past and present. More than the 1930-50 singers who may, or may not, have actually worked the range as a job. Both RW Hampton and Rod Taylor come to mind. Folks, who like Don Edwards, maintain the historical ties. While Don has laid back on the ranch ( deservedly so) others still ride the saddle and find time to participate in the campfire, gatherings, and chatauquas that play REAL cowboy music from 1880 to now.
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How fun! Thanks for this. Heartland Public Radio's website is http://www.hpr.org/.
Tex Ritter, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, The Sons of the Pioneers, even John Wayne as Singing Sandy and Smiley Burnett. I agree about Don Edwards He is good. If the young people today could hear What western music really sounds like. And don't forget Rex Allen. And don't forget Patsy Montana. That music will live forever.
I've always loved Tex Ritter singin' the main theme in High Noon! Every since I was lil' I would listen to that one and try to sing along!
"Do not forsake me O my darlin'
You made that promise when we wed.
Do not forsake me O my darlin'
Although you're grievin', I can't be leavin'
Until I shoot Frank Miller dead!"
Cowboys & Cowgirls, A Rope & A Buck, Give Him A Kiss & Wish Him Luck!
Thanks Eddie431 for the comment. Thats why I started this group, was to remember all that GOOD music. Wish that we could go back to thoses good old days.
Young man, there's no need to feel down.
I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground.
I said, young man, 'cause you're in a new town
There's no need to be unhappy.
Young man, there's a place you can go.
I said, young man, when you're short on your dough.
You can stay there, and I'm sure you will find
Many ways to have a good time.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys ...
You can get yourself cleaned, you can have a good meal,
You can do whatever you feel ...
Young man, are you listening to me?
I said, young man, what do you want to be?
I said, young man, you can make real your dreams.
But you got to know this one thing!
No man does it all by himself.
I said, young man, put your pride on the shelf,
And just go there, to the y.m.c.a.
I'm sure they can help you today.
Young man, I was once in your shoes.
I said, I was down and out with the blues.
I felt no man cared if I were alive.
I felt the whole world was so tight ...
That's when someone came up to me,
And said, young man, take a walk up the street.
There's a place there called the y.m.c.a.
They can start you back on your way.
Y-m-c-a ... you'll find it at the y-m-c-a.
Young man, young man, there's no need to feel down.
Young man, young man, get yourself off the ground.
Y-m-c-a ... just go to the y-m-c-a.
Young man, young man, are you listening to me?
Young man, young man, what do you wanna be?
I guess when I think of "Cowboy music" the first group that comes to mind is The Sons of the Pioneers. My favorite line up was when Curtis Gates sang with them. Most folks knew him as Ken Curtis or Festus. He was a Colorado Cowboy from Bent county. Roy Rogers sang with them for a while also.
I suppose my favorite is Don Edwards. I like his arrangements of old tradtional songs and the way he yodels (the way the oldtimers did) but most of all I like him as a man. I've met him a few times and he has got to be one of the most down to earth REAL people in or out of the entertainment business. He has graciously stood for photos (a couple Waddie Mitchell took) and taken time to just visit.
I like Ian Tyson even after his voice problems. His "Live at Longview" is my favorite. Michael Martin Murphy is always good. Red Steagall and Barry Ward remind us of the masters call. Marty Robbins, so smooth and timeless.
I think cowboy music is the best. As a matter of fact I think I will go put on The Prairie Rose Wranglers and see how much is left in that Wild Turkey bottle.
In my opinion i just really miss the old west times period... the gunfights , riding everywhere on horse back and just living off the land and being free.... thats what i miss and remember the most.... and i thank people like john wayne and others for bringing it back to us in this time...
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