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Cowboy's Song

A Cowboy's Song

by Sons of the San Joaquin
     
 
The Sons of the San Joaquin's 2011 album A Cowboy's Song is not to be confused with their earlier album A Cowboy Has to Sing, but the relatively generic title is a good indication that this is another collection in the trio's ongoing musical tribute to the myth of the cowboy. That it is a myth sometimes indicates to

Overview

The Sons of the San Joaquin's 2011 album A Cowboy's Song is not to be confused with their earlier album A Cowboy Has to Sing, but the relatively generic title is a good indication that this is another collection in the trio's ongoing musical tribute to the myth of the cowboy. That it is a myth sometimes indicates to listeners that the group has its collective tongue in its cheek to a certain extent, especially given that it represents a continuation of the tradition of the Hollywood cowboy, particularly the Sons of the Pioneers (who sang one of this disc's songs, "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You," as did another of the current group's ancestors, Gene Autry). But from the evidence of their records alone, these Sons aren't really kidding, and their idealized portrait of Western life is no less sincere than, say, popular music's frequent idealization of true love (something that, as it happens, also figures in the songs on this album, here and there). For the Sons, the world of cowboys riding the range, herding cattle, and living a life that is rugged and free, is no less real for being a '40s fantasy version of a life dating back to the 1880s, now being described in the second decade of the 21st century. And at least once, they let the mask slip a little and reveal the contemporary implications of their stance. That occurs in "Timberline Camp," when the singers, waxing religious, ask, "If the heavens declare the glory of God, then who needs evolution?" Later comes the lyric: "I'm cowpoke just rolling a smoke/Far away from civilization." If these cowboys ambled into town for an election, it seems, they'd vote the straight Republican ticket. But for the most part, all is sweetness and light on this Sons of the San Joaquin album, just as it is on their other ones, as the three singers take alternate leads and sing harmonies over fiddle-filled arrangements extolling the wonders of outdoor Western life.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2011
Label:
Western Jubilee
UPC:
0824761433422
catalogNumber:
45
Rank:
127026

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sons of the San Joaquin   Primary Artist
Jack Hannah   Vocals
Reggie Rueffer   Fiddle,Strings
Joe Hannah   Vocals
Lon Hannah   Vocals
Mark Abbott   Bass
Rich O'Brien   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Marimbas
Tim Alexander   Harmonica,Accordion,Marimbas
Johnny Cox   Steel Guitar
Richard Chon   Fiddle,Strings
Jon Stutler   Clarinet
Steve Story   Fiddle,Strings
Phil Babcock   Percussion,Drums
Brooke Wallace   Fiddle,Strings
Brandon Fulton   Harmonica
Ginny Mac   Harmonica,Accordion,Marimbas
Russ Rand   Bass

Technical Credits

Roy Rogers   Composer
Waddie Mitchell   Liner Notes
Jack Hannah   Composer,Liner Notes
Joe Hannah   Liner Notes
Lon Hannah   Liner Notes
Bob Nolan   Composer
Tim Spencer   Composer
Rich O'Brien   Composer,Producer
Butch Hause   Engineer
Donald Kallaus   Layout
Kathleen Fox Collins   Layout
Eric Sherbon   Engineer,Vocal Mixing
Scott Wiseman   Composer
Aaron Medor   Engineer
Rodger Glaspey   Executive Producer
Debra Lake   Layout

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