A Western Jubilee: Songs and Stories of the American West

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Although Western Jubilee may capture the lore of yesteryear, many of the singers and groups are of contemporary vintage. And while it may not be general knowledge in the field of popular music, cowboy songs made a comeback in the 1990s and beyond. So it's no mistake that the Sons of the San Joaquin remind one of the Sons of the Pioneers, or that established musicians like Peter Rowan and Norman Blake have turned their talents toward tumbleweed ballads. While there are occasional experiments, as when Don Edwards and Waddie Mitchell sing "Sage & Cedar/Shenandoah" against the backdrop of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Western Jubilee specializes in more ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Although Western Jubilee may capture the lore of yesteryear, many of the singers and groups are of contemporary vintage. And while it may not be general knowledge in the field of popular music, cowboy songs made a comeback in the 1990s and beyond. So it's no mistake that the Sons of the San Joaquin remind one of the Sons of the Pioneers, or that established musicians like Peter Rowan and Norman Blake have turned their talents toward tumbleweed ballads. While there are occasional experiments, as when Don Edwards and Waddie Mitchell sing "Sage & Cedar/Shenandoah" against the backdrop of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Western Jubilee specializes in more down-to-earth fare, from bunkhouse poetry to campfire singalongs to full-blown western swing. Waddie Mitchell's free flowing poems paint a rustic portrait as he waxes elegant about the way things used to be in "Don," while Rich O'Brien offers fine instrumental work on "Wheels" and "Come and Dine." Alas, the open prairie, for the most part, is a man's world, and only one cowgal -- Katy Moffatt -- braves the hostile terrain to offer a fine version of "The Brazos." For those unfamiliar with the flowering of present-day cowboy music, Western Jubilee provides a solid and lengthy introduction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2004
  • Label: Western Jubilee
  • UPC: 803020118829
  • Catalog Number: 31

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Old Chisholm Trail - Don Edwards (4:18)
  2. 2 Sierra Nevada (4:29)
  3. 3 Sage & Cedar/Shenandoah - Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (5:42)
  4. 4 Wheels - Richard O'Brien (2:58)
  5. 5 My America - Red Steagall (3:28)
  6. 6 By the Silvery Rio Grande - Don Edwards (3:44)
  7. 7 The Drover Road to Amulree - David Wilkie (3:43)
  8. 8 Unclouded Day (3:05)
  9. 9 The Brazos - Katy Moffatt (4:23)
  10. 10 Velociraptor Rag - Tom Morrell (2:19)
  11. 11 Don (3:22)
  12. 12 Whoopi Ti Yi Yo - Don Edwards (2:41)
  13. 13 Grandpa's Barn - Richard O'Brien (4:27)
  14. 14 From Whence Came the Cowboy (4:22)
  15. 15 Hooves of the Horses (3:18)
  16. 16 Way Out West in Texas - Don Edwards (2:39)
  17. 17 International Glenn - Glenn Ohrlin (3:09)
  18. 18 Come & Dine - Richard O'Brien (2:08)
  19. 19 He's Runnin' Out of Roundups (3:24)
  20. 20 No Second Chance (2:11)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Peter Rowan Arranger, Adaptation
Gene Autry Composer
Red Steagall Composer
Katy Moffatt Arranger, Adaptation
Sons of the San Joaquin Arranger
Waddie Mitchell Composer
Don Edwards Arranger, Adaptation
Jack Hannah Composer
Richard O'Brien Composer
Danny Steagall Composer
David Wilkie Composer
Wylie Gustafson Composer
Tom Wolf Arranger
Rich O'Brien Arranger
Butch Hause Mastering
Traditional Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ace-high selection of cowboy and Western tunes

    Though the USA's continental frontier was settled nearly a century ago, the romance of the West lingers on in archetypes ranging from early settlers through modern-day cowboys. With Western films and TV classics having mostly exhausted their box-office gold, images of the West are now most often to be found in poetry and song. For many artists, like Wylie & The Wild West and the Sons of the San Joaquin, Western images and music are full-time musical pre-occupations, while for others, like Norman & Nancy Blake and Katy Moffatt, these themes are a thread in their tapestry of folk and country music. ¶ This twenty track collection pulls together a variety of Western-themed pieces released on the Western Jubilee label, including throw-back harmony tunes, Western swing, cowboy poetry, and trail-dusted acoustic guitar folk (with and without Celtic and bluegrass flavorings). Highlights include the lush harmonies of the Sons of the San Joaquin, delicate guitar picking from Rich O'Brien, the poetic lyrics of Red Steagall and lyrical storytelling by Don Edwards and Norman Blake. ¶ This is a great album of story and song, sure to be a favorite of both adults and children, and a perfect introduction to Western Jubilee's catalog.

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