Boots, Buckles & Spurs: 50 Songs Celebrate 50 Years of Cowboy Tradition

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All Music Guide - John Bush
The cowboy as an actual occupation may have peaked before the end of the 19th century, but the mythology of the cowboy was just beginning when the recording industry began dipping into folk and regional music in the 1920s (film, radio, and television weren't far behind). It ensured that children would continue to play Cowboys & Indians for decades to come, then follow their favorite Singing (or acting) Cowboys on the silver screen and later, television. The rodeo tradition, closely related, has existed nearly as long as herding cattle, although it became professionalized and regimented beginning with the first National Finals Rodeo in 1959. Come 2008, and it's the 50th ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
The cowboy as an actual occupation may have peaked before the end of the 19th century, but the mythology of the cowboy was just beginning when the recording industry began dipping into folk and regional music in the 1920s (film, radio, and television weren't far behind). It ensured that children would continue to play Cowboys & Indians for decades to come, then follow their favorite Singing (or acting) Cowboys on the silver screen and later, television. The rodeo tradition, closely related, has existed nearly as long as herding cattle, although it became professionalized and regimented beginning with the first National Finals Rodeo in 1959. Come 2008, and it's the 50th anniversary of that event, presented by Wrangler and governed by the oldest and largest rodeo organization, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Despite its unwieldy title, the three-disc box set Boots, Buckles & Spurs: 50 Songs Celebrate 50 Years of Cowboy Tradition is a fine retrospective of the best cowboy-themed music during that time (much of it the same as what's heard over the PA at those events). When compared to other large compilations of cowboy music and Western swing, some have been better from a historical perspective -- 1993's Songs of the West from Rhino is still the best -- but as an all-encompassing look at the allure of the cowboy within country music over the last 50 years, it's perfectly primed. (And given that the combined catalogs of Sony and BMG are involved, it boasts one of the biggest casts of performers that one could hope for.) Presented in rough chronological order, it begins with Gene Autry's "Back in the Saddle Again" and, early on, pegs key Western material of the '40s and '50s (Sons of the Pioneers, Roy Rogers, Bob Wills). That still leaves most of the first disc, and all of discs two and three, to cover the '60s (briefly) and everything produced after. Naturally, these tracks aren't dusty old 45s of Tex Ritter moaning about blood in the saddle or the perils of rye whiskey; this is polished, high-energy country, perfect for booming out over a 50,000-kilowatt system, with cowboys often used as metaphors by singers who may not know much about the rodeo or cowboy tradition at all (the biggest exception being Chris LeDoux, the celebrated country singer and rodeo champion). Over 50 songs and well over three hours of music, a parade of country stars appear with their best Western moments, including Charlie Daniels, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Michael Martin Murphey, and Marty Robbins, as well as contemporary country stars George Strait, Clint Black, Vince Gill, Tracy Byrd, Montgomery Gentry, and Brooks & Dunn. If you have no problem seeing a continuous line of the cowboy within country music, with attendant dots for "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" by the Sons of the Pioneers, "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, and a cover of Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" by Montgomery Gentry, then this is just the set for you.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886973983829
  • Catalog Number: 739838

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Back in the Saddle Again (2:37)
  2. 2 I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart - The Prairie Ramblers (3:08)
  3. 3 Patent Leather Boots - Elton Britt (2:58)
  4. 4 Dusty Skies (2:54)
  5. 5 Tumbling Tumbleweeds (2:40)
  6. 6 The Cattle Call - Eddy Arnold (3:04)
  7. 7 Stampede - The Sons of the Pioneers (2:36)
  8. 8 Rodeo Hand - Johnny Cash (2:26)
  9. 9 Strawberry Roan (3:25)
  10. 10 Ride, Ride, Ride - Lynn Anderson (2:01)
  11. 11 Ride 'Em Cowboy (3:36)
  12. 12 Wildfire (4:49)
  13. 13 Let's All Help the Cowboys (Sing the Blues) - Waylon Jennings (3:15)
  14. 14 Rita Ballou (2:50)
  15. 15 Bandy the Rodeo Clown - Moe Bandy (2:57)
  16. 16 Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys - Willie Nelson (2:34)
  17. 17 My Cowboy's Last Ride (3:16)
  18. 18 Bull Rider - Johnny Cash (3:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 (We Are) The Cowboys (3:42)
  2. 2 My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys - Willie Nelson (3:05)
  3. 3 I Was Born to Be a Cowboy - Red Steagall (2:41)
  4. 4 Leavin' Cheyenne (3:53)
  5. 5 The Wayward Wind - James Galway (3:05)
  6. 6 Oklahoma Borderline (3:38)
  7. 7 (Ghost) Riders in the Sky - The Outlaws (5:48)
  8. 8 Texas in 1880 - Foster & Lloyd (3:53)
  9. 9 Silver Stallion - The Highwaymen (3:15)
  10. 10 Caballo Diablo (4:27)
  11. 11 Hooked on an 8 Second Ride - Chris LeDoux (3:30)
  12. 12 Hold on Partner - Clint Black (2:02)
  13. 13 Rainbow Rider (3:36)
  14. 14 Coyotes - Don Edwards (4:27)
  15. 15 Someday Soon (3:56)
Disc 3
  1. 1 An American Cowboy - Merle Haggard (3:14)
  2. 2 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (3:56)
  3. 3 Ropin' Pen (3:48)
  4. 4 Cowpoke - Don Walser (3:03)
  5. 5 Mesquite Cowboy Mind (3:39)
  6. 6 No Ordinary Man (3:26)
  7. 7 Farr Away Stomp (A Tribute to Our Four Legged Friends) (2:20)
  8. 8 I Can Still Make Cheyenne (4:16)
  9. 9 When Cowboys Didn't Dance - Lonestar (3:59)
  10. 10 That Buckin' Song (2:20)
  11. 11 One Ride in Vegas (4:12)
  12. 12 Bull Ridin' Son of a Gun - Charlie Daniels (4:16)
  13. 13 Wanted Dead or Alive - Montgomery Gentry (5:14)
  14. 14 Cowboy and Clown (3:33)
  15. 15 Good Horses to Ride (5:09)
  16. 16 Cowboy Town (3:20)
  17. 17 Born to Buck Bad Luck (3:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Cash Track Performer
Waylon Jennings Track Performer
Kris Kristofferson Track Performer
Willie Nelson Track Performer
Technical Credits
Suzy Bogguss Producer
Rodney Crowell Producer
Merle Haggard Producer
Waylon Jennings Producer
Bill Lloyd Producer
Michael Martin Murphey Producer
Willie Nelson Producer
George Strait Producer
Ian Tyson Arranger, Producer
Richard Landis Producer
Radney Foster Producer
Art Satherley Producer
Brian Ahern Producer
Ritchie Albright Producer
Ray Baker Producer
Ray Benson Producer
Jimmy Bowen Producer
Tony Brown Producer
Blake Chancey Producer
Charlie Daniels Producer
Chip Young Producer
Jack Clement Producer
Don Cook Producer
Jerry Crutchfield Producer
Emory Gordy Producer
Paul Hornsby Producer
Bishop J.C. White Composer
Bob Johnston Producer
Frank Jones Producer
Robert Earl Keen Jr. Producer
Patrick Kelly Producer
Eddie Kilroy Producer
Don Law Producer
Gary Lyons Producer
Gurf Morlix Producer
Joey Miskulin Producer
Chips Moman Producer
Sydney Pollack Producer
Joe Scaife Producer
Billy Sherrill Producer
Lewis Talley Producer
Neil Wilburn Producer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Neal Reid Liner Notes
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner Art Direction
Art Rush Producer
L.D. Williams Composer
Craig Morgan Producer
Traditional Composer
Frank Rogers Producer
Big Tom Collins Producer
Wally Wilson Producer
Slim Williamson Producer
Judy Forde Blair Creative Producer
TJ McFarland Producer
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