Christmas the Cowboy Way

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
What would you expect from Riders In the Sky but a little musicology to go along with a collection of entertaining seasonal fare? What the Riders are blessed with is a band member, Ranger Doug Green, who is also a respected country music historian, with a specific expertise in cowboy songs. His wonderful liner notes track the bloodlines of the few standards the Riders cover here and offer tongue-in-cheek background on the contemporary fare that forms the bulk of the album. Polka, a 12th-century hymn, a traditional country song are all part of the mix on an album that offers historical resonance along with its thoughtful, entertaining ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
What would you expect from Riders In the Sky but a little musicology to go along with a collection of entertaining seasonal fare? What the Riders are blessed with is a band member, Ranger Doug Green, who is also a respected country music historian, with a specific expertise in cowboy songs. His wonderful liner notes track the bloodlines of the few standards the Riders cover here and offer tongue-in-cheek background on the contemporary fare that forms the bulk of the album. Polka, a 12th-century hymn, a traditional country song are all part of the mix on an album that offers historical resonance along with its thoughtful, entertaining takes on the holiday experience.
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
With Christmas the Cowboy Way, the modern torchbearers of the cowboy singing tradition, Riders in the Sky, deliver an interesting mix of the sublime and the goofy. "Corn, Water and Wood" is a sweet and touching adaptation of the story of the Advent, in which three cowboys bring regionally appropriate gifts to the newborn babe. Ranger Doug's "Virgen Maria" is also very affecting. On the lighter side, there's a great swing arrangement of "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" that segues into "The Last Christmas Medley You'll Ever Need," which incorporates the first lines of about 20 Christmas songs. The group's cowboy adaptation of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is also lots of fun. But "Side Meat's Christmas Stew" and "The Prairie Dog's Christmas Ball" are both just a bit too hokey, even though the hokiness is obviously part of the joke. Fans will definitely want this one, but newcomers may want to begin elsewhere.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/1999
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661044524
  • Catalog Number: 610445
  • Sales rank: 198,887

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Riders in the Sky Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Jay Patten Tenor Saxophone
Ranger Doug Green Guitar, Vocals
David Hungate Guitar
Bob Mater Percussion, Drums
Richard O'Brien Guitar
Bob Warren Percussion
Jonathan Yudkin Violin
Too Slim Bass, Vocals
Woody Paul Fiddle, Vocals
Joey the Cowpolka King Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
Riders in the Sky Arranger
Buck Ram Composer
Ranger Doug Green Liner Notes
Kim Gannon Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Joey Miskulin Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Denny Purcell Mastering
Brent Truitt Engineer
John Mason Neale Composer
Traditional Composer
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