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Christmas the Cowboy Way
     

Christmas the Cowboy Way

by Riders in the Sky
 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/1999
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661044524
catalogNumber:
610445
Rank:
288625

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Performance Credits

Riders in the Sky   Primary Artist
Jay Patten   Tenor Saxophone
Ranger Doug Green   Guitar,Vocals
David Hungate   Guitar
Bob Mater   Percussion,Drums
Joey Miskulin   Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals
Richard O'Brien   Guitar
Bob Warren   Percussion
Jonathan Yudkin   Violin
Too Slim   Bass,Vocals
Woody Paul   Fiddle,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
Brent Truitt   Engineer
John Mason Neale   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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