Country and Western: Johnny Bond Standard Transcriptions

Country and Western: Johnny Bond Standard Transcriptions

by Johnny Bond
     
 

There is something pleasantly romantic about Johnny Bond's cowboy songs, perhaps because they capture the saga of the once untamed West. Who wouldn't feel a certain longing in the wake of starry nights, tumbling tumbleweeds, and riding one's horse on the open range? A number of classic songs fill this collection, including "Red River Valley," "Boots and Saddles," and … See more details below

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There is something pleasantly romantic about Johnny Bond's cowboy songs, perhaps because they capture the saga of the once untamed West. Who wouldn't feel a certain longing in the wake of starry nights, tumbling tumbleweeds, and riding one's horse on the open range? A number of classic songs fill this collection, including "Red River Valley," "Boots and Saddles," and "Mexicali Rose." Bond is joined by a few friends -- the Red River Valley Boys -- who sing harmony and offer tasteful support. The arrangements are spare, featuring little more than bass, accordion, and a guitar on most cuts. The group is clearly comfortable performing together and maintain the same intimacy as the Sons of the Pioneers on songs like "Saddle Serenade." Bond has written a number of these songs, including the memorable "Ten Years" and the instrumental "Ridin' Down to Santa Fe." There is a haunting version of "Empty Saddles," sort of an early, less dark version of "(Ghost Riders) in the Sky." Bond is perfectly capable of generating a cowboy version of honky tonk flavored songs like "Headin' Down the Wrong Highway," or a heartfelt rendition of pop ballads like "Have I Stayed Away Too Long." The sound quality of these transcriptions from 1944-1945 is very good, and the number of selections -- 31 -- is generous. This disc will sit comfortably beside the recordings of other singing cowboys like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Bloodshot has put together a fine collection that will be a real treat to lovers of swinging cowboy music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/16/2001
Label:
Bloodshot Records
UPC:
0744302080727
catalogNumber:
20807
Rank:
124644

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Tracks

  1. Out on the Open Range
  2. Stars of the Midnight Range
  3. Gals Don't Mean a Thing
  4. Have I Stayed Away Too Long?
  5. Goodbye Old Paint
  6. Ridin' Down to Santa Fe
  7. Saddle Serenade
  8. You Brought Sorrow to My Heart
  9. Think of Me
  10. You Don't Care
  11. Mexicali Rose
  12. When the Work's All Done This Fall
  13. Silver on the Sage
  14. Birmingham Jail
  15. Boots and Saddles
  16. Red River Valley
  17. Ten Years
  18. Twilight on the Trail
  19. The Last Roundup
  20. Tomorrow Never Comes
  21. Oklahoma Hills
  22. Empty Saddles
  23. Tumbling Tumbleweeds
  24. Headin' Down the Wrong Highway
  25. The First Rose
  26. I'll Step Aside
  27. So Long to the Red River Valley
  28. Heart and Soul
  29. At Mail Call Today
  30. Don't Live a Lie
  31. Sad and Blue

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