Cowboy Songs

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The first of three albums of cowboy material by Michael Martin Murphey, and one of the better modern collections. Murphey approaches his material with both reverence and humor, which makes this disc less serious than many more grimly authentic efforts. For repertory he draws on the songs of Bob Nolan "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", Dale Evans "Happy Trails", and Ian Tyson "Cowboy Pride"; traditional songs that were recorded by the likes of Tex Ritter "I Ride an Old Paint," "Jack o' Diamonds", Carl T. Sprague "When the Work's All Done This Fall", and Powder River Jack and Kitty Lee "Tying Knots in the Devil's Tail"; a few of a more general nature, such as the gorgeous "Wild Ripplin' ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The first of three albums of cowboy material by Michael Martin Murphey, and one of the better modern collections. Murphey approaches his material with both reverence and humor, which makes this disc less serious than many more grimly authentic efforts. For repertory he draws on the songs of Bob Nolan "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", Dale Evans "Happy Trails", and Ian Tyson "Cowboy Pride"; traditional songs that were recorded by the likes of Tex Ritter "I Ride an Old Paint," "Jack o' Diamonds", Carl T. Sprague "When the Work's All Done This Fall", and Powder River Jack and Kitty Lee "Tying Knots in the Devil's Tail"; a few of a more general nature, such as the gorgeous "Wild Ripplin' Waters"; and a handful of originals, of which the best is "What Am I Doing Here," which acknowledges the spiritual side of cowboy songs. Murphey doesn't imitate any of the singers associated with earlier versions of these songs in terms of delivery or arrangements, but he does try for a rough-hewn authenticity in his singing, laced with a certain amount of humor, which makes it all the more effective. The backing vocals are provided by Sons of the San Joaquin, and by Tammy Wynette, Red Steagall, Suzy Bogguss, Jim Bob Tinsley, Paulette Carson, Cactus Moser, and others. It was this record that led to the founding of the Warner Western label.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992630825
  • Catalog Number: 26308
  • Sales rank: 23,969

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Martin Murphey Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Suzy Bogguss Background Vocals
Red Steagall Background Vocals
Tammy Wynette Background Vocals
Steve Gibson Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Paulette Carlson Background Vocals
John McEuen Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin
Don Edwards Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers Drums
Dennis Burnside Keyboards
Mark Casstevens Guitar, Harmonica
Jack Daniels Background Vocals
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Sonny Garrish Steel Guitar
Jack Hannah Background Vocals
David Hoffner Keyboards, Hammered Dulcimer
Jerry Kroon Drums
Terry McMillan Harmonica
Cactus Moser Background Vocals
Craig Nelson Bass, Electric Bass
Mark O'Connor Fiddle
Michael Rhodes Bass
Curtis Stone Background Vocals
Biff Watson Guitar
Curtis Young Background Vocals
Lon Hannah Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Gibson Producer
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
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