Elko! A Cowboy's Gathering

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Since the 1990s, Americans have witnessed the biggest renaissance of cowboy poetry and singing since the silver screen appearance of yodeling cowpokes in the 1930-'40s. Of course there's no one -- popularity wise -- to compare to Gene Autry or Roy Rogers, and no one has offered any of these ranch hands acting contracts. Still, Elko!, a two-disc set recorded live at the 20th anniversary of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, represents the full flowering of contemporary cowboy music as well as marking it as an established movement. The wide array of styles within the form -- poetry, instrumental work, and songs -- is impressive. Baxter Black's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Since the 1990s, Americans have witnessed the biggest renaissance of cowboy poetry and singing since the silver screen appearance of yodeling cowpokes in the 1930-'40s. Of course there's no one -- popularity wise -- to compare to Gene Autry or Roy Rogers, and no one has offered any of these ranch hands acting contracts. Still, Elko!, a two-disc set recorded live at the 20th anniversary of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, represents the full flowering of contemporary cowboy music as well as marking it as an established movement. The wide array of styles within the form -- poetry, instrumental work, and songs -- is impressive. Baxter Black's "Baxter on Elko" offers a folksy history of the gathering, while Hot Club of Cowtown delivers a swinging take on "Ragtime Annie." The collection works best when cowboys and cowgirls stick to the funny stories and fun -- or at least upbeat -- songs. The pathos of Jannie Haig's "Not Gone" is a bit overwrought, while Andy Wilkinson's "Angels Can Do No More" tries, but never quite overcomes, sentimentality. One might complain that the West -- for the most part -- is still primarily a man's world, and that's true here. Overall, though, this is a fun, intriguing collection, and a good introduction to a truly American form.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Western Jubilee
  • UPC: 803020118423
  • Catalog Number: 3
  • Sales rank: 125,170

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Baxter on Elko (3:05)
  2. 2 Ay Ay Ay - Valerie O'Brien (3:10)
  3. 3 The Elevator Scale - Rodney Nelson (2:09)
  4. 4 Powder River, Let 'Er Buck - Waddie (3:12)
  5. 5 International Glenn (Whatever That Is?) - Glenn Ohrlin (3:02)
  6. 6 The Drover Road to Amulree - Denise Withnell (3:37)
  7. 7 The Hooves of the Horses - Randy Rieman (1:08)
  8. 8 Ragtime Annie (3:20)
  9. 9 Not Gone - Janine Haig (3:46)
  10. 10 Angels Can Do No More - Andy Wilkinson (3:35)
  11. 11 Doctor Doctor - Jesse Smith (2:56)
  12. 12 Geronimo's Men (45 Horses) - Butch Hause (4:20)
  13. 13 One Moment, Please! - John C. Dofflemyer (1:55)
  14. 14 Plains of St. Augustine - Lone Star Chorale (3:00)
  15. 15 Bizarzyski-Mad Bard & Carpenter Savant of Manchester, ... (2:27)
  16. 16 Silver Spurs - Bill Thornbury (4:44)
  17. 17 Dream of Spotted Buffalo/Night Song of the Crow - Henry Real Bird (1:36)
  18. 18 The Time It Never Rained - Lyn Messersmith (2:45)
  19. 19 Roll on Owyhee - Brenn Hill (3:59)
  20. 20 Things of Intrinsic Worth - Wally McRae (1:44)
  21. 21 Spanish Is the Loving Tongue - American Buckaroo Orchestra (5:57)
Disc 2
  1. 1 We Are the Poets - Virginia Bennett (2:30)
  2. 2 Jerry Ambler - Gord Maxwell (3:48)
  3. 3 Square-Head - Walt LaRue (6:16)
  4. 4 Cattle Cattle in the Cane - Patrick Sauber (2:20)
  5. 5 Equus Caballus - Joel Nelson (2:38)
  6. 6 Wild Places (3:42)
  7. 7 Saying Grace Is Saying Thank You - Long John Best (3:19)
  8. 8 Hooves of the Horses - Scot Wilburn (3:34)
  9. 9 Real Wealth - Peggy Godfrey (1:49)
  10. 10 Born to Be a Cowboy (5:47)
  11. 11 Slant of Light - J.V. Brummels (2:18)
  12. 12 Big Bad Bill - Sourdough Slim (2:31)
  13. 13 Full Value - Oscar Auker (1:03)
  14. 14 Red River Rose - Red Steagall (2:58)
  15. 15 Habitat - J.B. Allen (2:06)
  16. 16 All This Way for the Short Ride - Paul Zarzyski (3:39)
  17. 17 Rooster Poem - Georgie Sicking (0:45)
  18. 18 Evening Chang (2:31)
  19. 19 The Campfire Has Gone Out - Don Edwards (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Whit Smith Group Member
Elana Fremerman Group Member
Jake Erwin Group Member
Technical Credits
Michael Martin Murphey Arranger
Red Steagall Composer
Ian Tyson Composer
Tom Russell Composer
Waddie Mitchell Composer, Producer
Don Edwards Arranger, Composer
Skip Gorman Arranger
R.W. Hampton Composer
Ace Farren Ford Composer
David Glasser Mastering
Jack Hannah Composer
Jim Ratts Engineer
Danny Steagall Composer
David Wilkie Composer
Henry Russell Composer
Michael Fleming Composer
Wylie Gustafson Composer
The Hot Club of Cowtown Arranger
Baxter Black Composer
Paul Zarzyski Composer
Jon Chandler Composer
Rich O'Brien Arranger
Damon Smith Engineer
Butch Hause Producer, Engineer
Scott O'Malley Executive Producer
Elliott Rogers Composer
Kathleen Fox Collins Executive Producer
Traditional Composer
Colin Bricker Engineer
Ray Craft Composer
J.B. Allen Composer
Virginia Bennett Composer
Long John Best Composer
J.V. Brummels Composer
John C. Dofflemyer Composer
Peggy Godfrey Composer
Janine Haig Composer
Walt LaRue Composer
Wally McRae Composer
Lyn Messersmith Composer
Joel Nelson Composer
Rodney Nelson Composer
Glenn Ohrlin Composer
Georgie Sicking Composer
William Matthews Cover Painting
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