Moonlight and Skies

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
That Don Edwards is the foremost contemporary purveyor of western cowboy songs is a particularly American story. Lest we forget, cowboys were not always born in the west; in fact a good percentage of them came from elsewhere, drawn to the sense of freedom, anonymity, and solitude the cowboy way of life provided. Edwards was born and raised in New Jersey, the son of a vaudeville magician, and fell early under the spell of Hollywood westerns and dime-store cowboy novels, and in true American fashion, headed west to see for himself, working rodeos to earn his keep. Somewhere along the way he became a respected interpreter of traditional cowboy songs, and just to take the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
That Don Edwards is the foremost contemporary purveyor of western cowboy songs is a particularly American story. Lest we forget, cowboys were not always born in the west; in fact a good percentage of them came from elsewhere, drawn to the sense of freedom, anonymity, and solitude the cowboy way of life provided. Edwards was born and raised in New Jersey, the son of a vaudeville magician, and fell early under the spell of Hollywood westerns and dime-store cowboy novels, and in true American fashion, headed west to see for himself, working rodeos to earn his keep. Somewhere along the way he became a respected interpreter of traditional cowboy songs, and just to take the journey full circle, he landed a prominent part in Robert Redford's movie The Horse Whisperer. Not bad for a cowboy from New Jersey. Moonlight and Skies follows the general course of his previous albums, offering a mix of traditional cowboy pieces with more modern ones, all done in a simple, sparse style that allows his pleasant, expressive voice to bring fresh nuance to his material. There is a scattering of other musicians on this album Nancy Blake adds cello and harmony vocals while Norman Blake offers fiddle and mandolin, but the arrangements are largely unadorned, allowing the songs themselves an impressive dignity and grace. Standout tracks include the opener, "My Blue Heaven," which restores the song to its geographical space, an elegant take on the title tune, Jimmie Rodgers' "Moonlight and Skies," a poignant version of Gene Autry's "Can't Shake the Sands of Texas from My Shoes," and Edwards' rendition of Bob McDill's poetic "Coyotes," which was featured at the conclusion of Warner Herzog's 2005 Grizzly Man documentary.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/14/2006
  • Label: Western Jubilee
  • UPC: 803020121423
  • Catalog Number: 4
  • Sales rank: 17,284

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Edwards Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Nancy Blake Cello, Vocal Harmony
Norman Blake Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Guitar (Resonator)
Cindy Cashdollar Dobro
Bob Boatright Fiddle
Glen Rothstein Clarinet
Mark Abbott Bass
Jon Chandler Harmonica
Rich O'Brien Guitar, Mandolin
Butch Hause Bass
Hannah Alkire Cello
Joey McKenzie Banjo
Glen Rothstein Clarinet
Technical Credits
Gene Autry Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Don Edwards Producer, Liner Notes, Adaptation, Audio Production
Cliff Carlisle Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
David Glasser Mastering
Diane Johnston Composer
Bob McDill Composer
George Whiting Composer
Kenneth Pitts Composer
Teddy Powell Composer
Mike Talmadge Engineer
Leonard Whitcup Composer
Butch Hause Engineer
Scott O'Malley Executive Producer
Traditional Composer
Joan Javits Composer
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