On the Trail

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
While few cowboys continue to make their weekly wages by riding and roping longhorns, singing songs about the American West continues to be a semi-respectable way to make a living. On the Trail captures a number of Shanachie artists singing the praises of life beneath western skies. Don Edwards covers both Marty Robbins' ode to freedom, "Saddle Tramp," and Gene Autry's lovely "Dear Old Western Skies." His resonant voice and confident delivery knock the dust off of these songs and render them fresh. Cowboy Nation, who may remind some of an acoustic Cowboy Junkies, offers what must be the most sonically relaxed version of "Shenandoah" ever conjured up. For seven ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
While few cowboys continue to make their weekly wages by riding and roping longhorns, singing songs about the American West continues to be a semi-respectable way to make a living. On the Trail captures a number of Shanachie artists singing the praises of life beneath western skies. Don Edwards covers both Marty Robbins' ode to freedom, "Saddle Tramp," and Gene Autry's lovely "Dear Old Western Skies." His resonant voice and confident delivery knock the dust off of these songs and render them fresh. Cowboy Nation, who may remind some of an acoustic Cowboy Junkies, offers what must be the most sonically relaxed version of "Shenandoah" ever conjured up. For seven minutes the steady bass and dense, rhythmic vocals put the listener into a trance. Rich O'Brien is present on two instrumentals, including a superb version of "Flop Eared Mule" with Norman Blake. Sons of the San Joaquin's "Sing One for the Cowboy" celebrates the West while recognizing the sins committed against Native Americans and the buffalo. While this politically correct approach may offend a few John Ford and John Wayne fans, it is nonetheless refreshing. "Curtain Call" by Tom Morrell and the Time Warp Top Hands is a lively piece of Western swing, with the nice addition of horns. From the above mentioned samples one would venture to guess that On the Trail is a satisfying and eclectic collection. For lovers of good western music, or for anyone looking for a primer on today's singing cowboy, On the Trail is your ticket to open skies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2001
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351605221
  • Catalog Number: 6052

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Norman Blake Track Performer
Sons of the San Joaquin Track Performer
Waddie Mitchell Track Performer
Don Edwards Track Performer
Tom Morrell Track Performer
Richard O'Brien Track Performer
David Wilkie Track Performer
Cowboy Nation Track Performer
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Don Edwards Arranger, Adaptation
Richard O'Brien Composer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Richard Farnsworth Author
Curley Fletcher Composer
Pete Papageorges Mastering
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