Public Cowboy #1: A Centennial Salute to the Music of Gene Autry

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Gene Autry may not have been the first great star of country music that honor would go to Jimmie Rodgers, but it would be decades before another artist in the genre would have the impact Autry had on the public -- as a movie star and radio personality, he was the first C&W act to "cross over," and by launching the "singing cowboy" craze he attached a western mythos to country that remains a vital part of its heart and soul today. Autry also had a pleasing tenor voice, a knack for picking the right material and the engaging personality to make his songs click with an audience, and Riders in the Sky, the singing group who have devoted their career to the sort of sagebrush...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Gene Autry may not have been the first great star of country music that honor would go to Jimmie Rodgers, but it would be decades before another artist in the genre would have the impact Autry had on the public -- as a movie star and radio personality, he was the first C&W act to "cross over," and by launching the "singing cowboy" craze he attached a western mythos to country that remains a vital part of its heart and soul today. Autry also had a pleasing tenor voice, a knack for picking the right material and the engaging personality to make his songs click with an audience, and Riders in the Sky, the singing group who have devoted their career to the sort of sagebrush melodies Autry made his stock-in-trade, arguably wouldn't exist without his musical influence, so it's appropriate that they cut a fine tribute in 1996, in which they covered a dozen of his best-known songs. In 2007, in recognition of Autry's 100th birthday, Riders in the Sky released an expanded version of Public Cowboy #1 with four additional tunes from the Autry songbook, and it remains one of the Riders' most pleasing and heartfelt albums. While Riders in the Sky's trademark sense of humor takes a backseat on these selections though glimmers can be heard on "Sioux City Sue" and "Can't Shake the Sands of Texas from My Shoes", their harmonies are spot on as usual, and they sing every tune with the enthusiasm of a true fan, from jaunty, upbeat numbers like "Back in the Saddle Again" and "Mexicali Rose" to ballads such as "Lonely River," "Blue Canadian Rockies," and "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine." The spare but evocative arrangements match the spirit of Autry's recordings, and the four bonus selections added for this reissue match the beauty of the original set; anyone with a taste for the more pop-oriented wing of classic cowboy music will enjoy this living tribute to one of the giants of the genre, and the execution is every bit as strong as the good intentions behind it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2007
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661059320
  • Catalog Number: 610593
  • Sales rank: 116,718

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Riders in the Sky Primary Artist
Louis Brown Trombone
David Davidson Violin
Richard O'Brien Acoustic Guitar
Pamela Sixfin Violin
George Tidwell Trumpet
Robby Turner Lap Steel Guitar
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Too Slim Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Woody Paul Fiddle, Vocals, Group Member
Ranger Doug Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Joey the Cowpolka King Accordion
Louis Brown Trombone
Technical Credits
Gene Autry Composer, Author
Jimmie Davis Composer
Riders in the Sky Audio Production
Jimmy Kennedy Composer
Don Cobb Digital Editing
Jeff Foster Cover Illustration
Carlos Grier Digital Editing
Bill McElroy Engineer
Joey Miskulin Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Denny Purcell Mastering
Tim Roberts Engineer
Dick Thomas Composer
Brent Truitt Engineer
Kristin Wilkinson String Arrangements
Teddy Powell Composer
Ranger Doug Liner Notes
Jimmy Long Composer
Walter Samuels Composer
Scotty Wiseman Composer
Michael Carr Composer
Ray Freedman Composer
Leonard Whitcup Composer
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