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

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

by Riders in the Sky
 

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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"

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2007
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661059320
catalogNumber:
610593
Rank:
5199

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Performance Credits

Riders in the Sky   Primary Artist
Louis Brown   Trombone
David Davidson   Violin
Ranger Doug Green   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Joey Miskulin   Accordion
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
Louis Brown   Trombone

Technical Credits

Gene Autry   Composer,Author
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Riders in the Sky   Audio Production
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Ranger Doug Green   Liner Notes
Jeff Foster   Cover Illustration
Bill McElroy   Engineer
Joey Miskulin   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Tim Roberts   Engineer
Dick Thomas   Composer
Brent Truitt   Engineer
Kristin Wilkinson   String Arrangements
Teddy Powell   Composer
Jimmy Long   Composer
Walter Samuels   Composer
Scotty Wiseman   Composer
Michael Carr   Composer
Ray Freedman   Composer
Leonard Whitcup   Composer

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