Moonlight and Skies

Moonlight and Skies

by Don Edwards


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Moonlight and Skies

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/14/2006
Label: Western Jubilee
UPC: 0803020121423
catalogNumber: 4
Rank: 100998

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
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
J. Javits   Composer

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