Cowboy Songs

Cowboy Songs

by Michael Martin Murphey


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The first of three albums of cowboy material by Michael Martin Murphey, and one of the better modern collections. Murphey approaches his material with both reverence and humor, which makes this disc less serious than many more grimly authentic efforts. For repertory he draws on the songs of Bob Nolan ("Tumbling Tumbleweeds"), Dale Evans ("Happy Trails"), and Ian Tyson ("Cowboy Pride"); traditional songs that were recorded by the likes of Tex Ritter ("I Ride an Old Paint," "Jack o' Diamonds"), Carl T. Sprague ("When the Work's All Done This Fall"), and Powder River Jack and Kitty Lee ("Tying Knots in the Devil's Tail"); a few of a more general nature, such as the gorgeous "Wild Ripplin' Waters"; and a handful of originals, of which the best is "What Am I Doing Here," which acknowledges the spiritual side of cowboy songs. Murphey doesn't imitate any of the singers associated with earlier versions of these songs in terms of delivery or arrangements, but he does try for a rough-hewn authenticity in his singing, laced with a certain amount of humor, which makes it all the more effective. The backing vocals are provided by Sons of the San Joaquin, and by Tammy Wynette, Red Steagall, Suzy Bogguss, Jim Bob Tinsley, Paulette Carson, Cactus Moser, and others. It was this record that led to the founding of the Warner Western label.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/13/1990
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075992630825
catalogNumber: 26308
Rank: 8601

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Martin Murphey   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Suzy Bogguss   Background Vocals
Red Steagall   Background Vocals
Tammy Wynette   Background Vocals
Steve Gibson   Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Paulette Carlson   Background Vocals
John McEuen   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin
Don Edwards   Background Vocals
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Dennis Burnside   Keyboards
Mark Casstevens   Guitar,Harmonica
Jack Daniels   Background Vocals
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Sonny Garrish   Steel Guitar
Jack Hannah   Background Vocals
David Hoffner   Keyboards,Hammered Dulcimer
Jerry Kroon   Drums
Terry McMillan   Harmonica
Cactus Moser   Background Vocals
Craig Nelson   Bass,Electric Bass
Mark O'Connor   Fiddle
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Curtis Stone   Background Vocals
Biff Watson   Guitar
Curtis Young   Background Vocals
Lon Hannah   Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Gibson   Producer
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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