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Elko! A Cowboy's Gathering

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Baxter on Elko - Baxter Black
    2. Ay Ay Ay - Rich O'Brien/Valerie O'Brien
    3. Elevator Scale, The - Rodney Nelson
    4. Powder River, Let 'Em Buck - Skip Gorman/The Waddie Pals
    5. International Glenn (Whatever That Is) - Glenn Ohrlin
    6. Drover Road to Amurlee, The - David Wilkie/Denise Withnell
    7. Hooves of the Horses, The - Randy Rieman
    8. Ragtime Annie - The Hot Club of Cowtown
    9. Not Gone - Janine Haig
    10. Angels Can Do No More - Andy Wilkinson
    11. Doctor, Doctor - Jesse Smith
    12. Geronimo's Men (45 Horses) - Jon Chandler/Butch Hause/Ernie Martinez
    13. One Moment Please - John Dofflemyer
    14. Plains of St. Augustine - Jill Jones/Lone Star Chorale
    15. Bizarzyski- Mad Bard & Carpenter Savant of Manchester, Montana- Feeds the Finicky Birds - Paul Zarzyski
    16. Silver Spurs - Sons of the San Joaquin
    17. Dream Of Spotted Buffalo / Night Song Of The Crow - Henry Real Bird
    18. Time It Never Rained, The - Lyn Messersmith
    19. Roll on Owyhee - Brenn Hill/Gordie Matthews/Gord Maxwell
    20. Things of Intrinsic Worth - Wally McRae
    21. Spanish Is the Loving Tongue - Michael Martin Murphey
    0. DISC 2:
    1. We Are the Poets - Virginia Bennett
    2. Jerry Ambler - Ian Tyson
    3. Square Head - Walt LaRue
    4. Cattle in the Cane - Ruthie Dornfeld/Patrick Sauber
    5. Equus Caballus - Joel Nelson
    6. Wild Places - Michael Fleming
    7. Saying Grace Is Saying Thank You - Long John Best
    8. Hooves of the Horses - Wylie & the Wild West
    9. Real Wealth - Peggy Godfrey
    10. Born to Be a Cowboy - R.W. Hampton
    11. Slant of Light - J.V. Brummels
    12. Big Bad Bill - Sourdough Slim
    13. Full Value - Oscar Auker
    14. Red River Rose - Red Steagall
    15. Habitat - J.B. Allen
    16. All This Way For the Short Ride - Tom Russell/Paul Zarzyski/Andrew Hardin
    17. Rooster Poem - Georgie Sicking
    18. Evening Chat - Waddie Mitchell
    19. Campfire Has Gone Out, The - Don Edwards
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1184

  • Credits

    Since the 1990s, Americans have witnessed the biggest renaissance of cowboy poetry and singing since the silver screen appearance of yodeling cowpokes in the 1930-'40s. Of course there's no one -- popularity wise -- to compare to Gene Autry or Roy Rogers, and no one has offered any of these ranch hands acting contracts. Still, Elko!, a two-disc set recorded live at the 20th anniversary of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, represents the full flowering of contemporary cowboy music as well as marking it as an established movement. The wide array of styles within the form -- poetry, instrumental work, and songs -- is impressive. Baxter Black's "Baxter on Elko" offers a folksy history of the gathering, while Hot Club of Cowtown delivers a swinging take on "Ragtime Annie." The collection works best when cowboys and cowgirls stick to the funny stories and fun -- or at least upbeat -- songs. The pathos of Jannie Haig's "Not Gone" is a bit overwrought, while Andy Wilkinson's "Angels Can Do No More" tries, but never quite overcomes, sentimentality. One might complain that the West -- for the most part -- is still primarily a man's world, and that's true here. Overall, though, this is a fun, intriguing collection, and a good introduction to a truly American form. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.

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