When I Was a Cowboy, Vol. 2

When I Was a Cowboy, Vol. 2


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Yazoo Records' second cowboy compilation has some of the same artists and a few others, like the Crockett Family ("Buffalo Gals Medley"), Paul Hamblin ("The Strawberry Roan"), Buell Kazee, and McGinty's Oklahoma Cowboy Band ("Cowboy's Dream"). The material is equally strong, and much of it, including Harry McClintock's "Jesse James," is absolutely priceless. As with the first volume, there's no biographical material on any of the artists, but the music speaks well for itself -- Jules Allen's "The Girl I Left Behind Me" seems pretty much the basis for every version that has followed since, Rowdy Wright's "I'm A Wandering Bronco Rider" and "I'm A Jolly Cowboy" both have delightfully raw energy, and the Delmore Brothers' exquisitely harmonized "The Fugitive's Lament" is the thematic precursor to every record the Everly Brothers ever cut, especially "Take A Message To Mary." The real find, however, may be Buell Kazee's soaring banjo-driven "The Cowboy Trail," sung in a haunting nasal twang, which is one of the most honest and dramatic pieces among the 23 songs here. The sound is generally excellent, apart from distortion in the opening bars of "The Burial of Wild Bill" by Frank Jenkins & His Pilot Mountaineers, and some unavoidable surface noise evident on Dick Devall's otherwise gorgeous acapella "Tom Sherman's Barroom."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/1996
Label: Yazoo
UPC: 0016351202321
catalogNumber: 2023
Rank: 32853

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmie Davis   Track Performer
Delmore Brothers   Track Performer
Buell Kazee   Track Performer
Carl T. Sprague   Track Performer
Jack Webb   Track Performer
Harry McClintock   Track Performer
Jules Allen   Track Performer
Ken Maynard   Track Performer
Dick Devall   Track Performer
Paul Hamblin   Track Performer
Cartwright Brothers   Track Performer
Rowdy Wright   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Richard Nevins   Liner Notes
Alton Delmore   Composer
Rabon Delmore   Composer
Dan Kelly   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Brewster M. Higley   Composer

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