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Cowboy Songs of the Old West

Alan Lomax & Ed McCurdy

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Album Review

McCurdy performs eight of the 20 songs on this collection (the rest are by Alan Lomax), accompanied by guitar, banjo, and harmonica. The songs include "When the Work's All Done This Fall," "Jack O' Diamonds," "Red River Valley," "Utah," "Punchin' the Dough," and "Strawberry Roan," all extremely well sung, in a folk style rather than an authentic Western style, and surprisingly smooth and engaging. The digital transfer is also quite clean, especially given the age of the material — 40 years or more.


Born: 15 January 1915 in Austin, TX

Genre: World

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Few figures deserve greater credit for the preservation of America's folk music traditions than Alan Lomax. Scouring the backroads, honky tonks, and work camps of the Deep South, he unearthed a treasure trove of songs and singers, documenting the music of the common man for future generations to discover; through Lomax's pioneering efforts, cultural traditions ranging from the Delta blues to Appalachian folk to field hollers continue to live on, with his invaluable recordings offering a compelling...
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