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Texas rancher Don Edwards spent several years researching and compiling the songs that comprise the excellent Songs of the Trail. Each tune on the album is an old cowboy song that was well-known at the turn of the century. Edwards' delivery is spare, emotional and powerful — these songs don't sound like artifacts, they sound alive. It's one of the rare historical releases that is as entertaining as it is educational.


Born: 20 March 1939 in Boonton, NJ

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Singer/songwriter Don Edwards has dedicated his musical career to recapturing and preserving the spirit of the Old West by recording old and new cowboy songs. Almost alone in his enthusiasm when he took up the cowboy genre, Edwards by the 1990s reigned as the pre-eminent specialist in a field that had attracted many other musicians. Edwards was born and raised in Boonton, a New Jersey farming community. Inspired by the books of cowboy author Will James (such as The Lone Cowboy), he took up the guitar...
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