Christmas the Cowboy Way
Riders In the Sky
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||Corn, Water and Wood||Riders In the Sky||3:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Let It Snow/The Last Christmas Medley You'll Ever Need to Hear||Riders In the Sky||2:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Christmas Yodel||Riders In the Sky||2:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sidemeat's Christmas Stew||Riders In the Sky||2:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Prairie Dog Christmas Ball||Riders In the Sky||2:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Friendly Beasts||Riders In the Sky||3:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Virgen Maria||Riders In the Sky||5:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'll Be Home for Christmas||Riders In the Sky||3:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||An Old Fashioned Christmas Polka||Riders In the Sky||2:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Twelve Days of Cowboy Christmas||Riders In the Sky||4:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Just Put a Ribbon in Your Hair||Riders In the Sky||3:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||O Come, O Come Emmanuel||Riders In the Sky||4:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
With Christmas the Cowboy Way, the modern torchbearers of the cowboy singing tradition, Riders in the Sky, deliver an interesting mix of the sublime and the goofy. "Corn, Water and Wood" is a sweet and touching adaptation of the story of the Advent, in which three cowboys bring regionally appropriate gifts to the newborn babe. Ranger Doug's "Virgen Maria" is also very affecting. On the lighter side, there's a great swing arrangement of "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" that segues into "The Last Christmas Medley You'll Ever Need," which incorporates the first lines of about 20 Christmas songs. The group's cowboy adaptation of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is also lots of fun. But "Side Meat's Christmas Stew" and "The Prairie Dog's Christmas Ball" are both just a bit too hokey, even though the hokiness is obviously part of the joke. Fans will definitely want this one, but newcomers may want to begin elsewhere.
Hootin' hollerin' happy Christmas!
This album is a great mix of kitsch and class - just like the Riders themselves: sometimes soulful, sometimes silly, perfect for that holiday party, or to curl up to in front of a roaring fire. The Last Christmas Medley is just pure genious, and the itunes sample doesn't do it justice! Trust me, spend the buck - you won't be sorry!
Formed: 1977 in Nashville, TN
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s