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Rex Allen Jr. plies a combination of contemporary country music and Western nostalgia on Ridin' High. "Can You Hear Those Pioneers" features vocal support by the Sons of the Pioneers and Rex Allen Sr. on a song in the vein of Roy Rogers' "Hoppy, Gene and Me" and the Statler Brothers' "Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott," both of which were hits in 1974. Allen's version of the cowboy standard "Streets of Laredo" drives home, for anyone who hadn't already noticed, how similar his voice is to his father's. "Play Me No Sad Songs" and "Teardrops in My Heart," along with "Can You Hear Those Pioneers," were the album's hits, but an excellent cover of Thom Bresh's "Homemade Love" makes one wish that Allen had gotten his hands on the song first. Whether Western music and contemporary country have much of a shared audience is debatable, so it is possible that many listeners will find themselves strongly preferring one half of Ridin' High over the other.


Born: August 23, 1947 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Country

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

Rex Allen, Jr. is the son of Rex Allen, the country music singer who scored seven country hits between 1949 and 1968, the biggest of which was 1953's "Crying in the Chapel," which crossed over to number eight in the pop chart. Allen Jr. was born in Chicago and traveled with his father from the age of six. He took up the guitar and later worked as a rodeo clown. Moving to Nashville in the late '60s, he broke into the country charts...
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Ridin' High, Rex Allen, Jr.
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Country, Honky Tonk
  • Released: 1976

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