by Chuck Dauphin
As the sixth volume in Michael Martin Murphey’s long-lived “Cowboy Songs” series, as well as the third in the “Buckaroo Bluegrass” line, the veteran performer finds himself representing some of Western Music’s all-time classics, with some of the top players in Bluegrass music along for the ride.
Songs like “Cool Water” and “Way Out There” have been some of Cowboy music’s top classics, and Michael stays very loyal to the pair of classics from the Sons of the Pioneers. But, there’s some mighty fine originals to sing around the campfire, as well. “Texas Cowboy” starts the album in fine fashion, thanks to some nifty fiddle work from Andy Leftwich and Troy Engle. He takes the original route again on “Santa Fe Trail,” which is a vocal delight from beginning to end.
One of the more intriguing parts of this album is “The James Gang Trilogy.” Of course, it’s the tale about the legendary group of robbers, whose demise proved to be one of the last great stories of the Old West. While the 1900s soon started, thankfully we still have artists like Murphey, who are very committed to preserving the history and the stories of this time, and keeping them alive for future generations. The album comes to a breathtaking end on the gorgeous duet on “Springtime In The Rockies” with Carin Mari. Once again, Murphey has released an album that serves as a history lesson, but one that you’ll look forward to taking!
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