June 8, 2018

Ray Reed Sings Traditional Frontier and Cowboy Songs

Folkways Records FD-5329

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1977
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk
A1 Sioux Indians (4:07)
A2 California Joe (14:47)
A3 Billy the Kid (2:32)
A4 Sod Shanty (3:19)
B1 O Bury Me Not (3:53)
B2 Zebra Dun (3:51)
B3 Punchin' the Dough (2:23)
B4 Powderhorn (3:52)
B5 Miss Aledo (2:39)
B6 Cattle Call (2:27)
Ray Reed (guitar/vocals)
Recorder: J. D. Robb, Cover Artwork: Will James, Designer: Ronald Clyne
On this 1977 Folkways release, New Mexico cowboy Ray Reed (1917–1998) sings songs about the old West; many of them he learned from his father, and he composed some as well. He had spent some years in California, and his polished style reflects the influence of the 1930s Los Angeles music scene, where he was friendly with some of the Texas Playboys―the group backing legendary Texas Swing singer Bob Wills. In 1990, concerned about the passing of traditional cowboy culture, Reed initiated an annual festival in New Mexico, the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, that continues today. Liner notes provide background information on the music as well as song lyrics.

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