Christmas the Cowboy Way - (Import CD)
Riders in the Sky
Discovery Miles 1 970
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- Mono / Stereo
- Joey Miskulin
- Christmas the Cowboy Way
Riders In The Sky: Ranger Doug (vocals, guitar); Woody Paul (vocals, fiddle); Too Slim (vocals, bass).
Additional personnel: Joey The Cowpolka King (vocals, accordion, keyboards); Richard O'Brien, David Hungate (guitar); Jonathan Yudkin (tenor saxophone); Bob Mater (drums, percussion); Bob Warren (percussion).
Includes liner notes by Ranger Doug.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
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. ~ Rick Anderson
- Country of Origin
- Rounder Select
- Universal Distribution
- Riders in the Sky
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Corn, Water and Wood
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Let It Snow / The Last Christmas Medley You'll Ever Need To Hear
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Christmas Yodel, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Sidemeat's Christmas Stew
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Prarie Dog Christmas Ball, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Friendly Beasts, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Virgen Maria
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] I'll Be Home For Christmas
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Old Fashioned Christmas Polka, An
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Twelve Days of Cowboy Christmas, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Just Put a Ribbon in Your Hair
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] O Come, O Come Emmanuel
- Studio / Live
CMJ (12/20/99, p.27) - "...[They] inject their special brand of humorous cowboy music into the holiday season....refreshing..."
Dirty Linen (12/99-1/00, p.53) - "...brings their trademark humor into a mix of old standards and modern tunes. The breadth of the music is impressive....celebrates the Mexican influence on western music..."
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- Brent Truitt; Joey Miskulin
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