Boots, Buckles & Spurs Bottom Line:Country music and cowboys have always gone hand and hand. Ever since the start of Hollywood, fans have enjoyed the "singing cowboys," and even now, many folks enjoy hearing about the Wild West in their music. Now, fans can enjoy a boxed set that consists of fifty tunes that strictly focus on the cowboy way. It contains three CD's that start off with Gene Autry and end with Michael Martin Murphey. If you love hearing stories about the west, the rodeos, and folks who love their horses, then you will love Boots, Buckles, & Spurs: 50 Songs Celebrate 50 Years Of Cowboy Tradition.
Boots, Buckles & Spurs: 50 Songs Celebrate 50 Years of Cowboy Tradition ReviewOver the course of time, one thing has constantly been a common subject in country music and that is "cowboys." It was no surprise to see a boxed set come out that was completely dedicated to this way of life, but it was a surprise to see so many different songs and artists to be included on it. This set starts off with some of the earliest recordings in country music, and ends with some of the most up-to-date songs. Every single tune throughout this boxed set celebrates the life of some of the most unique, yet influential people who have made this country so great.
In 1959, a new event was created and here we are, fifty years later, still carrying on the tradition of the National Finals Rodeo. Perhaps there are people who do not realize how important this sport is, but for those that do, this event means everything.
There is a booklet that can be found on the inside of this set that contains photos and stories about the artists who have contributed their songs to make this project possible. There are also stories about how rodeos came about and how it became so influential in America. Towards the end of the booklet, fans can see the different posters that have been used throughout the history of this sport. It takes on a whole new meaning, being able to see how it has progressed over the years. This may be one of those projects that some people only get for the song selection, but there will be some that enjoy seeing their heritage come to life in a variety of songs.
Patsy Montana was one of the most famous female singers of her time. While listening to the first disc, you can hear one of her most popular tunes called "I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart." The title pretty well sums up the meaning, but once you have heard her sweet voice, it will become clear why she rose to fame with this timeless hit.
The Sons Of The Pioneers recorded "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," and became one of the most beloved acts of their time. They embraced the cowboy lifestyle and made it seem like a life of adventures.
Eddy Arnold's "Cattle Call" made yodeling seem effortless. Eddy's voice is timeless and to hear this classic truly makes you appreciate his contribution to country music. Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson joined forces for their classic "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys." Still to this day, this tune is one of the most requested songs to be played on the classic country radio stations. This song brings to life the difficult lives of cowboys and how they are impossible to settle down with. Waylon and Willie told mothers to persuade their children to "become doctors and lawyers and such."
The Outlaws recorded a tune called "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky." This song carries a haunting sound still to this day.
Chris LeDoux was perhaps one of the most famous cowboys in country music history. Chris was originally a cowboy who made his living by going from rodeo to rodeo; competing in each event like it was his last. He sang about this in his song "Hooked On An 8 Second Ride." It proved that this lifestyle was not a choice, it was an addiction.
The third disc consists of some of the more recent tunes in country music. One of my favorites is George Strait's "I Can Still Make Cheyenne." It is about a man who is going through some personal issues at home and he finally explains to his other half that if their relationship is over, then he can still make it to the next rodeo in Cheyenne.
You can hear Montgomery Gentry's version of "Wanted Dead Or Alive." Although nothing beats the original, it is still worth listening to.
Trent Willmon's "Good Horses To Ride" is awesome and so is Brooks & Dunn's "Cowboy Town."
Release Date: Sony Legacy Records - November 18, 2008
Boots, Buckles & Spurs Track List
- Back In The Saddle Again (Gene Autry)
- I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart (Patsy Montana And The Prairie Ramblers)
- Patent Leather Boots (Elton Britt)
- Dusty Skies (Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys)
- Tumbling Tumbleweeds (The Sons Of The Pioneers)
- The Cattle Call (Eddy Arnold)
- Stampede (Roy Rogers And The Sons Of The Pioneers)
- Rodeo Hand (Johnny Cash)
- Strawberry Roan (Marty Robbins)
- Ride, Ride, Ride (Lynn Anderson)
- Ride Em' Cowboy (David Allan Coe)
- Wildfire (Michael Martin Murphey)
- Let's All Help The Cowboys (Sing The Blues) (Waylon Jennings)
- Rita Ballou (Guy Clark)
- Bandy The Rodeo Clown (Moe Bandy)
- Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys (Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson)
- My Cowboy's Last Ride (Jessi Colter)
- Bull Rider (Johnny Cash)