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American

Don Edwards
American

Recorded in 2010 on the fiftieth anniversary of his career as a professional musician—the same year he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum—American is cowboy singer Don Edwards’ bittersweet testament to the fading legacy of the cowboy and the precarious history of the American West. A mix of old and new compositions, the twelve selections are on the one hand swan songs to the old Western traditions (“The Last Cowboy,” “The Campfire Has Gone Out”) and a re-thinking of compulsory patriotic songs (“The Freedom Song”). On the other, they present a message of unity between Americans, most clearly heard on the record’s closing rendition of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.” Edwards’ last album to date, American is a stark but rewarding addition to a prolific recording career from an exceptional standard-bearer of Western musical heritage.

Track Listing

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I Am a Pilgrim Don Edwards 2:53
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Dixie/America the Beautiful Don Edwards 4:03
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The Union Mare and the Confederate Grey Don Edwards 2:56
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The Freedom Song Don Edwards 4:22
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The Hell-Bound Train Don Edwards 2:36
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Hard Times Don Edwards 3:54
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My Own Native Land Don Edwards 3:53
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There's a Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere Don Edwards 3:48
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The Last Cowboy Song Don Edwards 3:56
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The Devil's Hatband Don Edwards 0:41
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The Campfire Has Gone Out Don Edwards 4:44
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This Land is Your Land Don Edwards 4:21
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