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The Cowboy: His Songs, Ballads and Brag Talk

The Cowboy: His Songs, Ballads and Brag Talk

Fascinated by horses and cowboys, but not by school, Harry Jackson (1924–2011) left his home in Chicago at age 14 to become a ranch hand and cowboy in Wyoming. While there, he learned cowboy songs from traditional singers, and he sings them here in the traditional unaccompanied manner. The songs portray the life of a cowboy in an authentic, unadorned fashion that is light-years removed from Hollywood and country western simulations.

After serving in World War II, Harry Jackson became a prominent artist, focusing on realistic western paintings and sculpture portraying cowboys and Native Americans.

Extensive liner notes, written by folklorist Kenneth Goldstein, provide background information about Jackson and each song.

Track Listing

101
Morning Grub-Holler Harry Jackson 0:19
102
The Round Up Cook Harry Jackson 0:48
103
The Dally Roper's Song Harry Jackson 2:51
104
I Ride an Old Paint Harry Jackson 3:46
105
Some Cowboy Brag-Talk Harry Jackson 1:35
106
Little Joe the Wrangler Harry Jackson 3:53
107
Utah Carroll Harry Jackson 7:59
108
Old Iron Pants Pete Harry Jackson 2:57
201
The Saddle Bum Harry Jackson 2:16
202
Strawberry Roan Harry Jackson 4:56
203
I Ain't Got No Use for the Women Harry Jackson 3:38
204
Blood on the Saddle Harry Jackson 0:34
205
The Ridge Running Roan Harry Jackson 5:20
206
Roll On, Little Dogies Harry Jackson 3:42
207
The Hangman's Song Harry Jackson 3:34
301
Boastin' Cowboy Harry Jackson 0:31
302
Tying a Knot in the Devil's Tail Harry Jackson 3:09
303
Clayton Boone Harry Jackson 2:54
304
Old Blue was a Gray Horse Harry Jackson 3:00
305
Little Joe the Wrangler's Sister Nell Harry Jackson 3:28
306
The Gal I Left Behind Harry Jackson 3:38
307
Zebra Dun Harry Jackson 3:55
308
When the Work's All Done This Fall Harry Jackson 2:27
401
The Pot Wrassler Harry Jackson 1:44
402
Streets of Laredo Harry Jackson 4:59
403
Windy Bill Harry Jackson 2:42
404
Cowboy Talking to a Bucking Horse Harry Jackson 0:21
405
As I Went Walking One Morning for Pleasure Harry Jackson 4:01
406
Cowboy Jack Harry Jackson 3:00
407
Jack O' Diamonds Harry Jackson 4:13
408
I'm Gonna Leave Old Texas Now Harry Jackson 2:24

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