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Ray Reed Sings Traditional Frontier and Cowboy Songs

Ray Reed
Ray Reed Sings Traditional Frontier and Cowboy Songs

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.

Track Listing

101
Sioux Indians Ray Reed 4:07
102
California Joe Ray Reed 14:47
103
Billy the Kid Ray Reed 2:32
104
Sod Shanty Ray Reed 3:19
201
O Bury Me Not Ray Reed 3:53
202
Zebra Dun Ray Reed 3:51
203
Punchin' the Dough Ray Reed 2:23
204
Powderhorn Ray Reed 3:52
205
Miss Aledo Ray Reed 2:39
206
Cattle Call Ray Reed 2:27

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