1930s Cowboys and Cowgirls; 1970s Bluegrass, and 1990s Jim Boyer
Written by Randy Black on March 29, 2016
Viking Twang Episode 82 March 29, 2016
Good morning, friends, and welcome to Viking Twang, My name is Randy Black. Hope you’re all getting Spring term off to a great start.
I have a great show for you today. We’re going to start with some cowboy music from the 1920s and 1930s, followed by some great bluegrass mostly from the 1970s. Then, in the final set, we’ll have four early songs from our friend, the late Jimmy Boyer.
This first set is of obscure cowboy music from the 1920s put out in 2006 by Yazoo Records called “When I Was A Cowboy, Volume 1.” We’ll start with Lonesome Luke & His Farmhands.
1 – Turkey Red; W.C. Beck & the Portland Country Underground.
2 – Wild Hog in the Woods; Lonesome Luke & His Farmhands.
3 – Tying a Knot In the Devil’s Tail; Kitty Lee & Powder River Jack. This is a husband and
wife team with a lot of lore about them that they probably made up. This was recorded in 1930.
4 – Bandit Cole Younger; Edward L. Crain. Crain was a real Texas cowboy who recorded this
telling of the Northfield bank robbery in 1931. He lived in Oregon later in his life.
5 – The Dixie Cowboy; Taylor’s Kentucky Boys.
6 – Long Side the Santa Fe Trail; Jules Allen. This is from 1928.
7 – Haunted Hunter; Billie Maxwell. Believed to be the first woman western singer when Ralph
Peer recorded her in El Paso in 1929.
8 – The Lone Star Trail; Ken Maynard. He was considered the first singing cowboy movie star.
This song is from 1930.
9 – Goodbye Old Paint; Harry McClintock. The singer and labor activist is credit with writing songs such as Hallelujah, I’m a Bum, Ain’t We Crazy, and Big Rock Candy Mountain. This is from his first recording session, in Oakland, California in March, 1928.
These are songs from a compilation called “Pickin’ and Singin’, The Ultimate Bluegrass Collection,” which features songs mostly from the 1970s. We start with Don Reno and Bill Harrell.
10 – Long Gone; Don Reno & Bill Harrell. That’s from 1976, with Don in the banjo, Bill on
guitar, and Arthur Smith on dobro.
11 – Shout and Shine, Carl Story. That’s from 1976.
12 – Conversations with a Mule; Arthur Smith. He recorded that in 1948.
13 – My, My, My; Col. Jim Silvers. That’s from 1978.
14 – Down the Old Plank Road; Grandpa Jones & Ramona. Louis Marshall Jones and his wife.
We lost our friend Jimmy Boyer earlier this year. If you go to the Like A River Facebook page, you’ll find a lot of rare recordings of Jimmy’s music. These are songs posted by Brian Nelson from 1993, plus a version of Bruce Springsteen’s State Trooper from a show in 1999 with Lynn Conover at the White Eagle.
15 – Three Sheets to the Wind.
16 – Song for Steve Weber.
17 – State Trooper.
18 – Transmission.
19 – Twang Theme.