Western Music

Our Favorite Western Music of 2012

best-of-western-music_don-cusic_true-west-magazineMore Western music is being recorded and performed today than at any other time, but the question is: Who is listening? For the most part, Baby Boomers, many of whom deem a performer “authentic” only if his or her music reaches back to the Singing Cowboy film era.

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JUNI FISHER

juni_fisher_songwriting_singer_western_cowboy_musicJuni Fisher’s evocative songwriting, soulful singing and dedication to Western cowboy music earned her the highest accolade of her peers in 2011, the Western Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award.

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Stories Behind the Song

storiesbehindsongThe English language may not have enough words of praise to adequately describe a man of Roy Rogers’ character. His movie, TV and musical accomplish-ments alone made him a public figure of mythical proportions, and although he was one of our brightest superstars, he remained humble and generous his entire life.

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DON CUSIC

don_cusic_historian_country_music_western_wayThis premier historian of Country music is the editor of The Western Way Magazine, published by the Western Music Association

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A Man That Won't Bend

manthatwontbendBeing an outlaw is no way to win a popularity contest. Nashville tends to shun Kimes because he bucked the system. Some in the Western music genre think he’s a sell-out because of his close association with Garth Brooks.

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CHARLIE SEEMANN

charlie_seemann_western_folklife_center_national_cowboy_poetry_gathering_elko_nevadaThe executive director of the Western Folklife Center in Elko, Nevada, which hosts the prestigious National Cowboy Poetry Gathering every January.

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Stories Behind the Song

storiesbehindsongDuring a recording project in Evergreen, Colorado, several years back, Jon Chandler approached a subject that had captivated him since childhood when he had first looked through the Gunfighter volume of the Time-Life “Old West” series.

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CARIN MARI

cari_mari_singer_pony_express_western_musicThe lead singer for Carin Mari & Pony Express, Carin Mari was featured on Michael Martin Murphey’s album Tall Grass & Cool Water. South Plains College honored her in 2011 as Female Entertainer of the Year and Outstanding Female Vocalist of the Year.

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A Man That Won't Bend

Royal Wade Kimes' success shows why sometimes the outlaw wins.

Being an outlaw is no way to win a popularity contest.

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PAUL ANDREW HUTTON

paul_andrew_hutton_professor_history_new_mexico_jimmy_webb_musicThe Distinguished Professor of History at the University of New Mexico, Paul Andrew Hutton is also True West’s Historical Consultant.

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Saturday Matinee

saturday-matinee_cameron_family_singers_honky-tonkSo they’re not really family—so what.

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Boot Stompin’, Guitar Pickin’ and Soul Searchin’ Western Roadhouse Country Blues

hot_club_cowtown_music_westernFrom the Bucket of Blood Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada, to the Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas, Texas, to stages at festivals like the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso, New Mexico, Western troubadours, Bluegrass pickers, Honky-Tonk singers and soul-searching Country Blues makers are still singing songs that are searing hearts and sparking spontaneous Two-steppin’ nationwide.

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Eleven Stories

eleven_stories_bruce_robisonTexas songster Bruce Robison makes music that slips on all soft and comfortable, like a good old flannel shirt.

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Our Favorite Western Music of 2011

western_music_albulms_songs_singers_writersTrue West editors pick their favorite Western music.

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Between The Two

between_two_faithful_heart_country_gospel_musicWhere else in the world of Gospel music can one hear the phrase “there’s a hitch in my get-a-long” or be urged to get on board Salvation’s Line?

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Half Moon Bay

james-alan-shelton_traditional-songs_half-moon-bayJames Alan Shelton’s Half Moon Bay splashes a fresh coat of paint onto a colorful collection of traditional songs.

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The Underdogs

underdogs_jen_foster_pop_country_musicBridging the range from Pop to Country with many stops in between, Jen Foster’s voice is clear and powerful.

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The Unbroken Circle: The Musical Heritage of the Carter Family

carter-family_country_tribute_willie-nelson_george-jones_sheryl-crowHere is a star-studded testament to the undying popularity of the “First Family” of Country music.

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Living With the Land

living-with-land_sarah-barchasToss another log on the campfire and relax a spell with 14 cowboy originals from Sarah Barchas.

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Music That Ain’t Country (Let Alone Western)

music_aint_countryYou’re more likely to find me listening to an audiobook or tuning in to National Public Radio than dialing in a Country-Western station, but not too long ago, I scanned the airwaves for some C&W music.

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Moonlight and Skies

moonlight_and_skies_don_edwards“No message, no agenda, no nothin,’ just a little bunch of songs I’ve always liked.”

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True West captures the spirit of the American West with authenticity, personality and humor by linking our history to our present. Whether you call it the Wild West, the Old West or the Far West, America's frontier history comes to life in True West, the world's oldest, continuously published Western Americana magazine.

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