Marty Robbins

All Around Cowboy

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All Around Cowboy is Marty Robbins' final collection of Western tunes, functioning as a sequel of sorts to his 1959 classic Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. Produced by Billy Sherrill, All Around Cowboy is much softer than Gunfighter Ballads, both in sound and intention. Sherrill doesn't drape the album with excessive strings but keeps things lush, adding echoes to the acoustic guitars and vocals, threading in mariachi horns and choirs. There are tips of the hat to Robbins' past -- "San Angelo" can be seen as a sequel to "El Paso," the cowboy standard "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" is revisited -- and that only adds to the sweet, hazy nostalgia of the project and complements Robbins' easy charm. There's no grand concept here, no conscious revisiting of Robbins' roots, but that's what's good about All Around Cowboy: it reveals an old cowpoke casually returning to what he loves most and it's hard not to find that endearing.

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