A true Texas Cowboy, and advertised as such, Edward L. Crain was born in Texas. He worked ranches as well as cattle drives during the 1920s and '30s, and also played guitar, fiddle, and mandolin. He performed on various radio programs in Dallas, and recorded several sides for Columbia during the early '30s (his version of "Bandit Cole Younger" was later released on Harry Smith's 1952 folksong collection Anthology of American Folk Music). He made a return to recording late in life, releasing another version of "Bandit Cole Younger" for the American Record Corporation in 1970, while he was living in Oregon.
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