Cowboy Copas

Country Music Entertainer #1

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The Nashville sound is rarely heard on Cowboy Copas' records as prominently as it is on Country Music Entertainer #1. Copas died in 1963, so this is also one of his last albums, featuring a vocal chorus and very commercial production. Copas covers two Webb Pierce songs ("Cow Town" and "Alla My Love"), Claude King's "Wolverton Mountain," and Burl Ives' "Call Me Mr. in-Between." "The Ballad of Frank Clement" is a biographical song about the former Tennessee governor, and "Bury Me Face Down" ("so I'll see where I'm a-goin'") is a good cut that failed as a single. The vocal chorus isn't as tight as would be expected from a major label, but it is interesting to hear an old-timer like Copas take a swipe at newer country music styles.

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