A wonderful blend of old-time cowboy songs, country classics, and new tunes, this debut from L.A.'s top cowboy band is exceptional and highlights the talented Kinman brothers. With a bare-bones style that allows the heart and soul of the music to shine, Cowboy Nation brings "Old Paint" and "Cowboy's Lament" to a whole new audience. Harlan Howard's "The Blizzard" is a standout, as is the movie tune "My Rifle, My Pony and Me," originally sung by everyone's favorite cowboy, Dean Martin. Of their new material, "Cowboy Nation," a theme song of sorts, is satisfying, as is "Way Out West" and "Cowboy Way." For listeners who have never been exposed to cowboy music, this is a tremendous opportunity to learn all about it at the feet of a trio of fine players. Just as important is the fact that Cowboy Nation knows the history of cowboy music and can talk about it just as intelligently as the band plays it.
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AllMusic Review by Jana Pendragon