Foy Willing

Cowboy/New Sound of American Folk

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This CD collects two albums made late in Foy Willing's career, Cowboy (1958) and The New Sound of American Folk (1962). Cowboy is comprised mostly of popular Western songs ("Red River Valley," "Cool, Cool Water") and Western swing ("Rose of San Antone," "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You"). The group harmonies are lovely, and the pop/rock flourishes, including a female chorus and an occasional hot electric guitar solo, add delightful textures. Even better is The New Sound of American Folk, which takes a folk-pop approach similar to that of ('50s) Jimmie Rodgers, whose "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" is covered. Mary Ford provides some vocals, and the resulting blend recalls the Browns' flirtations with folk music. The material is varied and the arrangements interesting and sometimes surprising, making The New Sound of American Folk a forgotten gem that deserves to be rediscovered.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:21
2 2:54
3
2:20
4
3:09
5
2:10
6
2:07
7 2:31
8
2:14
9
2:26
10
2:23
11
2:38
12 2:18
13 1:51
14 2:42
15 2:18
16 2:53
17 2:56
18 2:53
19 2:36
20 2:57
21 2:29
22 3:18
23 2:35
24 3:09
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