One of the many products of the Texas-based Russell Media Underground semi-empire, with a cult fame thanks to its series of Melba discs, Cowboy Weaver represents a slight departure in that the recordings here are simply taken straight up from a broadcast. No prank calls from Melba or the like here, just the basics of what this was -- in this case, the entirety of two half-hour shows from an AM station broadcast somewhere in east Texas. The liner notes are frustratingly vague (presumably to avoid answering any questions regarding copyright and the like). When these broadcasts exactly took place isn't clear, but based on the songs covered and the general talk, somewhere in the '70s or early '80s makes the best sense. All this said, what the listener gets are two shows consisting of nothing but Weaver and two cohosts -- Dolly Moseley and Tommy Weaver -- alternating between product placements repeated ad infinitum and some of the worst desecrations of country music ever committed. The three hosts are apparently singing karaoke-style to indifferent, made-to-order recordings of classics like "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Saw the Light," plus a slew of newer Christian country songs that inevitably make a listener want to embrace Satan as quickly as possible. Top this off with unintentionally hilarious canned audience applause after every song -- which never varies at all -- and the end effect is what happens when people with more free time than sense decide to make their own mark. Not an essential release by any stretch of the imagination, but a social document that's its own slice of hell.
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