The Girls of the Golden West

Selected Recordings, 1933-1938

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Almost from the time they could walk, the sisters Dorothy and Mildred Good were entertaining family and friends with their versions of cowboy songs, sung as vocal duets with spare guitar backgrounds from Dorothy. The girls actually liked pop music better, and got into recording more and more of it as their career went on. This collection focuses on their cowboy songs, and it is delightful. A listener who wants to own only one album of this type of material may want to choose this one. One thing the Good girls bring to the mix is lively tempos, not at all a surprise considering their interest in pop music. Their songs move almost as if someone is giving the rhythm a gentle prod with a stirrup from time to time. The magic of siblings singing together has never been disputed and, indeed, is the stuff of an important genre of old-time and bluegrass music. These sisters can hold their own with any of the other brother-and-sister duets, and they look a darn sight better in their cowgirl outfits than the Delmore Brothers would have.

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