Tex Ritter

Western Heritage: America's Most Beloved Cowboy

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This interesting package combines an 11-track audio CD of Tex Ritter songs with a pair of full-length Ritter films, Hittin' the Trail and Three in the Saddle, on a double-sided DVD. The music disc is on the brief side -- running almost exactly 30 minutes in length -- but makes a decent introductory sample of Ritter's mid-'40s singing style. Included are the humorous and lightly swinging "I Can't Get My Foot Off the Rail," the forward-looking (and yet not) "There's a New Moon Over My Shoulder," a believable "Long Time Gone," and the sarcastic domestic dismissal ballad "When You Leave, Don't Slam the Door." In retrospect, Ritter's tongue-in-cheek, beer-drenched musical approach on his less overtly cowboy material puts him right in the center of what would later become the honky tonk wing of modern country. The movies? Well, they don't have commercials.

Track Listing - Disc 2

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