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Cowboy Music was originally handed down from the genuine Old West articles, its repertoire consisting of songs sung on the open range to pass the time on cattle drives. This tradition continued to inform country & western music long after its attendant lifestyle had all but disappeared, since romanticized cowboy mythology still held a fascination for many. That fascination resulted in the production of innumerable Western and cowboy films, and with those films came a revival of interest in cowboy music. Actually, it wasn't so much a revival as a hunger for more mythology -- singer/actors like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry relied far more on new compositions which evoked similar themes of cowboy life. The performances and production of cowboy songs depend largely on the context -- while movie songs were usually recorded with modern soundtrack-style orchestras, old-time groups like the Sons of the Pioneers relied on traditional, unadorned acoustic instruments. While it's the spirit of cowboy music, rather than specific standard songs, that has generally survived in country music, some artists have sought to preserve the tradition and educate their audiences about authentic cowboy songs; Michael Martin Murphey became a notable figure in these efforts during the '90s.

Cowboy Artists Highlights

Eddy Arnold
Eddy Arnold
Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
Marty Robbins
Marty Robbins
Roy Rogers
Roy Rogers
Gene Autry
Gene Autry
Hank Snow
Hank Snow

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Cowboy Album Highlights

All-Time Greatest Hits
Marty Robbins
All-Time Greatest Hits
The Essential Hank Snow
Hank Snow
The Essential Hank Snow
The Essential Gene Autry: 1933-1946
Gene Autry
The Essential Gene Autry: ...
Ultimate Collection
The Sons of the Pioneers
Ultimate Collection
The Essential Marty Robbins: 1951-1982
Marty Robbins
The Essential Marty ...
I'm Movin' On and Other Country Hits
Hank Snow
I'm Movin' On and Other ...

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Cowboy Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Don't Worry Marty Robbins
I Don't Hurt Anymore Hank Snow
Tumbling Tumbleweeds Gene Autry
Singing the Blues Marty Robbins
Mean as Hell Johnny Cash
The Last Round-Up Gene Autry
Cool Water The Sons of the Pioneers
San Francisco Bay Blues Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Home on the Range Dale Evans / Roy Rogers / The Sons of the Pioneers
Indian Love Call Slim Whitman

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