Wow, excellent suggestions all!
And yes, I'm trying to keep it to old, mostly traditional songs and tunes that are pre-1923. Chasing copyrights is a huge pain, especially when dealing with the big music publishing houses, and they typically want at least $150 per song minimum for print permission. So you can imagine how quickly that would add up for 50-60 songs, not counting all the research and legal paperwork. And there are some I'd REALLY like to include, so maybe I'll sneak one in on the tablature example page (shh!, don't tell anyone).
I'm more than happy to work something out, perhaps do a little horse-trading, with a more recent songwriter, well, because "it's the cowboy way". I'll probably include some more great tunes by Steve Hartz from East Texas and I'm hoping Pipp will also volunteer a couple of his songs too. And yes, we definitely need to include the Indians and the Vaqueros! Maybe even dance hall girls...?
My working list is already up to 150 or so - I'm counting on Pipp and the good folks here at cnet to help cull the herd down to something manageable. Whether or not they work well on Anglo will also determine if they make the cut. I'm pretty sure Red River Valley, Streets of Laredo, Sweet Betsy From Pike, Home on the Range, Rivers of Texas, Cielito Lindo and maybe Cherokee Shuffle will be included. Looks like Spanish is a Loving Tongue might be 1925...
Hey matthag, thanks for the kind words, hope you continue to enjoy the books but please don't end up playing like me - I'm counting on you to do a lot better and create your own style!
Edited by gcoover, 23 October 2017 - 10:06 PM.