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In Australia they are not called cowboys but rather "stockmen" and of course there is a wonderful history and tradition surrounding them, think "The Man from Snowy River". For a token Aussie inclusion "The Overlander" jumps at me, or for more bounce "Travelling Down the Castlereagh", or for something more wistful there is "The Banks of the Condamine"

 

Just a few thoughts.

Cheers Steve.

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Hi Gary,

I have no "cowboy song" to submit, but I'm longing to buy this book when ready.

Between gifts and personal boughts, I have now all of your anglo tutors. I find them very clear, "sober" (I mean without many "disturbing" pics or anecdotes). There are plenty of tunes ; I find them accurately chosen and sorted. Congratulations for this well-done work.

So ! When this book will be ready, I would be glad to know it. :)

 

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Hi Gary,

I have no "cowboy song" to submit, but I'm longing to buy this book when ready.

Between gifts and personal boughts, I have now all of your anglo tutors. I find them very clear, "sober" (I mean without many "disturbing" pics or anecdotes). There are plenty of tunes ; I find them accurately chosen and sorted. Congratulations for this well-done work.

So ! When this book will be ready, I would be glad to know it. :)

 

I so agree

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Thanks so much for the interest. I just got the exciting news that famous Western artist William Matthews is making a new painting especially for the cover!

 

And yes, Steve, we'll definitely have to include a few stockmen songs for all our friends down under, thanks for suggesting that.

 

 

Gary

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I hope you can get this done!

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Here's a little teaser for all you wanna be cowpokes. 

 

It's in the same key as the Don Edwards recording, so you can pull it up on YouTube and play along if you want. Beautiful song.

 

Final tally for the book is 75 songs and it's currently in the final proofing stage, so hopefully out soon.

 

Cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell has given permission to include some of his poems set to music by Pipp Gillette, and I'm really excited to report that noted Western artist William Matthews made a new painting especially for the front cover!

 

 

Gary

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It may be the same as or similar to "The Rivers Of Texas" but one of my favorites is "The Hills Of Mexico" or "The Mexican Cowboy".  the earliest version in my ken is from Roscoe Holcolm.  For a sublime version, Lonesome Ace String Band on utube.  For a romantic aspect, "Someday Soon",  Ian Tyson.   Tragic?  "Darcy Farrow" written by Steve Gillett.  " The Tennessee Stud"  was long and lean.  Finally, I don't remember what her name is but she sings the Hell out of "West Texas Waltz".  "Cherokee Shuffle", (sometimes called "Lost Indian") is a fast fiddle tune we play for dances, usually in A.  I double dog dare you to play it on concertina!  

 

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I would love to see some Canadian Country thrown in there like some old Wilf Carter tunes. Calgary Stampede, Old Alberta plains etc. 

 

Also so how is progress on the book coming? I can tell I’m late to this conversation :(

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Excellent suggestion for some Wilf Carter! And although he's an authentic singing cowboy, unfortunately it looks like he wrote his songs after 1923 and so far I'm not finding who owns the copyrights. Chasing down copyrights (and then trying to get permission) is probably the hardest part of writing these books. But, ol' Wilf (aka Montana Slim) does a great job of "Strawberry Roan" so at least I can cite his recording and give him some credit.

 

By the way, great 45-minute show on the life of Wilf Carter on YouTube, courtesy of Historica Canada: 

 

I just recently added a Hawaiian paniolo song and should be printing a first proof this next week.

 

The book will also include QR code links to videos of every song, so that's my next task. And, they will be recorded with my brand new Jake Middleton-Metcalfe "Wolverton" CG Anglo - beautiful instrument.

 

So to answer your question, I'm shooting for the first part of September to get the book 100% completed. It's been a real treat listening to and arranging these old cowboy songs - I hope everyone enjoys them as much as I have.

 

Gary

 

 

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@gcoover awesome, that’s so exciting! And yeah that copyright can be a real pain. Even from country to country it can be so different :/

But I’m looking forward to when your book’s out. Still needing to pick up your shanty one too! 

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