Author: McNeal, Brian

The World Loves Cowboys!

Welcome to the National Day of the Cowboy, today, Saturday, July 27th, 2013 - the ninth such national celebration in our country.

So far, seven states have ratified passage of a bill that makes the 4th Saturday in July as “National Day of the Cowboy,” with Mississippi entering the corral most recently on June 28th, 2013

The mission of the NDC is to contribute to the preservation of America's Cowboy heritage so that the history and culture can be enjoyed, shared and perpetuated for the public good.

Part of that enjoyment spills over into our bluegrass world with the influence of authentic cowboy music.

Michael Martin Murphey has done more than most to help that spill-over with two Bluegrass Buckaroo albums shooting to the top of the charts and then a third Cowboy album (Tall Grass & Cool Water) not following with the Bluegrass Buckaroo handle but still using the genre's instrumentation and pickers also went straight to the top of the Bluegrass charts even before it made the top of the Western charts.

He isn't the only one out there who feels a strong connection between the two music styles and he isn't the only one to make the blend work well either.

Colorado's family band, Sons & Brothers, even label their brand of music as “West-Grass.” Wayne Taylor has such a strong connection, the name of his band comes from one of his western image songs “Appaloosa” and even Bill Monroe liked the Western image and used it well in songs like “Cheyenne” and “Rawhide”

As a radio programmer, I often find more recordings in this vein than what I can use in one single radio show and it really becomes hard to choose one over another.

So you're not a cowboy and you're wondering just what you can do to celebrate today. Glad you asked.

To help us all find the connection or help make it a little stronger, I've compiled a list of just a few wonderful bluegrass tunes you can listen to today (or any day) that recognize and celebrate the American Cowboy and the heritage.

Enjoy and have a great “Western,” “Cowboy,” Bluegrass Day pard!

A Cowboy's Sweetheart; Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Aces & Eights; Ron Doering
Appaloosa; Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa
Blue Bonnet Lane; J.D. Crow & New South
Blue Prairie; Michael Martin Murphey
Blue Sky Riding Song; Michael Martin Murphey
Border Ride; Jim & Jesse (McReynolds Brothers)
Bravest Cowboy; John Reischman & The Jaybirds
Buckaroo Dream; Sons & Brothers
Buckaroo Man; Sons & Brothers
Buffalo Gals; Larry Sparks
Buffalo Hunt; I Draw Slow
Caballo Diablo; Randy Waller & The Country Gentlemen
Cactus Is In Bloom; Lonesome Traveler
Call Me A Cowboy; Ron Doering
Cheyenne; Bill Monroe
Cool Water; Michael Martin Murphey
Cowdog Stomp; Sweet Sunny South
Diamond Joe; Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band
Diamond Joe; Sons & Brothers
Diamond Joe; Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands
Diamond Joe; Tim O'Brien
Dixie Cowboy; Dry Branch Fire Squad
Ghost Riders In The Sky; Titan Valley Warheads
I Am A Texas Cowboy; Michael Martin Murphey
Medicine Man; Michael Martin Murphey
Montana Cowboy; Hot Rize
Montana Cowboy; Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard
My Ropin' Days Are Done; Blue Highway
Panhandle Rag; Kathy Kallick Band
Pistol Packin' Mama; Mac Wiseman & John Prine
Ragged But I'm Right; Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band
Ragtime Annie; Summerdog
Rawhide; Summerdog
Rawhide; Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Running Gun; Michael Martin Murphey
Shot Gun Slade; Ralph Stanley
Sugarfoot Rag; Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Summer Wages; J.D. Crow & New South
Tennessee Stud; The Chieftains
Tex Mex Shindig; Bill Emerson
Texas Bluebonnets; Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands
The Cowboy Lives Forever; The Whites
The Cowboy Way; Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson
The Deputy; Infamous Stringdusters
The Girl I Left Behind Me; Jim & Jesse (McReynolds Brothers)
The Hanging Tree; Blue Moon Rising
The Outlaw; Dan Fogelberg
The Railroad Corral; Michael Martin Murphey
Trusty Lariat; Michael Martin Murphey
Wah Hoo; Summerdog
Way Out There; Michael Martin Murphey
When I Was A Cowboy; Peter Rowan
Wild Bill Jones; Alison Krauss
Wild Bill Jones; Blue Highway
Wild Horses; Sons & Brothers

Posted:  7/27/2013

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