SKIP GORMAN 'A Herder's Call'

SKIP GORMAN 'A Herder's Call'

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I am not sure how we missed this really neat record when it first came out, but this is an excellent CD that really deserves to be heard more widely. Though Skip Gorman at one time had a couple of albums on the Rounder label, for the past few years he has been releasing his CDs on his own OLD WEST label. Although he obviously leans to authentic cowboy themes, he is probably equally known for his fine Monroe style mandolin playing ( check out his two excellent mandolin records -OLD WEST-001 "Old Style Mandolin Vol. 1" and OLD WEST-002 "Old Style Mandolin Vol. 2" The latter issue is a real gem for Bill Monroe fans, as it contains more than a dozen tunes that Monroe wrote and played, but never recorded.) On this "Herder's Call" album, Gorman shows his extensive talents, that include even fiddling --his versions of TOM & JERRY and SHUCKIN' THE BRUSH show him to be a very competent fiddler. But the bulk of this disc is devoted to western songs, and he sings these with a restrained but expressive voice that really captures the essence of the cowboy life. There are a generous 19 tracks here, with superb renditions of such classics as STREETS OF LAREDO, THE GREAT ROUNDUP, HOME ON THE RANGE, FUGITIVE'S LAMENT, WHEN THE CACTUS IS IN BLOOM, FADED COAT OF BLUE, BURY ME NOT ON THE LONE PRAIRIE and MY CALGARY HOME. This is a lovely recording that we recommend highly.

Artists:

  • SKIP GORMAN
  • CONNIE DOVER
  • MARY BURDETTE
  • MATT LEVINE
  • ANGUS GORMAN

Track Listing:

  • GIT ALONG LITTLE POGIES
  • BONEY GAL
  • MY CALGARY HOME
  • A COWBOY'S LIFE
  • SHUCKIN' THE BRUSH
  • BUFFALO HUNTERS
  • FUGITIVE'S LAMENT
  • THE HERDER'S CALL
  • THE MOUNTIE'S PRAYER
  • THE HIGH TONED DANCE
  • WHEN THE CACTUS IS IN BLOOM
  • BURY ME NOT ON THE LONE PRAIRIE
  • FADED COAT OF BLUE
  • STREETS OF FORBES
  • THE YODELING COWBOY'S LAST SONG
  • CLAYTON BOONE
  • THE GREAT ROUNDER-UP
  • TOM & JERRY
  • HOME ON THE RANGE