Desert Pete
Western Music

Western Song: Desert Pete

American singer-songwriter Billy Edd Wheeler wrote the song “Desert Pete.” Then, The Kingston Trio recorded and released it as a single in 1963, under the Contemporary Folk genre. It rose to #12 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart, spending five weeks on the chart. “Desert Pete” b/w “Ballad of the Thresher” was also the lead-off single […]

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Billy the Kid
Western Music

Western Song: Billy The Kid

Billy the Kid was a traditional folk song in the public domain. Sources reveal that American country singer and songwriter Vernon Dalhart first recorded and released the song in 1927. Since it was available in the public domain, many artists recorded their versions, including those by the Sons of the Pioneers, Burl Ives, Mark Graham, […]

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summer wages
Western Music

Western Song: Summer Wages

Summer Wages is a song in Ian & Sylvia’s 1967 album, So Much for Dreaming, and Ian Tyson’s 1986 album, Cowboyography. It was under the Folk and Country genre, depicting a workingman’s tale. Sources also noted the song as Tyson’s ode to B.C. and possibly the best song written about the place. So Much For Dreaming demonstrates the […]

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Navajo Rug
Western Music

Western Song: Navajo Rug

Navajo Rug is a song in Cowboyography, an album by Ian Tyson, first released in 1986. Additionally, Tyson co-wrote the song with Tom Russell, who released his version of it in 1989 with his band. Sources also say the recording date for Tyson’s version was in August 1986 in Sunday Sound Studios, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Cowboyography became […]

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