Colorado Trail
Western Music

Western Song: Colorado Trail

In 1927, American poet, biographer, journalist, and editor Carl Sandburg collected and published the traditional American cowboy song The Colorado Trail in his American Songbag. Most musicians who recorded it have added their own lines as the American Songbag version only included a single short verse. About the Song Sandburg said he learned the song […]

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Someday Soon
Western Music

Western Song: Someday Soon

Someday Soon joins the Top 100 Western songs of all time in 2010 as members of the Western Writers of America added it to the list. Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Tyson composed Someday Soon, which he then recorded with his wife, Sylvia Tyson, as the musical duo Ian & Sylvia. “Some Day Soon” appeared on their 1964 album “Northern Journey” […]

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Grandpa
Western Music

Western Song: Grandpa

Grandpa was a 1986 country ballad Jamie O’Hara wrote and first recorded by the famous country music duo, The Judds. They recorded the song in May 1985 and released it as the second single on their album, Rockin’ with Rhythm. Grandpa became The Judds’ sixth number one hit, spending 20 weeks on Billboard’s Hot Country […]

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Tom Dooley
Western Music

Western Song: Tom Dooley

Tom Dooley is an American folk song, a traditional North Carolina folk song, to be exact. The Ballad of Tom Dooley drew basis on the much researched 1866 murder in Wilkes Country, North Carolina—the killing of Laura Foster allegedly by Tom Dula. Its original writers remain unknown despite gaining popularity in the North Carolina area […]

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