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Lonesome Prairie Love
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Skip Gorman's disposition and mission may be a bit too modest for grand proclamations. Still, based on Lonesome Prairie Love and its near-equal predecessor, A Greener Prairie, he may be the Great White-Hat Hope of cowboy m... more »
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Skip Gorman's disposition and mission may be a bit too modest for grand proclamations. Still, based on Lonesome Prairie Love and its near-equal predecessor, A Greener Prairie, he may be the Great White-Hat Hope of cowboy music. This 18-tune strong collection manages to assuage the traditionalist and progressive impulses of Western music fans without straining in either direction. New Englander Gorman displays exemplary taste in his song selections, rounding up such sentimental standards as "The Night Guard," "The Lonely Cowboy," and "Mexicali Rose." A gifted instrumentalist and likable vocalist, the former fiddle champ brings something new to what, in less sensitive hands, could come across as hoary standbys. In fact, this set may be the perfect gateway for anyone interested in delving into a great (albeit underappreciated) American genre. Check it out and the likes of Sons of the Pioneers and Tex Ritter will feel much more accessible. --Steven Stolder
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Eddie Finn | 08/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you've ever wondered how cowboy songs sounded in the old days, when it was just a bunch of cowpokes sitting around the campfire after a days work, then give this CD a listen. Skip Gorman has the heart and soul of the cowboy, and it comes through crystal clear in this recording. The songs range from the achingly beautiful ("Colorado Trail", "Brazos River Song") to the side-splittingly funny ("My Cross-Eyed Gal", a Gene Autry tune) to sprightly fiddle tunes ("Sally Goodin"). All are expertly performed, with excellent production values. The booklet which accompanies the CD is quite well done also - song lyrics, sources, liner notes, and so forth. Should appeal to those who enjoy authentic tunes of the American West, or those who would like to grow up to be cowboys."
Passionate, understated, and sheerly pleasureful
Jerome Clark | Canby, Minnesota | 10/20/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Skip Gorman is one of a new generation of cowboy-oriented folk singers -- Ian Tyson, Don Edwards, and Michael Martin Murphey are the best-known of the lot -- who have revived the art of Western song. Here multi-instrumentalist Gorman showcases the familiar ("Colorado Trail," "Border Affair," the late Gene Autry's "Mexicali Rose") and the not-so-familiar ("Maid of Argenta," "The Lonely Cowboy," "My Old Waddy Pal") and sets them to spare, lonesome-prairie arrangements. ("Brazos River Song" appears, incidentally, as "Texas River Song" on Lyle Lovett's current CD, Step Inside This House.) Gorman's singing is at once passionate and understated. The overall effect is sheer pleasure, the sort of record you'll listen to so often it'll begin to feel like an old friend."