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Cowboy Songs: Crooked Trail Holbrook
Slim Critchlow
Cowboy Songs: Crooked Trail Holbrook
Genres: Country, Pop
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All Artists: Slim Critchlow
Title: Cowboy Songs: Crooked Trail Holbrook
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Arhoolie Records
Release Date: 5/18/1999
Genres: Country, Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 096297047927

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Outstanding Traditional Cowboy Music
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of the best (if not the best) recordings of traditional cowboy songs available. Most of this album was recorded in the early 1960's, but the songs and the style date mostly from the late 19th century. Critchlow had a brief career as a professional musician in the 20's and 30's. After he moved to California during the Depression and went into another line of work, he continued to sing and play for his own amusement, until he was rediscovered during the folk revival. Critchlow also kept in touch with scholars and archivists collecting cowboy songs, developing a deep knowledge of the music. The songs on the album predate the era of the Hollywood cowboy. Many speak directly about the cowboy's real life: his work and his love(s). Some are familiar (Red River Valley), some less so (Down by the Brazos, recently covered by Lyle Lovett),and some wonderfully obscure (Snagtooth Sal, The Trusty Lariat). Some are ironic, some humorous, some unabashedly sentimental. Critchlow delivers them straight: vocal and guitar. His voice is resonant, his musical taste impeccable, his appreciation for the music and for the way of life that produced it always palpable. This is how these wonderful songs were made to be sung and to be heard--there is no better way to get to know them."
This was a surprise
D. Caplan | New York, NY | 10/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I never had any interest in cowboy music. I bought this CD recently for my father, an avid fan. As I listened to these songs,really for the first time, I was surprised by how meaningful the songs were. Even my young children fell in love with these nostalgic, often mournful tunes about the West. We bought a copy of the CD for ourselves and play it several times a week. The songs on this CD (Red River Valley, Goodbye Old Paint, I'd Like to be in Texas etc.) are so truly and movingly sung that it could make a cowboy music lover out of just about anyone."
The Genuine Article
K. Gabel | New Mexico | 10/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you have ever mucked out a horse corral or spent enough time in the saddle to have your blue jeans rub your legs raw then Slim Critchlow will grab you deep and hold your heart and guts. These songs sung by Slim are the true missing link to America's cowboy past and nobody brings you back to those days closer than does Critchlow. Myth and folklore aside, his singing lets you smell the critters and taste the dust. It was a lifetime ago that a late night radio show out of El Paso gave me my first contact with this flat out absolute great voice. Slim was a real "Westerner" and you know it the first time you hear him sing. Nobody does it better."