"COWPOKES, HORSES AND OLD GLORY"
©2004 Jim R. Anderson
Review by Lucky Boyd
Western music has certain rules that must apply. A plaintive voice that can comfort the roughest rider, memorable and poignant subject matter, a connectivity between man and nature, and the ability to create a longing for the lonesome trail. Palo Duro's core is Jim R. Anderson, Teresa Zimmerman, and Cody Anderson. Not only have they applied the rules of Western song, they have somewhat re-written the rule-book. The harmony vocals are some of the best I've heard in this genre. Zimmerman's fiddle is perfect at every turn, Jim Anderson adds guitar work straight from the trail rides of yesteryear, and the younger Anderson, Cody, keeps the bottom while handling the lead vocal duties. You'll hear some original tunes penned by the elder Anderson and some covers, both familiar and not. And yes, there's some cowboy poetry written by Jim R. Anderson himself. The album contains the increasingly popular "Finish The Job," Palo Duro's answer to the 911 attacks on American soil. For my money, there are two highlights you won't want to miss. First, the trio's rendition of Willie Nelson's "A Horse Called Music" is ethereal and masterful. Second, Anderson's poem, "Horse Time" is a reminder to us all that sometimes the pace of life we choose for ourselves may not be the best. An excellent disc destined to become a Western music classic. Get your copy today.
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