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I first met Ted Dennison at The Shanghai Days Cowboy Gathering in Wharton, Texas. Frankly, Cowboy poetry and storytelling were both new to me, but I was quite impressed with this new genre. That Saturday in March, I witnessed a liar's contest, humorous campfire stories, and of course all kinds of Cowboy poetry. Here they were, these rough, tough cowboys rhyming in perfect (and not so perfect) iambic pentameter while donning rawhide chaps, trail-worn boots, and ten-gallon hats. Then I met "The Casual Cowboy." Ted Dennison was indeed casual, sporting pressed jeans, a neatly trimmed gambler's vest, and a pair of very comfortable-looking loafers. Uh.... no hat. Tarnation! I found Ted to be quite the gentleman, cordial and warm, friendly and popular. I scanned the schedule of the day's activities to see when Ted would be performing. This was something I had to see. I did. Ted Dennison's delivery of poetry is as casual as his demeanor and dress, but don't mistake that for a lack of professionalism. Ted's words are offered meticulously, neatly arranged into poetic gems that all but hypnotize the listener, transporting the mind to another place and time, like childhood. As I listened to Ted Dennison deliver modern Cowboy poetry, I was flooded with mind's-eye images of everything he said. His structure and ease of delivery seems to enchant an audience, much like an interesting conversation, until performer and listener become one. Now comes Ted Dennison's debut recorded offering, "THE REAL LIFE ADVENTURES OF TED E. DENNISON." (Campsite Records) For this recording of Ted's poetry, background music was used in a subtle manner to enhance the listening experience on most of the tracks. Pickers on the project include Ken Mathis, Marshall Boyd, and Aubrey Teeter. I was lucky [Lucky Boyd] enough to produce and also perform on this project. Here at Payline Productions, (home of mytexasmusic.com and Campsite Records) we are very proud to have Ted Dennison as part of our musical family. The marriage of music and spoken word is complete, but your CD collection is not... get this CD today for $13.99!
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Selections from The Real Life Adventures of Ted E. Dennison
"Nightlife In A Cowboy Kinda Way"
"Plastic Pearl Handle Grips"
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