Title - 'America's Last Singing Cowboy'
Artist - Rex Allen
Country Rewind Records has just released the brand new album from Rex Allen, the 16-track America's Last Singing Cowboy, which was made available on October 25th, 2019 (with distribution by Select-O-Hits).
Country Rewind Records has dedicated itself to bring classic country with this contemporary feel to not only the past country fans but also to the new country listeners by bringing unreleased traditional Country music into the contemporary Country era.
Rex Allen was a multimedia star before the term 'multimedia' was coined. He found fame as a singer, a song- writer, a Western movie star, a television actor and (in later life) as a narrator of Disney movies and TV shows.
This new collection was produced and updated by Rex Allen Jr, by adding background vocals, acoustic guitar and keyboard.
The results are just gorgeous pieces of Western material with the Sons of the Pioneers and The Riders In The Sky singing background vocals.
1. 'Texas Plains'
2. 'Lazy River'
3. 'My Swiss Moonlight Lullaby (Strollin' Along)'
4. 'I Can't Stop Loving You'
5. 'There's a Blue Sky Way up Yonder'
6. 'The Trail of the Lonesome Pine'
7. 'Highways Are Happy Ways'
8. 'Blue Dream'
9. 'Money Marbles and Chalk'
10. 'Blue Light Waltz'
11. 'All Cried Out'
12. 'This Land is Your Land'
13. 'Streets of Laredo'
15. 'This Old House'
This ornately, wondrously era-evoking album opens with 'Texas Plains,' a prime example of Country yodeling that lasted through the 1940s, and then we get the smoothly lush 'Lazy River,' the upbeat fun of 'My Swiss Moonlight Lullaby (Strollin' Along),' and then both a wonderful 'I Can't Stop Loving You' (Don Gibson), and then more yodeling within he gently frenetic 'There's a Blue Sky Way up Yonder.'
Believe me when I say that complete with new instrumentation and background vocals, these fifteen songs taken from the master recordings made at Radio Recorders Studio in California (between 1950 and 1965) are all magnificently enhanced here with Cliffie Stone’s band combining with the Sons of the Pioneers as the backing vocals.
A clear favorite here is 'The Trail of the Lonesome Pine,' which may well have been written back in 1913 by Ballard MacDonald with music by Harry Carroll, but I think everyone knows it more as having been sung by Laurel & Hardy!
Next up is the mid-tempo 'Highways Are Happy Ways' which is followed by the crooning of 'Blue Dream,' the one-two, gently spoken-sung 'Money Marbles and Chalk,' and then both the yearning of 'Blue Light Waltz,' and the sorrowful ballad 'All Cried Out.'
The Country folk of Woody Guthrie's rhythmic 'This Land is Your Land' is up next, and is backed by the lo-fi, graveled vocals of 'Streets of Laredo,' with the album rounding out with the lighter fare (albeit not in lyrically content) of 'Novalee,' with the finger-snappin' jive of 'This Old House' (a HUGE pop hit in the UK for Shakin' Stevens in the '80s) bringing the show to a close.
"It's absolutely magical," Rex Jr. evokes. "My father was the last singing cowboy and the world needs to hear these songs."
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