CD Review: BACK IN THE SADDLE – Born To Be Branded


Born To Be Branded
Back In The Saddle Again – I Want To Be A
Cowboy’s Sweetheart – Rawhide – Cattle Call – Sioux City Sue – Vaya on
Dios – I’m An Old Cowhand – Pigtails And Ponies – Oh, Lady Be Good –
Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo, Get Along Little Doggies – Ride ‘Em Cowboy – Ghost
Riders In The Sky – Happy Trails – Born To Be Branded

If I were to select the cowboy and western
songs that best represent the best in traditional cowboy and western
music, it would definitely be this list of remarkable classic western
songs ‘Back In The Saddle’ has selected for this remarkable new CD
release on Saddle Pal Records. One of my early close friends in western
music was Patsy Montana. We did a lot of shows together including a lot
of television.  She always had the right attitude it seemed to me, “I
want my roses while I’m alive, not after I’m gone.”  This is the same
reflection this ‘live’ Back in the Saddle show reveals in this amazing
album, whip lashes and all.  All of the members, remarkably talented,
include Frenchy Berne Poliakoff (vocals, ukulele, whip); Gallopin’ Gwen
Hughes (vocals, ukulele, whip); Ya Durn Tuten (upright bass, vocals);
Ramblin’ Rick Hinkle (guitar, vocals); ‘Tijuana Tim Higgins (fiddle,
mandolin); and Matthew ‘Kickin’ Kkaminski (accordion). female vocals are
extremely well done with extraordinary harmony that exactly fits what
the ladies are singing.  There has to be an equal match in supporting
musicians, and they are there too.  It would be hard for me to pick only
one song as my favorite out of this incredible list, but if I had to do
that, I’d pick “Sioux City Sue,” not only because it’s a song about
Iowa, but also because the group does it so amazingly well.  This is a
‘live’ recording done at the Red Clay Music Foundry in California. I’ve
heard a lot of ‘live’ recordings, but none so well done as this
remarkable accomplishment.  A round of applause also to Rick Hinkle at
Audiocam Music for the perfect ‘mix.’ Sometimes when dealing with ‘live’
acoustic instruments engineers fail to ‘pick up’ the innuendo of the
music, but Rick Hinkle did exactly that, and did it extremely well.  We
don’t really hear a male vocalist until we get to the song “I’m An Old
Cowhand” and that sure adds to the variety to the entire program making
it a perfect historically accurate reproduction of the best of the west.
It’s not going to take me very long to get this one in the hands of the
Rural Roots Music Commission for their appraisal.  Knowing their love
for all kinds of traditional music I don’t see this one not getting some
recognition for their wonderful work.

RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, Pres. National Traditional Country Music Association, for Country Music News International

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