CD: RICH BELLERT Cowboys & Wranglers Poetry


Cowboys & Wranglers Poetry


Deck of Cards – Daddy’s Pink Rose – Old
Barns and Old People – So God Made A Farmer – Grandpa Has A Special Job –
God’s Heavenly Choir – Mulga Bill’s Bicycle – Travis the Cow Dog –
Man’s Best Friend – Little Joe the Wrangler – Chips and Peas – A Cowboy
Toast – Christmas Round the Campfire – Mary’s Little Donkey – The Dying
Hobo – Ode To The Housefly – An Ode to the Clothesline – Born To This
Land – Where Ponies Come To Drink
First off, this is not just a ‘cowboy poetry’ project.  The
very first ‘story’ Deck of Cards, has some incredibly beautiful organ
style music behind it.  Wow, Red Sovine and his wonderful way of telling
a story with music behind his voice is back.  We hear the same lovely
organ music playing ‘The Old Rugged Cross” on “Old Barns and Old
People.”  I believe this is my favorite one.  Rich has a nice slow way
about him, easy to understand his words, easy to get right into the
story he is telling.  “So God Made A Farmer” is another of my favorites.
I originally heard it done by Paul Harvey, and here it is again with
the mild mannered Rich Bellert telling the story.  This is followed by
one of Baxter Black’s favorite stories “Grandpa Has A Special Job.”  We
even hear Rich sing a little ‘Amazing Grace,” and a bit later he sings
“How Much Is That Doggie In The Window.”  I had to find out who was
doing the really nice keyboard work behind Rich, and lo and behold, it’s
another of my favorites, Red Johnson from Minnesota.  Rich also used
the studio facilities of Red, and the mix is extremely well done. “Oh
Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie” is another good vocal interpretation,
but the story “A Cowboy Toast” is even better.  I love the sound of that
old-timey organ.  It sounds and feels just like the old pump organ in
the little white church out on the prairie I used to go to. It’s
especially good on Rich’s story “Christmas Round The Campfire.”  The
remainder of the stories are told without the old organ, but they are
just as good.  The really nice thing about Rich’s cowboy poetry is the
‘moral’ it holds, the sincerity of the writer, and certainly the
sincerity of the story teller.  We’ll get to hear Rich at the LeMars
Festival, Aug 25-31, and hopefully Red will provide some of that
old-time organ music behind him.  CD’s available at
Review by Bob Everhart
for Country Music News International 

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