Howdy! This page is part of my guide to "western" music, the legacy of the so-called "singing cowboys." You gotta love this stuff, with its sweet, old-fashioned sentimental themes, its love of nature and the great outdoors. Here's a look at the legacy of western music, old and new, with reviews and recommendations to make your next cattle drive the best one yet. This page covers artists under the letter "J" - please feel free to make recommendations or comments if I've missed someone.
(PS - Don't forget the cowgals, as well!)
Herb Jeffries "The Bronze Buckaroo Rides Again" (Warner Reprise, 1995)
In 1937, up-and-coming jazz vocalist Herb Jeffries starred in the first of several all-black western movies which earned him the nickname of "the Bronze Buckaroo." Apparently Jeffries was the first African-American singing cowboy star, and headlined several movies in the 'Thirties, including Harlem on the Prairie, The Bronze Buckaroo, Harlem Rides the Range and Two-Gun Man from Harlem. Jazz music was his main gig, singing with Earl Hines in the mid-1930s, the Duke Ellington Orchestra from 1940-42, and as a solo star for years to come, but he did enjoy the cowboy stuff, too, and came back to it in later years, as heard on this nostalgic album which he recorded when he was 84 years old(!). The repertoire includes standards such as "Cow Cow Boogie," "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," and "Back In The Saddle Again," as well as songs he originally recorded in his old films.
Bob King "Songs That Tell A Story" (Bear Family, 1999)
A collection of songs from Canadian cowboy yodeler Bob King, who recorded for RCA's Canadian imprint... It's pretty straightforward, uncomplicated stuff, perhaps best appreciated by fans of singing cowboy music..
Fred Kirby "That Good Old Utah Trail" (BACM, 2005)
Chris LeDoux -- see artist profile
Reg Lindsay "When The Wagon Was New" (BACM, 2005)
Jimmy Long "Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine" (BACM, 2005)
Hick Music Index