Traditional Songs of the Old West (With Bill Bender)
Track Listing:Side 1
- Joe Bowers
- Outlaw Horse (Recorded elsewhere as "Strawberry Roan")
- Billy The Kid
- Tying a Knot in the Devil's Tail
- Bald-Faced Steer
- Drunken Rat
- Windy Bill
- Trail To Mexico
Mr. Bender is certainly not a major figure from this era, but he has a clean and pleasant voice and plays guitar well. His contributions are all tidily done. Cisco's performances are among the best of his early work. However, the only LP I have heard has more noise than sound, so evaluating (or sharing) these is a challenge. The "Strawberry Roan" and "Tying a Knot in the Devil's Tail" are the same versions that appear elsewhere; the "Drunken Rat" is slightly different, and equally charming. Overall, a brief LP with some great stuff. Wish I could hear a better transfer.
To see the complete notes from the back of the "Traditional Songs of the Old West" LP, click here.