April 2010 Tim Williams/The Desert Sons

When I Was a Cowboy
Tim Williams

timwilliams_wheniwasacowboyIn 1974, I was a morning drive host, back when deejays played 45 rpm records on real turntables. I remember getting a song called Careful Mountain Pony by Tim Williams. He’d recently moved from California to B.C., and maybe because deejays had some say in the music we played, it became a hit. His latest release has been something fans have been waiting for and they won’t be disappointed.
The collection starts with The Ranger’s Command (A Maid of The Plains), a wonderful but seldom-heard ballad of the early days of the trail drives. Trying to Rope the Wind is a song I’ve heard done by several performers; it’s nice to hear the original. The intro for My Heart Can’t Take Another Rodeo is Tim’s funny story of his ill-fated calf roping run years ago. The intro is longer than the song but it sure works. (Valdy had a hit version of the song several years ago.) Tim has performed at most major blues festivals around the continent and he includes a tune from the legendary
Leadbelly, Huddie Ledbetter’s When I Was a Cowboy. All vocal and instrumental tracks are Tim’s.

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Songs Along The Trail
The Desert Sons

desert sonsIn 1993 in Tucson, the Western Music Association Festival featured great performers — including many great Western harmony groups. The Desert Sons were on stage and part of those unforgettable late night sessions. Benny Young has graced the sound with his pure tenor voice and fine fiddle since the early days.
Their latest release is a collection of pure western songs, many from the trails of the past like Song of the Trail by Stan Jones (he wrote Ghost Riders In The Sky), Joe Babcock’s Dusty Winds, Charlie Daniels’ Wyoming on My Mind, to new compositions by group member Buck Ryberg like Nightherd Lullaby and Sundown Song.
The cover is as pretty as the music inside.
The liner notes give you insight as to why this music is so important to Buck, Benny, Skelly and Slim.
They remain true to the roots of the pure music of the West.