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Public Cowboy #1: A Centennial Salute to the Music of Gene Autry

Re-Released: 2007
Label: Rounder Records

Riders In The Sky tip their huge ten-gallon hats to Gene Autry, "Public Cowboy Number One," with this re-issue of their award-winning 1996 CD, marking the celebration of Gene's 100th birthday. All of the original songs are included PLUS four bonus recordings of Gene's best-loved numbers. Includes new notes by Ranger Doug. Thanks Gene. Thanks for teaching us the Cowboy Way. "I am honored that Riders In The Sky chose to do this special tribute album of my music. They are a talented bunch of sidekicks, and any cowboy would be proud to ride with them." – Gene Autry

Track Listing

1. Back in the Saddle Again (3:58)
(Gene Autry & Ray Whitley)
2. Sioux City Sue (2:38)
(Ray Freedman & Dick Thomas)
3. Mexicali Rose (2:46)
(Stone & Jack Tenney)
4. You Are My Sunshine (3:23)
(Jimmie Davis)
5. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? (3:38)
(Scott Wiseman)
6. Can't Shake the Sands of Texas from My Shoes (2:54)
(Gene Autry, Johnston & Pitts)
7. That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine (3:58)
(Gene Autry & Jimmy Long)
8. Be Honest With Me (2:19)
(Gene Autry & Fred Rose)
9. Blue Canadian Rockies (2:43)
(Gene Autry & Cindy Walker)
10. Lonely River (3:01)
(Gene Autry, Fred Rose, & Ray Whitley)
11. South of the Border (3:12)
(Michael Carr & Jimmy Kennedy)
12. Ridin' Down the Canyon (4:16)
(Gene Autry & Smiley Burnette)
13. Take Me Back to My Boots and Saddle (4:19)
(Walter G. Samuels, Leonard Whitcup & TeddyPowell)
14. The Last Round-Up (2:33)
(Billy Hill)
15. Riders In The Sky (A Cowboy Legend) (3:42)
(Stan Jones)
16. Tumbling Tumbleweeds (3:22)
(Bob Nolan)

Notes & Background Information

Riders in the Sky is Ranger Doug on acoustic guitar and vocals, Too Slim on bunkhouse bass and vocals, and Woody Paul on fiddle and vocals. Additional music contributions from Joey "The Cowpolka King" on accordion, George Tidwell on trumpet, Louis Brown on trombone, Kristin Wilkinson on Viola, Pamela Sixfin on violin, David Davidson on violin, and Robby Tuner on lap steel guitar.

Producer: Joey Miskulin for Musicwagon, Inc.
Recording: Brent Truitt
Mixing: Brent Truitt, IKurt Storey and Joey Miskulin
Mastering: Denny Purcell
Editing: Carlos Grier at Gerogetown Masters, Nashville, TN
String Arrangements: Kristin Wilkinson and Joey Miskulin
Cover Illustration: James Alan Higgins
Liner Notes: James H. Nottag, Autry Museum of Western Heritage
Song Notes: Douglas B. Green

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