The cowboy campfire at Frontier Partisans is active these days. As Craig Rullman works on the trailer for the Len Babb Movie Project and Paramount TV gets set to drop Season 3 of Yellowstone (aka Jim’s Cowboy Soap Opera), Colter Wall has announced his third album Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs.
I won’t dwell on the fact that my girls and I were set to see Colter Wall in Bend on July 15 — canceled due to the Rona. I’m just glad to get some new CW to stick in the truck CD carousel.
On a side note, I recently saw where the young cowboy singer received a custom hat he ordered from Havstad Hat Co., right here in Central Oregon. The lovely and talented Cate Havstad is a remarkable character in her own right. In addition to making hats for everybody from working cowboys to, well, cowboy singers like Colter Wall, she is operating an organic farm in Madras, just to the northeast of us (which got absolutely HAMMERED in a nasty recent storm).
She trained with Gene Baldwin, who made my EDC hat.
Anyway, back to Colter Wall…. From the official press release:
The music industry is no stranger to cowboys — but it’s been a long while since any with an authentic affinity for the North American West came along and carried around a love for heroes like Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Ian Tyson. Enter 24-year-old Colter Wall, whose dusty baritone voice and deep well of stories are almost single-handedly carrying traditional western music into the future. Wall’s approach is that of a preservationist, pure as the prairie wind, and is on full display on his new self-produced album Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs. Available from La Honda Records/Thirty Tigers on August 28t, Wall’s 10-track ode to the themes and labors of western life picks up where his last album left off, with a reverence for his “working cowboy kin” and a whole mess of cowboy songs….
Along the Blanco River bank, outside the small town of Wimberley, Wall rounded up his band, hot off a North American tour, to lay down these ten new songs at Yellow Dog Studios, deep in the heart of Texas. From his previous recording sessions with Dave Cobb at the helm, Wall began to take in what it meant to produce a record; the decision making, risk-taking, and band-leading all learned along the way. With Western Swing & Waltzes, it was Wall’s turn to take the reigns. His band. His choices. And the finished product is diverse and effortlessly cool, with an extra log or two on the fire.
Songs like “High & Mighty,” cowboy poet and rancher Lewis Martin Pederson III’s ode to a legendarily tough bronco, showcase Wall’s well-curated and hard-working touring band—Patrick Lyons (pedal steel, dobro, mandolin), Jake Groves (harmonica), Jason Simpson (bass), and Aaron Goodrich (drums); joined by Emily Gimble on piano and Doug Moreland on fiddle—while others like Wall-penned “Talkin’ Prairie Boy” feature just Wall’s voice and guitar. However arranged, there’s an earnestness to these songs, roughly half of them written by Wall and half by Wall’s direct influences and fellow purveyors of honest, hard-earned tunes for the prairie and beyond.
About the album, Wall said, “These songs are punchier than I am.” Giving credit where credit is due however, Wall is no slouch on the ranch. As any new cattleman would, he adds to his herd, as he does his musical legacy with Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs.
Western Swing & Waltzes
I Ride An Old Paint/Leavin’ Cheyenne
Henry and Sam
High and Mighty
Talkin’ Prairie Boy
Rocky Mountain Rangers
Houlihans at the Holiday Inn