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Jack Thorp's Songs of the Cowboys


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In 1908 a local rancher and surveyor by the name of N Howard 'Jack' Thorp walked into the cramped offices of the Estancia News in Estancia, New Mexico, and inquired of the printer about publishing a small book of 'cowboy songs'. For at least nineteen years, Thorp had sought out cowboy ballads and poems from across the west -- from New Mexico and Texas to Wyoming and Utah, and had written a few ditties himself. The finished volume, printed for just six cents a copy, included twenty-three songs and was the first book published devoted exclusively to cowboy songs. Thorp is recognised for being the first person to take a serious interest in collecting and preserving the ballads penned by ranchers to calm cattle on the range. This new edition of an oft-reprinted classic features an essay by western historian and musician Mark Gardner, and line illustrations by noted western artists and rancher Ron Kil. Included with the book is a CD of a recording of a selection of songs and poems taken from both the original 1908 edition and 1921 expanded second edition. In their renditions, Gardner and Rex Rideout recreate the historic music preserved by Thorp with vintage instruments and authentic styles.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Tribute to Jack Thorp; Audio CD Credits; Ti Ri Youdy; The Texas Cowboy; The Tenderfoot; Little Joe, the Wrangler; Three-Block Tom; Get Along, Little Dogies; Windy Bill; My Little Brown Mule; Chopo; Grand Round-Up; Bucking Broncho; The Cowboy's Christmas Ball; The Gal I Left Behind Me; Sam Bass; Mustang Gray; Cow Boys Lament; What's Become of the Punchers?; A Jack Thorp Cowboy Glossary.

Author Biography

Mark L Gardner, Editor; Illustrations by Ron Kil; Musical performances by Mark L Gardner and Rex Rideout
Release date NZ
August 1st, 2005
Edited by Mark L. Gardner Illustrated by Ronald Kil Performed by Rex Rideout
Country of Publication
United States
New title
8 b/w illus
Museum of New Mexico Press
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