The Cowboy Heroes -
There’s More To Country Music
Review By: George
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
cowboy way. It starts with the imagery, rich and big, of the
campfires, the ready steeds, and the life that unfolds from the
saddle point of sauntering the lonely trails. And, of course,
there’s the music.
The Cowboy Heroes is a vocally tight
harmony unit, one that can craft a tune with passion, feel,
swing and attitude. The six-piece outfit hails from Oregon,
where with a steady stream of bookings and interest, the fan
base is growing.
The band – main songwriter, singer
and guitarist Ted Martin, bass, upright and electric, Duane
Ransom, mandolin, guitar and vocals, Peter Lupi, drummer, Ned
Failing and vocalist Sharon Martin – label themselves as pure,
It is a good description. It’s one
that fits. This album is a honky-tonk easy and jukebox popular
affair. It’s an album made for beer and sawdust surroundings.
It’s an album by guys and a gal who know how to play, sing and
touch with a sound that recalls another timeline.
Standout tracks include the
BR5-49ish sounding “Hey Little
Sister”, “Last Time I Saw Her”, the title cut, and “Welcome To
My Home” with it’s outlaw image of beer, Waylon, Haggard and a
call to observe the no dress rule.
This album took a time to
cross our desk. But now it’s here, at CSO we’re unanimous – our
heroes are cowboys. It’s the music. It’s the songs. It’s the