Andy Hedges – Shadow Of A Cowboy 2019
I got to know Andy Hedges on a concert tour we both shared with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Ramblin’ Jack and Ian Tyson were both “best men” at my wedding to my lovely wife, Nadine, in Elko, Nevada. Jack and Ian, in their own way, re-invented and carried on the idea of the cowboy song. They accomplished this by keeping their styles and stories firmly rooted in the folklore of The West. Pioneers of the folk process. I learned my chops from both men.
Now cometh this young gent from Lubbock, Texas, Andy Hedges, a fresh young voice – a deeply sincere student of cowboy poetry, story, and song. Our future is in damn good hands. His new album combines traditional gems, along with nods to Teddy “Blue” Abbott, The Carter Family, Peter LaFarge, Derroll Adams, Jimmie Driftwood, and collaborations with Waddie Mitchell, Joel Nelson, and John Dofflemyer. What else you need, buckaroo?
The songs are backed-up by Andy’s great finger-picking guitar and banjo, and fine harmonies from his wife, Alissa. This cowboy songster is not just a contender, he’s the real deal.
Hold fast. Hang and rattle. Spur wild the cowboy dream. And listen.
From Previous CD
Shadow of a Cowboy
Horseback Man for Hire
Lonesome Pine Special
The Ogallaly Song
The Horsetrader’s Song
Song of the Cuckoo
Long Johns On
Andy Hedges, vocals, guitar, and six-string banjo
Alissa Hedges, harmony vocals
Instruments played on this recording:
1943 Gibson LG2 guitar
1940s Gene Autry guitar, rebuilt with Scott Baxendale’s “Harmony Conversion.” (The Horsetrader’s Song)
Billy Faier’s handmade guitar of unknown origin
Lame Horse six-string banjo
Recorded at Route 1, Acuff Studios. Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Alan Crossland.
“Long Johns On” recorded live at the Western Folklife Center in Elko, NV, May 4th, 2018 by Matt Downs.
Artwork and design by Dirk Fowler.