Wilf Carter, aka Montana Slim – Songs of Rodeos, Cowboys & Life in the West. Review By Oj Sikes

Wilf Carter, aka Montana Slim - Songs of Rodeos, Cowboys & Life in the West ( Cover CD )
Wilf Carter, aka Montana Slim - Songs of Rodeos, Cowboys & Life in the West ( Cover CD )

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Songs of Rodeos, Cowboys & Life in the West

Jasmine JASMCD 3712

Wilf Carter, aka Montana Slim - Songs of Rodeos, Cowboys & Life in the West ( Front CD )
Wilf Carter, aka Montana Slim – Songs of Rodeos, Cowboys & Life in the West ( Front CD )

Canadian Wilf Carter, also known as “Montana Slim,” was one of the early inductees into the Western Music Hall of Fame because of his tremendous popularity on both sides of the Canadian-US border and in Australia and New Zealand as well. The 31 tracks on this new CD were recorded for Decca and Apex in Nashville between 1954-59, and have been selected from 4 of his LPs. While he is widely recognized for his yodeling, and to be sure, there is some fine yodeling on a number of these tracks, this is not a “yodel album.”

It’s a collection of predominantly Western and cowboy songs, but it includes some country material, e.g. “Maple Leaf Waltz,” “Sick, Sober & Sorry” and “Yodeling My Babies to Sleep” and material from other parts of Canada, like “Rescue from the Moose River Gold Mine” (in Nova Scotia), plus some rare beauties like the lullaby, “Shoo Shoo Shoo She La La.”

Western songs include “I Remember the Rodeo” (referring to Calgary, of course) , “Pete Knight, King of the Cowboys,” “Dynamite Trail,” “The Calgary Roundup,” “My Little Grey Haired Mother in the West,” “Beautiful Girl of the Prairie” and my favorite, “I Bought a Rock for a Rocky Mountain Gal,” among others. If some of these titles are new to you, that may be a good reason to add this CD to your collection. If they’re familiar, that’s another good reason! Widely available.

Jasmine Records

O.J Sikes

Track Listing
1. I REMEMBER THE RODEO
2. DYNAMITE TRAIL
3. ON A LITTLE TWO ACRE FARM
4. PETE KNIGHT, THE KING OF THE COWBOYS
5. THERE’S A TREE ON EVERY ROAD
6. STRAWBERRY ROAN
7. SHOO SHOO SHOO SHE LA LA
8. WHEN THE ICE WORM NESTS AGAIN
9. THERE’S A BLUEBIRD ON YOUR WINDOWSILL
10. MY LITTLE GREY HAIRED MOTHER IN THE WEST
11. MY LITTLE LADY (HADIE BROWN)
12. SICK, SOBER & SORRY
13. THAT SILVER HAIRED DADDY OF MINE
14. AWAY OUT ON THE MOUNTAIN
15. THE SMOKE WENT UP THE CHIMNEY JUST THE SAME
16. A SINNER’S PRAYER
17. X’S FROM DOWN IN TEXAS
18. RESCUE FROM THE MOOSE RIVER GOLD MINE
19. YODELING MY BABIES TO SLEEP
20. BEAUTIFUL GIRL OF THE PRAIRIE
21. MY PRAIRIE ROSE
22. THE CAPTURE OF ALBERT JOHNSON
23. ONE GOLDEN CURL
24. I BOUGHT A ROCK FOR A ROCKY MOUNTAIN GAL
25. I’M RAGGED BUT I’M RIGHT
26. HE RODE THE STRAWBERRY ROAN
27. I’M GONNA TEAR DOWN THE MAILBOX
28. THE CALGARY ROUNDUP
29. MAPLE LEAF WALTZ
30. RATTLIN’ CANNONBALL
31. SINGING IN MY LAST ROUNDUP