Review – Liz Masterson with The McDaileys
“Hills Of Early Morn’”
The McDaileys refer to themselves as a “rural roots band!” One of their members (“Cinnamon Sue” McDailey) has been a longtime friend and musical collaborator with the late Liz Masterson. She and the band had the distinction of backing our dear lady of notes on her final recording, completed mere months before her passing. This special limited edition CD is the result.
Liz’s prescient album notes are worth the price of admission on their own, but the mostly classic Western songs covered here have never been rendered with more heart or gusto. There is definitley an extra zest infusing these proceedings. Picks: the swinging “Red River Valley,” “Little Old Sod Shanty On The Claim,” “Old Chisholm Trail,” Mike Fleming’s “Roads To Colorado,” Jack Thorpe’s “Chopo (My Pony),” “Turkey In The Straw” (a vocal version!), the Delmore Brothers’ “Fugitive Lament” and “Blazin’ The Trail (To MY Home).” Ten tracks, highly recommended.
CD: (available for download on iTunes, through www.lizmasterson.com and others)
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Red River Valley
Little Old Sod Shanty on the Claim
Roads to Colorado
Old Chisholm Trail
Sweet Betsy from Pike
I’d Like to Be in Texas for the Roundup in the Spring
Chopo (My Pony)
Turkey in the Straw
Blazin’ the Trail (To My Home)