Bits & In A Large and Lonesome Land
This album is subtitled “W.C. Jameson sings the songs of James D. Nesbitt.” Jameson is a noted author, historian, TV persona, consultant and a singer as well. Nesbitt is a multiple Spur Award winning Western novelist. Since both performer and songwriter come at this with firsthand knowledge of “Cowboy” and “writing,” Cowboy songwriting becomes a logical extension/progression! And it should come as no real surprise when I tell you these songs are particularly literate creations. The complexity of the images presented might occasionally require more than one pass to be thoroughly absorbed (the track “Lone Winter” is certainly an example of it). One of the works (“Thorns On The Rose”) they have chosen to leave in its purely poetic form.
Picks include “Old Rope Corral,” the saga songs “To The North of Old Cheyenne” and “Lonesome Jim,” “Please Come To Wyoming” and (although overlong) “Don’t Be A Stranger.”
In listening I began to feel that these songs may be best appreciated when taken individually as, for my ear, there is some repetition of pattern in their melodic construction. Nonetheless, I will recommend the collection as being a worthy addition to our Western musical catalog. Twelve tracks total.
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Rick Huff’s “Best of the West Reviews”
Old Rope Corral
To the North of Old Cheyenne
Please Come to Wyoming
Don’t Be a Stranger
Roasting a Goose
Till the Death of My Honky-Tonk Heart
Traveler in the Snow
Thorns on the Rose
Blue Horse Mesa