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Born to Be Branded (Live)

by Back in the Saddle

These amazing, entertaining and funny musicians sustain the legacy of Western Music by performing an exciting mix of Western Swing,Movie/TV themes and originals. Founded by Frenchy(Berné Poliakoff), original member of the award winning trio Cowboy Envy.
Genre: Country: Western
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Back in the Saddle Again (Live)
2:22 $0.99
2. I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart (Live)
3:30 $0.99
3. Rawhide (Live)
3:04 $0.99
4. Cattle Call (Live)
4:17 $0.99
5. Sioux City Sue (Live)
3:11 $0.99
6. Vaya Con Dios (Live)
4:18 $0.99
7. I'm an Old Cowhand (Live)
2:52 $0.99
8. Pigtails & Ponies (Live)
4:02 $0.99
9. Oh, Lady Be Good (Live)
4:12 $0.99
10. Whoopee Ti-Yi-Yo / Get Along Little Dogies (Live)
3:29 $0.99
11. Ride 'Em Cowboy (Live)
3:54 $0.99
12. (Ghost) Riders in the Sky [Live]
3:36 $0.99
13. Happy Trails (Live)
2:02 $0.99
14. Born to Be Branded (Live)
3:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
BACK IN THE SADDLE is a new, all-star Western band! This exciting new group was formed by Berné ‘Frenchy’ Poliakoff and L.A. ‘Durn’ Tuten, both from Cowboy Envy. Cowboy Envy was a very well loved and critically acclaimed Western band that toured extensively, won numerous music awards and was featured on the Putumayo Records compilation, “Cowboy Playground.”

BACK IN THE SADDLE features three new members. Grammy nominated Jazz singer extraordinaire, ‘Gallopin’ Gwen Hughes, brings stellar vocal and performance skills to the band. Guitarist ‘Ramblin’ Rick Hinkle is master of all things stringed. Matthew ‘Kickin’ Kaminski is a fabulous accordion player who also plays organ for the Atlanta Braves. They join “Frenchy” and “Durn” as the core of BITS.

Berne, ‘Frenchy’, is an accomplished singer/songwriter/performer who is comfortable with a wide range of musical genres from Jazz to Folk to Country. She has composed many of the songs that make up the band’s repertoire. Her onstage comedy stylings are famous. LA ‘Durn’ Tuten is THE bass player in Georgia and can play superbly in any genre. He’s also a fine singer.

Our outstanding fiddle player, ‘Tijuana’ Tim Higgins, always amazes audiences with his incredible fiddle “chops”. ‘Maverick’ Micah Cadwell, of Cigar Store Indians, sometimes joins us with his great guitar stylings. ‘Gamblin’ Gabe Granitz, a member of Bonaventure Quartet, has shared his accordion prowess with the group. And outstanding fiddler, Kenny 'Coyote' Lambert is a great addition.

BACK IN THE SADDLE’s repertoire covers a wide range of musical styles: traditional Cowboy songs; Western Music classics from 1920’s to 1950’s; Western Swing favorites; television and movie Cowboy songs from the 1950’s and 1960’s. “Frenchy” has contributed many original songs that are always audience favorites. The band is always on the search for great songs from this rich American musical genre.

Fair warning, BACK IN THE SADDLE is fronted by two fiery redheads, “Frenchy” and “Gallopin’ Gwen! Danger, danger!

Here's an article by writer James Kelly in The Creative Loafing
Frenchy gets Back in the Saddle again
Atlanta’s best western swing band answers some questions.
The names “Bob Wills” and “Gene Autry” inspire smiles and swing dancing. In Atlanta that tradition is carried forward by Back in the Saddle, a conglomerate of local musicians whose fascination with Western swing and cowboy music has entertained Atlanta audiences — in various manifestations — for about 20 years. Recently, lead singer Berne’ “Frenchy” Poliakoff took a few minutes to answer some questions about the band and its musical philosophy.

Tell us about about the band and how it came to be in its current state.

I was in the all female Western band, Cowboy Envy, for many years. We toured and got to play some great venues and festivals including: The Kennedy Center, Music Midtown, Music Fest, the University of Georgia’s Performing Arts Center, the Spoleto Festival, ‘Woodsongs’ Radio Show, and the Birchmere. CE got to tour with the Indigo Girls and opened for many other great artists, among them: Shelby Lynne, Riders in the Sky, Asleep at the Wheel, and Confederate Railroad.

I love Western and Western swing music and very much wanted to continue performing in this authentically American genre. So, after Cowboy Envy ended I talked to my friend, a Grammy-nominated singer named Gwen Hughes. Her vocal skills and stage presence have always impressed me. Gwen has twice toured with the musical “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” the Stephen King/John Mellencamp collaboration. So, she is skilled and experienced with stage performance.

LA Tuten was upright bass player/vocalist in the second iteration of Cowboy Envy. He is the consummate professional. Berkley Conservatory trained, LA is one of my all time favorite bass players. His skills are in high demand with other local musical groups and he sounds amazing in any genre.

We also asked Rick Hinkle to join us. Rick is a master of all things stringed, a great singer and an excellent producer/engineer. I’d seen Rick many times before, in different groups, and hoped that someday he would share his incredible and diverse talent and humor on one of my musical projects.

Back in the Saddle always includes one or more of the following A-List guest musicians: Matthew Kaminski, who is organist for the Atlanta Braves, plays expert accordion for BITS. He is also in multiple jazz groups and even a polka band! Tim Higgins is the most gifted and versatile fiddle player. You can’t stump him! Micah Cadwell of Cigar Store Indians is just killer on guitar. When he and Rick play together its pure magic. Gabe Granitz, of Bonaventure Quartet, is also a wonderful accordionist and has joined us onstage.

Why do you think western swing and cowboy music retains it's popularity?

I think that Western and Western swing music makes people happy, as simple as that! It is fun music! The lyrics and melodies provide nostalgia for a time we can only imagine. Adults get to be kids again, pretending to be cowboys and cowgirls. Kids just take to the music, clothing, and tales of the Old West.

Our shows work well on a kid’s level, while also appealing to adults, because we are often tongue-in-cheek and never take ourselves too seriously. I mean, when I look in the mirror and see a 1950’s kitsch Dale Evans looking back, I just have to laugh at myself! And I hope you do, too.

What is it about this type of music that draws you to it?

I’m drawn to this music because it is so universal and compelling. I immediately see smiles as soon as we start singing “I’m back in the saddle again.” We love suspending disbelief and taking the audience on a musical journey. I personally feel as happy listening to Western music as I do singing and playing it.

And I’ve always loved harmony singing, especially three-part. Back in the Saddle works hard at perfecting our harmonies. Western swing is a blending of the best of Jazz with strong elements of country, cowboy, and even blues. It has complex, interesting chord structures but is also rooted in story. Those stories range from happy to sad, from nostalgic to celebrations of the present. The ballads of the Western Music tradition are some of the most beautiful ever written and we love including those in our performances.

Describe your audiences, and their responses to the shows, particularly the all ages events. How do kids respond to the music?

Our audiences are quite diverse! When I look out from the stage I see musicians from all genres, writers, city people, country/small town folk, teachers, very young kids, teens, hipsters, middle–agers, the moderately old and even ninety-somethings.

Kids tend to be among our most loyal followers. One of our younger fans once told me: “I like the Beatles best and your band is number two.” I think that’s the best compliment I’ve ever received!

We work well in any venue with a good sound system. But our outfits alone create quite a spectacle! I love more intimate rooms like Steve’s Live Music, Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Foundry and Eddie’s Attic because we and our audiences are more accessible to each other.



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