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Those Ears

by Dan Canyon and the Plainsmen

A hard ridin', fast drawin', trail drivin', 3-part harmonizin' Cowboy band.....Think of an outlaw version of "Riders In The Sky"....
Genre: Country: Cowboy
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Album Notes
A few years back, my riders and I were moving a

small herd of steers from our summer range in the

Methow valley in central Washington State to our

winter range in the canyons of the rugged channeled

scablands east of our headquaters in Douglas,

Washington. We would normally follow the old and

unmarked Coulee City-Bridgeport stage road south, but

that year we trailed along a more easterly route to

check out a large cave Shorty had found which he

claimed held ancient indian artifacts. We planned to

look it over and notify the anthropology department at

CWSU in Ellensburg when we got home. The cave is

located high above Banks Lake on the west side of the

Grand Coulee. As we grouped our cattle below the

cave we noticed a dilapidated log cabin hidden in the

willows. We decided this might be a good place to bed

down for the night as dark and ominous rain clouds

were pushing in fast from the north. We went in

cautiously with six-guns drawn to roust out any

rattlesnakes who may have taken up residence inside.

As we carefully explored the interior we came upon an

antique grammaphone and a brace of battered

saddlebags. Inside the saddlebags were several thick

acetate record disks. Written below the faded EDISON

labels was the name, "Dan Canyon and The Plainsmen

1901". Now the name Dan Canyon was not unknown

to us, as he was somewhat of a legend in these parts.

I remember my Grandpa speaking of Dan and his

riders on several occassions. It seems they were

highly sought after by ranchers in the Big Bend of the

Columbia range because of their knowledge of horses

and beef stock. He went on to add that this was not

the only reason they were so highly respected and

admired. You see, Dan and his riders were all

accomplished musicians who could raise the roof

higher at a barn dance than anyone else. Local legend

has it they left the Wilson Creek Ranch east of Soap

Lake, headed for a Christmas dance in Omak, where

they at been asked to perform. They never arrived. It

was thought perhaps they were killed by outlaws,

which is unlikely considering their prowess with

shooting irons, but more likely they had fallen victim to

bad weather. West, Shorty and I speculated that

maybe they had taken refuge in this cabin to wait out a

storm. The winter of 1901-02 is remembered as a

particularly bad one. They may have become trapped

here and after running out of food, attempted to walk

out. At any rate, they were never heard from again.
After we had tended to our horses and checked on

the cattle, West got busy cooking supper. Shorty and I

cleaned and wiped the grime off the old record

machine and wound it up. To our surprise it worked

beautifully. We leaned back against our saddles

before a large roaring fire and drank our coffee

listening to the scratchy voices and guitars of another

time. My riders and I were so taken by the sounds we

were hearing, we decided to bring back the music of

Dan Canyon and The Plainsmen for the modern world

to enjoy. .........I am Dan Canyon now.



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