Dave Ellis | With Any Luck but Bad

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With Any Luck but Bad

by Dave Ellis

Dave Ellis (album: With Any Luck But Bad): Fireside songs from the cowboy trail, sung by someone who’s lived them.
Genre: Country: Western
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Strawberry Roan
3:06 $0.99
2. Skyball Paint
1:49 $0.99
3. The Vaquero Song
5:50 $0.99
4. Hoopie Ti Yi Yo
1:51 $0.99
5. That Lucky Old Sun
2:20 $0.99
6. Tennessee Stud
3:26 $0.99
7. The Redheaded Stranger
4:06 $0.99
8. Tie a Knot in the Devil's Tail
2:57 $0.99
9. You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma
3:17 $0.99
10. Night Rider's Lament
2:26 $0.99
11. Campfire Strawberry Roan
10:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Dave Ellis

As a boy raised outside Taft,California, Dave Ellis at 10 years old was already working with horses.

By 13 neighbors were bringing their horses to him. He’d take the buck out of the wild ones and ride them until they could be used for doing a cattle drive.

His father worked in the oil fields in nearby Bakersfield and later Dave would follow along in his footsteps, working in the oilfields just like his dad.

In the 1950’s he was witness to the birthing of The Bakersfield Sound. As a young working hand he saw people like Rose Maddox, Buck Owens and Merle Haggard perform at places like The Lucky Spot, Trout’s and the Blackboard. Rough and tumble, rowdy joints. “So rough they had steel doors”, he told me.

His horsemanship is unsurpassed. A 5 Star Parelli Master Horse Specialist. A natural (benevolent) kind of horsemanship that evolved out of the Mexican Vaquero tradition almost 200 years ago. The soulful relationship between horse and rider and rider and horse is a beautiful thing to witness even for someone like me who doesn’t know a thing about horses.

His song selection cuts a wide swath. I particularly like the western songs and stories he tells. They paint a vivid picture. A relevant one, that of a form of cowboy life still exists in the American West.

The story of Will James and Curly Fletcher and the song that follows, Strawberry Roan, is a perfect example.

Dave is not a drugstore or movie star cowboy but a real hand and a good guy.The manner in which he depicts this life in story and song is compelling.



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