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Western Takes

by Jim Jones

Contemporary Western music- songs about cowboys, rodeos, the elements and of course, love.
Genre: Country: Western
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It's Just the Wind
Jim Jones
4:32 $0.99
2. The Western Take
Jim Jones
3:26 $0.99
3. Love to the Wind
Jim Jones/Kip Calahan
3:35 $0.99
4. Elfego and Me
Jim Jones
5:00 $0.99
5. I Go Ridin'
Jim Jones
2:58 $0.99
6. Hold It On the Road
Jim Jones
3:42 $0.99
7. Day After the Day of the Dead
Jim Jones
3:28 $0.99
8. Earth, Wind, Rain and Fire
Jim Jones
4:18 $0.99
9. I'll Love You Til Wichita Falls
Jim Joness
3:39 $0.99
10. Let the Best Man Win
Jim Jones
4:04 $0.99
11. Texas Twister
Jim Jones
3:38 $0.99
12. Falcon and the Cowboy
Jim Jones
4:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jim Jones is a native Texan who headed West to live in New Mexico in 1991. He is a two-time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Songwriter's competition and has produced thirteen albums of his own or others' music as well as the award-winning children's character education music video, "You're Always Welcome." In 2002, he'd finally had enough of the smoky country bar scene- hey, even Jimmy Buffet is sick of playing "Margaritaville"!- and decided to focus on writing, recording and performing his first love- Western music.
In late 2002, he released the Western/folk album, "Breakin' Even," which was well-received, getting airplay throughout the Southwest. This led to a collaboration on a new album with Rick Huff, producer of the syndicated radio program "Best of the West Review." As the album evolved, it became clear that it contained a host of songs with a Western perspective, hence the title, "Western Takes." Song topics "range" from ridin' horses, cowboy love, the rodeo brotherhood, the elements, ghost stories, tradition, heritage, stewardship, land and lore. The album is "sweetened" with appearances by fellow New Mexican artists Kip Calahan, Susan Clark, Katie Gill and Auge Hays of the Buckarettes and is "spiced up" with two performances by New Mexico mariachi accordion legend Miguel Romero. If you are a fan of Western stories that carry the tradition into the 21st Centure, you'll like "Western Takes."



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Elena Smith

Great !!
Jim Jones is new artist for me & is great, not general run of 'country', more like Buddy Miller. Liked the simple, uncluttered guitar work. Very enjoyable.

Andy Mowatt

Nice change to Western music.
Jim Jones has a voice which is very pleasant to listen to. His songs, to me anyway, are all new and were a real treat to hear. Glad I bought it!



O.J. Sikes, Rope Burns

If you're looking for new Western music with a contemporary sound, try this CD.
This is Jim's first all-Western CD and he does a mighty fine job with it. It has a contemporary feel to it but co-producer Rick Huff's hand makes sure it was done the cowboy way. There's good variety in the rhythms and instrumentation and the themes vary, too, from cowboy love songs to roots, from rodeo to weather and cowboy stewardship. If you're looking for new Western music with a contemporary sound, try this CD. I think these boys are on to something!

Joe Baker, MTD Radio, KNMB, Ruidoso, New Mexico

Jim Jones' new CD is a must for your Western music library.
It doesn't take long for someone with an ear for pure Western music to emerge...grinnin' ear to ear, when the music strikes their fancy. If you have this ear, this will happen to you as well with Jim Jones' "Western Takes." This remarkable album has definitely set the stage for Jim in the Western music industry. His new CD is a must for your Western music library and I know you will enjoy "Western Takes" as much as I do.

Maureen Schein, KFLH radion Chama, New Mexico

There is a definite connection of human life to the earth in this album.
There is a definite connection of human life to the earth in this album that obviously comes from a listening heart as well as experience. Duty and friendship are achingly heard and felt in "Let the Best Man Win." The fun part was waltzing away with a couple of love songs- one traditional, the other very nontraditional and unique. The melodic chords and the talented musician behind them sing out a message of the strife and fun of life out West (in the past as well as today's world) in the midst of all the chores and callings.

Sandi Whiting- True West Magazine

In a kaleidoscope of images, it's not hard "to take" Jones' view of the Western
Jim Jones' voice is as smooth and strong as the wind across the vast prairie in Western Takes. Listeners are warned to heed the unwritten code of the West where the only failure is remaining in the chute. Jones' music creates a landscape in which the Falcon and the Cowboy must learn to coexist with the ever-present, untameable natural forces of Earth, Wind, Rain and Fire. In a kaleidoscope of images, it's not hard 'to take' Jones' view of the Western heritage.

Candy Moulton- American Cowboy Magazine

Jones turns out a real keeper that showcases his voice, guitar playing and lyric
Western Takes is the first album by Jim Jones that I have ever heard but if he regularly turns out songs like these, it won't be the last. He caught my attention with "It's Just the Wind" and swept it to new heights with "Earth, Wind, Rain and Fire," one of the best songs about the spirit of the West I've heard in a very long time. These poignant lyrics of a ranch family legacy start with a vision of the past: "Grandfather, you wouldn't know your open range," and look to the future: a grandson's hope that the rains will come so he can pass a sea of grass to his own son. "May he make wiser choices than the ones before him did...Grandfather, I believe we owe you this."
Waltz across Texas to the strains of "I'll Love You Til Wichita Falls," because- as Jones sings- "I'm gonna love you til the wind doesn't blow in West Texas, til the rusty Red River runs blue."
"Let the Best Man Win" might just bring a tear to your eye as it quickly becomes clear this story of three best friends is written with Lane Frost in mind, as Jones sings of the third go-round up in Cheyenne where "two musketeers were standing by when a bull took the third one down." Friends left behind (think Tuff Hedeman and Cody Lambert) find they have to "dig down deep inside" to get back on as they ride in memory of their old friend.
Producer Rick Huff has been a key figure in the Western music scene in the Albuquerque area.
Jones turns out a real keeper with this collection of a dozen songs that showcase his voice, guitar playing and lyrics.

Dick Mannheim

Western Takes
The CD was great.I will order more CD:s later.