Larry Hanks | The Last Wagon

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The Last Wagon

by Larry Hanks

In a simple and free-flowing baritone voice, "American Treasure" and "Folksinger's folksinger", Larry Hanks, sings songs of Western migration, to his own acoustic guitar accompaniment.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Elanoy
2:35 album only
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2. Goodbye Old Paint
4:03 album only
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3. Iron Pants Pete
3:07 album only
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4. South Coast
6:36 album only
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5. The Rivers of Texas
2:34 album only
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6. The Roundup Cook
0:51 album only
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7. The Old Settler
4:00 album only
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8. The Last Wagon
3:00 album only
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9. The Gol-Darned Wheel
3:17 album only
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10. Roll On, Little Dogies
3:26 album only
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11. Old Dolores
2:16 album only
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12. The Trusty Lariat
3:56 album only
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13. The Girl I Left Behind
4:09 album only
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14. Starving to Death on a Government Claim
3:33 album only
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15. The Ballad of Tom Joad
5:46 album only
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16. Hell in Texas
2:47 album only
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17. Far from Home
3:29 album only
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18. Blue Mountain
2:44 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I had conceived of this album being about “Western migration”, i.e.: trapping, mining, cowboys, and farming. But, the collection turned out to be mostly cowboy songs with a few others tossed in for a little balance. So, we’ll begin with a little invitation, and “inducement”, one of many; to move West to the “new” “garden land”:

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Brendan Doyle

Larry Hanks at his best!
This CD is a collection of many of my favorites among Larry's huge repertoire of songs, simply and beautifully presented, either with Larry playing guitar and singing solo, or simply a cappella. The production is straightforward and intimate, and it feels and sounds like Larry is just sitting in my living room singing. Larry has a gift for pulling you right into the story he's telling, whether it's a lonesome cowboy ballad, a humorous song, or a tale of tragedy and woe. I can't recommend this CD highly enough! Just get it.
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Brendan Doyle

Larry Hanks at his best!
This CD is a collection of many of my favorites among Larry's huge repertoire of songs, simply and beautifully presented, either with Larry playing guitar and singing solo, or simply a cappella. The production is straightforward and intimate, and it feels and sounds like Larry is just sitting in my living room singing. Larry has a gift for pulling you right into the story he's telling, whether it's a lonesome cowboy ballad, a humorous song, or a tale of tragedy and woe. I can't recommend this CD highly enough! Just get it.
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Jody Stecher

Definitive
At last! A Larry Hanks album that sounds like Larry and shows what he can really do. He’s up against some stiff competition with a repertoire like this but I never heard “South Coast” or “Old Dolores” done better. As for his “Goodbye, Old Paint”, his rendition is definitive and unsurpassable. The deceptively “simple” guitar accompaniments are gorgeous. And to top it off, he knows what the words to the songs mean. You can tell.
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Genny Haley

Don't Miss The Last Wagon!
First off, I knew a lot of the songs on this album from Larry Hanks singing them over many years, though there are 3 or 4 that are new to me, at least in their tune if not totally. Then, there are 18 (count 'em!) songs on it, which practically is a double album for the price--quite the deal! Larry is totally in his element with this choice of songs, mostly western and cowboy material which perfectly suits his voice and stripped down guitar-only accompaniment. No more is needed--his deep barbed-wire voice and acoustic guitar tell the tale, whether humorous or pensive. I can imagine an old codger in a gold rush saloon singing for drinks and tips when I hear Larry's renditions of these great old sagas of sagebrush and sagacity. The liner notes are also great, giving accurate attributions to the writers of these "folk" songs (which I, as a writer, appreciate!) and Larry's recollections of where he learned each song. All in all, a wonderful compilation and a broad range of material which somehow hangs together as comfortably as a beat up Stetson on a bunkhouse wall.
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