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Rydin' High! Meets Ed Brown

by Rydin' High!

Mostly humorous, original poetry by "cowboy poet lariat", Ed Brown with some pieces set to music and sung by Rydin' High. and featuring special guest poet: Pat Richardson.
Genre: Country: Western
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction
1:32 album only
2. Get Rich Quick
0:40 album only
3. Me n' Jess
0:33 album only
4. Cowdogs
2:51 album only
5. Red Meat
0:47 album only
6. Nicotine Patch
0:55 album only
7. Pat Richardson
0:32 album only
8. Ed's Funeral
2:04 album only
9. Fog Along the Old San Joaquin
2:16 album only
10. Levis
0:21 album only
11. Small Town
0:35 album only
12. Cuyama
1:53 album only
13. Men's Lib
1:46 album only
14. Cow's Head
0:32 album only
15. A Bear's Tale
0:16 album only
16. The Yosemite Bear or the Aerobic Cowboy
3:43 album only
17. Good Fences
0:51 album only
18. Ed's Glasses
1:41 album only
19. Eye of the Beholder
2:03 album only
20. Just as True
0:16 album only
21. A Grizzly Tale or the Below Zero Hero
3:42 album only
22. I'm Teachin' School
1:38 album only


Album Notes
Ed Brown is the real thing—a cowboy poet “lariat”. He was the superintendent of the Burt Crane Ranches here in Merced County of California for many years. He writes about what he knows—ranch life in the San Joaquin Valley. He has been invited to recite his poetry in Elko dozens of times and is always very well received because he’s “the real thing.”

Unlike most cowboy poets, Ed reads his poetry rather than perform it from memory. This caused him some trouble once in Elko when the lights all went out while he was on stage. The folks could still hear him but he couldn’t read his work so he decided to tell them a joke instead. Well, he got down to the punch line and couldn’t remember it! Pat Richardson, a famous poet in his own right, says, “when the lights came back on I had fallen off my chair and was totally cracked up. Ed wasn’t too happy but I think it was the funniest thing I’d ever seen!”

We started doing shows with Ed about 1990. We became close friends. We liked his poetry so much that we started putting some of them to music and performing them. When we’d get to a show with Ed he’s say, “which of my poems are you singin’ so I can do something else.”

Rose Sharron’s dad called with the story about a bear. He could never tell a joke. He’d crack up just thinking about the punch line and we’d all be sitting there scratching our heads! This time he wrote it down when he called us. I put the story into rhyme and then wrote music for it and “The Yosemite Bear or The Aerobic Cowboy” was born. It has become one of our most requested numbers. A little girl we know recited it as a poem and won the Merced County Poetry contest. When Ed heard it, he sat down and wrote a poem that he said, “is just as true as that one.” When I read “A Grizzly Tale or The Below Zero Hero,” I had to put that to music too. What a great story!

Most of Ed’s poetry has a funny ending and it just lightens the heart to hear them. He puts some strange twists that you don’t expect and that makes them even funnier. Ed is very intelligent and everyone loves to talk to him. He is a natural-born wit and I don’t mean the “half-wit” kind!

Ed really has encouraged us in our transition from Country music to Cowboy music. He said, “to be a cowboy poet you need to be a cowboy. To be a cowboy singer, you need to be sincere.” I’ve taken that to heart and make sure that the songs we write have substance and meaning. You can’t get away with a Beatlesque “yeah, yeah yeah” with a heavy drumbeat in Cowboy Music, it has to say something authentic.

Ed was instrumental in getting Pat Richardson going with his cowboy poetry. Ed is an old-time bronco rider and wonderful western artist. We have included some of Pat’s work in this CD where he takes some great potshots at Ed. (This project almost ended up as a “roast” instead of a BBQ party.) Ed says, “Every mornin’ I’d wake up and check my phone messages and there would be another new poem from Pat!” Pat is prolific and very popular because of his very unique (some say “twisted”) style.

It was NOT easy getting Ed to the recording studio to do this album. He finally arrived about an hour late. So, in this one CD you get some of Ed’ best, a good sample of some of Pat Richardson’s style AND music and song by Rydin’ High! What more could you want? This is a great album for a gift for that hard-to-buy-for old cowboy in your family or anyone who just needs a humorous pick-me-up. I KNOW you’ll enjoy it.

Much obliged,
Johnny Silver, the California Balladeer



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