Will Dudley | Trying to Rope the Moon

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Trying to Rope the Moon

by Will Dudley

Acoustic Folk Western music by one of the finest storytellers and balladeers in the Southwest, his tales are rooted deeply in the history of the west and can be interpreted on many levels.
Genre: Country: Western
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Trying to Rope the Moon
2:50 $0.99
2. Colorado Horses
4:10 $0.99
3. Coyote Moon
3:40 $0.99
4. Cold Blue Eyes
3:52 $0.99
5. Cowboy Angels
4:37 $0.99
6. The Ballad of William DuBois
4:21 $0.99
7. Rocky Mountain Time
2:24 $0.99
8. Hillbilly Wandering Willie
2:31 $0.99
9. Itty Bitty Outlaw
3:02 $0.99
10. Shelley
4:02 $0.99
11. The Trail of Woody Guthrie
3:40 $0.99
12. The Cowboys Last Wish
3:39 $0.99
13. Texas State of Mind
3:30 $0.99
14. Dreams of Long Ago
3:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
Will Dudley, the son of a soldier, grew up on Air Force bases around the world, and misspent his youth taking every wrong direction he could find. He worked as a songwriter for Co Heart Music in Nashville, owned by Hank Cochran and Willie Nelson, and has performed from Bar Harbor, Maine to Seattle with the likes of Ian Tyson, Charlie Daniels, Don Edwards, the late Townes Van Zandt, Tanya Tucker and John Prine among others.

He's been jailed in Austin, shot at in Nashville, caught in a blizzard in Wyoming, and stranded in New Mexico. He rode a horse into the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix to entertain and sing for their guests, and has been flown to Dallas by the mayor to sing for his constituents. He likes to spend his summers singing for guest ranches in Colorado, and his winters are normally spent in Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico doing the same in the bars, hotels, and guest resorts in those states. There are some truly amazing musicians surrounding him on this CD, including Grammy Winners Stuart Duncan and Al Perkins.

On a personal level, kids like him, he doesn't embarrass himself unnecessarily in public, and his voice has been described as a "gentle baritone".



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LeRoy Crosier

Love The CD
This is a great CD, there is not a bad song on it. I have had it in the player, since I got it.

Paul Gallagher

Excellent CD
This is one excellent CD.
Very enjoyable with great lyrics ,melodies and musicanship. Shelley , Coyote Moon and Cowboy Angels in particular are three of the nicest songs I've heard in a long time.
I hope this CD has sold well because it certainly deserves to

Fred Doughty

A true wandering cowboy poet full of good tunes.
Cowboy Angels will take you back and take you there. Song after song is a hit after hit. This music needs to be heard.


Oh, Will...
I've known them all by heart since I first heard you sing them. They take me back to dusty Rye roads, my old Jeep, the horses, Alys' party and a snowy birthday celebration.... Thank you for the memories. Your talent is nothing short of spectacular, my friend.

Urey W. Patrick

Wonderful cowboy poetry set to music
A wonderfully talented singer/songwriter - great lyrics (I mean GREAT lyrics) and wonderful musical arrangements. Dudley's talents are not common - easily in the same class as a Willie Nelson, Nanci Griffith, Tom Russell, Ian Tyson or Kris Kristofferson - compelling lyrical images and melodies that draw you in and reward you with song. This collection is all original Dudley works - a rare and wonderful find - a real testament to the cowboy/western tradition.


I enjoyed this CD. WILL DUDLEY sounds similar to WILLIE NELSON,I mean that as a compliment. I particularly liked THE COWBOYS LAST WISH and DREAMS OF LONG AGO. A very good CD.

Adair Correll

Great CD
I truely liked all the songs, but particularily liked Colorado Horses, Itty Bitty Outlaw, and The Ballad of William Dubois. Nice meeting you at Kerrville Will!

Dave Ewing

Real, tasty music from the soul
The music and lyrics paint a picture that all can appreciate. If you don't live this life, this cd is a slice of it. For those of us that do live it, this is salve for what ails you. I would recommend it to any and all!

Al Hanson

A Beautiful Work
One of the best I've heard in years. Takes me way back ......