Cowboy Classics: Playing Favorites II

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Cowboy Classics:
Playing Favorites II
Studio album by Michael Martin Murphey
Released May 14, 2002
Recorded Soundstage Studios,
Omni Sound Studio,
Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country, cowboy music
Length 51:14
Label Real West Production
Producer Ryan Murphey
Michael Martin Murphey chronology
Playing Favorites
(2001)
Cowboy Classics: Playing Favorites II
(2002)
Cowboy Christmas III
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Cowboy Classics: Playing Favorites II is the twenty-fourth album by American singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey. This is Murphey's followup to his successful 2001 compilation Playing Favorites and contains rerecorded versions of many of his cowboy songs. Murphey's attraction to the cowboy's way of life is an attempt to preserve his own cultural heritage, breathing new life into classics like "I Ride an Old Paint", "Red River Valley", and "Yellow Rose of Texas". Among the highlights of the album is a stately six-minute version of "Streets of Laredo", arranged for fiddle and piano. In the liner notes, Murphey includes a short note concerning each of the song's origins.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Ride An Old Paint" (Traditional) – 3:36
  2. "Whoopie Ti-Ti-Yo" – 2:26
  3. "The Old Chisholm Trail" – 4:39
  4. "Strawberry Roan" – 4:15
  5. "Red River Valley" – 5:41
  6. "Little Joe the Wrangler" (Thorp) – 4:10
  7. "The Colorado Trail" – 3:42
  8. "Tying Knots In the Devils Tail" – 3:09
  9. "When the Work's All Done This Fall" – 4:15
  10. "The Yellow Rose of Texas" (Traditional) – 2:50
  11. "Utah Carroll" – 3:45
  12. "The Bard of Armagh" / "Streets of Laredo" (Traditional) – 6:58
  13. "I Ride An Old Paint" (reprise) (Traditional) – 1:48[2]

Credits[edit]

Music

  • Michael Martin Murphey – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Ryan Murphey – acoustic guitar, nylon strings, producer
  • Pat Flynn – acoustic guitar, nylon strings
  • Chris Leuzinger – acoustic & electric guitars, nylon strings
  • Jonathan Yudkin – mandolin, fiddle
  • David Hoffner – piano
  • Joey Miskulin – accordion
  • Paul Sadler – hammered dulcimer
  • Craig Nelson – upright bass
  • Matt Pierson – upright bass
  • Bobby Blazier – drums
  • Daniel Marvel – drums

Production

  • Keith Compton – engineer
  • Michael Page – art direction
  • John Sheppard – photography
  • William Matthews – cover painting, watercolor art[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c Lankford, Jr., Ronnie D. "Cowboy Classics: Playing Favorites II". Allmusic. Retrieved May 24, 2012. 

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