Call You Cowboy

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Call You Cowboy is an American Western song written by Brenn Hill. It is also the name of the album on which the song was initially released.

"Call You Cowboy" is the title track of Hill's album Call You Cowboy, released in 2002 and nominated as Traditional Western Album of the Year by the Western Music Association.[1] Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.[2]

In the song, the singer talks to another person whose "father calls you a drifter, but I call you cowboy", then describes what are, to him, the attributes of a "cowboy" — intricacy, complexity, innovation, survivability, and unwillingness to conform.[3][4]

Call You Cowboy
Studio album by Brenn Hill
Released Jul 31, 2001
Recorded 2001
Genre Country, cowboy
Length 44:53
Label Real West Productions
Producer Bruce Innes, Duke Davis
Brenn Hill chronology
Trail Through Yesterday
Call You Cowboy

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Brenn Hill, except as noted.

1."Call You Cowboy" 4:02
2."Roundup Fire" 2:49
3."Lady Idaho" 2:58
4."Night Horse"Chuck Pyle4:04
5."Rewin the West" 3:27
6."Cottonwood" 2:06
7."Greys River Road" 2:38
8."Wyoming Wind" 3:39
9."Nights Like This" 3:33
10."Fall Comin On" 3:38
11."Bitter Creek" 3:47
12."Powder River Queen" 2:49
13."Hill Family Song" 5:23
Total length:44:53


  • Scotty Burns - violin
  • Gary Carlson - electric bass
  • Duke Davis - bass guitar
  • Matt Flinner - mandolin
  • Bruce Innes - acoustic guitar
  • Rich O'Brien - guitars
  • Andy Poling - percussion
  • Jeffery Rew - upright bass
  • Kenny Sears - dobro
  • Wayne 'Bullhide' Shrubsall - banjo
  • Ryan Shupe - mandolin
  • Russell Terrell - background vocals
  • Paul Todd - harmonica
  • Byron Walcher - pedal steel guitar
  • Brenn Hill - vocals, background vocals


  1. ^ "Call You Cowboy". Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  2. ^ Western Writers of America (2010). "The Top 100 Western Songs". American Cowboy. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Call You Cowboy". Billboard. 2001-08-25. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  4. ^ Lohr, Michael (2010-01-01). "Brenn Hill". Cowboys & Indians. Retrieved 2015-01-13.