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Cowboy Fandango

by Greg McCarty

A cowboy balladeer whose musical trail winds through the traditional and contemporary West. A mix of original and cover songs featuring haunting harmonies and some hot pickin'.
Genre: Country: Western
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1. 'Dobe Bill
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2. Rusted Spoon
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3. I'm Hittin' the Trail Tonight
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4. The Cowboy's Life
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5. Trottin' Sideways
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6. Alabama Hills
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7. Cowboys North and South
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8. Compadres
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9. I Tipped My Hat (and Slowly Rode Away)
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10. A Cowboy Tryin' to Get Home
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11. Up From Texas
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12. Pretty Pauline
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Album Notes

"A new style of cowboy music delivered in a fresh and interesting way. Greg McCarty is an original."
--Darrell Arnold, Cowboy Magazine, Fall 2003

(To hear Greg’s radio interview from June 12, 2009, scroll down to the links at the bottom of this page.)

Cowboy Fandango reflects Greg McCarty's passion and pursuit of the cowboy life. Of the twelve selections, nine are Greg's original compositions, inspired by the people and landscape of the buckaroo West. His narrative songwriting style drips with drama and imagery - a sly, Yaqui horse thief with a taste for silver saddles; a lost cowboy led by music to an abandoned homestead; a young boy sitting cross-legged in front of a television set, watching Hopalong Cassidy and dreaming.

Also included are songs from Walt LaRue, famed western artist, singer, stuntman, and rodeo rider; Hal Cannon, western folklorist, author, and musician; and the pop music heyday of Gene Autry.

A one-man musical outfit, Greg plays all the instruments (save for some hot fiddling by Sonoma County's Alice Fitzwater) and sings all the parts on Cowboy Fandango. His layering of vocals and stringed instruments conjures musical influences ranging from the Sons of the Pioneers to Marty Robbins and Ian Tyson.

Greg's musical trail has led him from pack stations and ranches in California, Nevada, Oregon, and Colorado to the concert stages of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage and the Armand Hammer Museum of Art. But his heart - and music - will always live in the wide-open spaces.


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Karen Evans

I can smell the sagebrush!
Greg McCarty has recaptured the romance and mystery of cowboy life in this album. The songs are new, and yet all familiar is some mystic way. I can smell the sagebrush as he rides the range.

David A. Jones

Gregs licks are clean as ocar lopez.
Gregs songs are very comforting to listen to. My Favorite is I tiped my hat an slowley rode away. The Perfect day would consist of listing to cowby fandango on headsets and fly fishing in CO.
David A. Jones


This is good stuff
I'm about as far removed from a cowboy life as one can get but I love this anyway. The production is clear and the smooth vocals are upfront but the songs are what makes it so good. Thanks to the sound sampler I new this was right for me.

Kathy Wedvik

PURE listening PLEASURE!
Wonderful songs and music and vocal! PURE listening pleasure! I've always enjoyed cowboy/western songs and reminds me of my early days growing up in Arizona.