Juni Fisher | Let' er Go, Let' er Buck, Let' er Fly

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Let' er Go, Let' er Buck, Let' er Fly

by Juni Fisher

Western Music's Entertainer of the Year and and writer of Song of the Year "Yakima" ( a featured track) celebrates the Pendleton Round-up's Centennial Rodeo (1910-2010) Lilting, lyrical, haunting : a memorable ride through rodeo history.
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1. Let 'er Go, Let 'er Buck, Let 'er Fly Intro
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2. Let 'er Go, Let 'er Buck, Let 'er Fly
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3. Jackson Sundown
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4. Cowgirlfriends (feat. Patty Clayton)
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5. Bonnie McCarrol Intro
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6. Bonnie McCarroll
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7. Horse Like You
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8. Prairie Rose Intro
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10. Yakima Intro
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11. Yakima
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12. Pony Called Love Intro (feat. Andy Nelson)
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13. Pony Called Love
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14. Ambler Saddle
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
When Juni Fisher was still in college, she was given a book about early rodeo cowgirls, and became fascinated with their stories: women who rode saddle broncs, bulldogged, roped and tied steers, relay raced, and carved out their own piece of history. In 2006, while performing during the Pendleton Round-up rodeo in Pendleton, OR, a panoramic photo of 100 finely dressed, mounted cowgirls lined up in front of a train, as they arrived in Pendleton for the 2011 Round-up sparked another quest for their stories. Other photos of the legendary, but seldom awarded saddle bronc rider, Nez Perce Indian Jackson Sundown (he was the nephew of Chief Joseph) on display at Hamley's Slick Fork Saloon, brought a flood of stories for every question.

She was hired in early 2007 for a series of concerts during the 2010 Pendleton Round-up, the rodeo's centennial, and when asked if there might be a special song in the works for the events, she replied "Song? There will be a whole ALBUM." Word filtered out amongst the historians and fans of the Round-up, and people came forward with more stories, some of them little known. Folk Singing/ song writing legend Ian Tyson (Four Strong Winds, Someday Soon, Navajo Rug) came forward with information about a yet unreleased song, by song writing great Danny O'Keefe (Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues) that chronicled Jackson Sundown's history and history making ride in Pendleton in 1916.

As the stories came together, and as Fisher sorted through some 1000 photos of early rodeo performers, read their letters, articles, and even found living eye witnesses to some of the events that shaped rodeo in the 1920's, the songs began to take shape for this monumental album. It's release in mid March, 2010 was met with a wave of pre orders from fans and retail stores. Word had gotten out that Fisher was once again doing a historical album , and based on the success of her previous history piece, "Gone For Colorado" in 2008 (That album was awarded Western Music's highest award, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum's Wrangler Award, for most outstanding Western Album of 2008, and the Western Music Association's Album of the Year Award in 2009) folks knew that the next project, too would yield a winning collection of stories and songs.

An seldom seen photo of saddle bronc rider Bonnie McCarroll inspired the cover art, enhanced by Idaho artist Janene Grende's northwest inspired border art. The Pendleton Round-up committee happily licensed their trademarked phrase "Let 'er Buck" to Juni for use as part of the title. Since starting the album project, Fisher has been involved in several other early rodeo related projects, including doing the narration for an upcoming film called "Oh You Cowgirl" which will be released in 2010. Fisher's love and respect for the true heroes of the arena, from celebrated bronc riders to the lowly rodeo pickup horse, shines through in sometimes funny, sometimes heart-wrenching, and always delightful "Let 'er Go, Let 'er Buck, Let 'er Fly"



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Margo Metagrano, Cowboypoetry.com

Who better than Juni Fisher to tell the stories?
From Cowboypoetry.com, Margo Metagrano
Top singer and songwriter Juni Fisher's Let 'er Go 'Let 'er Buck' Let 'er Fly celebrates the men, women, and horses of the Pendleton Round-up—marking its 100th anniversary in 2010. There are eight original songs along with others written by Ian Tyson ("The Amber Saddle"); Wylie Gustafson and Paul Zarzyski ("A Pony Called Love"); and Hal Ketchum and Danny O'Keefe ("Jackson Sundown").
She introduces three legendary Pendleton riders in her original songs: Bonnie McCarroll, Prairie Rose Clayton, and Yakima Canutt. Her audio commentaries and liner notes reflect the depth of research that went into this project, including interviews with participants, family, and experts, and hours in archives and museums poring over photographs and films, listening to tapes, and studying books.
A pioneer in her own world, who better than Juni Fisher to tell the stories of other women who fought for their place in a mostly-male world. In 2008, Juni Fisher was the first female to receive the Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Traditional Western Album from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (for Gone to Colorado) and the first female to receive the Songwriter of the Year Award in the history of the Western Music Association.
The title song is introduced and the names of the saddle bronc-riding women are proudly stated. Juni Fisher states, "This song is for every one of them." "Cowgirlfriends," a fun, cheeky duet with Patty Clayton has already received wide radio play. Juni Fisher writes about its inspiration, "After studying 900-plus archived photos of early rodeo performers, it became evident which cowgirls were friends and which were not."
But the women's stories are just one part of this project. Rodeo greats Jackson Sundown and Jerry Ambler have their places. And others are mentioned in other songs, particularly in the inventive "Snubbin' Horse (Not for Me)," a hats off to the forebears of pickup horses, told from a snubbing horse's perspective. Other tracks include "A Horse Like You," a swing-style song to a favorite horse and "Round-up to Remember," a rousing, catchy tune for the Pendleton Rodeo itself. 
Few can set a mood and bring characters to life as well as Juni Fisher. Songs from past acclaimed albums, including Gone to Colorado, Tumbleweed Letters, Sideshow Romance, and Cowgirlography are recognized as important and lasting contributions to the Western music canon. Her songwriting magic creates worlds. Andy Nelson (who plays the part of a rodeo announcer on the cleverly-written introduction to "A Pony Called Love") says it well in his vivid description of Let 'er Go 'Let 'er Buck' Let 'er Fly: "In an instant I was a century younger, I tasted the dust in the Pendleton arena, I smelled the lathered bucking stock, I rode with Jackson Sundown, and I witnessed Bonnie McCarroll's fateful ride."

Top musicians with great fiddles, mandolins, piano, Irish banjo and more add to the mix and to the uncompromising quality of the production. The snappy package design by Jeri Dobrowski with cover art background by Janene Grende (www.janenegrende.com) captures the spirit of the lively tales inside. 
Find the complete track list, the song "Bonnie McCarroll," and more about Juni Fisher in our feature here.
Top singer and songwriter Juni Fisher's Let 'er Go 'Let 'er Buck' Let 'er Fly celebrates the men, women, and horses of the Pendleton Round-up—marking its 100th anniversary in 2010. There are eight original songs along with others written by Ian Tyson ("The Amber Saddle"); Wylie Gustafson and Paul Zarzyski ("A Pony Called Love"); and Hal Ketchum and Danny O'Keefe ("Jackson Sundown").
She introduces three legendary Pendleton riders in her original songs: Bonnie McCarroll, Prairie Rose Clayton, and Yakima Canutt. Her audio commentaries and liner notes reflect the depth of research that went into this project, including interviews with participants, family, and experts, and hours in archives and museums poring over photographs and films, listening to tapes, and studying books.
A pioneer in her own world, who better than Juni Fisher to tell the stories of other women who fought for their place in a mostly-male world. In 2008, Juni Fisher was the first female to receive the Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Traditional Western Album from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (for Gone to Colorado) and the first female to receive the Songwriter of the Year Award in the history of the Western Music Association.
The title song is introduced and the names of the saddle bronc-riding women are proudly stated. Juni Fisher states, "This song is for every one of them." "Cowgirlfriends," a fun, cheeky duet with Patty Clayton has already received wide radio play. Juni Fisher writes about its inspiration, "After studying 900-plus archived photos of early rodeo performers, it became evident which cowgirls were friends and which were not."
But the women's stories are just one part of this project. Rodeo greats Jackson Sundown and Jerry Ambler have their places. And others are mentioned in other songs, particularly in the inventive "Snubbin' Horse (Not for Me)," a hats off to the forebears of pickup horses, told from a snubbing horse's perspective. Other tracks include "A Horse Like You," a swing-style song to a favorite horse and "Round-up to Remember," a rousing, catchy tune for the Pendleton Rodeo itself. 
Few can set a mood and bring characters to life as well as Juni Fisher. Songs from past acclaimed albums, including Gone to Colorado, Tumbleweed Letters, Sideshow Romance, and Cowgirlography are recognized as important and lasting contributions to the Western music canon. Her songwriting magic creates worlds. Andy Nelson (who plays the part of a rodeo announcer on the cleverly-written introduction to "A Pony Called Love") says it well in his vivid description of Let 'er Go 'Let 'er Buck' Let 'er Fly: "In an instant I was a century younger, I tasted the dust in the Pendleton arena, I smelled the lathered bucking stock, I rode with Jackson Sundown, and I witnessed Bonnie McCarroll's fateful ride."

Top musicians with great fiddles, mandolins, piano, Irish banjo and more add to the mix and to the uncompromising quality of the production. The snappy package design by Jeri Dobrowski with cover art background by Janene Grende (www.janenegrende.com) captures the spirit of the lively tales inside.

Rhonda Sedgewick Stearns, Cowgirl Hall of Fame Receipient

Astounding, sensitive....Bravo!
The album is astounding, awesome, and will win a ton of awards I'm certain.  Your sensitive and very accurate portrayal of each of the pioneer rodeo stars you honored brought me to tears!  Including the horses and saddle....  BRAVO!!

As a bronc riding fanatic, a cowgirl and a rodeo historian I am more grateful than you'll ever be able to imagine for your exceedingly fine job of honoring this mostly-neglected tradition and heritage.

Bob Mann, Big Hat Productions, Alatadena, CA

So Much Depth....
Dear Juni,
Marie and I sat on the deck last night listening to your new CD...twice.
You've really gone and done it this time. I knew you were a fine storyteller when I first saw you perform and the new CD proves you have taken storytelling and singing to a higher level. Great songs from a great voice, each one paints a vivid picture. And you've added so much depth and feeling to Tyson's "The Ambler Saddle".
Nicely done, Ms. Fisher. Nicely done.

Andy Nelson, Clear Out West Radio

Yeeowza!
Whenever a new disc from Juni Fisher hits my mailbox, I am like a kid at Christmas getting it unwrapped and into my cd player. I have come to expect only the best from a Juni Fisher recording but what I got in “Let ‘er Go, Let ‘er Buck Let ‘er Fly” obliterated all expectations. Yeeowza! In an instant I was a century younger, I tasted the dust in the Pendleton arena, I smelled the lathered bucking stock, I rode with Jackson Sundown, and I witnessed Bonnie McCarroll’s fateful ride. As the last track ended reality replaced the Roundup and I returned home… but I can go back anytime I wish, simply by inserting the cd. Juni really “Let ‘er Go, Let ‘er Buck Let ‘er Fly” on this one!