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Published on Jun 1, 2010
KEN MAYNARD - Sings The Lone Star Trail - The Story Of Hollywood's First Singing Cowboy - BCD 16861 1 CD digipac with 80-page booklet GENRE Western TRACKS 8 PLAYING TIME 26:48
Dozens of photos and illustrations, including many never-seen-before photos from Ken Maynard's personal archive · An 80-page booklet recounting Maynard's life and times as a musician, Western film star, cowboy, circus rider and Wild West showman.
This collection represents the entire recorded output of Ken Maynard, Hollywood's First Singing Cowboy. By the time he warbled The Lone Star Trail in Universal's 'The Wagon Master' in 1929, Maynard had starred in over thirty Western films, ridden in rodeos and cowboy competitions across the country, and performed as a rider and roper with the likes of the Ringling Brothers, Pawnee Bill and the greatest Wild West showman of all time, Buffalo Bill Cody. Maynard had come a long way from humble beginnings in the Ohio River town of Vevay in southernmost Indiana, to reach the pinnacle of stardom and success. It was a lofty perch from which he could only fall. Though modest in number, Maynard's recordings left a lasting impact on American popular culture. Harry Smith included The Lone Star Trail in his iconic collection, the 'Anthology Of American Folk Music' in 1952, deeming Maynard's "passionate description of life" to be one of the "very few recordings of authentic 'cowboy' singing." Fifty years later, rock critic Greil Marcus equated Maynard's recording of The Lone Star Trail with "the truest, highest, most abandoned moments in American speech." Maynard's high and lonesome twang still echoes today -- an original, uniquely American voice of the early Twentieth Century. TRACK LISTING Fannie Moore -- The Cowboy's Lament -- The Lone Star Trail -- Sweet Betsy From Pike -- A Prisoner For Life -- When The Roundup's Done This Fall-- Jesse James -- Home On the Range