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Texas Moon

Posted by stanger, written by Hal Rowberry©2007


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Size: 2,903kb, uploaded 9/11/2007 2:31:08 PM
Genre: Country / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

copyright 2007 Hal Rowberry. All rights reserved. I played banjo on this session job, and really like the tune. Lots of fun to listen to! My part was mostly rhythm, but I got a few licks in, here and there. You can hear the banjo mostly on the right side of the mix. At the end of the song, there's a reference to: "dancin' to Pinto, at the Saddle Sore Saloon' The Saddle Sore is a famous honky-tonk just over the hill from Jackson Hole, on the Idaho side, in a tiny town called Swan Valley. All the rich folks and movied stars who live in Jackson hit the Saddle Soar, where nobody pays any attention to them. Pinto Bennet, The King of Elmore County, played there often, with his band, The Motel Cowboys. He's the best Country singer/songwriter I know. Pinto became a pretty big deal in the British Isles... I heard he was well known over there.

12 comments on “Texas Moon”

FiveStringPop Says:
Tuesday, September 11, 2007 @10:13:25 PM

Hey Mike,

The best part was the banjo solo at the beginning, before the rest of the band jumped in!  Seriously, I know what a sweet banjo sounds like now!  One other thing, was there a chicken wire effect on the studio board?  I could almost see it in my mind!  It's great being able to tell the musicians are having fun.


stanger Says:
Tuesday, September 11, 2007 @11:46:29 PM

Hi, Hugh...Thanks! They are a great bunch of musicians and friends. I forgot to metnion them: Hal Rowberry, lead singer, rhythm guitar and songwriter, Larry Thatcher-bass, kazoo, & producer, Don Christensen, keyboards, Mike Doggett, electric guitar, and John Holst, drums. Everyone sang something.

mainejohn Says:
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 @7:32:25 AM

What a great "saloon" tune...I wish I could have heard more of your banjo, though. All in all, very condusive to hoisting another pint!

Rick Woods Says:
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 @11:42:30 AM

Now that is a real FUN tune. Thanks for posting.

Jammer Says:
Sunday, September 16, 2007 @9:40:26 PM

Yes, this is fun stuff! Reminds me somewhat of the grateful dead (in a tiny way). ;)

dhergert Says:
Thursday, September 20, 2007 @12:31:25 PM

Mike, great tune.  Was that the Ballbearing you recorded with?

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-- Don

stanger Says:
Thursday, September 20, 2007 @12:56:13 PM

Hi, Don... Nope. It was the Prucha. I never thought about it until your comment, but the Prucha has a lot of Ball Bearing sweetness in it's tone. The only reason I used it was because it had new strings and was sitting in it's case in my living room cubby- I just grabbed it and went to the session.

Greg Connor Says:
Monday, October 29, 2007 @9:42:39 AM

Excellent Piece Mike!  It's a real foot taper.

Greg Connor

BrittDLD1 Says:
Sunday, November 4, 2007 @12:19:06 PM

Hey Mike-

Great fun!!  I assume you played your vintage "Barbat" on that  one....   ;-)


stanger Says:
Sunday, November 4, 2007 @12:28:38 PM

Thanks, Greg and all! Ed... actually, since I wasn't in a real bar, I used the Prucha. If it had been a real bar, Ol' Reliable would have been the banjo used- it didn't get that name easily, and bears many road scars.
regards, Mike

Greg Connor Says:
Tuesday, December 4, 2007 @8:35:39 AM

What a treat to listen to this piece this morning.

JCushman Says:
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 @6:01:22 PM

Hey Mike

What a great tune. I'm looking at a Google Map of Swan Valley. Kinda hard to see the saloon from outer space, but I think I could get close without much trouble. We need to get back to Montana, Idaho, Wyoming someday soon, and get the blood presssure to drop back down into the normal range.

Great band!




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