Paul Larson – Cowboys & Pearls

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Paul Larson – Cowboys & Pearls

What have we here?!! Another little gem from South Dakota’s Paul Larson!
Paul Larson - Cowboys & Pearls
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As we’ve mentioned before, to our ear Larson exhibits a touch of Rex Allen Jr. in his vocal tone, but his very melodic delivery is his own. His newest release features embracing arrangements and sterling musicianship throughout. Special kudos to the tasty background vocals variously provided by Boyd Bristow, Chet Murray and Jami Lynn Olson.
The songs Larson has chosen to cover this time come from some of Western’s best. Picks from among this group include two from Jesse Ballantyne (“Sunlight On Silver” & “Aspen Leaves”), Richard Elloyan’s ghoulish novelty entree “Coyotes Love My Cats,” the Toby Covet/Chris LeDoux cowrite “Rodeo Moon” and Wylie Gustafson’s “Good One.” The release also features some Larson originals. Of special note among them are one cowritten with Robert Dennis “Spring Dance” and “Will I Ever,” which Larson confesses in the notes was partly rewritten during the recording session!
Speaking of the notes, we’ll have to point out a crediting error in these. The Chuck Pyle classic covered (beautifully) is “The Other Side Of The Hill,” not “Cadillac Cowboy” as cited. Twelve tracks total, very highly recommended.
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– by Rick Huff


Paul Larson – Cowboys & Pearls

Track list

1 – Sunlight on Silver
2 – Spring Dance
3 – Coyotes Love My Cats
4 – Across the Great Divide
5 – Cadillac Cowboy
6 – Butterflies and Pearls
7 – Aspen Leaves
8 – Black Hills Gold
9 – Rodeo Moon
10 – A Love Song
11 – Will I Ever
12 – Good One


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