Skip Bessonette’s Sons Of Oregon
Traveling Cowboy Band
Longtime entertainer and host of Medford, Oregon’s Rogue River Bound radio show Skip Bessonette has a lively singing style that is a plus on this release that actually dates from a ways back. (Full disclosure….I offered to cover this CD in place of a newer one he sent that didn’t fit the column’s genre requirements).
The overall effect of this quartet is congenial, acoustic and freewheeling. Picks include the title track “Traveling Cowboy Band” (although harmony on the chorus might have been preferable to unison singing), a lazy blues cover of “Along The Navajo Trail,” the Mitchell Parrish/J. Fred Coots song “When The Robin Sings His Song Again,” an interesting novelty provided by “The Happy Wanderer” and Lee ‘Lasses’ White & Jimmy Wakely’s “I’m Casting My Lasso.”
You’ll find enough here to keep your interest perked, if not the coffee!
Fourteen tracks, recommended.
CD: $20 + $2.89 s/h from Skip Bessonette, 2395 E. McAndrews Rd, Medford, OR 97504.
– by Rick Huff