In this collection of originals and co-writes, Stan Lawrence conveys an easy comfort with his material. He’s “musical” rather than being preoccupied with “being musical,” if that scans for you. Anyway it’s easy to tell why he has received considerable Western airplay.
A couple of the album’s tracks cleverly kick off with a musical or lyrical nod to classic Cowboy songs before going in their own directions….“True Tale o’ Cowboyin’” and “Blue Cowboy Waltz,” both of which are CD picks. “True Tale…” could have come straight from the typewriter of Curley Fletcher! Yes, typewriter…look it up! Other picks include the swinging “Too Bad This Town Ain’t Texas” (which is destined to receive covers in the future), the waltz “He Wants Her Back Again,” “Navajo Silver Sunset Gold” and “Jud’s Guitar,” Pick covers are an interesting treatment of the authentic “Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie” featuring alternating a capela, instrumental and accompanied verses and
an original spin on “Ain’t Misbehavin’” over which I feel Fats Waller smiling.
Eleven tracks, highly recommended.
– by Rick Huff