Last November I reviewed Colter Wall’s self-titled album. To say I liked it would be a gross understatement. It had such stand outs as Kate McCannon, Bald Butte and Fraulein. But the whole album was worthy. Colter has a new album and I got my copy yesterday.
This is a theme album that can best be described as a country western celebration of the Great Plains. Colter is from the Canadian Plains and he concentrates on Canada but he does include a ballad to Wild Bill Hickock. I’ll list the tracks followed by a short comment or two.
In addition, I’ll summarize that as a whole the album is a good traditional country western collection. And it suits me. Hopefully I’ll provide enough information for the reader to make up his mind.
The full track list to Colter Wall’s Songs of the Plains:
- “Plain to See Plainsman” (written by Colter Wall)
Straightforward acoustic guitar and harmonica western. An ode to home on the great plains.
- “Saskatchewan In 1881” (written by Colter Wall)
Upbeat Canadian folk song with a touch of humor. Where else could you find a rhyme like, “Don’t pick no fights with Mennonites?”
- “John Beyers (Camaro Song)” (written by Colter Wall)
This is a short little revenge song. Very catchy and fun.
- “Wild Dogs” (written by Billy Don Burns)
This is a song by Billy Don Burns and it’s literally a song narrated by a wild dog about his life. The music has some good spots but it’s not something I care for.
- “Calgary Round-Up” (written by Wilf Carter)
A western about a roundup jamboree. You could easily imagine the Sons of the Pioneers singing this song. It even has yodeling.
- “Night Herding Song” (Cowboy Traditional)
It sounds like a spiritual mixed with a lullaby for the cows. Most of it is acapella. I like it.
- “Wild Bill Hickok” (written by Colter Wall)
Western ballad chronicling Wild Bill’s life. Well done.
- “The Trains are Gone” (written by Colter Wall)
A dirge to the changing world of the old west. Kinda downbeat.
- “Thinkin’ on a Woman” (written by Colter Wall)
A song a bout a trucker brooding over a lost love. Amusing enough.
- “Manitoba Man” (written by Colter Wall)
A cokehead bemoaning his fate and thinking about his next score. Not my thing.
- “Tying Knots in the Devil’s Tail” (Cowboy Traditional)
This is an upbeat western about two drunk cowboys tying, branding and knotting the devil’s tail.