Superb album of contemporary cowboy songs, mostly originals, by a man best known for having discovered Reba McEntire
. Red Steagall
looks and lives the part of a Western sage, and his voice has a depth that gives the illusion that he was actually there for a lot of the stories he sings about (he also tells a story or two, with a modern sensibility to some old western themes). Born to This Land
, produced by Steve Gibson
is lean and unobtrusive, is filled with gorgeous acoustic guitar and mandolin sounds, and the entire record is a worthy successor to the best of Marty Robbins
, Tex Ritter
, or the Sons of the Pioneers
. The booklet includes an explanation of certain 19th and early-20th century Western and cowboy jargon.