Album Details

March 08, 2005
ASV/Living Era
Country, Traditional Country, Cowboy, Yodeling

Album Review

Rubye Blevins, the Yodeling Cowgirl from San Antone -- better known to the world as Patsy Montana -- was about as charming a performer as could be conceived, and Living Era's excellent compilation The Original Cowboy's Sweetheart is essential listening for even the most testosterone-heavy champion of the Western tradition. The 27 original mono recordings made between the years 1932-1945 feature Montana and her Prairie Ramblers at their best. It was an era that saw the singer's reputation grow with each and every single, eventually peaking with an appearance in longtime friend Gene Autry's film Colorado Sunset, where she performed her most recognizable hit, "I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart." While Montana was adept at adapting popular songs that were originally sung by men -- the Eddie Jones-penned "I Only Want a Buddy, Not a Sweetheart" -- with a confidence that belied the times in which she lived, it was her own compositions like "Ridin' the Sunset Trail" and "When the Flowers of Montana Are Blooming" that set her apart from her contemporaries. Like the woman herself, her work with the Ramblers remains some of cowboy music's most endearing and enduring, a sentiment that Montana echoes in a quote from the liner notes about her all-male backing band: "They either wanted to mother me, brother me or marry me."
James Christopher Monger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart
  2. When the Flowers of Montana Are Blooming
  3. Montana
  4. I'm an Old Cowhand
  5. The She Buckaroo
  6. Echoes from the Hills
  7. Lone Star
  8. The Wheel of the Wagon Is Broken
  9. I Only Want a Buddy, Not a Sweetheart
  10. Ridin' the Sunset Trail
  11. My Baby's Lullaby
  12. My Dear Old Arizona Home
  13. Cowboy Rhythm
  14. Little Sweetheart of the Ozarks
  15. Rodeo Sweetheart
  16. My Poncho Pony
  17. Shine On, Rocky Mountain Moonlight
  18. Back on Montana Plains
  19. The Moon Hangs Low (On the Ohio)
  20. Singing in the Saddle
  21. Swing Time Cowgirl
  22. Leanin' On the Old Top Rail
  23. Old Nevada Moon
  24. I Want to Be a Cowboy's Dream Girl
  25. Gallopin' to Gallup
  26. Smile and Drive Your Blues Away
  27. Goodnight, Soldier