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Thread #70325   Message #1734703
Posted By: Rex
07-May-06 - 03:48 PM
Thread Name: Rex has another new CD-Jack Thorpe Cowboy Songs
Subject: RE: Rex has another new CD-Jack Thorpe Cowboy Song
This is partly a message for EJ and the Denver Catters. But to also let you know I have a website now to let folks know where I'll be.
Also visit Mark Gardner's site to learn of the books he's authored.
Saturday, May 20, 7:00 PM
Mark and I will be in concert and signing our new book at the
Hiwan Homestead Museum.
4208 S. Timbervale Dr.
Evergreen, CO 80439
Reservations and a $5 donation to the museum are requested.
Call: 303-674-6262
We have already performed this year in Cody, Colorado Springs and
Santa Fe to name a few. We will appear again in Santa Fe, Albuquerque,
Pueblo, The Royal Gorge and a half dozen times in Colorado Springs
this year. But so far, this is the only time we will perform in the
Denver area. Come see us if you can. Below is further information on our Jack Thorp project. We're sure pleased to have gotten an award from the New Mexico Historical Society and fine review from Thank'ee, - Rex

Mark Gardner and Rex Rideout have been performing the historic music of the American West for 25 years. As "living historians", they recreate the authentic music of the Santa Fe Trail, the battlefields of the Civil War, the cow camps of Colorado, and more. To hear one of their performances is to take a trip back to the days of Stephen Foster, Dan Emmett, and Jack Thorp.

They are the only performers today making a serious attempt to re-create the historic music of the old-time punchers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They approached their Jack Thorp book/CD project with the Museum of New Mexico as musicologists, consulting Thorp manuscript materials in several different states and using only documented musical instruments of the period (all instruments dated prior to 1908, some as early as the 1880s) and appropriate playing styles.

Jack Thorp's Songs of the Cowboys (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2005),
is a tribute to the man who was cowboy music's first collector; a
significant contribution to western music history; and an enlightening and entertaining experience for readers and listeners. It includes songs and poems from Thorp's original book printed in 1908 and an expanded 1921 edition, and also a previously uncollected song found in a Thorp manuscript ("Ti Ri Youdy").

The book is edited and introduced by Mark L. Gardner with illustrations by noted western artist and cowboy Ronald Kil, and accompanied by a CD recording performed by Mark and Rex with vintage instruments in the style they would have been heard in Thorp's time. It was recently awarded the New Mexico Historical Society's prestigious Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award for "significant contribution to the field of history.

Be sure to check out's new feature on Mark & Rex's:
Jack Thorp's Songs of the Cowboys