Online since August 2002


Reviewed November 2005

By Buck Howdy

Prairie Dog Entertainment: 2005

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Saddle up, all you little buckaroos and buckarettes, Buck Howdy's loaded up the Conestoga with another heapin' helpin' of good-timey Western tunes.

Ol' Buck, aka local singer-songwriter-producer Steve Vaus, has rounded up his Prairie Dogs, Dennis "Cannonball" Caplinger on all sorts of string instruments and Bill "Gopher" Bryson on bass, for this 14-song collection.

Buck wrote seven of the songs, two of which deal with fine dining – "S'mores" and "Baked Beans" – the latter of which deals with a rootin' tootin' cowboy, if you catch the drift. There also are several standards, from "Pecos Bill" to Jimmy Dean's "Big Bad John," though he wisely avoids mimicking the famed West Coast Sausage King's deep-as-the-Grand-Canyon baritone. "The Hokey Pokey" is worth a dance around the campfire, and as the embers die, Buck gets an assist from Laurie Berkner on "Happy Trails."

But don't tuck in the horses yet – Buck tips his Stetson to the Rolling Stones with the Wild West version of "Hey, You, Get Off My Cow."

Buck, who hosts a weekly show on XM Radio and the annual Carols By Candlelight holiday music festival in Escondido, treats Western music with the respect it deserves while giving cowpokes old and young a good reason to pull up a log, toast a marshmeller and sing along to a right fine collection of tunes.

Review by Rick Bell. Rick is a writer and editor living in Poway, Calif.

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