If you listen to Western music on the radio, computer or portable listening device, chances are you’ve already heard at least part of this new CD. It’s one of the most popular albums being played by Western DJ’s these days! And if you are a Marty Robbins fan, this artist’s name may be familiar to you. You’ve seen J. Babcock listed as composer of Western songs Marty recorded, like “Prairie Fire” (a theme Joe is very familiar with as a native Nebraskan), “Ghost Train,” “Dusty Winds,” “Doggone Cowboy” and others. This is the same J. (Cowboy Joe) Babcock who recorded the sides on this new Western swing CD!
There are so many tracks I really like on this album, it’s hard to single out only a few favorites, but right out of the chute, I was attracted to “Cowboy Joe’s Good Medicine Show” (the opening track), “One More Memory to Go” (a fantastic honky-tonk tune) and “Please Don’t Leave Me Anymore.” Joe composed all of the songs on the album, except for “San Antonio Rose” and “Please Don’t Love Me Anymore.” The latter, a Western swing standard written by Jessie Ashlock, is one Joe wanted to include because he had fond memories of going on the road with Marty, singing in his trio with Bobby Sykes, and having Bobby step out front to sing this one as a solo. I never heard Bobby sing it, but I can tell you for certain that Joe nails it!
There’s not a weak song in the bunch and Joe does them the way they were meant to be done. He’s backed by a veritable Who’s Who of Western swing & country musicians, and he introduces each of them as they close the album. This one’s a winner from start to finish!
Available from CD Baby, Amazon.com, www.TheBabcocks.com or Cowboy Joe Babcock, P.O. Box 681292, Franklin, TN 37064.