The verse of Tom Swearingen is characteristically brief, always to the point, effective and (most often) optimistic. And once again he has chosen to record his CD in front of appreciative living beings, which I generally find to be a plus!
Whether he is operating in the realm of Novelty (“Teddy Frank Is One Tough Hand”) or he is leaning more toward the thought-provoking (“The Visit,” One To Ride The River With” or “Dogies In Our Band”…are human dogies and their “misfortune none of our own?”), Swearingen spins a fine tale and his expert delivery is comfortably conversational in its cadence. Other picks in the collection include “Scotty’s Christmas Tree” and “When A Horse Hoof Hits The Ground.”
Tom Swearingen is most certainly one of the poets folks might want to point out when they are trying to explain or typify the genre of Cowboy Poetry. His style and body of work make him one of the most approachable cowbards workin!’ Recommended. Seventeen tracks plus the opener.
CD: $15 “plus postage” through www.oregoncowboypoet.com, also spotify, iTunes, cdbaby and other outlets.