He works on cattle ranches from interior Canada to the western United States and Texas most of the time these days. But every once in a while, Colter Wall will stop by the studio and record a couple when he feels so inclined. That is what the Saskatchewan native did recently, and he’s just released them on La Honda Records. Colter Wall fans are hoping is the first taste of more new music that he has in the offing.
Known just as much for his cowboy song covers as he is his originals, the new Colter Wall music includes both, starting with a rendition of “Let’s All Help The Cowboys (Sing The Blues),” written by “Cowboy Jack Clement, and performed famously by Waylon Jennings. Though the song was never released as a single, it is considered one of Waylon’s signature tunes released on his 1975 album Dreaming My Dreams produced by Jack Clement.
The second track is “Cypress Hills and the Big Country,” written by Colter Wall about southwestern Saskatchewan where he is from, evoking the native landscape and the expanse of the prairie, and the flora and fauna of the region running along the Coulee into Alberta. It very much fits into the Cowboy and Western aspect of Colter Wall’s music.
Joining Colter on the tracks is Patrick Lyons on mandolin, dobro, and guitar, with Jake Groves playing harmonica on “Let’s All Help The Cowboys.” Colter Wall continues to surprise with the amount of reception he’s receiving for his old cowboy songs that conventional thought would have you believe are too outmoded for today’s listeners. But in a headlong search for authenticity by many, Colter Wall has emerged as one of the most authentic voices to be found.
Stay tuned for hopefully more information on new music forthcoming. Meanwhile, the two new singles are available for play and download.