Tony Scherman
March 15, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Don't Fence Me In: Western Music's Early Golden Era

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
Producers
Rounder
genre
Reissues, Country

We gave it an A

Don’t Fence Me In: Western Music’s Early Golden Era, the second volume in a planned four-CD set devoted to America’s singing cowboys, covers the years 1936-54. This was the age of a gorgeous brand of pop (don’t mistake it for folk — the singing cowboy was Hollywood’s child, midwifed by the talkies). Gene Autry is here and the Sons of the Pioneers too, but the highlight is an unusually somber Bob Wills offering ”Dusty Skies.” A

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