The story behind "Chrome on the Range"


Story

Mike Hurwitz and the Aimless Drifters, with Tracy Nelson, and Gary McMahan     (2010)

 

 Well folks here it is, an album of 12 new songs written over the past couple years,  with covers of two of my favorite songs, one by Elizabeth Cotten, and one by my pal Gary McMahan, who did one of mine on his last album.  As usual, a Mulligan stew of American music styles.  Western Swing, Cajun, honky-tonk, country, blues, but the songs mostly have some kind of common cowboy thread , which is just how my stuff seems to turn out. Too many years livin’ the life I guess. The Aimless Drifters played some true and tasty licks , the great Tracy Nelson and Gary McMahan  sang their butts off, and we all had a fine old time. Hope you like it.

Mike 

 

 "Mike Hurwitz, master of laughs and tears out on the range, has done it once again" - Jerome Clark, Rambles.net

 - Produced by Mike Hurwitz

- Recorded at Blue Coyote Sound, Alta ,Wy.
- Additional Recording:
      Jays' Place, Nashville, Tn.,  The Henhouse, Victor, Id
      The Music Parlor at Grandpa's Farm, Burns, Tn.
- Mixed at The Henhouse, Victor, Id. by Ben Winship and Mike Hurwitz
- Mastered at Airshow, Boulder , Co. by Jim Wilson
- Photos by Jon Cornell, Richard Johnson,  James Wynn,  Joey Hurwitz
- Chrome Buffalo Sculpture by Lou Wille
- Graphic Design by Jo

 

Songs - Your Dancin' Shoes, He's a Rodeo, Love Song, Uncle Lucky, Roy Rogers in Japan. Out of the Fryin' Pan, Ed Trafton, Cowboys Gone Wild, Edith, Shake Sugaree, Real Live Buckeroo, Poor Cowboy, Home Town Reel. Minnie Sang the Blues

 

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Prairie Blues

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"Huriwtz's Prairie Blues come across as natural as breathing"

    - John Conquest -3rd Coast Music                                                      

 "Mike Hurwitz writes song like Larry Mahan rode broncs"

     - Dave Stamey

 

" a seemingly effortless delivery that goes down like a smooth, perfectly aged shot of fine scotch whiskey " 

         -Sing Out!

 

"Mike Hurwitz's voice and stories have been in the grain of the American West for a long time. Listen to his tunes and you'll be there too" 

   - Greg Keeler - Big Sky Journal

 

"Hurwitz's dusky baritone resonates with the sounds of mountains he's pondered, horses he's wrangled and land he's travelled. He's the real deal."

     - Meredith Oaks

 

"Michael Hurwitz grew up with a guitar in one hand and reins in the other. Along the road he's howled with coyotes and picked with the greats, and has become the best of both - wild and untamed."

    - American Cowboy Magazine