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Alta School Cowboy Choir with Michael Hurwitz and the Aimless Drifters (April 2005)

Traditional, classic and original cowboy songs sung by a talented group of kids from a rural Wyoming school and produced by Michael Hurwitz. Made possible through a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The grade school kids, all 52 of 'em , many from fourth and fifth generation ranch families, go to the little Alta school, just a mile from the Idaho border, just like their parents and grandparents did. This album is theirs--an audio snapshot of a quickly disappearing way of life. Some of the songs are traditional cowboy songs over a hundred years old, others are newer, and some the kids and I wrote together. We all had a grand old time doin' this , I think you can hear it in the music. - Mike

" Just plain makes me feel good when I listen to it.. . this is one you definitely want to add to your collection" -- Tommy Tucker , Cowboy Troubadour

Songs - When The Catus Is In Bloom, Whoopi-ti-yi-yo, My Old Ranch, The Lights Of Cheyenne, Ridin' and Writin', Mama Don't Allow, Old Paint/Goodbye Old Paint, Ain't No Bugs On Me, Flop-Eared Mule, Wyoming Mountain Home, Old Chisholm Trail

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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