"The jangling spaghetti-western guitars and baritone story-

telling vocals of A Little Farther West evoke the spirit of classic western movie soundtracks. The Oklahoma duo, consisting of husband-and-wife Susie and Robert Maxwell Case, offers up a retro sound featuring generous amounts of tremolo and reverb.

In the work of A Little Farther West you'll hear the echoes of

guitar heroes Duane Eddy, The Ventures, and The Shadows,

as well as of renowned western motion picture composers

Dimitri Tiomkin and Ennio Morricone."

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1. The Western Star (Instrumental)

(Meek) Ivy Music Ltd. (PRS)

2. A Little Farther West

(Wilkins) Universal Music / Multisongs (SESAC)

Originally titled "Telstar," this instrumental by the British group The Tornados was written and produced by Joe Meek. It hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1962. A vocal version called "Magic Star" also was produced by Meek who died in 1967. "Telstar" notably was covered by The Ventures in 1963. The song always sounded like a movie theme and a likely candidate for the spaghetti-western treatment.

Acclaimed Texas singer-songwriter Walt Wilkins wrote and recorded "A Little Farther West" in 2000. We first heard it on Mattson Rainer's radio show on KNBT-New Braunfels, TX and caught Walt performing it live at Gruene Hall. The song seems to capture a connection between the American West and the American Dream.

3. Dreaming On The Trail

(Case) R.M. Case Music (BMI)

4. This Moment Was Waiting For Me

(Lynne)  EMI April Music Inc. (ASCAP)

Songwriters' Hall of Fame member Billy Hill was one of the best of the classic western music writers. His songs, "The Last Roundup," "Empty Saddles (In The Old Corral)" "Prairie Lulabye," and "The Glory Of Love," stand the test of time. I wrote "Dreaming On The Trail" as a tribute to the style he championed. The song deals with throwing yourself into your work when things go wrong.

Originally a 1987 Duane Eddy instrumental, this song was written by producer-songwriter extraordinaire Jeff Lynne. Legend has it that the late George Harrison named it "Theme For Something Really Important." In writing lyrics and renaming it "This Moment Was Waiting For Me," I've tried to maintain its western motion picture grandeur, portraying a "ready or not" situation...a test that must be faced (maybe a gunfight.) :-)

5. Buckaroo  (Instrumental)

    (Morris) Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI)

6. Katie And The Navajo Rug
    (Russell/Tyson) End Of The Trail Music/
    Slick Fork Music (SOCAN)

Buck Owens & The Buckaroos hit #1 on the Billboard Country chart with this song in 1965. The song's writer, Bob Morris, was part of the vibrant West Coast (a.k.a. Bakersfield) scene in the late 1950's and early 1960's. It became the Buckaroos' theme song and few country musicians were not influenced by lead guitarist Don Rich's playing. This version is just a "thank you" to Don, Buck, and Bob and a tribute to twangy guitars everywhere.

Ian Tyson and Tom Russell, two of today's finest western music

songwriters, co-wrote this song in 1986. The recipe: one

Colorado diner, one short-order cook, one waitress, one

old boss, a stuffed bear, and a Navajo rug. Stir well.

7. Ghost Riders In The Sky

(Jones) MPL Music Pub., Inc./

Edwin H. Morris & Co. (ASCAP)

8. They Call The Wind Mariah
    (Lerner/Loewe) Chappell Co. Inc. (ASCAP)

Considered the #1 cowboy song of all time, "Ghost Riders In The Sky" originally was written and recorded by Stan Jones in 1948. More than 50 different cover versions have charted, including versions by Vaughn Monroe and Gene Autry in 1949, The Ramrods and The Ventures in 1961, Johnny Cash in 1979, and The Outlaws in 1980. In 1977, western music group Riders In The Sky took their name from the iconic song.

The California Gold Rush, centered on the year 1849, caused a seismic upheaval in American Society. Tens of billions in today's dollars quickly entered the world economy and a century later the effects were still visible. Lerner and Lowe's "They Call The Wind Mariah" from "Paint Your Wagon," their 1951 Broadway musical about the gold rush, captures the loneliness of the typical 49er.

9.  Drifter
    (Pfrimmer/Jordan) Universal-Songs of Polygram Intl. Inc. (BMI)/

Universal-Polygram Intl. Pub. Inc. (ASCAP)

10. I Fought The Law
      (Curtis) Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music (BMI)

The cowboy drifter who never stays for long is a big part of the western mythology. Drifter scored #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart in 1981 by Sylvia. Nashville-based songwriters Archie Jordan and Don Pfrimmer wrote it as the title song of her western themed debut that hit the Top 10 on the Billboard country album chart that year.

A friend of and collaborator with Buddy Holly, Texas-born Sonny Curtis brought along this song when he rejoined The Crickets around the time of Holly's death. Their 1960 version didn't sell, but a cover by the Bobby Fuller Four hit the Top 10 on Billboard's pop singles chart in late 1965. Six months later, the 23-year-old Fuller was found dead of an apparent suicide. Although Curtis, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, has written many hits, "I Fought The Law" is indisputably his most popular song.

11. The High And The Mighty

(Washington/Tiomkin) Catherine Hinan Music/

Patti Washington Music/Warner Brothers Music (ASCAP)

12. Theme From High Noon
(Tiomkin/Washington) Catherine Hinan Music/

Patti Washington Music/Volta Music Corp. (ASCAP)

This song is the theme from the 1954 motion picture "The High And The Mighty" starring John Wayne. Dmitri Tiomkin wrote the haunting melody (lyrics by New Washington.) Three versions hit the Top 10 that year and the song was nominated for an Academy Award. One of our favorite versions was recorded by The Shadows a decade later.

Tex Ritter sang this groundbreaking theme, written by Dmitiri Tiomkin and Ned Washington, in the 1951 motion picture "High Noon," starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. The song played an integral part in the movie and won the "Best Song" Oscar (the film won "Best Picture.")


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