How about them Cowboys?
- Subject: How about them Cowboys?
- From: Hallermac@xxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 11:45:53 EST
I mean the hard riding cow punching cowboys of the 1880â??s and 1890â??s. How
many of them played the harmonic around the campfire in the evening, after a
long day in the saddle?
If Hohner started shipping many more harmonicas to America starting in the
1880â??s, we can imagine that many more cowboys were tooting on â??em than those
Blues and Grays of the Civil War.
In one of his books, David Harp mentioned that there is documentation showing
a few specific songs were played around those campfires. I donâ??t recall all
of the songs on that short list, but Buffalo Gals, Old Paint and Taps were on
the list. (Where did I put that book?)
David suggested that Taps was a natural carry over from the War, as many of
the cowboys had been soldiers. Some of those cowboys had sailed the
Atlantic. What European folk songs could they have brought with them? How
about songs of the sea they may have learned from sailors as they sailed
An interesting part of harmonica history that I have read very little about.
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