Black Texicans Balladeers and Songsters of the Texas Frontier, and: Cowboy Songs, Ballads, and Cattle Calls (Music Review)

Black Texicans Balladeers and Songsters of the Texas Frontier (Rounder, 1999)

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Black Texicans Balladeers and Songsters of the Texas Frontier, and: Cowboy Songs, Ballads, and Cattle Calls (Music Review)

by Gavin James Campbell
Southern Cultures, Vol. 5, No. 4: Winter 1999

Rounder, 1999; Rounder, 1999

While collecting Texas cowboy songs in 1942 the folklorist John Lomax asked one old cowpoke if he thought it was bad luck to be born somewhere other than Texas. “Not bad luck, but misfortune,” came the response.

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