Barry Ward - Coyotes & Cattle

The newest from The Bear strikes me as containing more first person reflections and “End of Life’s Trail” songs than usual.  Am I mistaken, or is he trying to tell us something?  What am I saying!  Barry Ward frequently tries to tell us something!!!


Seven of the tracks here are Ward originals.  Picks among them include “Ruts Of The Santa Fe Trail,” the wistful title track “Coyotes & Cattle,” “That Old Barn,” “Saddle Up” and the rousing voice and guitar showpiece “Bandito,” even though its religious U-turn ending might otherwise make me veer off.  Among the covers we’ll name as picks are Marvin O’Dell’s “Keep A Candle In The Window,” the Indian-intoned “Wayfaring Stranger,” fellow Kansan Larry Hannon’s 1995 Will Rogers paean “The Man From Coo-Wees-Coo-Wee” and Gordon Mote’s “Wake Up Dancin’.”


Barry Ward is a former (then) WMA Male Performer of the Year and his CD “Coyotes & Cattle” will still give you a good indication why.  All-in-all it’s another solid horse in his string!  Thirteen tracks.  Recommended. 


CD:  $15 + $3 s/h from Barry Ward, PO Box 185, Eureka, KS 67045 and through BarryWardMusic.com


by  Rick Huff

Ruts of the Santa Fe Trail

My Rifle, My Pony, And Me

Keep a Candle in the Window

Coyotes & Cattle

Wayfaring Stranger

Saddle Up


That Old Barn

The Man from Coo-Wees-Coo-Wee

Sunshine of Your Eyes

Love Found Its Way Home

Wake Up Dancin'

Light at the End of the Trail



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