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The Call • More Songs From The Lonesome Prairie


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                              THE CALL   MORE SONGS FROM THE LONESOME PRAIRIE
                                                          RICK PICKREN

        THE CALL 2010 Nominee For Best Western Song 
by The Academy Of Western Artists

His Western Music and Cowboy Swing may be made in some far east land called “Illinois,” but Rick Pickren comes with a legitimate Western pedigree.  He’s a descendant of Buffalo Bill Cody!

Pickren’s new release is The Call – (More Songs from the Lonesome Prairie). If staying lonesome gives him the time to come up with efforts like this, let’s hope he stays out there a good long while! This entire production is impressive. In his more projected vocals, Pickren has an edge of Frankie Laine about him, but at other times he can put more of a tender lilt on it than Laine ever managed.  His original songs like “Tombstone, Arizona,” “Molly Mae” and particularly this CD’s title track “The Call” are definite winners.  As far as the classics he’s chosen, he puts an interesting spin on “Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie” using the original melody in a uniquely palatable way.  He offers up Gail Gardner’s seldom done “Old Bach” (sorry, ladies, it’s one of those bashers)! 
The arrangements are frisky, fun and intelligent making the oldest material like “My Darling Clementine” line up just fine with the new.  Enjoyable on many levels! 
                                        Rick Huff, Western Way Magazine 

 In today's country western music where few real cowboy songs remain, 

 Rick Pickren, a direct descendant of Buffalo Bill Cody, 
 belongs to a group of artists who are still conscious of the legacy of the 
 American  Cowboy.  He writes fine ballads about the west like The Call
 And, he adds a light swing touch on Molly Mae, a zest of Celtic on Wranglers Reel 
 and a little hillbilly bop on American TV.
                            Bernard Boyat, Country Music Attitude, France


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