Texas Highways, Volume 51 Number 10, October 2004 Page: 42
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working stock. Each
March, he still hosts
the George Strait Team
Roping Classic in San
IT WOULD BE REMISS NOT
TO ALSO CITE THE LONE
STAR LEGACY OF SINGING
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Strait may be Texas'
purest modern-day pur-
veyor of the classic
ing, foursquare, singing-
cowboy tradition. Even
when he played against
type as a burned-out
musician in the 1992
movie Pure Country,
his onscreen depravity
only extended to grow
ing a ponytail and appar- teH" 3
ently forgetting where
he had laid his razor.
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came smitten with the Western memoirs cf Will James and the onscreen exploits of
vintage-movie cowboys. He roamed westward at age 16 to work on oil rigs and
ranches in Texas and New Mexico before settling in Fort Worth and becoming part
owner of one of the most venerable of Cowtown's watering holes, the White Elephant
Saloon. Today, Edwards has found his apotheosis as an esteemed chronicler of the
West in song; his latest album is aptly (but not entirely accurately) titled Last of
Edwards, Steagall, and other singing-cowboy mavericks were rounded up into a
loose herd in the mid-1990s when they recorded a series of albums for the Warner
Western imprint of Warner Bros. Records.
That genre label was the brainchild of Michael Martin Murphey, who parlayed his
early role as one of the architects of Austin's progressive-country scene into main-
stream success with his 1975 hit, "Wildfire," and subsequent chart successes like
"What's Forever For?" and "Still Taking Chances."
Born in Dallas, the anti-Cowtown, Murphey nonetheless spent summers in his
youth taking care of horses and singing cowboy songs around the campfire at
youth camps with names like Sky Ranch and Hidden Falls. "I never got over that,"
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