THE WILD WEST mini-series was originally broadcast in March of 1993. The songs are traditional American songs from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Engineers: Keith O'Neill, Mike Curtis, Robert Abeyta, John Macey, Scott Martin, Tim Cooney, Mike Denecke.
All music written by John McEuen.
Adapter: John McEuen.
Personnel: Hans Olson (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Don Edwards, Bill Miller , Red Steagall, Rodney Dillard (vocals, guitar); Beverly Cotton Dillard (vocals, banjo, spoons); Jean Harrison (vocals, fiddle); Mick Bolger (vocals, percussion); Crystal Gayle, Gary Morris, Mike Fitzmaurice, Jim Ratts, Jim Salestrom, Marty Stuart, Mary MacGregor (vocals); John McEuen (guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, strings, tuba, bowed piano); Kelly Werts (guitar); Richard O'Brien (acoustic guitar, banjo); Leonard Coulson, Jim Hale (banjo); David Hoffner (hammer dulcimer, synthesizer); Doug Berch (hammer dulcimer); Gordon Burt, Ron Kane, Byron Berline (fiddle); Rod Garnett (flute); Merle Brigante (bass drum, snare drum, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Jim McMahon.
Liner Note Authors: John McEuen; Johnny Copeland.
Recording information: Caravell Studios, Branson, MO; Emerald City Studios, Wichita, KS; Kerr Macey Studios, Denver, CO; L.A. East Studios, Salt Lake City, UT; Masterlink Studios, Nashville, TN; Reflections Studios, Nashville, TN; The Aspen Studio, Carpenteria, CA.
Arranger: John McEuen.
Simply put, this is a soundtrack to a television series that chronicled the evolution of the American West from 1886 to 1896, when the frontier was closed and the Indian wars ended. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder John McEuen compiled it; he composed the theme, and also performs here, along with many other American folk and roots musicians, playing the songs of the era. They include: Marty Stuart, Red Steagall, the American Brass Band, the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, Lyle Lovett (shockingly enough), Rodney and Beverly Dillard, Michael Martin Murphey, the Sons of the San Joaquin, and Byron Berline, just to name a few. If old cowboy songs and American ballads are your thing, or if you just plain enjoyed the series, this will most likely appeal to you. ~ Thom Jurek