- Released: May 12, 1998
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
- 1.The Habit
- 2.The Cowboy's Song
- 3.The Freedom Song
- 4.Diamond Joe
- 5.The Cowboy Life
- 6.Prairie Lullabye
- 7.The Master's Call
- 8.Goin' Back to Texas
- 10.Will James
- 11.Lone Star Trail
- 12.The Colorado Trail
Personnel includes: Don Edwards (vocals, guitar); Mark Casstevens (acoustic guitar, banjo, dobro, harmonica); Rich O'Brien (acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, 6-string banjo); Pat Flynn (acoustic guitar, mandolin, bouzouki); Tom Morrell (slide & steel guitars); Sonny Garrish (pedal steel, dobro); Randy Elmore, Bob Boatright, Rob Hajacos (fiddle); Joey Miskulin (accordion, banjo); Dennis Burnside, David Hoffner (keyboards); Mark Abbot, Craig Nelson (bass); Lonnie Wilson (drums, percussion).
Producers: Joey Miskulin, Michael Martin Murphey, Jim Rooney.
Personnel: Don Edwards (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Rich O'Brien (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin); Mark Casstevens (acoustic guitar, gut-string guitar, dobro, banjo, harmonica); Pat Flynn (acoustic guitar, bouzouki, mandolin); Craig Nelson (acoustic guitar); Tom Morrell (slide guitar, steel guitar); Sonny Garrish (dobro); Joey Miskulin (banjo, accordion); Rob Hajacos, Bob Boatright (fiddle); Dennis Burnside (piano, keyboards, synthesizer); David Hoffner (keyboards, synthesizer); Mark Abbott (upright bass); Lonnie Wilson (drums, percussion); Dennis Wilson (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Gary Paczosa; Mark Miller ; Marshall Morgan.
Recording information: Colorado Sound Studios, Westminister, CO; Jack's Tracks Recording Studio, Nashvil; Sumet Sound Studios, Dallas, TX.
Photographer: Kris Kristofferson.
Cowboy troubadour Don Edwards is one of the last great American treasures, an artist who has remained completely indifferent to trends, expectations and the lure of payola. Edwards has been quietly maintaining the lost cowboy genre -- a niche that can count icons like Marty Robbins, Tex Ritter, Jimmy Wakely and Johnny Horton as alumni -- since the release of his Happy Cowboy album in 1980. A real-life cowboy in the Southwest, Edwards' songs are simple, poetic and bereft of Nashville excess. On the humbly titled Best of Don Edwards, the "The Minstrel of the Range" offers up some of his best work, including "The Cowboy Song," a gritty and realistic tale of what it takes to make a living on the trail, the politically charged "Freedom Song," and the gorgeous "Coyotes," most recently heard in the film Grizzly Man. ~ James Christopher Monger