Paul Davis Ride 'Em Cowboy
- Released: November 10, 2009
- Label: Wounded Bird Records
- 1.You're Not Just A Rose
- 2.Midnight Woman
- 3.Southern Man
- 4.The Simple Country Life
- 5.Thank You Shoes
- 6.Epilogue "Ten Little Indians"
- 7.Ride 'em Cowboy
- 8.Bronco Rider
- 9.Make Her My Baby
- 10.I'm The Only Sinner (In Salt Lake City)
- 12.Epilogue "Life of A Cowboy"
- 13.Let Me Be Me
- 14.Got To Find My Way Back
By 1974's Ride 'em Cowboy, Paul Davis abandoned any hints of the fizzy bubblegum pop that characterized his debut, A Little Bit of Paul Davis, but that doesn't mean he left behind the slickness of AM pop production. Ride 'em Cowboy may indeed be the clear move toward country-rock that its title indicates, but Davis still manages to kick out some clavinet-driven funk on "Midnight Woman," adds some glistening electric pianos to a soulful cover of Neil Young's "Southern Man," and "Bronco Rider" and "Alabama" boogie with just a hint of fuzz, all elements that keep this from being just a bit too mellow. Still, the main thrust of Ride 'em Cowboy is Davis' recasting himself as a country-rocker, and one that favors light, breezy harmonies and strummed guitars instead of hardcore 2-steps and pedal steels. This gentle sway suits Davis' laid-back personality, but this isn't just mood music: Davis writes a handful of terrific tunes, including the sweet opening "You're Not Just a Rose" and, of course, the dreamy title track, which was his breakthrough and wound up creating the blueprint for the rest of his soft rock '70s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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