The Cowboy's Last Ride

Tom Russell heads out in search of the story of the Cowboy and his music.

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Tom Russell heads out in search of the story of the Cowboy and his music.

Tom goes in search of the beginnings of the Cowboy legend, questioning the roots of the All-American Icon.

Russell also examines the evolution of the cowboy song, from the early folk songs of the plains to the first real cowboy recordings.

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Tom examines the effect of Hollywood on the cowboy and his music - from Gene Autry, the singing cowboy, to the sounds of the happy Indian and Tex Ritter.

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Tom turns his attention to the people who kept the music and image of the cowboy alive during the Elvis years.

He also explores the death of the Hollywood singing cowboys.

Featuring the music and history of Ramblin' Jack Elliot, the Brooklyn Cowboy often credited with kick-starting Bob Dylan's career.

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Bringing the story up to date.

With the West and the American Frontier fading from public consciousness, what place does the cowboy and his music have in the neon-lit America of today? Tom explores the cowboy renaissance of the past 20 years and the musicians breathing new life into Western music.