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SONG OF THE WEEK 03:

GOD MUST BE A COWBOY

April 17, 2018

 

“God Must Be a Cowboy" was written and first recorded by singer-songwriter Dan Seals in January 1984 and went on to become a top 10 hit that year on the Billboard country singles chart. He was the younger brother of Jim Seals of the duo Seals and Crofts who wrote and recorded the hits “Summer Breeze” and “Diamond Girl.” Dan first gained fame as "England Dan," one half of the duo England Dan & John Ford Coley who hit with “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight” and “Nights Are Forever Without You.”

After that duo disbanded, Dan began a solo career in country music, having success with “Bop,” “Everything That Glitters Is Not Gold,” and “Meet Me In Montana” (with Marie Osmond). His extended family included Troy Seals, the co-writer of “Seven Spanish Angels” and “Lost In The Fifties Tonight,” and Brady Seals of the group Little Texas, the co-writer of “God Blessed Texas.” Dan Seals died of cancer in 2009.

I’ve loved “God Must Be A Cowboy” since its popularity in the mid-1980’s and always hoped to eventually record it. A Little Farther West’s version of the song is the title cut from our first gospel album released in September of 2017.

Performance Schedule

 

APRIL 23 - GEORGETOWN, TX

   Private "Music for Lunch" Concert

    The Wesleyan at Estrella Crossing

 

APRIL 24 - BRISTOW, OK

   ALFW "Woodshed Session"

   The Beach House

   https://www.facebook.com/Beach House Bristow/

 

APRIL 28 - CLAREMORE, OK

   Green Country Classic Ranch Rodeo

    Claremore Expo Center

     https://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.18642

 

MAY 5 - ARDMORE, OK

   Cowboy Way Mayfest 2018

   Marketplace on Broadway

   https://www.facebook.com/events/1503822056317262/

 

MAY 12 - CLAREMORE, OK

   Private "Music for Lunch" Concert

   Claremore Veterans Center

 

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"A Little Farther West"

by A Little Farther West

Town & Country Records / TC141006

UPC 865147000302

A Little Farther West, the self-titled debut album features the single "A Little Farther West" plus "Ghost Riders In The Sky," "They Call The Wind Mariah," "Theme From High Noon," "I Fought The Law," "The High And The Mighty," "The Western Star (Telstar)," "Drifter," "Buckaroo," "(Katie And The) Navajo Rug," "This Moment Was Waiting For Me," and "Dreaming On The Trail." Free shipping. USA: $12, Outside USA: $15

 

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"Mountain Storm"

by A Little Farther West

Town & Country Records / TC170106

UPC 865147000319

Mountain Storm, A Little Farther West's second album, finds the Oklahoma duo further refining their neo-1960's western movie sound. Western classics like Tex Ritter's "The Wayward Wind," The Sons Of The Pioneers' "Cool Water," and Gene Autry's "South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)," are joined by such modern compositions as Michael Martin Murphey's "Mountain Storm," Old Crow Medicine Show's "Sweet Amarillo," Barry Ward's "(Someday) I'm Gonna Ride," and Marty Stuart's instrumental "Rhapsidio Sangre De Cristo." Also instrumentally, the group covers The Shadows' "Apache" and The Tornados' "Ridin' The Wind," rounding out the set with fresh takes on Ian Tyson's "Four Strong Winds" and T. Texas Tyler's "Remember Me (When The Candlelights Are Gleaming)," plus a rousing original, "Leave Out For The Border (At Midnight)." Free shipping. USA: $12, Outside USA: $15.

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"God Must Be A Cowboy"

by A Little Farther West

Town & Country Records / TC170915

UPC 865147000326

God Must Be A Cowboy is A Little Farther West’s first gospel collection. The album contains an original, “Guide Me Down The Trail,” and an instrumental, Albert Brumley’s “I'll Fly Away.” Traditional hymns “In The Garden” and “Amazing Grace” are joined by western versions of southern gospel classics “The Wayfaring Stranger” and “Lonesome Valley.” W.A. Fletcher and J.R. Baxter’s “Farther Along,” Luther G. Presley’s “Just As The Sun Went Down,” and Stuart Hamblen’s “This Old House” supplement such more recent compositions as David Ball’s “When The Devil Wants To Wrestle,” Brian Doerksen’s “To The River,” and the title cut, Dan Seals’ “God Must Be A Cowboy.” Free shipping. USA: $12, Outside USA: $15.

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"Christmas On The Line"

by A Little Farther West

Town & Country Records / TC171208

UPC 865147000333

Christmas On The Line, featuring: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "Christmas On The Line," "Christmas Time Is Here," "Do You Hear What I Hear?," "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Mary's Little Boy Child," "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas," "Just Like Christmas," "Sleigh Ride," "Are You OK This Christmas?," "Two-Step 'Round The Christmas Tree."  Free shipping. USA: $12, Outside USA: $15.

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A Little Farther West

c/o Town & Country Records

P.O. Box 4

Slick , Oklahoma 74071

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Phone: +1 918 939 9517
E-mail: alfw@townandcountryrecords.com

The music of A Little Farther West evokes the spirit of classic western movie soundtracks. The Oklahoma duo, consisting of Robert Maxwell Case on guitar and vocals and his wife Susie on continental combo organ, offers up a retro sound featuring generous amounts of tremolo and reverb. In the work of A Little Farther West you'll hear the echoes of guitar heroes Duane Eddy, The Ventures, and The Shadows, as well as of renowned western motion picture composers Dmitri Tiomkin and Ennio Morricone.

Robert Maxwell Case has been a modern journeyman solo entertainer all of his working life. He has appeared as opening act in concert with dozens of headliners including Marty Robbins, Riders In The Sky, and Asleep At The Wheel.

 

Robert met his wife Susie during his ten years performing in Branson, MO. In 2014 she began playing keyboard behind his guitar and vocals and the duo of A Little Farther West was born.

 

Based in the Tulsa, OK metro, the group is active in the Oklahoma chapter of the national Western Music Association. A Little Farther West has appeared as opening act in concert with Michael Martin Murphey and Sons Of The Pioneers.

A Little Farther West

Photo by Carole G. Ellis

Susie and Robert Maxwell Case

A Little Farther West with

Riders In The Sky

A Little Farther West with

Michael Martin Murphey

A Little Farther West with

Sons Of The Pioneers

A Little Farther West with

Marty Stuart &

His Fabulous Superlatives

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