Wall surprises with two songs
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
– Canadian country singer Wall surprised with the release of two new songs on La Honda Records today.
A Wall original, "Cypress Hills and the Big Country," and a cover of "Let's All Help the Cowboys (Sing the Blues)" written by Cowboy Jack Clement were put out by Wall.
He has been writing and recording new music this summer.
"Cypress Hills and the Big Country" was written by Wall about his native country of southwestern Saskatchewan, Canada. Images of the regional landscape decorate the song's narrative, Wall revels in the expansiveness of the prairie that he upholds, and he calls for the solitude and comfort afforded by the hard work of cowboy life ("You can duck underneath all your trials and troubles for a time, like a pronghorn underneath a bottom wire," he sings). Wall is joined by Patrick Lyons on mandolin, Dobro and guitar.
With "Let's All Help the Cowboys (Sing the Blues)," Wall performs a stripped-down version of the song once popularized by Waylon Jennings. Backed up again by Lyons on mandolin and Dobro and Jake Groves on harmonica, Wall adds guitar and sometimes gritty vocals.
The songs follow Wall's 2020 LP "Western Swings & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs" and "Colter Wall and the Scary Prairie Boys' Live In Front Of Nobody," a 2021 livestream, full-band show turned indie record store, vinyl-only release.
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