Lonesome Ron has recently recorded his first CD of cowboy singing entitled "Riverboat Cowboys: Outlaw Ballads and Fiddle Music."
Musicians on the CD include Lonesome Ron, Fiddlin' Dan, Bix, Flashback and various other guest musicians from the Minnesota River Valley.
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The Minnesota River was once the main route for transporting goods.
Steamboats moved supplies up the river and goods (mostly farm produce) were transported down river.
The point of origin for most boats was St. Paul where the Minnesota River joins the Mississippi.
RIVERBOAT COWBOYS MUSIC SAMPLER
"Outlaw Ballads & Fiddle Music"
Featuring songs from the Jesse James DVD, "The Ninth Man"
1. George Sontag: Life of a Bandit (Ron Affolter) Vocals/Bass: Ron Affolter; Backup Vocals: Carol Gappa, John Koblas; Guitar: Gordon Aase; Accordion: Dave Ross; Mandolin: Krista Wilkowske
2. Jesse James (Trad. - Additional words: Ron Affolter) Vocals/Bass: Ron Affolter; Backup Vocals: Carol Gappa, John Koblas; Guitar: Dean "Bix" Bixenman; Fiddle: Dan Robinson.
3. Ragtime Annie (Trad.) Fiddle: Dan Robinson; Guitar: Dean "Bix" Bixenman; Bass: Ron Affolter.
4. Last Ride of Bill Stiles (Ron Affolter) Vocals/Bass: Ron Affolter; Guitar: Jim Reinertson;
Tracks 2, 3 & 4 were recorded for the soundtrack of the DVD based on the book, The Jesse James Northfield Raid: Confessions Of The Ninth Man by John J Koblas.Available in bookstores and gift shops.Track 1 was written for the upcoming documentary based on the John Koblas book, Robbers of the Rails: The Sontag Boys of Minnesota about two brothers raised in the Midwest who grew up to become feared California outlaws. Special thanks to the Flathead Cats for sharing their talents on this tune.
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