"Cowboy Fandango" Captures the West



"This is a new style of cowboy music
delivered in a fresh and interesting way.
Greg McCarty is an original."
(Cowboy Magazine, Fall 2003)

Greg McCarty's CD, Cowboy Fandango, reflects his passion and pursuit of the cowboy life. Of the twelve selections, nine are Greg’s original compositions, inspired by the people and landscape of the buckaroo West. Cowboy Fandango CD coverHis narrative songwriting style drips with drama and imagery – a sly, Yaqui horse thief with a taste for silver saddles; a lost cowboy led by music to an abandoned homestead; a young boy sitting cross-legged in front of a television set, watching Hopalong Cassidy and dreaming.

Also included are songs from Walt LaRue, famed western artist, singer, stuntman, and rodeo rider; Hal Cannon, western folklorist, author, and musician; and the pop music heyday of Gene Autry.

A one-man musical outfit, Greg plays all the instruments (save for some hot fiddling by Sonoma County’s Alice Fitzwater) and sings all the parts on Cowboy Fandango. His layering of vocals and stringed instruments conjures musical influences ranging from the Sons of the Pioneers to Marty Robbins to Ian Tyson.

Greg’s musical trail has led him from pack stations and ranches in California, Nevada, and Oregon to the concert stages of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage and the Armand Hammer Museum of Art. Most recently, he worked at The Home Ranch, a guest ranch in northwestern Colorado. But wherever his travels take him, his heart – and music – will always live in the wide-open spaces.

Click on one of the highlighted song titles to hear a one minute clip with your default mp3 player. Please keep in mind that the clip is radio quality -- the CD sounds better! But at least it gives you a taste of the music. The CDBaby (see below) site also has song clips.

  1. Dobe Bill
  2. Rusted Spoon
  3. I’m Hittin’ the Trail Tonight
  4. The Cowboy’s Life
  5. Trottin’ Sideways
  6. Alabama Hills
  7. Cowboys North and South
  8. Compadres
  9. I Tipped My Hat (and Slowly Rode Away)
  10. A Cowboy Tryin’ to Get Home
  11. Up From Texas
  12. Pretty Pauline



You can order the CD through CDBaby (a cool webstore specializing solely in independent music). You can also buy it from them using your credit or debit card by calling 1-800-BUY-MY-CD.

My sincere gratitude to all of you for your friendship, interest, and support of my music over the years.

Happy Trails, Greg

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