You donâ€™t have to love horses to appreciate the timeless songs, tunes, poems and tributes on the new Pop Wagner CD, Cinchinâ€™ Saddles and Pullinâ€™ Bridle Reins. Popâ€™s about as legendary a figure in Minnesotaâ€™s music scene as some of the songs he sings about horses and humans on the new disc. A regular at the annual Cowboy Poetry gatherings around the country, Popâ€™s also well known for his radio work. These days, heâ€™s fresh from the set of the Robert Altman/Garrison Keillor film (loosely based on A Prairie Home Companion) shot in St. Paul last summer. On the set 15 of the 21 days of filming, Pop served as a long-standing extra who also taught actor John C. Reilly how to do rope tricks. Of course, PHC fans know Pop from way back; heâ€™s appeared on the popular radio program countless times, singing the stuff that makes folkies folk: country blues, old-timey material, fiddle tunes, railroad songs, bluegrass and just about anything else from Americaâ€™s rich roots-music tradition.
Popâ€™s self-penned songs are as long lasting as those he deftly interprets. The new record also displays historical musical portraits about horses of all kinds, from â€œStewballâ€ and â€œTarry Notâ€ to the â€œTennessee Stud,â€ â€œOld Paintâ€ and â€œStrawberry Roan.â€ Tunes about riding the trails and herding the dogies are mixed in with original works written for this disc, including one Pop wrote while working in residence with kids in Michigan, plus â€œManito,â€ a poem about the beloved horse of his late friend and fellow folksinger, Sean Blackburn.
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1. Hittin' the Trail Tonight
2. Drive Them Critters (to the Rail)
3. Roving Cowboy
4. Tennessee Stud
6. Bravest Cowboy
7. Doney Gal
10. Buddies in the Saddle
11. Platonia, Pride of the Plains
12. Tarry Not
13. Strawberry Roan
14. Old Paint
15. Palomino Pal of Mine