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Dude Martin & His Round-Up Gang

Dude Martin & His Round-Up Gang


Dude Martin:

For almost two decades, Dude Martin was the king of the western music scene in the San Francisco Bay area. Though he never toured widely, he became known beyond northern California via mid-1930s radio transcriptions for MacGregor & Sollie, then through a postwar network radio show and commercial recordings for major labels such as RCA Victor and Mercury.


Previous reissues have been devoted mostly to Martin’s commercial recordings of the 1940s-1950s. This collection focuses on early transcriptions from 1935-1936 of the San Francisco based MacGregor & Sollie transcription company (later C. P. MacGregor). In later years Martin developed a smooth, western swing-flavored dance band, but during this period he sought a far earthier sound. His Nevada Night Herders were a small, rough-and-ready cowboy and fiddle band. Only a handful of the 100-odd sides cut for MacGregor have been reissued before and none heard here have been on CD previously. These early recordings are a far cry from the sophisticated sound Martin would devolp during and after World War II, but Martin and the Night Herders tackled it all – cowboy standards, old fiddle tunes, new western songs, country novelties, and a handful of originals – with verve and infectious enthusiasm.

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Taken on October 9, 2011