Always Drink Upstream from the Herd

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Always Drink Upstream from the Herd
Always Drink Upstream from the Herd.jpg
Studio album by Riders in the Sky
Released October 31, 1995
Genre Western swing
Length 35:11
Label Rounder
Riders in the Sky chronology
Cowboys in Love
Always Drink Upstream from the Herd
Cowboy Songs
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Always Drink Upstream from the Herd is a studio recording by the Western band Riders in the Sky, released in 1995.

Liner notes

"Performing with an abiding love and respect for the western past, Riders in the Sky have fun with the tradition, but never make fun of it. Even better, they have become part of the tradition that they so lovingly preserve. When you see or hear Riders in the Sky, you do not step back into a period piece or a recreated segment of history. You will always hear them pay tribute to the Western musical greats of the past, with songs like "Cool Water" and "Cattle Call," but you will also hear them do their own compositions, like "Desert Serenade," which fittingly take their place alongside the classics. Riders in the Sky are more than revivalists; they have made the music vital by putting their own personal stamp on a distinct tradition of American music. It is a delight to see them return to the Rounder label with a collection of songs that beautifully display the range of their talents and the diversity of their repertoire." — Bill C. Malone (from his liner notes)


Winner of the Wrangler Award for Outstanding Traditional Album of 1995.

Track listing

  1. "Riding the Winds of the West" (Douglas Green) – 2:12
  2. "The Texas Polka" (Oakley Halderman, Vic Knight, Lew Porter) – 2:07
  3. "(Take Me Back to My) Boots and Saddle" (Teddy Powell, Walter Samuels, Leonard Whitcup) – 4:18
  4. "After You've Gone" (Henry Creamer, Turner Layton) – 3:22
  5. "The Trail Tip Song" (Too Slim) – 2:58
  6. "Desert Serenade" (Green) – 2:58
  7. "Rawhide" (Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington) – 2:07
  8. "The Whispering Wind" (Green) – 4:01
  9. "The First Cowboy Song" (Green, McMahan) – 2:42
  10. "Idaho" (Basso) – 2:57
  11. "The Running Gun" (Jim Glaser, Tompal Glaser) – 2:41
  12. "Cattle Call" (Tex Owens) – 2:48


  • Douglas B. Green (a.k.a. Ranger Doug) – vocals, guitar
  • Paul Crisman (a.k.a. Woody Paul) – vocals, fiddle
  • Fred LaBour (a.k.a. Too Slim) – vocals, bass


  1. ^ Always Drink Upstream from the Herd at AllMusic

External links

  • Riders in the Sky Official Website
Retrieved from ""
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia :
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Always Drink Upstream from the Herd"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA