Ledy in her book, Frontier Figures. For years it was the primary instrument found on the frontier. Davy Crockett, a noted character of the Old West, was not only a hero, he was also a fiddler. An interesting fact is, in order to preserve an old American tradition, Henry Ford started a fiddling contest in The Concertina , whose modern cousin is the accordion, is an octagonal shaped instrument with a bellows and buttons on each end. It was used as a dance instrument and to accompany singing.
The Banjo has its roots in Africa. It was brought to the new world by slaves and was prominent in minstrel shows. The Harmonica, also known as a mouth organ, was a popular instrument on the plains. Because of its size it is portable and was a favorite instrument of soldiers in the Civil War. The Guitar and Mandolin were also among favorite instruments played by the settlers.
People rarely, if ever, set out on their own to cross the vast expanse. Rather, they became part of an organized group that was led by an experienced wagon master who had previously made the trek. Oxen were preferred as they were stronger than mules or horses and were easier to handle and train; also their diets were not as fussy as the mules and horses demanded. Interestingly, people did not ride in the wagons, they walked.
The wagons had a ten-foot long bed that was only four-foot wide. It was full of food and supplies for the long journey. On an average day they would travel ten to fifteen miles. When the terrain was good, maybe twenty miles, and when it was bad, perhaps only eight miles. Hazards and dangers were constantly dealt with almost every day. Present almost daily was rough terrain, rain, mud, rattle snakes, rivers to cross and wild animals, to name a few. Native Americans refused to remain on the Plains. Native American populations decreased and needed less land.
The Plains failed to meet the needs of Native American peoples.
Public Private login e. I rode in the town of Vagus, all in the public square; The mail coach had arrived, the post boy met me there. I asked if it made any difference if I crossed o'er the plains; She said it made no difference if I returned again. The Courting flute, was played by men to court the women. But that dirty little coward that shot Mr. See our feature on this book here , which includes the complete introduction and a complete list of the songs included. Western Africa.
Demand for beef in the East contributed to. What led to the growth of boomtowns in the Rocky Mountains and to the west?
Which of the following new inventions enabled settlers to farm the often dry and harsh terrain of the prairie? Which group of people worked on building the transcontinental railroad? In what town did the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific meet that linked the east coast with the west coast? Which of the following was MOST responsible for bringing an end to the era of the wide-open western frontier? I'm going to California, the gold dust for to see.
It rained all day the day I left, the weather it was dry. The sun so hot I froze to death Oh brothers, don't you cry. I'm bound for San Francisco with my washbowl on my knee. And every time I thought of home I wished it wasn't me;. The vessel reared like any horse, that had of oats and wealth. I found it wouldn't throw me so I thought I'd throw myself. I thought of all the pleasant times we've had together here. I thought I ought to cry a bit but couldn't find a tear;.
The pilot's bread was in my mouth, the gold dust in my eye. And when I see the gold lumps I'll pick them off the ground-. I'll scrape the mountains clean, my boys, I'll drain the rivers dry.
A pocket full of rocks bring home so brothers, don't you cry. I went to the boss to draw my roll And he had me figured out nine dollars in the hole. Me and my boss we had a little spat So I hit him in the face with my ten-gallon hat. Not only youbut the whole damned crew!
Have I stood there amazed and asked as I gazed. That I would not exchange my home on the range. Oh I love those wild flowers in this dear land of ours. And I love the white rocks and the antelope flocks. I've been working on the railroad All the livelong day I've been working on the railroad Just to pass the time away Can't you hear the whistle blowing Rise up so early in the morn Can't you hear the captain shouting Dinah, blow your horn Dinah, won't you blow Dinah, won't you blow Dinah, won't you blow your horn Dinah, won't you blow Dinah, won't you blow Dinah, won't you blow your horn Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah Someone's in the kitchen I know Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah Strumming on the old banjo, and singing Fie, fi, fiddly i o Fie, fi, fiddly i o Fie, fi, fiddly i o Strumming on the old banjo.
How did the culture of white settlers differ from that of the Plains Indians? Why did settlers continue to push westward? What expectations does the singer have abound finding gold in California? How does the tune of this song make you feel? What precious minerals drew miners to the west during the s? What are boomtowns and where were they located? Give at least four examples. What problems did prospectors face in underground mines? Why or why not? Does it still surprise people? I think it sounds better. How did that decision happen? I was really trying to get a campfire vibe going on, which is a cowboy tradition, and really went with the nature of the song.
So I went out there and started a little fire, and recorded it that way. It was a lot easier, and it turned out great. Did this project satisfy your urge to make a real Western album? Where will you go from here? After that we can start worrying about the next one. Music Videos Lifestyle Playlists.
Lomax, John A. M.A., "Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads" (). . ballads of the old world. .. The changing and romantic West of the early days. Distinctly "Western" songs began to emerge in the midth century, They refashioned old folk and popular song forms to their own tastes, and even with the closing of the frontier, the appeal of cowboy songs and western music endured.
Podcasts Live Shows Store About. Header Main Place Ads. By Chris Parton. When did you notice you had this deep, timeless baritone of singing voice?