Picks and Pans Review: Waddie Mitchell Live

updated 06/08/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/08/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Waddie Mitchell (Shanachie)

After 26 years as a working cowboy, Mitchell has long since found a second home onstage. On this live CD the homespun cowboy poet is joined by guitarists Don Edwards, Norman Blake and Rich O'Brien as he dispenses his tall tales, barbershop wisdom and cowboy lore in rhyme. Mitchell (who wrote about half the poems he recites here) is an unabashed western romantic, but he is also a charming humorist, and his CD includes comic rhymes of cowboy misadventures ("Goat on a Rope"), stuffed owls and even advice on how to cure a cross-eyed bull (don't ask). Starchy sophisticates may not embrace the CD's sentimentality, but those with softer shells will get a good laugh, and maybe something to think about.

Bottom Line: Horse sense and humor from America's best-known cowboy poet

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