Lonesome L.A. Cowboy

Album: The Adventures Of Panama Red (1973)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Recorded in 1973, this tune covers some of the good old days when country singers made their way to LA for stardom in movies, music and more. Country-rock was on the verge or exploding into the mainstream and Barney's Beanery and the Troubadour were the local hangouts. When the New Riders, led by John Dawson, sing "Well, I know Kris and Rita, and Marty Mull are meeting at the Troubador," they are referring to actor Martin Mull, along with Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge, who were just married at the time. Their marriage lasted from 1973 - 1980.
    Peter Rowan, a bluegrass musician who wrote and performed the song with Old and in the Way, originally sang different lyrics during rehearsals for that band's self-titled album earlier in the year:
    I know all the stars in Hollywood
    Are meeting at the Troubador
    We'll get it on with the band that's playing there
    While the crowd calls out for more

  • We'll get it on with the Joy Of Cooking
    While the crowd calls out for more


    The Joy of Cooking was a California-based folk-rock ensemble closely tied to the hippie culture. They released three studio albums on Capitol Records in the early 1970s as well as a minor hit single in 1971, "Brownsville". With bandleaders Terry Garthwaite and Toni Brown, Joy of Cooking was one of the earliest female-fronted bands in rock music history. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mark Wilhelms - Chicago, IL, for above 2

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Harold Brown of War

Harold Brown of WarSongwriter Interviews

A founding member of the band War, Harold gives a first-person account of one of the most important periods in music history.

Jonathan Cain of Journey

Jonathan Cain of JourneySongwriter Interviews

Cain talks about the divine inspirations for "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Faithfully."

Christmas Songs

Christmas SongsFact or Fiction

Rudolf, Bob Dylan and the Singing Dogs all show up in this Fact or Fiction for seasonal favorites.

Jeff Trott

Jeff TrottSongwriter Interviews

Sheryl Crow's longtime songwriting partner/guitarist Jeff Trott reveals the stories behind many of the singer's hits, and what its like to be a producer for Leighton Meester and Max Gomez.

Rosanne Cash

Rosanne CashSongwriter Interviews

Rosanne talks about the journey that inspired her songs on her album The River & the Thread, including a stop at the Tallahatchie Bridge.

Top American Idol Moments: Songs And Scandals

Top American Idol Moments: Songs And ScandalsSong Writing

Surprise exits, a catfight and some very memorable performances make our list of the most memorable Idol moments.