Gary doubles up with this twofer of songs washed down with a toast, a joke, and a yodel. Gary McMahan performs "The Old Double Diamond" and "That's How the Yodel Was Born" during the "Cowboy Songs: Open Session" at the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering in 1985 (in 2000, the event was renamed the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering by an official act of Congress).
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Gary McMahan has made his living during the last 40 years on a horse, with a guitar, or both. He has ridden, wrangled and roped all over the West, all the while collecting reflections on cowboy ways. Those reflections are the backbone of all his songs, stories and poems. Gary is known for his award-winning songs, captivating stories, uproarious humor and national championship yodeling. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Garth Brooks, Ian Tyson, Chris LeDoux, Riders In The Sky and Dave Stamey. He will be joined by Ron and Julie Lynam, with Ron on the guitar, mandolin and dobro while Julie plays the upright bass. Gary has played with Jon Chandler, Patty Clayton, Dakota Blonde, Tom Paxton and Reckless Abandon, as was featured in the 2016 documentary Everything in the Song is True.
"The Old Double Diamond" words & music by Gary McMahan.
"That's How the Yodel Was Born" words & music by Douglas B. Green.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Elko Convention Center’s Turquoise Room, on Feb. 1, 1985.
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