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Upholding the Cowboy Code

Local music group's latest CD was nominated for 'Best Western Swing Album'

Posted: July 26, 2009 9:31 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2009 4:55 a.m.

The Cross Town Cowboys Robby Bausch, left, Dusty Hart and Buffalo Bryan Marr perform at the National Festival of the West. The authentic western music group's latest CD, "Save the West," was nominated for the "Best Western Swing Album" in June by the Western Music Association.

The cowboy message of doing what's right continues to thrive as the music of Santa Clarita Valley's western trio, the Cross Town Cowboys, penetrates the ears of people across the nation.

The authentic western music group's latest CD, "Save the West," was nominated for the "Best Western Swing Album" in June by the Western Music Association.

The association is comprised of nationwide chapters that fosters the professional growth of individual performing members.

According to the Web site, "the Western Music Association represents what is good and wholesome in our society" and it strives to remind people of the Cowboy Code.

Gene Autry, a wildly popular recording, movie, and television cowboy superstar of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, created a set of rules known as the Cowboy Code, or Cowboy Commandments, in response to his young radio listeners aspiring to be just like him in his day.

Autry's cowboy code reflected the characters he portrayed: Men of high moral character that stood for everything that was good, decent and fair.

Some of the commandments included, "The cowboy must never go back on his word, or a trust confided in him," and, "He must always tell the truth."

These messages continue to thrive in today's world because of western acts like the Cross Town Cowboys.

"The organization is a wonderful thing," said Buffalo Bryan of the WMA, a Cross Town Cowboys member.

Nominations for the awards are based on a variety of things, said Marsha Short of Texas, Western Music Association's executive director.

Each chapter nominates a candidate for each award and submits it to the association, she said.

Then, a group of disk jockeys review the nominations to make sure they meet the association's award criteria, Short said.

WMA narrows the nominations down to a list of 10 possible candidates for each award, and members of the association then cast their votes.

The awards are presented to the winners in an annual show held in November in Albuquerque, N.M.

"People come from all over the world to see this," Short said.

This year will mark the association's 21st awards ceremony.

The Cross Town Cowboys recently played in Acton's Concert in the Parks event that saw about 400 attendees.

Unlike the Concert in the Parks series in Santa Clarita, Acton's version functions as a fundraiser for Friends of Acton Park.

"I live here and I am happy to do my little bit to serve the community," Buffalo Bryan said.

Although the concert is free to the public, those interested in sitting up close and in the shade can reserve a seat for a nominal fee.

In addition to the band's music and music videos that are streaming on public airways (including SCTV), the cowboys are currently wrangling a new video and CD.

The boys are also currently on a "Cowboy Coffee" house tour.

"It's a play on words," Buffalo Bryan said. "When you're a cowboy, you talk about beans, biscuits and coffee. With all the coffee houses out now that allow acoustic performances, it's a wonderful place to take our music where you don't normally see it."

The cowboys have landed a show in November opening up for popular singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphy, a Western Music Association Hall of Fame inductee who has six gold albums.

According to the artist's Web site, Murphy is recognized in parts of the continent as "America's singing cowboy poet."

For more information about the trio, listen to samples of their music and see upcoming performances, visit


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