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Rex Origins: Town of Old Dolores(James Grafton Rogers) (28) RE: Lyr Req: Town of Old Delores (James Grafton Rogers 06 Aug 21

Ah #, I enjoy Chuckaroo's Calling All Cowboys but somehow missed this. Just a little bit more of Katie is a treasure. Thank you for posting it. While looking through Rogers' files in the archives I found a letter from Katie to him asking for permission to record Old Dolores. Don't doubt that the hair raised up on the back of my neck some. I would have asked Katie what she thought of it anyway but finding that note clinched it. She loved Rogers and called him "Pappy". When it came my time to record it I also asked Rogers' grandson and namesake, James Rogers Hart for his approval. I first played it for he and his wife on the parapet of Bent's Old Fort. When I do songs I try to get to the roots of them and Katie sure did that with this one. Her book, 10000 Goddam Cattle is a wonder. Katie preserved within its pages a wide range of the early cowboy songs but a thread that runs through the entire book is her search for Old Dolores with all the pitfalls and dead ends but she found it and Rogers too. I keep extra copies of her book to give to folks that might give a hoot.

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