I hear a lot of people say, “I hate country music, but I love Johnny Cash.” You can’t help but wonder if those people have ever heard the characteristically soulful melodies of Marty Robbins, AKA the Frank Sinatra of the West. Like Frank Sinatra, Marty Robbins has an unmistakably smooth and swooning signature voice that is without a doubt beloved and cherished by all who hear him.

Known for his idealized descriptions of the Wild American West, Robbins’ Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs is perhaps one of the most sultry, memorable musical collections in the history of American music. In fact, last year the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry officially inducted Marty Robbins’ Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, signaling the deep and lasting impact that his music has had and continues to have upon our culture.

 

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