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Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn

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Liz Masterson & Sean Blackburn
   
 
   
Recordings (chronological):
CDs are $15 each

 
Swing with the Music CD Kids at Heart CD Born to the Saddle CD Western Serenade CD Double Feature CD    
 
Swing with the Music CD

Swing With the Music
Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn
© 1991

Out of the gloom of the Dust Bowl, bread lines and the Great Depression of the 1930's emerged a dance craze called "SWING". Characterized by jazz chord structures, syncopated rhythm, and hot improvisational "take-off" solos, this music lifted the feet and the spirits of a weary nations and spread throughout Europe.

It took the country by storm ... from the Savoy Ballroom and the Cotton Club in Harlem, to a roadside diner in Duluth ... on radios and jukeboxes ... swing music was everywhere. The popularity of the swing phenomenon remains unequaled in history. Music and dancing helped people through the troubled times of World War II. But after the war, high transportation costs and television had tremendous impact on the "Big Band Era."

Swing music is a pure American art form, and the magic of the songs and sentiments has endured half a century. (We see no end in sight ...)

 

Produced by Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn

  • Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn - Vocals
  • Tim O'Brien - fiddles, mandolin
  • Jerry "Muttonhead" Erickson - Steel Guitar, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Percussion
  • Pamela Robinson - Saxophones and Vocals
  • Hank Troy - Piano
  • Duane Webster - Acoustic Bass
  • Queen City Jazz Band
    • Lance Acker - Clarinet
    • John Bartmann - Trumpet
    • Mark Janicki - Trombone
    • Marl Shanahan - Drums
    • Hank Troy - Piano
  • Tanya Hyde - Back-up Vocals
  • Sean Blackburn - Rhythm and Acoustic Lead Guitar

 

 

 

 

 
Kids at Heart CD

Kids At Heart
Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn
© 1993

Dedicated to our families, who taught us the fun of singing at holidays and reunions, cheered us on, and encouraged us to take our music out of the house and across the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Produced by Liz Masterson, Sean Blackburn and Jerry Erickson

Executive Producers Tanya Hyde and Jane Carpenter

Engineered by Jerry Erickson at IPF Studio, Lakewood CO

Mixed by Jerry Erickson, Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn

  • Liz Masterson - Vocals
  • Sean Blackburn - Vocals, Rhythm & Lead Guitar, Electric Bass (#7)
  • Lance Acker - Clarinet
  • Billy Beeman - Fiddle, Mandolin (#13)
  • Jon Chandler - Harmonica, Bovine Bass
  • Mark Diamond - Acoustic Bass
  • Jerry "Muttonhead" Erickson - Lead Guitar, Lap Steel, Dobro,Rhythm Guitar (#8), Mandolin (#5), Bovine Baritone
  • Tanya Hyde and Larry Yet - Harmony Vocals
  • Family Chorale: Diamond Jubilee Singers--Dean Diamond, Sonya Diamond, Morgon Fraser, Karen Foucher; Mark Diamond, Director
 
Born to the Saddle CD

Born to the Saddle
Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn
© 1998

We try to blend the classic songs of the 1930s with some new songs. We're always looking for the obscure lost gems.

We didn't set out to do a theme album, we just made a list of some of our favorites. But it's interesting how many of these songs were in films in the 1930s and 1940s. And most were hits on the radio.

The image of the"Singing Cowboy" is gaining respect as more than a pop culture icon; it's a reflection of those of us who long for a simpler life enjoying the vast splendor of the Western landscape. In this crazy world, folks need a beautiful fantasy to cling to, and for us it's always been lopin' along, singin' a song. Now, it's becoming a reality.

 

 

 

 

Produced by Ernie Martinez, Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn

Engineered by Scott Smith at Bear Creek Studios, Evergreen CO

Mixed by Scott Smith, Sean Blackburn, Ernie Martinez, and Liz Masterson

Mastered by Eric Satie at Emotional Logic Studios, Denver CO

  • Liz Masterson - Lead & Harmony Vocals
  • Sean Blackburn - Lead & Harmony Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Train Whistle
  • Patty Clayton - Harmony Vocals (#3, 8 & 11)
  • Ernie Martinez - Pedal Steel, Dobro, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Harmony Vocal (#5)
  • Mark Diamond - Acoustic Bass
  • Johnny Neill - Fiddle & 5-String Violin
  • Forrest Means - Trumpets
  • Mike Fleming - Harmony Vocal (#7)
 
Western Serenade CD

Western Serenade
Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn
© 1999

In our years singing together, we made thousands of new friends as we traveled to most of the United States and a little bit of Canada. Over the years and miles, certain songs emerged as "most requested" by our audiences. They're YOUR favorites as well as OURS.

While we always enjoy uncovering obscure material and will continue to pursue the "lost gems", we wanted to do a Hit Parade Album. There was something very comforting about creating our own versions of the western classics -- the songs that have stood the test of time, and have endured the "whims of popularity" and bring back good memories. It's like a new adventure with an old friend.

 


Produced by Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn

Engineered by Jim Ratts at Raven Recording Studio, Englewood CO

Mixed by Scott Bennett & Jim Ratts

Masterd by Tom Capek at Colorado Sound, Westminster CO

  • Liz Masterson - Lead & Harmony Vocals
  • Sean Blackburn - Lead & Harmony Vocals, Acoustic Rhythm & Lead Guitars, Electric Bass, Mandolin (#2, 8)
  • Patty Clayton - Harmony Vocals (#4, 6, 8, 10, 14)
  • Ernie Martinez - Lap Steel, Electric Guitar (#10), Mandolin (#4, 14)
  • Johnny Neill - Fiddles & Viola

 
Double Feature CD

Double Feature
"Swingtime Cowgirl" and "Tune Wranglin'", 75 Minutes of Continuous Cowboy Swing
Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn
© 1995

Our first two recordings, "Swingtime Cowgirl" and "Tune Wranglin'" are no longer available on cassette (or wax cylinder). They were combined on this CD.

Swingtime Cowgirl tape

Swingtime Cowgirl
Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn
© 1988

This recording is dedicated to Patsy Montana and the Prairie Ramblers. Patsy blazed the trail for women in western (and country) music as a female front person, backed by a hot swing band. That is the feel we were going for on this project.

This cassette launched my recording career and was the start of my musical partnership with Sean Blackburn. We made three more albums in the next four years and still enjoy performing all the songs from this debut recording.

Tune Wranglin' tape

Tune Wranglin'
Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn
© 1989
One of the early Western Swing bands in the 1930's was called the "Tune Wranglers." They played and infectious, happy style and included songs of the jazz greats like Duke Ellingon into their music. We respectfully thank them and all western musicians and fans for inspiring us to keep on wranglin' these tunes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Produced by Jerry Erickson, Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn

Engineered and Mixed by Jerry Erickson

Recorded at IPF Studio, Lakewood CO

  • Liz Masterson - Lead & Harmony Vocals
  • Sean Blackburn - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
  • Jerry "Muttonhead" Erickson - Lead, Rhythm & Steel Guitars, Dobro, Harmony Vocals
  • Ron Jones - Fiddles
  • Charlie Provenza - Acoustic and Electric Mandolins, Mandola
  • Timothy P. Irvin - Kazoo, Harmony Vocals
  • Todd Lahey - Percussion, Harmony Vocals
  • Mary Stribling - Acoustic Bass
  • Duane Webster - Acoustic Bass, Harmony Vocals
  • Kenny Vaughan - Lead Electric Guitar
  • Tanya Hyde - Harmony Vocals
  • Timothy P & Rural Route 3 - Men's Chorus

Produced by Liz Masterson, Sean Blackburn, and Jerry Erickson

Engineered by Jerry Erickson. Mixed by Jerry Erickson and Sean Blackburn

Recorded at IPF Studio, Golden CO

  • Liz Masterson - Lead, Harmony Vocals
  • Sean Blackburn - Lead, Harmony Vocals, Acoustic Rhythm & Lead Guitars
  • Jerry "Muttonhead" Erickson - Pedal Steel, Rhythm Guitar (#11), Electric Guitar, Dobro
  • Vicki Taylor - Fiddle
  • Charlie Provenza - Mandolin
   
 

When the Work's All Done This Fall CD

When the Work's All Done This Fall
A Collection of Old-Time Cowboy songs by
Duane Dickinson
©2003

"We were amazed at Duane's incredible Repertoire of Victorian ballads and 'old cowboy songs.' ...He is deeply respected in our industry for his pure, sweet singing, appropriate guitar accompaniement and for being a treasure trove of songs. His influence is wide spread, and many of us owe him a debt of gratitude for teaching us how these songs are meant to be sung! Over the last 20 years, Duane has performed at the top cowboy poetry gatherings all over the west and also at cultural and historical centers, livestock banquests, radio shows and concerts. Thank you Duane --for your kind, gentle ways -- and for all the fun we've had!" -- Liz and Sean

Produced by Liz Masterson and Sean Blackburn

Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Jim Ratts at Raven Studios, Englewood CO

 

 

   
 



Colorado Belle
Western Swing Ukulele
Sid Hausman & Washtub Jerry
©2004
with Liz Masterson and George Langston

This CD is the result of a passion for the ukulele and lifelong love of western music. The ukulele's strong rhythm makes it a natural for Western Swing.

Ukulele music was very popular at one time. The sheet music for "Riding Down the Canyon" by Gene Autry and Smiley Burnett, as well as many songs from the 1920's and 1930's, were written with ukulele chords. In recent years I have noticed a revial of interest in the ukulele at festivals across the country.


Engineered by Roger Baker at Eagle Rock Studios, Albuquerque NM

  • Sid Hausman - Lead & harmony vocals, baritone & tenor ukuleles, harmonic (#9, 13), bones (#9), Dobro (#14)
  • Washtub Jerry - Washtub bass, tenor ukulele (#16)
  • Liz Masterson - Lead Vocal (#7), harmony vocals (#2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16)
  • George Langston - Rhythm & lead guitar (#1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9. 11, 12, 13, 14)
  • Roger Baker - Whistle (#3), synthesizer (#15)
  • Blane Sloane - Harmony vocals (#5, 12, 16), guido (#15), maracas (#15)

 

 

 

 

   
 
   
 
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