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California Gold Rush Music

Various Artists, The Music of the Wild West (2007)

Originally conceived of as an accompaniment for the 1993 television documentary on the Wild West, this disc features a wide array of nineteenth-century cowboy classics recorded by contemporary country stars like Lyle Lovett, Crystal Gayle, and Marty Stuart.

Various Artists, The West (1996)

The official soundtrack to director Ken Burns's documentary film, this disc offers old-time American favorites such as "Git Along, Little Doggies" and "Amazing Grace," as well as a number of traditional Native American chants and prayers used to bring to life the world of the Wild West.

Off to California, Hard Times in the Promised Land (2006)

Sift through these aural nuggets from California's most transformative era. This collection reflects the spirit of discovery as well as the sense of despair that prospectors, laborers, entrepreneurs, and immigrants experienced during the gold rush.

Dean Shostak, Davy Crockett's Fiddle (2002)

Musician Dean Shostak performs American classical compositions from the antebellum era using a fiddle that belonged to the nineteenth-century frontiersman Davy Crockett.

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