Since I'm living in Texas now, how about something home-grown for today's music? Here's the late Allen Wayne Damron, who was something of a legend in Texas country and cowboy music. I like his sense of humor, among other things. It comes through in several of the songs he wrote.
Let's begin with what may be his best-known piece, a swashbuckling, unashamedly triumphalist ballad of a bandido who meets his match at the hands of the 'Gringo Pistolero'.
Next, would you believe Beethoven's Ode to Joy can be transcribed for, of all instruments, the banjo? Mr. Damron might surprise you.
In more lyrical vein, here's 'Just a Sign'.
Finally, to close in a cowboy mood, here's 'Goodnight Trail', named for the famous Goodnight-Loving Trail from Texas north through Colorado to Wyoming. The protagonist of my Western novels, Walt Ames, may have some involvement in the history of that trail in a future book in the series.
That should close out the Old Year on a suitably nostalgic note.
I've been putting up these 'Sunday Morning Music' posts for a full year now. Some of you seem to like them, but others appear to find them irrelevant. What do you think? If you'd like me to keep them going, let me know in Comments.