Singing scholar: Don Ed­wards and The Leg­end of Jack Thorp

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Don Ed­wards, ac­com­pa­nied by his guitar, tells a real-life story set in the late 19th cen­tury about a cow­boy named Jack Thorp who over­heard a ban­joplay­ing man one night singing the only two verses he knew about Dod­gin’ Joe, the fastest steel-dust cut­ting horse in Texas. Thorp was de­ter­mined to find the rest of the song and dis­cover other lit­tle-known cow­boy songs, too. He set out on a 1,500-mile jour­ney through Texas and New Mexico col­lect­ing bal­lads, which he pub­lished in 1908 as Songs of the Cowboys. Ed­wards is a Grammy-nom­i­nated mu­si­col­o­gist, au­thor, and his­to­rian who recre­ates tales of cow­boy lore. He has won mul­ti­ple awards for his com­mit­ment to pre­serv­ing the her­itage of Western mu­sic, and two of his al­bums, Sad­dle Songs and Songs of the Cow­boy, are in­cluded in the folk­lore ar­chives of the Li­brary of Congress. The Leg­end of Jack Thorp be­gins at 2 p.m. on Sun­day, Oct. 18, in the au­di­to­rium of the New Mexico History Mu­seum (113 Lin­coln Ave., 505-476-5200). Tick­ets are $25 and are avail­able at the History Mu­seum Shop (505-982-9543). — Michael Abatemarco

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