This whole subject is filled with a certain amount of real corny stuff - and this fits right in. The group is The Texas Rangers, and it's off a reissue/compilation CD - Serenade the Mountains: Early Old Time Music on Record, 2006, JSP Records. (3:06)
Here's the classic cowboy singing outfit of all time - The Sons of the Pioneers. It's from a compilation CD titled RCA Country Legends - Sons of the Pioneers, put out in 2004 on the RLG/BMG Heritage label. (2:51)
Guest ranches arose in response to the romanticization of the American West that began to occur in the late 19th century. In 1893, historian Frederick Jackson Turner stated that the United States frontier was, at least demographically, "closed." This belief led many people to have feelings of nostalgia for bygone days, but also, given that the risks of a true frontier were gone, allowed for nostalgia to be indulged in relative safety. Thus, the person referred to as a "tenderfoot" or a "greenhorn" by westerners was finally able to visit and enjoy the advantages of western life for a short period of time without needing to risk life and limb.
Thus, by popular demand, the Western adventures of hardy aristocrats like Theodore Roosevelt were made available to paying guests from cities or the East, called "dudes" in the West. In the early years, the transcontinental railroad network brought paying visitors to a local depot, where a wagon or buggy would be waiting to transport people to a ranch. Experiences varied. Some guest ranch visitors expected a somewhat edited version and more luxurious version of the "cowboy life," while others were more tolerant of the odors and timetable of a working ranch. While there were guest ranches prior to the 20th century, the trend grew considerably after the end of World War I, when postwar prosperity, the invention of the automobile and the appearance of Western movies all increased popular interest in the west. In 1926 the Dude Ranchers Association was founded in Cody, Wyoming to represent the needs of this rapidly growing industry.
In the United States, guest ranches are now a long-established tradition and continue to be a popular vacation destination. Depending on the climate, some guest ranches are open only in the summer or winter, others offer "year-round" service in all four seasons. College students are often recruited to work at guest ranches during the summer months. Common jobs offered to college students include: housekeeping, wrangler, dining staff, and office staff or babysitters. A number of working ranches have also survived lean financial times by taking in paying guests for part of the year.
Guest ranches have also become a feature of the Australian Outback. From Wikipedia
Rex Allen was a one-time rodeo performer turned movie matinee cowboy "star," playing the hero in nineteen films from Republic Pictures. Of course, like other cowboy "stars" such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, he sang. This is from a tribute CD put out on the Soundies label - Rex Allen:The Last of the Great Singing Cowboys, released in '99. (1:49)
This is the one and only Mason Williams, off his Music, 1968-1971 CD, released on the Vanguard label in '92. (3:49) g
Bette Wolf Duncan -- He'll Make a Cowboy Yet
“You can always tell an eastern dude”, my Grandpa used to say. “It’s not the way he looks or talks. He thinks a different way. But give the dude a couple years of gripping leather reins; and herding cattle all day long, across the wind-swept plains; of getting bucked off from his horse and battered, bruised and skinned- with mouth that’s full of prairie grit, whipped up by flogging wind.
Give the dude a couple years of forty-plus below; of struggling to feed cattle through six-foot drifts of snow; of praying for an early spring-- just to face some flood, and gully washers bearing down on cattle mired in mud.
Give the dude a couple years of calloused hands and sweat. A couple years of all of this…. he’ll make a cowboy yet. He’ll take the time to look around. He’ll see a circling hawk. He’ll take the time to listen and he’ll hear the prairie talk. The same old horse he used to cuss, he’ll cherish as a friend. He’ll stoke his fire contented, when the day draws to an end.”