Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

the Cowboy life.

Byline: Michelle Pentz For the Journal

Duke Davis lives the legend through his music and lifestyle

The cowboy is alive and well you just can't see 'em from the road, says Duke Davis, cowboy, musician, poet, songwriter, rancher and actor. "As long as we have cattle and people eatin' hamburger" he adds in his Texas twang.

Davis is doing his part to keep the cowboy legend going. His Santa Fe independent record label, Rockin' Double "D" Productions (transplanted from Southern California) has produced 216 albums since 1984, mainly Western, swing and cowboy tunes. Davis, 52, has recorded five award-winning albums, including Western and Texas swing. He is a former Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year (1988). But "pure cowboy music" is in his blood.

"Country is co-dependent and dysfunctional music; you just lost your wife or you're goin' to jail," said Davis, who lives in Lamy on 5 1/2 acres with his wife of seven years, Ruthie, plus five horses and a reddish dog named Bo. "Cowboy music is wide open spaces, horses, men and cattle, and God's open country."

Buckshot, Davis' band, will be playing just that Saturday night at the Eldorado Club House, Eldorado's community center, off Interstate 25 southeast of Santa Fe. …

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