Barren plains where cattle used to low,
In 1976, Bob Nolan and several members of the Reinsmen travelled up to Robert Wagoner's where they hiked, fished and sang in Wagoner's studio. They sang some of Bob's songs, including "Tumbleweed Trail" and you can hear Bob's baritone booming out.
Douglas B. Green
describes this song best: "All songwriters recycle their best work and Bob Nolan
was no exception. Nearly identical in structure to his best known song,
ďTumbling TumbleweedsĒ, this composition takes several different lyrical turns:
it is a love song, not a celebration of freedom and the west; it is melancholy
rather than hopeful, and its ecology-oriented introduction, all too real in the
dust bowl era of the 1930s, resonates strongly to this day. This cut also
highlights, in addition to the Pioneersí trademark harmony, the contrast between
Nolanís powerful, distinctive baritone and Lloyd Perrymanís soaring tenor.
Unlike brother and sister groups, which rely on their vocal (and pronunciation)
similarities to achieve a seamless blend, the Pioneers achieved similar results
with these very distinctly different voices. Improbably, it worked, and worked
B. Green, liner notes to Donít Fence Me In, Rounder C 1102, 1996)
1940 Orthacoustic "Symphonies of the Sage" radio transcription (Lloyd Perryman solo)
1941 Decca 6073 (Bob Nolan and Lloyd Perryman solos)
1941-DLA 2765 (Bob Nolan and Lloyd Perryman solos)
Thesaurus (Lloyd Perryman solo)
Unidentified radio transcription (probably Teleways) Bob Nolan solo
1961 RCA Victor (Lloyd Perryman solo)
1976 Bob Nolan and the Reinsmen in Robert Wagoner's studio (Wagoner solo)
Lead sheet: American Music, Inc. (1963) from Jeff Conroy of Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Chords courtesy of Carlos Fiorelli
Teleways Transcriptions: #30-71-126-177-241
Lucky U Programs courtesy of Larry Hopper:
14 December 1951. Special Bob Nolan Program.
Transcription Disc TR-145