Music was an important part of life in the Old West.
Familiar tunes, often from the "Old Country",
were brought West by land and sea with explorers, miners,
sailors, ranchers, cowpokes, and other adventurous people.
Their "homemade" music, played on guitars, fiddles, or banjos,
provided welcome relief from the often harsh life of the pioneers,
as well as providing comfort and solace to those who were thousands
of miles from home and their loved ones.
Here are a few favorite tunes, some popular during the Great Gold Rush
and Civil War periods, the Ragtime era, or from more modern vintages.
Give a listen, you'll enjoy it.
MIDI and WAV files.