"Cowboy Promises" is Rodger Maxwell's third CD. It contains 12 new original songs. Rodger says that the working title of this CD was "This Is My Third CD - Please Buy It Or My Wife Will Kill Me". The songs are all stories of the Old West. Some are serious tales and some are just for fun. The most requested song on the CD is "Hombres of Summer". It is narrative told by an Old Cowboy lying out on the prairie in the last moments of his life. He has had a long adventurous life and now he is the last one left. His life flashes past until his toes, too are turned up to the daisies. "Tess" takes place in Old Tombstone in the Oriental Saloon. It is a story about a rough tough Cowgirl who in a drunken rage jealously shoots her alleged beau when she spots him with another woman on his arm. In the end she meets her destiny. The title song, "The Promise" is about a young cowboy who has to marry his brother's widow before he experiences life. He hits the trail and finds himself at the end of the drive in one of those cow towns, face to face with temptation. "Conquistador" tells the story of the first of the European warriors and cowboys to remake the West. Traditional, contemporary, and original songs of the American West are the music of award winning songwriter and cowboy & western balladeer Rodger Maxwell. He blends his rich descriptive baritone voice with his unique guitar styling. Folks say that Rodger's songs take them back in time to the old west. Rodger is a Past President, and a charter member of, the California Chapter of the Western Music Association. He comes from a tradition of Saturday night family sing a longs, where all the generations got together to sing, with his dad playing guitar. Rodger describes himself as a second-generation cowboy singer. "My dad had a show on WRNY radio, in the 30's, singing cowboy songs, so I am the Son of a Cowboy Singer". Rodger grew up in the era of Hoppy, Roy, and Gene (Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry). He enjoyed the old western songs he heard his dad sing and the recordings of Gene, Roy, and others. When his life took him west, he got interested in the history, lore, and code of the west. So Rodger started singing the songs himself and then writing his own story songs in the tradition and style of the old songs. Rodger, based in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, performs regularly at: the Museum of the American West (Autry) hosting the 3rd Sunday of the Month Western Music Jamboree. Rodger performs at many festivals, fairs, and clubs such as; Western Music Association Festival, Arizona Cowboy Symposium, Vaquero Days, Tombstone Cowboy Festival, Conejo Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, Coffee Gallery Backstage, and numerous campfires. He was selected for the Musicians Roster of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. He describes his musical influences as running the gamut from Homer and Jethro to the Golden Gate Quartet, from Carson Robison to Burl Ives, and from Gene Autry to Django Reinhardt. His songs are word paintings and they don't stick to one style. He might surprise you with some whistling, banjitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, acoustic bass guitar, or whatever else he can get his hands on. Here's what some folks are saying about Rodger Maxwell: "Here is one entertainer who lives up to his biography. When he is on stage it's very easy to close you eyes and visualize being around campfire on a trail drive 100 years ago. He certainly has the ability to tell a story of the 'old west' with a song". John Payne, President, Arizona Ranch Hands and Producer of Arizona Cowboy Symposium "Rodger...has an old time flavor...that takes the listener back in time." Marvin O'Dell, Around the Campfire, Heartland pubic Radio "Rodger's ability to draw a clear picture of how western music should be played took my attention from the very first track, a heartfelt and moving story song. The whole album is intriguing with it's simplicity and the listening is a pleasure."Remo Ricaldone host of Happy Trails radio show on Susa Onda Radio, in Italy 'Rodger Maxwell is that rare musician who has learned his trade. He sings, writes and plays with skill and and enthusiasm that has earned him the title of 'Journeyman.' He is a many faceted entertainer who is not afraid to stretch and amuse his listeners with his sense of humor and his music". Bob Stane, Coffee Gallery Backstage.