Liz Anderson - The Cowgirl WayWhat a talented lady Liz Anderson is! She is a superb lady in every way and one of the best country-western songwriters I have met. She recorded for both RCA and Epic-dating back to the late 1960's. She was certainly a huge influence on Merle Haggard's career, having 'My Friends are Gonna Be Strangers', 'The Fugitive' (with Casey), and "Just Between the Two of Us'-a hit for Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens. She wrote 'Be Quiet, Mind'-the 1st top ten for Del Reeves, "Guess My Eyes Were Bigger then My Heart'- the 1st country hit for Conway Twitty and has had songs recorded by most of the singers of that era. She also started Lynn Anderson's career in her pre-Rose Garden days with 'Ride, Ride, Ride', 'Big Girls don't Cry', 'If I Kiss You' and lots more.  Liz is also a performer and she continues to tour occasionally-most recently with her famous daughter Lynn Anderson.
Liz Anderson was born in Roseau County in northern Minnesota very close to the Canadian border. She was raised on Country-western music and would listen to the WLS Barndance out of Chicago. Among her favorites then were Rosalee Allen, LuluBelle and Scotty, Rex Allen , Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and the Sons Of The Pioneers. She remembers walking to school through the North Woods when she was about ten and yodeling very loudly hoping to scare away the bears that were so prevalent in that area. She says it must have worked because she never did see any bears.
Casey is singing 'The Ballad of the Pony Express'- a song he and Liz CO-wrote in 1960. It became the official song for the first re-run of the pony Express. Casey was a rider in the re-run. Casey is a real North Dakota cowboy-his parents started the Grand Forks, North Dakota Saddle Club and his mother, Grace, was the North Dakota Parade Champion for many years. Casey rode with the World's Champion Drill team"Sacramento Sheriff's Posse" from 1957 to 1966. He & Liz moved to Nashville then to be in the music business.. Liz rode with the Sacramento County Ladies Mounted Patrol. They both were deputy sheriffs in Sacramento County, California. Their daughter Lynn went on to be the California Horse Show Queen.
All the Andersons have been in countless parades and western celebrations over the years. More recently, granddaughter Lisa Sutton has been Miss Tennessee Quarter Horse Queen twice and has more than her share of trophies. I know you will enjoy this fine country-western album by true country-western people.
-Fred Goodwin