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Gary McMahan: Compadres

Here's What the Big Boys Have to Say

Gary McMahan's "The Ol' Double Diamond" was named as one of today's thirteen best songs by Western Horseman Magazine, along with selections by Ian Tyson, Dave Stamey, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Tom Russell, Mike Beck, and a few others.


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"I speak at agricultural banquets for a livin'. Gary is one of the few cowboy types I'm comfortable recommending when they're tired of me. His singin' and yodeling are good, but he doesn't let them get in the way of his entertainin'. Top of the line, that boy."

"Back in the early seventies, I'd make periodic forays to Nashville in the hope of getting something going in the recording business. Gary had a wooden shack just off of Music Circle. I'd head over there and we'd spit tobacco and conjecture a world in which real cowboy songs were highly prized. It was then that Gary played his classic 'Old Double Diamond' for me. The sagebrush wind blew right through that song and still does...Ride on, Gary."

"Back in the early days of my music career, I relied heavily on Gary McMahan to provide me with some great songs. And I know those recordings would have suffered without his influence. Even today I have fans tell me some of their favorite songs are Gary's. (They think I wrote them, so I mention to them, 'That is a Gary McMahan song.')

"If you need a comparison (which seems to be the thing to do these days), I would say Gary is our cowboy Bob Dylan. He is a unique talent and my friend."

"Gary McMahan is one of the most talented and creative people I know. He has a great ear and gift for language. A wonderful sense of melody, a great sense of humor, and a deep belief and conviction and love of the West and its people. He's the embodiment of The Cowboy Way." 

"Gary McMahan is the king of the cowboy singers!"

"Gary McMahan taught me everything I know. I'm not blowing smoke."

"Gary McMahan wrote The Ol' Double Diamond, and it is the best cowboy song I've ever heard. Not just currently. In my opinion it is the best cowboy song of all time."

"Gary is Americana. The Mark Twain of the West."

(Wylie is referring to Gary's new album "Goin' My Way?") "Great CD! Love Okeechobee Joe, Uncle Fred, Goodbye, Waitin' for Spring.. All great! You are a true original. How refreshing your cowboy music and words were to my jaded ears. Good Job!"

"There is one and only one Gary McMahan. Gary continues to set the standard. He has written some of the classic songs in western music. He's also a master storyteller and a peerless entertainer. I'm proud to call him a friend." 

“I’ve always thought that you are a major talent as a poet, songwriter and musician.”

"Gary's brand of cowboy music and poetry can be profound or funny, depending on his creative mood and what he's tryin' to say. Gary can touch your heart and split your sides. But be careful...tryin' to figure Gary out will split your head!"

Here's a little interview The Western Way did on me this fall. It's in two parts.

Here's Part One:






"Gary McMahan, who rhymes Zarsyskilly-perfect with Larry Mahan, works all three roughstock vocal chord events: singing (saddle broncs), yodeling (toro twisting), and poem reciting (riggin' riding). Not to mention that he also plays guitar (barrel racing??). Whether shaking his face for the chute gate to the page or to the stage, McMahan, like Mahan, spurs the words top-hand classy."

William C. Mathews and Gary have been friends for years, allowing the opportunity for Willy to paint Gary on numerous occasions. You may see a few of his paintings on the "Photos" page. 

Read a brand new review of Gary's album "Goin' My Way?" on