The following books are recommended by Dr. James S. Griffith. Dr. Griffith notes that with the partial exception of the Lomax book, are all more than songbooks. Each has some information, usually accurate, concerning the songs involved.
1985. Cannon, Hal (editor). Cowboy Poetry: A Gathering. Salt Lake City: Peregrin Smith Books
1990. Cannon, Hal (editor). New Cowboy Poetry: A Contemporary Gathering. Salt Lake City: Peregrin Smith Books
1989. Logsdon, Guy, coll. and ed. "The Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing" and Other Songs Cowboys Sing. Urbana: The University of Illinois Press.
1986. Lomax, John A. and Alan Lomax. Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads. New York: Collier Books (reprint of the 1938 MacMillan edition).
1973. Ohrlin, Glenn. The Hell-Bound Train: A Cowboy Songbook. Urbana: The University of Illinois Press.
1981. Tinsley, Jim Bob. He Was Singin' This Song. Orlando: University Presses of Florida (A University of Central Florida Book).
1966. Thorpe, N. Howard ("Jack"). Songs of the Cowboys (with notes, variants, etc. by Austin and Alta Fife). New York: Bramhall House.
1975. White, John I. Git Along Little Dogies: Songs and Songmakers of the American West. Urbana: The University of Illinois Press.