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Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys

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Performing 19 Wills favorites like Corine, Corina and Ida Red are-hold on to your ten-gallon-Chet Atkins, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and George Strait just to name a few!

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Ray Benson's Asleep At The Wheel deserve admiration for keeping alive the sounds of western swing, but with a rhythm section that's usually straight-up-and-down stiff, The Wheel's recordings mainly just leave you craving their inspirations. The 18-song Tribute overcomes this problem by loading up on singers who do their best to swing even when the band doesn't. George Strait, doing "Big Balls In Cowtown," is a natural, of course, as are the offerings from Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett and Dolly Parton. Even Garth Brooks' go at "Deep Water," who mimics Strait to perfection here, is a pleasant surprise. --David Cantwell
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol Nashville
  • ASIN: B000002URC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,222 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ray Benson and various aggregations of Asleep at the Wheel have been making records for almost 30 years now. The truth is that there are a bunch of standards of Western Swing that just have to be done and done again. Recently he has tried to get the variety in by doing live albums, and so-called tribute albums like this one, a tribute to Bob Wills. They are a nice excuse to do covers of Bob Wills Songs that Asleep at the Wheel has already recorded.
This works well because a lot of the people he uses on the record are veterans of the Western Swing revival Merle Haggard and Ray launched in the 1970s from different directions, although you might not know it now. It works because the band sounds looser, a bit wilder, and not as concerned with perfection and style as it does on their studio records, which, by the way I think are terrific.

Of course the Amazon listing here is incorrect. All of these tunes have guests. Red Wing for example has the one the only, the Tyler Rose, the greatest living Western Swing musician, the guy that Bob Wills had play Faded Love rather than himself, Johnnie Gimble on both fiddle and Mandolin. Ray gets by the problem of the racial insensitivity of "Across the Alley from the Alamo" by having Johnny Rodriguez sing it, and Susie Bogus does a great job on the early Wills Tune "Old Fashioned Love."
Marty Stuart has always been a great musician, starting out playing in Lester Flatt's band when he was 15, and being an ace on both guitar and mandolin. Besides some good picking on some of the other tunes, he does a great version of the great tune Misery, a tune from the days of the Wills/Duncan reunion in the late 1950s and early 1960s that should be better known.
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I went to Tulsa on business a couple years back, and made a pilgrimage to Cain's Ballroom, where Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys were the "house band" whenever they were in town. The place was dark and dusty (I went on a Sunday morning), but I could almost hear the distant echoes of that joyful music from years gone by. Asleep at the Wheel, in my opinion, captures the exuberance of the Texas Playboys. For years, they have been at the forefront of "western swing," and they revere this material. They have also gathered some outstanding guests for this venture. Suzy Boggus singing "Old Fashioned Love" is my favorite. Boy howdy, can that lady SING?!! I've got several Bob Wills reissues and compilations; this music has the same feel, but benefits from modern recording techniques. (Bob's stuff sounds kind of "hissy and poppy" these days.) If you like that western swing - treat yourself to this CD!
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Ray Benson and the other members of Asleep at the Wheel had never made any secret of the fact that Bob Wills was their biggest influence, but they emphasized the point by recording two tribute albums in the nineties devoted entirely to his music, of which this is the first. Both albums featured a star-studded line-up of guests.

Big names featured here include George Strait (Big ball's in Cowtown), Vince Gill (Yearning just for you), Garth Brooks (Deep water), Dolly Parton (Billy Dale), Merle Haggard (I wonder if you feel the way I do), Huey Lewis (Hubbin' it), Brooks and Dunn (Corrine Corrina) and Willie Nelson (Still waters run the deepest). Huey and Willie also feature on Ida Red. All of their performances are superb, although my favorite track here is Old-fashioned love (Suzy Bogguss).

All the tracks here are brilliant. Your favorites may be different from mine, but if you like real country music that swings, Texas style, this is for you.
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Don't let the condescending pseudo-intellectual musician wannabe sour grapes babble of some of the other reviewers deter you; this is a bona fide swing band with one of the tightest and best rhythm sections around. They maintain the integrity that AATW has always had, given the huge guest list (they even overcame the obvious record company intrusion of the talentless Brooks and Dunne). Buy this record if your a true western swing fan, or if you just want to be.
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I live in Texas and I like to listen to country music once in a while. This fit the bill so I play it when I feel like listening to Texas music. Asleep at the Wheel has been around a long time so I'm familiar with them. Their Texas swing is catchy, especially for people who have been here long enough to remember them playing back in the 70's.
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I think the 'professional' reviewer could very well be technically correct. I have serious doubts however about said reviewer's ability to be any less 'stiff' than he percieves A@TW to be. I have the kind of swing music collection you'd expect of someone who loves the music & programs & DJs his own 6 hour weekly radio show... so I tell you as a professional music lover that A@TW & their guests swing this in the best tradition- FUN! Now... if you're someone who enjoys music, & if you're someone who enjoys GOOD music, & if you're someone who can just have fun like the band & singers obviously are having fun, then BUY THIS ALBUM! & buy Ride with Bob (I will as soon as my wife gives me the money! = > ) This is a bunch of people having fun playing & singing. I especially liked Garth Brooks' & Huey Lewis' numbers, but there isn't a song on this disc that isn't excellent. I kinda wish Johnny Cash would get in on the next one... I think that'd be a kick!
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