A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World (Or, My Salute to Bob Wills)

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
After releasing his tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, Merle Haggard immediately set about working on a tribute to his other major musical idol, Bob Wills. Haggard learned how to play fiddle and, within a month, he recruited many of the original Playboys to augment the Strangers and began recording the album that became A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player Or My Salute to Bob Wills. Where Same Train, Different Time was a measured, heartfelt tribute, Best Damn Fiddle Player is a ragged, enthusiastic good time. Haggard, the Strangers, and the Playboys play their hearts out, breathing life into Wills warhorses like "Right or Wrong," "Stay a Little Longer," "Time ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
After releasing his tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, Merle Haggard immediately set about working on a tribute to his other major musical idol, Bob Wills. Haggard learned how to play fiddle and, within a month, he recruited many of the original Playboys to augment the Strangers and began recording the album that became A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player Or My Salute to Bob Wills. Where Same Train, Different Time was a measured, heartfelt tribute, Best Damn Fiddle Player is a ragged, enthusiastic good time. Haggard, the Strangers, and the Playboys play their hearts out, breathing life into Wills warhorses like "Right or Wrong," "Stay a Little Longer," "Time Changes Everything," and "San Antonio Rose," while bringing attention to lesser-known songs like "Brain Cloudy Blues," "I Knew the Moment I Lost You," and "Old-Fashioned Love." The fact that Western swing re-established itself as a viable country genre after the release of A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player is a testament to the power and charm of this record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/1995
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923790044
  • Catalog Number: 7900

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brown Skinned Girl - Merle Haggard (2:50)
  2. 2 Right or Wrong - Merle Haggard (2:36)
  3. 3 Brain Cloudy Blues - Merle Haggard (3:38)
  4. 4 Stay a Little Longer - Merle Haggard (2:48)
  5. 5 Misery - Merle Haggard (3:19)
  6. 6 Time Changes Everything - Merle Haggard (5:56)
  7. 7 San Antonio Rose - Merle Haggard (2:53)
  8. 8 I Knew the Moment I Lost You - Merle Haggard (3:00)
  9. 9 Roly Poly - Merle Haggard (2:39)
  10. 10 Old Fashioned Love - Merle Haggard (2:32)
  11. 11 Corrine, Corrina - Merle Haggard (2:16)
  12. 12 Take Me Back to Tulsa - Merle Haggard (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Merle Haggard & the Strangers Primary Artist
Merle Haggard Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Johnny Gimble Fiddle
Tiny Moore Mandolin
Johnnie Lee Wills Banjo
Gordon Terry Fiddle
Biff Adam Drums
Alex Brashear Trumpet
George French Piano
Norm Hamlet Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar
Roy Nichols Guitar
Eldon Shamblin Guitar
John Willis Banjo
Joe Holley Fiddle
Dennis Hromek Bass
Billie "Tiny" Moore Mandolin
Technical Credits
James P. Johnson Composer
Earl Ball Producer
Bob Wills Composer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Cecil Mack Composer
Billy Moore Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Western Swing Album Ever

    One of the reasons I am a Haggard fan. Best renditions of Bob Wills music ever recorded in my opinion. Only group that comes close is Asleep at the Wheel.

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