Almost to Tulsa: The Instrumentals

Almost to Tulsa: The Instrumentals

by Texas Troubadours
     
 

The Texas Troubadours played it pretty close to the vest while backing up country singer Ernest Tubb, precisely reproducing the sound of his recorded hits, but the band's warm-up sets without him were another thing entirely, bursting with jazzy overtones and as wild and free-ranging as a water bug on speed. Tubb toured and recorded regularly from the 1940s through to…  See more details below

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The Texas Troubadours played it pretty close to the vest while backing up country singer Ernest Tubb, precisely reproducing the sound of his recorded hits, but the band's warm-up sets without him were another thing entirely, bursting with jazzy overtones and as wild and free-ranging as a water bug on speed. Tubb toured and recorded regularly from the 1940s through to his retirement in 1982 and there were dozens of different Texas Troubadours configurations during that time, but a case could be made that the Troubadours were the finest live band in any genre in America from the late 1950s through the late 1960s, and this generous 36-track set of studio instrumentals from a couple of the group's classic lineups is pretty convincing proof of that. Produced by Owen Bradley and featuring the extraordinary talents of guitarist Leon Rhodes, steel guitarists Buddy Emmons and Buddy Charleton, and bassist Jack Drake (the brother of steel guitarist Pete Drake), these cuts show a crisp, adventuresome band blowing everything out of the pipes with a galloping, steam-rolling exuberance that simply has to be heard. Everything collected here is memorable, but assorted highlights would include an elegantly solid "Tuxedo Junction," the snaky "Almost to Tulsa," the beautiful and buoyant "Nashville Shuffle," and "Leon's Guitar Boogie" (there are three different versions of it here and each of them is great), but there really isn't a lame side to any of the cuts in this sequence, which sparkles, roars, swerves, and astounds from start to finish. The Texas Troubadours, at least in the group's mid-career incarnation, were simply an amazing unit. It's a wonder that Tubb ever had nerve enough to stand up in front of them and tame them down. Thanks to Bear Family Records for putting all of these explosive sides together.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2008
Label:
Imports
UPC:
4000127159465
catalogNumber:
2715946
Rank:
38508

Tracks

  1. Rose City Chimes
  2. Danny Boy
  3. Tuxedo Junction
  4. Almost to Tulsa
  5. Leon's Guitar Boogie
  6. C-Jam Blues
  7. Cool It
  8. The Waltz You Saved for Me
  9. Rhodes-Bug Boogie
  10. Walking the Floor Over You
  11. Honey Fingers
  12. Steel Guitar Rag
  13. Lover's Waltz
  14. Panhandle Rag
  15. Gardenia Waltz
  16. Redskin Rag
  17. Texas Troubadour Stomp
  18. E.T. Blues
  19. Nashville Shuffle
  20. Jamming with C and C
  21. Cain's Corner
  22. Big Beaver
  23. 12th Street Rag
  24. Ridgetop Stomp
  25. Cocoanut Grove
  26. Red Top
  27. Take That
  28. Twilight Over Texas
  29. Leon's Guitar Boogie
  30. Buddie's Boogie
  31. This Ain't the Blues
  32. Four Wheel Drive
  33. Blue Wind
  34. Highland Swing
  35. Greensleeves
  36. Leon's Guitar Boogie

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Texas Troubadours   Primary Artist
Buddy Emmons   Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Jack Greene   Drums
Cal Smith   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Day   Bass
Grady Martin   Guitar,Electric Bass
Wade Ray   Fiddle
Ernest Tubb   Vocals
Jerry Smith   Piano
John Wiggins   Guitar
Harold Bradley   Guitar,Electric Bass
Jack Drake   Bass
Buddy Harman   Drums
Douglas Kirkham   Drums
Jan Kurtis   Drums
Leon Rhodes   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Jerry Shook   Electric Bass,Rhythm Guitar
Dale Potter   Fiddle
Buddy Charleton   Steel Guitar
Bobby Garrett   Steel Guitar
Howard G. "Johnny" Johnson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Buck Evans   Guitar
Bob Wilson & His Orchestra   Piano
Bill Pfender   Drums
Howard G. Johnson   Guitar
Steve Chapman   Guitar

Technical Credits

Buddy Emmons   Composer
Johnny Gimble   Composer
Erskine Hawkins   Composer
Julian Dash   Composer
Wayne King   Composer
Leon McAuliffe   Composer
Jimmy Day   Composer
Ernest Tubb   Composer
Speedy West   Composer
Euday L. Bowman   Composer
Owen Bradley   Producer,Audio Production
Jimmy Capps   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Leon Rhodes   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Deke Dickerson   Liner Notes
Buddy Charleton   Composer
George McCoy   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Tape Research
Jurgen Koop   Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Buddy Feyne   Composer
Harry Owens   Composer
Emil Flindt   Composer
Bun Wilson   Composer
Clay Allen   Composer
Doc Richardson   Composer
Erich Hülsenbeck   Photo Scanning
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Steve Chapman   Composer

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