Dare to Dream: The Best of Don Walser

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Don Walser is Texas, it's really as simple as that. He epitomizes the state's music even more than the legendary Willie Nelson. For years he toiled the honky tonks and bars while holding down a day job, and didn't record his first album until 20 years after his first single in 1964. But since he began recording, he's unleashed a series of classic Texas country tunes, starting with his signature piece, "Rolling Stone From Texas," represented, as it should be, in two versions: one the polished album edition, the other a rawer live version from 1964, the year it appeared as a single. What they bookend is nothing less than a series of marvels, like "The John Deere Tractor ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Don Walser is Texas, it's really as simple as that. He epitomizes the state's music even more than the legendary Willie Nelson. For years he toiled the honky tonks and bars while holding down a day job, and didn't record his first album until 20 years after his first single in 1964. But since he began recording, he's unleashed a series of classic Texas country tunes, starting with his signature piece, "Rolling Stone From Texas," represented, as it should be, in two versions: one the polished album edition, the other a rawer live version from 1964, the year it appeared as a single. What they bookend is nothing less than a series of marvels, like "The John Deere Tractor Song," a wonderful ode to farmers; a glorious version of "Whispering Pines" that shimmers, with Walser's soft yodel bumping it along; his own "Hot Rod Mercury," car nostalgia in four honky tonk minutes; and a very strange version of "Rose Marie," performed with the Kronos Quartet. There are tracks collected from soundtracks, compilation albums, and a couple of unreleased pieces, and they're all sung with the same easy grace that's Walser's trademark. He has a big voice (he's been called the Pavarotti of the plains), and while relaxed, there's sometimes a formality about it that harks back to the '30s and '40s, which suits songs like Felice Bryant's "We Could You and I," as well as his own wonderful material, which has brought him deserved success. Walser deserves a greatest-hits set, and this collection serves him very well indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2002
  • Label: Texas Music Group
  • UPC: 049891400728
  • Catalog Number: 4007
  • Sales rank: 82,915

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Walser Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Buddy Emmons Dobro, Steel Guitar
Rosie Flores Background Vocals
Crystal Gayle Track Performer
Johnny Gimble Fiddle
Buddy Spicher Fiddle
Kelly Willis Background Vocals
Kronos Quartet Track Performer
Jimmy Day Pedal Steel Guitar
Larry Gatlin Vocal Harmony
Lucky Oceans Pedal Steel Guitar
Bill Kirchen Electric Guitar
Ray Benson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Guitar (Baritone)
Cindy Cashdollar Dobro, Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Weissenborn
Floyd Domino Piano
Hank Dutt Viola
John Ely Lap Steel Guitar
Phillip Fajardo Drums
Michael Francis Clarinet, Saxophone
David Harrington Violin
Champ Hood Acoustic Guitar
Joan Jeanrenaud Cello
Gurf Morlix 6-string bass
Rick McRae Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Chris O'Connell Background Vocals
Andy Reiss Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Will Rigby Drums
Jason Roberts Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Background Vocals
David Sanger Drums
Larry Seyer Acoustic Guitar
John Sherba Violin
Spencer Starnes Upright Bass
Howard Kalish Fiddle
Don Keeling Bass
Bob Delevante Background Vocals
Mike Delevante Background Vocals
Charlie McCoy Harmonica, Vibes
Peter Young Drums
Gilbert de los Santos Drums
Scott Hinkle Bass
Casper Rawls Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (String Bender)
Scott Walls Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Teddy Wilburn Vocals
Dennis Wage Piano
Stuart Colman Bass
Chris Booher Fiddle, Piano
David Earl Miller Bass, Background Vocals, Guitarron
Tim Alexander Organ, Accordion, Concertina
Technical Credits
Anthony Johnson Remastering
Ray Benson Arranger, Producer
Albert Caiati Producer
Judith Sherman Producer
Jeremy Tepper Producer
Spencer Williams Composer
Rob Patterson Producer, Liner Notes
Stuart Colman Producer, Remastering
Dana Brayton Arranger
Mike Stewart Producer
Dave Peyton Composer
TJ McFarland Producer
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
O'Hara Composer
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