Idaho Red

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Wade Ray was one of many latter-day Western swing singers who did not have time on his side. He cut his first session for RCA in 1951, just as the tides were starting to shift, as Western swing declined and rockabilly was beginning to rise. Commercially, this didn't help Ray -- he was wiped out once Elvis Presley came along, left behind by fashion and his label, who went all in on Elvis once they acquired his contract -- but on strict musical terms the 30 sides collected on Bear Family's 2012 set Idaho Red are lively and unpredictable, finding interesting middle ground between Western swing and nascent rock & roll. Ray possessed a jubilant, jovial voice, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Wade Ray was one of many latter-day Western swing singers who did not have time on his side. He cut his first session for RCA in 1951, just as the tides were starting to shift, as Western swing declined and rockabilly was beginning to rise. Commercially, this didn't help Ray -- he was wiped out once Elvis Presley came along, left behind by fashion and his label, who went all in on Elvis once they acquired his contract -- but on strict musical terms the 30 sides collected on Bear Family's 2012 set Idaho Red are lively and unpredictable, finding interesting middle ground between Western swing and nascent rock & roll. Ray possessed a jubilant, jovial voice, something showcased on "Idaho Red," a galloping piece of country boogie about trucks accentuated with handclaps and horns that effectively illustrated how his brand of Western swing emphasized hard-driving rhythms and electric guitars over elastic swing and fiddles. All these subtle changes, along with its big-band hop, generally make Wade Ray's music sound more urban than country -- there are exceptions to the rule, such as "The Fiddlin' Rag," which appropriately puts a spotlight on Ray's fine way with a fiddle -- and a great deal of the joy of this compilation is hearing the singer straddle two eras, how his heart belongs to earlier swing but his sensibility is modern. This transitional music fell through the cracks, both at the time of its release and later, as Ray could never be shepherded into one particular sound or style, but this long-overdue reissue of his '50s sides is a delight driven by Ray's good cheer and effortless blending of sounds.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2012
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127172198
  • Catalog Number: 17219
  • Sales rank: 133,614

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wade Ray Primary Artist, Fiddle, Leader, Vocals
Chet Atkins Guitar
Tommy Allsup Guitar
Noel Boggs Steel Guitar
Cindy Walker Poss
Speedy West Steel Guitar
Don Robertson Piano
Vic Davis Piano
Roy Lanham Guitar
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant Guitar
William Edward "Billy" Liebert Piano
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry Drums
James O. "Jimmy" Wyble Guitar
Buddy Kendrick Bass
Alan H. Barker Bass, Guitar
Gwyn Merle Nichols Drums
Eddie Martin Steel Guitar
William Owen Bradley Piano
Maurice Cameron Hill Guitar
Edward M. "Eddie" Kirk Guitar, Leader
Hank Caldwell Bass
Billy Raymond Carson Guitar
Velma Williams Smith Rhythm Guitar
Stanley Puls Bass
Robert Joe Morgan Bass
Mort Nathan Drums
Mel Carson Bass
John "Monte" Montejoy Drums
Dale H. Warren Bass
Charles R. Morgan Guitar
Technical Credits
Earl Hines Composer
Larry Clinton Composer
Wade Ray Composer
Cindy Walker Composer
Don Robertson Composer
Jenny Carson Composer
Steve Sholes Producer
Juan Tizol Composer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes, Illustrations, Biographical Information
Stephen H. Sholes Producer
Wilbur Sweatman Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Stefan Kohne Reissue Producer
Jurgen Koop Illustrations
Fabor Robison Producer
Irving Gordon Composer
Jack Rollins Composer
Cy Coben Composer
Ace Dinning Composer
Charlie Adams Composer
George Campbell Composer
Hughie Cannon Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Carson J. Robinson Composer
Jimmy Rodgers Composer
Frances Kane Composer
Henry Wood Composer
Marvin Moore Composer
Este Illustrations, Photo Restoration
Max Didler Composer
Lou Shelly Composer
Jack DeSilvia Composer
Gerry Luoma Composer
Billy Isbell Composer
Bette Thomasson Composer
Bert Kriechman Composer
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