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Live at Billy Bob's Texas: Motorcycle Cowboy
     

Live at Billy Bob's Texas: Motorcycle Cowboy

by Merle Haggard
 

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Billy Bob's Texas is the self-proclaimed "World's Largest Honky-Tonk," and ever since its opening in 1981, it has been a tourist attraction in Fort Worth, Texas. Not only that, it's been featured in several films, so it's not surprising that it is known throughout America as the ultimate honky tonk. It's also not surprising that Billy Bob's decided to turn out a

Overview

Billy Bob's Texas is the self-proclaimed "World's Largest Honky-Tonk," and ever since its opening in 1981, it has been a tourist attraction in Fort Worth, Texas. Not only that, it's been featured in several films, so it's not surprising that it is known throughout America as the ultimate honky tonk. It's also not surprising that Billy Bob's decided to turn out a series of live albums by country legends who have performed at the venue. Merle Haggard's record is the fourth in the series, and Hag is by far the biggest name that Billy Bob's has yet featured. Not entirely coincidentally, it's the best in the series, as well, even if it isn't really a spectacular live album from Hag. That just goes to show how strong Merle and the Strangers (augmented by several sidemen, including the legendary Johnny Gimble) really are -- even if they give an average performance, it's still musically rich and terrifically entertaining. This live disc illustrates that. Even with it's overly clean production, which places his vocals too far forward in the mix, it's hard not to get caught up in the music, especially since he performs an unabashed crowd-pleasing set. It's not an exceptional performance, and it isn't particularly energetic, but it is enjoyable -- not only for hardcore fans, but for less-dedicated listeners as well, since these are great songs performed very well by a great band.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2002
Label:
Smith Music Group
UPC:
0662582500028
catalogNumber:
5000
Rank:
41477

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Merle Haggard   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle,Mandolin
Eddie Curtis   Bass
Norm Hamlet   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
Don Markham   Trumpet,Saxophone,Background Vocals
Bonnie Owens   Vocals,Background Vocals
Freddy Powers   Acoustic Guitar
Redd Volkaert   Guitar
Randy Mason   Drums
Jim Belken   Fiddle
Abe Manuel   Fiddle
Jarvis Green   Acoustic Guitar
Theresa Lane Haggard   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Merle Haggard   Composer
Charles Calello   Producer
Bill Mack   Liner Notes
Bonnie Owens   Composer
Charlie Wilkins   Back Cover,Cover Photo
Joel Cameron   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Jeremy Alvarado   Stage Crew
Doug Colosio   Sound Crew
Ron Feathers   Sound Crew
Roman Fernandez   Art Direction
Tim Gibson   Transportation
John K. Irons   Engineer
A. J. Latterell   Stage Crew
Martin "Ocean" Lewis   Stage Crew
Dave Marrick   Artwork
Bob McGill   Sound Crew
Billy Minick   Executive Producer
Frank Mull   Merchandising
Steve Smythe   Transportation
Martin "Dirt" Stinnett   Monitor Engineer
Michael Talbert   Visuals
Matt Tompkins   Stage Crew
Rob Whitecotton   Merchandising
Lisa M. Sutton   Art Direction
Jim Hill   Merchandising
Dean Holloway   Composer
Robert Guertin   Engineer

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