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Ride With Bob

Ride With Bob

5.0 3
by Asleep at the Wheel
Six-time Grammy winners Asleep at the Wheel better make room in their trophy case. Their first Bob Wills tribute album, 1993's TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF BOB WILLS, netted three Grammys, and RIDE WITH BOB might well exceed that feat. Wheel founder Ray Benson


Six-time Grammy winners Asleep at the Wheel better make room in their trophy case. Their first Bob Wills tribute album, 1993's TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF BOB WILLS, netted three Grammys, and RIDE WITH BOB might well exceed that feat. Wheel founder Ray Benson (who shines vocally, especially on duets with Tracy Byrd on "You're From Texas" and with Clay Walker on "Take Me Back to Tulsa") provides the top-notch guest artists with the impeccable instrumental support expected from these masters of Western Swing. Veteran cowboy singer Dan Walser almost steals the show with his dexterous interpretation of "I Ain't Got Nobody," which comes complete with the brief comedy sketch with which Emmett Miller (but not Bob Wills) opened the original 1927 recording of the song. Shawn Colvin and Lyle Lovett get together for a heartbreaking reading of "Faded Love" that'll have you marveling. Merle Haggard, whose Wills tribute album set the Wheel on its current course back in the early '70s, swaggers and burns his way through a dangerous take of "St. Louis Blues," a horn section moaning and clarinet in high-pitched protest around him. Clint Black, Dwight Yoakam, Reba McEntire, and the Dixie Chicks all do us proud as well. But in the end, the star is Bob Wills. RIDE WITH BOB will send you back to luxuriate in the abundant riches of the King of Western Swing's imposing catalog. Bet that's exactly what Ray Benson had in mind.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Asleep at the Wheel devoted its entire career to Western swing, which is commonly known as the music Bob Wills created. They became the standard bearers for the genre, making sure that it was still an integral part of the country music mainstream. Since their entire career feels like a living monument to Wills, it almost seems unnecessary for them to record tributes to the "King of Western Swing" -- that is, until you hear the records. Ride With Bob, their sequel to the award-winning Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills, has more guest appearances than its predecessor, but it's every bit as enjoyable. The fact of the matter is, Asleep at the Wheel played this music better than anybody else at the close of the century, and these are some of the greatest songs in popular music -- "New San Antonio Rose," "Roly Poly," "Cherokee Maiden," "Right or Wrong," "Faded Love," "Take Me Back to Tulsa," and "Stay All Night" always sound fresh, and the band draws out excellent performances from Dwight Yoakam, the Dixie Chicks, Ray Benson, Reba McEntire, Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin, Clay Walker, and Mark Chesnutt, respectively, on these songs. It's a testament to both the group and the songs that nobody here -- not the Squirrel Nut Zippers or Manhattan Transfer -- sounds out of place. This is warm, generous, rich music that's endlessly listenable, much like Wills himself. And the Clint Black-sung cover of Waylon Jennings' tribute "Bob Wills Is Still the King" is a nice touch.

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Dreamworks Nashville


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Asleep at the Wheel   Primary Artist
Clint Black   Track Performer
Mark Chesnutt   Track Performer
Merle Haggard   Track Performer
Reba McEntire   Track Performer
Willie Nelson   Track Performer
Steve Wariner   Track Performer
Dwight Yoakam   Track Performer
Shawn Colvin   Track Performer
Lyle Lovett   Track Performer
Manhattan Transfer   Track Performer
Tommy Allsup   Track Performer
Dixie Chicks   Track Performer
Tracy Byrd   Track Performer
Tim McGraw   Track Performer
Don Walser   Track Performer
Ray Benson   Track Performer
Floyd Domino   Track Performer
Larry Franklin   Track Performer
Vince Gill   Track Performer
Jason Roberts   Track Performer
Clay Walker   Track Performer
Squirrel Nut Zippers   Track Performer
Lee Ann Womack   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Johnny Gimble   Composer
Johnnie Lee Wills   Composer
John Handy   Composer
Tim "Herb" Alexander   Arranger
Ray Benson   Arranger,Producer,Art Direction
Spencer Williams   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Billy Jack Wills   Composer
Buddy Jackson   Art Direction
Janis Seigel   Arranger
Sally Carns   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Dave Peyton   Composer

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Ride With Bob 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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This is a top notch recording. Excellent production and musicianship. Recommended for everyone - no matter what your taste.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is 'Western Swing' at it's very best! I recommend it to all western swing musicians or to anyone who appreciates good musical arraingements preformed by masters of their trade.