Ridin' the Hi-Line

Ridin' the Hi-Line

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by Wylie & the Wild West
     
 

Get this straight: Wylie Gustafson is a yodeling fool. He's also the finest country yodeler since Marty Robbins. But like Robbins, Wylie uses the yodel judiciously. Wylie is in fact a real cowboy -- he runs his own ranch in Lacrosse, Washington -- and sings of the life he knows inside out, in the traditional style favored by everyoneSee more details below

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Get this straight: Wylie Gustafson is a yodeling fool. He's also the finest country yodeler since Marty Robbins. But like Robbins, Wylie uses the yodel judiciously. Wylie is in fact a real cowboy -- he runs his own ranch in Lacrosse, Washington -- and sings of the life he knows inside out, in the traditional style favored by everyone from Gene Autry to Robbins to Riders in the Sky (whose Ranger Doug cowrote and duets with Wylie on the evocative "Sage and Sand"). While there are plenty of odes to working the cattle and riding horses, Wylie the romantic keeps returning to places in the heart. One of the finest of these is the title song, a haunting saga of an ill-fated love affair set in the daunting terrain of northern Montana with Joni Harms adding a tender harmony vocal. Elsewhere the aggressive shuffle and chest-thumping assertiveness of "Ol' Coyote" recalls young Merle Haggard's approach to "Working Man Blues," while Wylie's rendition of the evergreen "Buffalo Gals" adds both some swing and a touch of cowboy song history to put things in perspective. Close your eyes and Wylie & the Wild West will take you to a better place. See you there.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Smith
Wylie hits his stride full-on here, turning in not only his best collection of original songs, but some of the purest, sincerest music to grace the genre in years. If Way Out West's unsaddled energy left a gimmicky (but ecstatic) impression, and Total Yodel! was reverent almost to the point of irrelevance, Ridin' the Hi-Line takes the best elements of both and transforms them into an album that stands alongside the best country records of all time. It's not just that Wylie's songwriting hits its peak here, but the production is nuanced and enriching in all kinds of ways, from the addition of clarinets and vocal harmonies to the crisp reverb of dancefloor swingers like "Jitterbug Boogie" and "Ol' Coyote." He's also helped immensely by the addition of two new and outstanding guitarists, Ray Doyle and Duane Becker, whose effortless musical rapport fleshes out every detail. Wylie's love for cowboy life really comes into its own here as well, as self-penned songs like the gorgeous "Ridin' the Hi-Line" transcend nostalgia to the point of becoming modern classics.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2000
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661316829
catalogNumber:
613168
Rank:
229666

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wylie & the Wild West   Primary Artist
Joni Harms   Vocals
Dennis Crouch   Bass
Ranger Doug Green   Vocals
Ray Doyle   Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Hoot Hester   Fiddle,Guitar,Mandolin,Human Whistle
Sam Levine   Clarinet,Piccolo
Mark Thornton   Guitar
Wylie Gustafson   yodeling
Mike Fried   Dobro,Vocals
Duane Becker   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Don Edwards   Liner Notes
Toby Mountain   Mastering
Eddie Stubbs   Liner Notes
Jim Smith   Liner Notes
Mark Thornton   Engineer
Wylie Gustafson   Arranger,Producer,Song Notes

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