Rolling Stone From Texas

Rolling Stone From Texas

by Don Walser
     
 

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Yodeling genius Don Walser is a true original. An accountant for the Texas National Guard until he hit retirement age, Walser played and recorded only sporadically through the years. Once freed of his day job, he hit the honky-tonk circuit for real and made everyone who heard him sing wonder what they'd been missing all these years. Possessed of an astonishing tenor

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Yodeling genius Don Walser is a true original. An accountant for the Texas National Guard until he hit retirement age, Walser played and recorded only sporadically through the years. Once freed of his day job, he hit the honky-tonk circuit for real and made everyone who heard him sing wonder what they'd been missing all these years. Possessed of an astonishing tenor voice that, along with his substantive girth, earned him the moniker "Pavarotti of the Plains," Walser plays a mix of ancient country hits and originals that sound like ancient country hits. On ROLLING STONE FROM TEXAS, Walser tackles chestnuts from Marty Robbins ("Don't Worry [About Me]"), Willie Nelson ("Three Days"), and Tennessee Ernie Ford ("Shotgun Boogie"). His considerable warbling skills -- which earned him a "most innovative and creative yodeler who ever knocked his tonsils together" appraisal from Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson -- shine on Stan Jones's "Cowpoke," Jimmie Rogers's "California Blues (Blue Yodel #4)," and the title track, which he wrote. Walser tips his hat to Bob Wills by claiming in another tune that "(The Party Don't Start) 'Til the Playboys Get Here," but this album will get any party started in fine fashion.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Once upon a time, a Texas label called Watermelon released country music that was as honest as the latest fare from Nashville was plastic. When Watermelon went belly up, a number of artists like the Derailers and Don Walser were out of luck. Now, thanks to the Texas Music Group, a few of these gems are being reissued. Western swinger Walser cut his first album, Rolling Stone From Texas, for Watermelon in 1994. This debut still shimmers, whether Walser is yodeling, singing an original, or offering a fresh take on Jimmie Rodgers' "California Blues." There's a fine version of Tennessee Ernie Ford's treatise on the dangers of courtship, "Shotgun Boogie," and an authentic rendering of Stan Jones' classic, "Cowpoke." Marty Robbins' "Don't Worry (About Me)" and Willie Nelson's "Three Days" also make noteworthy appearances. The arrangements vary a bit from song to song, but Western swing staples like pedal steel, lap steel, dobro, and lots of fiddle are prominent. Walser's fun and self-assured vocals on "(The Party Don't Start) 'Til the Playboys Get Here" convince the listener that he isn't just mimicking an old style: he loves and personifies western music. Like Don Edwards, Walser also convinces listeners that older styles of country can be just as relevant and enjoyable today. Rolling Stone From Texas is a fine introduction to Walser and a fine introduction to contemporary Western swing.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2001
Label:
Texas Music Group
UPC:
0049891450228
catalogNumber:
4502

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Tracks

  1. Rolling Stone from Texas
  2. Don't Worry (About Me)
  3. Cowpoke
  4. Shotgun Boogie
  5. That's Why I'm Walking (Angel on My Mind)
  6. California Blues
  7. The John Deere Tractor Song
  8. I'll Hold You in My Heart ('til I Can Hold You in My Arms)
  9. Cowboy Ramsey
  10. (The Party Don't Start) 'Til the Playboys Get Here
  11. Three Days
  12. Down at the Cantina

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Walser   Primary Artist,Vocals
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Jimmy Day   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Ray Benson   Guitar
Cindy Cashdollar   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Floyd Domino   Piano
John Ely   Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Michael Francis   Saxophone
Chris O'Connell   Background Vocals
Jason Roberts   Fiddle
David Sanger   Drums
Howard Kalish   Fiddle
Jimmy Gimble   Fiddle
David Earl Miller   Bass
Tim Alexander   Organ,Accordion,Concertina
David Miller   Bass

Technical Credits

Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Don Walser   Liner Notes
Ray Benson   Producer,Liner Notes
Frank Campbell   Engineer
Heinz Geissler   Executive Producer
John T. Kunz   Executive Producer
Kathy Marcus   Art Direction
TJ McFarland   Producer

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