Rolling Stone From Texas

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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...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2001
  • Label: Texas Music Group
  • UPC: 049891450228
  • Catalog Number: 4502
  • Sales rank: 14,946

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rolling Stone from Texas (2:41)
  2. 2 Don't Worry (About Me) (3:41)
  3. 3 Cowpoke (3:03)
  4. 4 Shotgun Boogie (3:07)
  5. 5 That's Why I'm Walking (Angel on My Mind) (3:48)
  6. 6 California Blues (2:46)
  7. 7 The John Deere Tractor Song (3:07)
  8. 8 I'll Hold You in My Heart ('til I Can Hold You in My Arms) (3:23)
  9. 9 Cowboy Ramsey (3:12)
  10. 10 (The Party Don't Start) 'Til the Playboys Get Here (3:14)
  11. 11 Three Days (3:27)
  12. 12 Down at the Cantina (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Walser Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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, Mastering
Frank Campbell Engineer
Heinz Geissler Executive Producer
Larry Seyer Mastering
John T. Kunz Executive Producer
Kathy Marcus Art Direction
TJ McFarland Producer
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