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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Texan Don Walser has been called "the Pavarotti of the Plains," a title that may look good on a marquee but is really fairly wide of the mark. Walser's clear tenor was a remarkable instrument, certainly, but he wavered off-pitch enough usually deliberately to make the Pavarotti parallel mostly ridiculous. Specializing in a sort of stripped down western swing which mixed cowboy and honky tonk elements into a crowd-pleasing veneer, and always traditional to the core, Walser stood outside of the contemporary country scene, and by not embracing it, he actually managed to sound refreshingly different. This generous set collects the best of his 1990s recordings for Watermelon ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Texan Don Walser has been called "the Pavarotti of the Plains," a title that may look good on a marquee but is really fairly wide of the mark. Walser's clear tenor was a remarkable instrument, certainly, but he wavered off-pitch enough usually deliberately to make the Pavarotti parallel mostly ridiculous. Specializing in a sort of stripped down western swing which mixed cowboy and honky tonk elements into a crowd-pleasing veneer, and always traditional to the core, Walser stood outside of the contemporary country scene, and by not embracing it, he actually managed to sound refreshingly different. This generous set collects the best of his 1990s recordings for Watermelon Records, including his signature "Rolling Stone from Texas," the bustling "Big Ball in Cowtown," a pair of unassuming story-songs, "Cowboy Ramsey" and "Fuzz Dixon," and an interesting version of the faux Appalachian ballad "Long Black Veil." It would be remiss not to mention that Walser also yodels freely through many of these tracks, further distancing himself from the world of contemporary country music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/2006
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206676426
  • Catalog Number: 066764
  • Sales rank: 64,631

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Casting My Lasso - Don Walser & the Pure Texas Band (2:07)
  2. 2 Cowboy Ramsey (3:34)
  3. 3 The John Deere Tractor Song (3:49)
  4. 4 Shelly's Winter Love (3:52)
  5. 5 Rolling Stone from Texas (2:37)
  6. 6 Tomorrow Is a Million Miles Away - Don Walser & the Pure Texas Band (2:51)
  7. 7 Cowpoke (2:58)
  8. 8 Curtain in the Window - Don Walser & the Pure Texas Band (2:43)
  9. 9 All Around Cowboy (4:07)
  10. 10 Long Black Veil (4:09)
  11. 11 Big Ball in Cowtown (3:04)
  12. 12 Bouquet of Roses - Don Walser & the Pure Texas Band (2:53)
  13. 13 Chime Bells - Don Walser & the Pure Texas Band (2:51)
  14. 14 Fuzz Dixon - Don Walser & the Pure Texas Band (2:50)
  15. 15 You - Don Walser & the Pure Texas Band (3:17)
  16. 16 Yodel Polka (2:34)
  17. 17 Cattle Call - Don Walser & the Pure Texas Band (2:51)
  18. 18 Hill Country Waltz (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Walser Primary Artist, Vocals
Ronnie Brown Drums
Jimmy Day Steel Guitar
Floyd Domino Piano
Rick McRae Guitar
Chris O'Connell Vocal Harmony
Maryann Price Vocal Harmony
Jason Roberts Fiddle
Howard Kalish Fiddle
Don Keeling Bass
Bill Nadeau Drums
Bert Rivera Steel Guitar
Billy Bowers Banjo
Chip Harmony
Gary Delz Drums
Technical Credits
Merle Haggard Composer
Marty Robbins Composer
Bryon Davis Producer
Don Walser Composer, Producer
Cary E. Mansfield Producer
Lee Ross Composer
Tex Owens Composer
Pat Baughman Composer, Producer
Howard Kalish Arranger
Danny Dill Composer
Hoyle Nix Composer
Chris Bellman Mastering
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Nancy Fly Producer
Steve Massie Remastering
Alan Callaway Composer
Steve Nelson Composer
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