Dare to Dream: The Best of Don Walser

Dare to Dream: The Best of Don Walser

by Don Walser

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Dare to Dream: The Best of Don Walser

Don Walser is Texas, it's really as simple as that. He epitomizes the state's music even more than the legendary Willie Nelson. For years he toiled the honky tonks and bars while holding down a day job, and didn't record his first album until 20 years after his first single in 1964. But since he began recording, he's unleashed a series of classic Texas country tunes, starting with his signature piece, "Rolling Stone From Texas," represented, as it should be, in two versions: one the polished album edition, the other a rawer live version from 1964, the year it appeared as a single. What they bookend is nothing less than a series of marvels, like "The John Deere Tractor Song," a wonderful ode to farmers; a glorious version of "Whispering Pines" that shimmers, with Walser's soft yodel bumping it along; his own "Hot Rod Mercury," car nostalgia in four honky tonk minutes; and a very strange version of "Rose Marie," performed with the Kronos Quartet. There are tracks collected from soundtracks, compilation albums, and a couple of unreleased pieces, and they're all sung with the same easy grace that's Walser's trademark. He has a big voice (he's been called the Pavarotti of the plains), and while relaxed, there's sometimes a formality about it that harks back to the '30s and '40s, which suits songs like Felice Bryant's "We Could You and I," as well as his own wonderful material, which has brought him deserved success. Walser deserves a greatest-hits set, and this collection serves him very well indeed.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/22/2002
Label: Texas Music Group
UPC: 0049891400728
catalogNumber: 4007
Rank: 120585

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Walser   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Rosie Flores   Background Vocals
Crystal Gayle   Track Performer
Johnny Gimble   Fiddle
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
Kelly Willis   Background Vocals
Kronos Quartet   Track Performer
Jimmy Day   Pedal Steel Guitar
Larry Gatlin   Vocal Harmony
Lucky Oceans   Pedal Steel Guitar
Bill Kirchen   Electric Guitar
Ray Benson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)
Cindy Cashdollar   Dobro,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Weissenborn
Floyd Domino   Piano
Hank Dutt   Viola
John Ely   Lap Steel Guitar
Phillip Fajardo   Drums
Michael Francis   Clarinet,Saxophone
David Harrington   Violin
Champ Hood   Acoustic Guitar
Joan Jeanrenaud   Cello
Gurf Morlix   6-string bass
Rick McRae   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chris O'Connell   Background Vocals
Andy Reiss   Acoustic Guitar
Will Rigby   Drums
Jason Roberts   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Background Vocals
David Sanger   Drums
Larry Seyer   Acoustic Guitar
John Sherba   Violin
Spencer Starnes   Upright Bass
Howard Kalish   Fiddle
Don Keeling   Bass
Bob Delevante   Background Vocals
Mike Delevante   Background Vocals
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica,Vibes
Peter Young   Drums
Gilbert de los Santos   Drums
Scott Hinkle   Bass
Casper Rawls   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (String Bender)
Scott Walls   Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Teddy Wilburn   Vocals
Dennis Wage   Piano
Stuart Colman   Bass
Chris Booher   Fiddle,Piano
David Earl Miller   Bass,Background Vocals,Guitarron
Tim Alexander   Organ,Accordion,Concertina

Technical Credits

Ray Benson   Arranger,Producer
Albert Caiati   Producer
Judith Sherman   Producer
Jeremy Tepper   Producer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Rob Patterson   Producer,Liner Notes
Stuart Colman   Producer
Dana Brayton   Arranger
Mike Stewart   Producer
Dave Peyton   Composer
TJ McFarland   Producer
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer
O'Hara   Composer

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