I Still Get Dressed on Sundays

I Still Get Dressed on Sundays

by Gene Pistilli


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I Still Get Dressed on Sundays

Gene Pistilli goes by the self-appointed nickname of "The Hoboken Saddletramp," and if that evokes an image of Frank Sinatra in chaps, well that's the point. A music industry fringe-dweller since his days in the folk-pop Cashman, Pistilli & West and as an original member of the Manhattan Transfer, it was his song "How the West Was Swung," originally recorded by Asleep at the Wheel (whose leader, Ray Benson, penned this album's liner notes), that set the stage for I Still Get Dressed on Sundays, a collection of suave Western swing. Not as deranged as Bob Wills or as edgy as Asleep, Pistilli brings a smooth, urbane attitude to a combination of covers and some terrific originals. Songs like the upbeat "Texas to a T" and the ballad "New Shadow" sound like lost standards but are newly composed. The witty lyrics of "Less of Me More Often" are straight out of the genre's heyday in the '30s yet mesh perfectly with covers of originals like Spade Cooley's "Oklahoma Stomp," Gene Autry's "Mexicali Rose," and Ernest Tubb's "Waltz Across Texas." Except for the crystal-clear sound quality, this could easily be mistaken for a decades-old Western swing album with its crying pedal steel guitars, sawing fiddles, honky tonk piano, and shuffling acoustic guitars. While that's certainly the intent, the new tunes show that Pistilli is more than an imitator of a dated music form. His respectful yet lively approach injects life into old songs and proves this sound can be reinvigorated, if not quite reinvented, with his recently penned material.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2003
Label: Memphis Int'l
UPC: 0823862000526
catalogNumber: 205

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Pistilli   Primary Artist,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Bryan Cumming   Trumpet
Raymond Davis   Background Vocals
Mike Dowling   Guitar
Gregg Galbraith   Guitar
Ronnie Godfrey   Piano
Jim Hoke   Clarinet,Saxophone
David Hungate   Bass
Jody Maphis   Drums
Paul Scholten   Drums
C. Michael Spriggs   Guitar
David Spicher   Bass
Fats Kaplan   Fiddle,Accordion,Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Henry Gross   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Spade Cooley   Composer
Ray Benson   Liner Notes
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Composer
Bill Joe Foster   Composer
Jim Hoke   Horn Arrangements
Gene Pistilli   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Lisa Silver   Composer
Dick Thomas   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
John Weis   Composer
Michael Peterson   Composer
Helen Stone   Composer
Jack Tenney   Composer
Ray Freedman   Composer
Talmadge Tubb   Composer
Tyler Smith   Engineer
Brooke Barnett   Graphic Design
Larry DePaul   Composer
Tyler Smith   Engineer

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