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Idaho Red

Idaho Red

by Wade RayWade Ray


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Wade Ray was one of many latter-day Western swing singers who did not have time on his side. He cut his first session for RCA in 1951, just as the tides were starting to shift, as Western swing declined and rockabilly was beginning to rise. Commercially, this didn't help Ray -- he was wiped out once Elvis Presley came along, left behind by fashion and his label, who went all in on Elvis once they acquired his contract -- but on strict musical terms the 30 sides collected on Bear Family's 2012 set Idaho Red are lively and unpredictable, finding interesting middle ground between Western swing and nascent rock & roll. Ray possessed a jubilant, jovial voice, something showcased on "Idaho Red," a galloping piece of country boogie about trucks accentuated with handclaps and horns that effectively illustrated how his brand of Western swing emphasized hard-driving rhythms and electric guitars over elastic swing and fiddles. All these subtle changes, along with its big-band hop, generally make Wade Ray's music sound more urban than country -- there are exceptions to the rule, such as "The Fiddlin' Rag," which appropriately puts a spotlight on Ray's fine way with a fiddle -- and a great deal of the joy of this compilation is hearing the singer straddle two eras, how his heart belongs to earlier swing but his sensibility is modern. This transitional music fell through the cracks, both at the time of its release and later, as Ray could never be shepherded into one particular sound or style, but this long-overdue reissue of his '50s sides is a delight driven by Ray's good cheer and effortless blending of sounds.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2012
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127172198
catalogNumber: 17219
Rank: 151910


  1. Idaho Red
  2. Two Red, Red Lips
  3. Burning Desire
  4. I Need a Good Girl Bad
  5. No Mama, No Papa
  6. Are You Fer It?
  7. Cattin' Around
  8. Too Late To Dream
  9. Saturday Night
  10. The Fiddlin' Rag
  11. Easy Pickin's
  12. Call Me Up
  13. Don't Wait To Baby Your Baby
  14. Rosetta
  15. All or Nothin' Man
  16. Excuse Me
  17. Dipsey Doodle
  18. That Love Makin' Melody
  19. Bill Bailey (Won't You Please Come Home)
  20. Perdido
  21. June-Bug Jitters
  22. Just Like Taking Candy From a Baby
  23. It's All Your Fault
  24. Any Old Time
  25. Little Green Valley
  26. Down Home Rag
  27. There's No Fool Like a Young Fool
  28. Did I Do Wrong (When I Did Right By You?)
  29. Walk Softly
  30. Let Me Go, Devil

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wade Ray   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Leader,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Tommy Allsup   Guitar
Noel Boggs   Steel Guitar
Cindy Walker   Poss
Speedy West   Steel Guitar
Don Robertson   Piano
Vic Davis   Piano
Roy Lanham   Guitar
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant   Guitar
William Edward "Billy" Liebert   Piano
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry   Drums
James O. "Jimmy" Wyble   Guitar
Buddy Kendrick   Bass
Alan H. Barker   Bass,Guitar
Gwyn Merle Nichols   Drums
Eddie Martin   Steel Guitar
William Owen Bradley   Piano
Maurice Cameron Hill   Guitar
Edward M. "Eddie" Kirk   Guitar,Leader
Hank Caldwell   Bass
Billy Raymond Carson   Guitar
Velma Williams Smith   Rhythm Guitar
Stanley Puls   Bass
Robert Joe Morgan   Bass
Mort Nathan   Drums
Mel Carson   Bass
John "Monte" Montejoy   Drums
Dale H. Warren   Bass
Charles R. Morgan   Guitar

Technical Credits

Earl Hines   Composer
Larry Clinton   Composer
Wade Ray   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Don Robertson   Composer
Jenny Carson   Composer
Steve Sholes   Producer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes,Illustrations,Biographical Information
Stephen H. Sholes   Producer
Wilbur Sweatman   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer
Stefan Kohne   Reissue Producer
Jurgen Koop   Illustrations
Fabor Robison   Producer
Irving Gordon   Composer
Jack Rollins   Composer
Cy Coben   Composer
Ace Dinning   Composer
Charlie Adams   Composer
George Campbell   Composer
Hughie Cannon   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Carson J. Robinson   Composer
Jimmy Rodgers   Composer
Frances Kane   Composer
Henry Wood   Composer
Marvin Moore   Composer
Este   Illustrations,Photo Restoration
Max Didler   Composer
Lou Shelly   Composer
Jack DeSilvia   Composer
Gerry Luoma   Composer
Billy Isbell   Composer
Bette Thomasson   Composer
Bert Kriechman   Composer

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