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Title:
Ride with Bob
Author:
Asleep at the wheel.
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Publication Information:
Nashville, TN : SKG Music, cp1999.
General Note:
A tribute to Bob Willis and the Texas Playboys performed by Asleep at the Wheel with various musicians.

Compact disc.
Language:
English
Contents:
Bob's breakdowns (3:39) / R. Benson ; J. Roberts -- New San Antonio Rose (3:01) / Bob Wills -- I ain't got nobody (3:31) / P.D. -- Roly Poly (3:15) / F. Rose -- Heart to heart talk (3:26) / Lee Ross -- Cherokee maiden (3:23) / Cindy Walker -- Maiden's prayer (2:41) / B. Wills -- You're from Texas (3:14) / Cindy Walker -- Right or wrong (2:42) / Sizemore ; Gillespie ; Biese -- Faded love (4:27) / Bob Wills ; J. Wills -- St. Louis Blues (4:34) / W. C. Handy -- End of the line (2:47) / Bob Wills ; Jack Gimble -- Take me back to Tulsa (3:09) / B. Wills ; T. Duncan -- Milk cow blues (5:52) / K. Arnold -- Stay all night (2:58) / B. Wills ; T. Duncan -- Bob Wills is still the king (2:50) / W. Jennings -- Going away party (4:39) / Cindy Walker.
UPC:
600445011724

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Asleep at the Wheel devoted its entire career to Western swing, which is commonly known as the music Bob Wills created. They became the standard bearers for the genre, making sure that it was still an integral part of the country music mainstream. Since their entire career feels like a living monument to Wills, it almost seems unnecessary for them to record tributes to the "King of Western Swing" -- that is, until you hear the records. Ride With Bob, their sequel to the award-winning Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills, has more guest appearances than its predecessor, but it's every bit as enjoyable. The fact of the matter is, Asleep at the Wheel played this music better than anybody else at the close of the century, and these are some of the greatest songs in popular music -- "New San Antonio Rose," "Roly Poly," "Cherokee Maiden," "Right or Wrong," "Faded Love," "Take Me Back to Tulsa," and "Stay All Night" always sound fresh, and the band draws out excellent performances from Dwight Yoakam, the Dixie Chicks, Ray Benson, Reba McEntire, Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin, Clay Walker, and Mark Chesnutt, respectively, on these songs. It's a testament to both the group and the songs that nobody here -- not the Squirrel Nut Zippers or Manhattan Transfer -- sounds out of place. This is warm, generous, rich music that's endlessly listenable, much like Wills himself. And the Clint Black-sung cover of Waylon Jennings' tribute "Bob Wills Is Still the King" is a nice touch. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine