Q - 1/94, p.894 Stars
- Excellent - "...Current Nashville fashion favours dance tunes, traditional instruments and crooners, so this star-studded tribute could well do for western swing what the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN did for country in 1972...."
Musician - 12/93, p.87
"...amidst the current glut of 'tribute' records out today that suggust thinly disguised marketing schemes, this one is the real thing....Asleep At The Wheel is a model of taste and economy, yet capable of surprising emotional force...."
Full Title: Tribute To The Music Of Bob Wills And The Texas Playboys.
Asleep At The Wheel: Ray Benson (guitar, background vocals); Cindy Cashdollar (Hawaiian steel guitar); Rickey Turpin (electric mandolin, fiddle); Michael Francis (saxophone); Tim Alexander (piano, background vocals); David Miller (bass, background vocals); Tommy Beavers (drums).
Additional personnel: Huey Lewis, Brooks & Dunn, Marty Stewart, Suzy Bogguss, Johnny Rodriguez, Jody Nix, Leon Rausch, Riders In The Sky (vocals); Larry Sayers (guitar, bass); Eldon Shamblin, Clint Strong, Bucky Meadows, Mark Casstevens, Chris Leuzinger (guitar); John Ely, Tommy Morrell, Bruce Bouton (steel guitar); Reuben "Lucky Oceans" Gosfield, Herbie Remington (Hawaiian steel guitar); Johnny Gimble (mandolin, fiddle); Larry Franklin (fiddle, background vocals); Rob Hajacos (fiddle); Floyd Domino, Bobby Wood (piano); Mike Chapman (bass); Milton Sledge, Dave Sanger (drums); Chris O'Connell, Dawn Sears (background vocals); Chet Atkins, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Lyle Lovett, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard.
Recorded at Bismeaux Studio, Austin, Texas and Jack's Tracks Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by Ray Benson and Robert K. Oermann.
"Blues For Dixie" won 1995 Grammy Awards for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, and TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF BOB WILLS AND THE TEXAS PLAYBOYS won the Grammy for Best Recording Package. The album was also nominated for Best Country Album.
Asleep At The Wheel includes: Ray Benson, Cindy Cashdollar, Rickey Turpin.
Additional personnel includes: Lyle Lovett, Brooks & Dunn, Johnny Gimble, Huey Lewis, Riders In The Sky, Johnny Rodriguez, Marty Stuart, Eldon Shamblin, Lucky Oceans, Leon Rausch, Jody Nix, Herb Remington, Chet Atkins, Suzy Boggus, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton.
Contains dance remixes of the selections featured on Asleep At The Wheel's tribute to the music of Bob Wills And The Texas Playboys.
"Red Wing" won the 1994 Grammy Award for "Country Instrumental Award."
Personnel: Ray Benson (vocals, guitar); Vince Gill (vocals, electric guitar); Johnny Gimble (vocals, mandolin, fiddle); Marty Stuart (vocals, mandolin); Larry Franklin (vocals, fiddle, background vocals); Tim Alexander (vocals, piano, background vocals); Chris O'Connell, Dawn Sears, David Miller (vocals, background vocals); Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Huey Lewis, Jody Nix, Johnny Rodriguez, Kix Brooks, Leon Rausch, Lyle Lovett, Merle Haggard, Riders in the Sky, Ronnie Dunn, Suzy Bogguss, Willie Nelson, Brooks & Dunn (vocals); Chet Atkins (guitar, gut-string guitar); Mark Casstevens (acoustic guitar); Chris Leuzinger, Eldon Shamblin, Larry Seyers, Larry Seyer, Clint Strong (electric guitar); Bruce Bouton (steel guitar, lap steel guitar); Herb Remington, Lucky Oceans (steel guitar, Hawaiian steel guitar); John Ely, Tom Morrell (steel guitar); Cindy Cashdollar (Hawaiian steel guitar); Ricky Turpin (mandolin, fiddle); Rob Hajacos (fiddle); Michael Francis (saxophone); Floyd Domino, Bobby Wood (piano); David Sanger , Tommy Beavers, Tom Beaver, Milton Sledge (drums); Larry Sears (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Larry Seyer; Mark Miller ; Richard Aspinwall; Bob Bullock.
Audio Remasterer: Jimmy Bowen.
Audio Remixer: Larry Seyers.
Recording information: Austin Recording Studio, Austin, TX; Bismeaux Studios, Austin, TX; Imagine Sound Studio, Nash; Jack's Tracks Recording Studio.
Photographer: Jim McGuire .
Unknown Contributor Roles: Chet Atkins; Cindy Cashdollar; Dolly Parton; Eldon Shamblin; Garth Brooks; George Strait; Huey Lewis; Jody Nix; Johnny Gimble; Johnny Rodriguez; Leon Rausch; Lucky Oceans; Lyle Lovett; Marty Stuart; Merle Haggard; Ray Benson; Riders in the Sky; Suzy Bogguss; Vince Gill; Willie Nelson; Brooks & Dunn.
Arrangers: Johnny Gimble; Kix Brooks; Ray Benson; Ronnie Dunn; Bob Wills.
Although Texas' Asleep at the Wheel spent their career keeping the music of Bob Wills alive, the band waited 20 years before recording their first full-fledged tribute to Western swing's king. 1993's star-studded TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF BOB WILLS is an absolute gem, one that perfectly captures the spirit of Wills' music while avoiding the too-reverent approach that has handicapped similar efforts by others.
From the opening instrumental number "Red Wing," TRIBUTE carves out a happy medium between tribute and jam session. "Red Wing" is kicked off in the traditional manner by Playboy alums Eldon Shamblin and Johnny Gimble, who are soon joined by Chet Atkins and Vince Gill, each of whom turns in a tasteful, blistering guitar solo. Next up is George Strait singing "Big Balls in Cowtown" and sounding like he's having the time of his life. Before the party is over, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, and plenty of others have contributed understated, elegant performances. Next to Wills' original recordings, country doesn't get much better than this.