Wylie & The Wild West: Wylie Gustafson (vocals, acoustic guitar); Mark Thornton (electric & gut-string guitar); Carco Clave (steel guitar); Renae Truex (fiddle); Dennis Crouch (acoustic bass); John McTigure III (drums).
Recorded at the Ol'Bunkhouse Studio, Nashville, Tennessee. Includes liner notes by Eric Sorensen.
This is a wonderful introduction to the C&W world of Wylie Gustafson and his musical pals. It's his fourth album, self-produced and recorded at his home base of Nashville, Tennessee. With his next album, RIDIN' THE HI-LINE, he was to offer up a set of nearly all originals.
This time out, three of the 11 tunes are self-penned and it's striking to hear how well he's learned the lessons of his elders. He's clearly playing within the tradition of C&W music, but with his own style; and as a song stylist he's superlative. "Rose-Marie" is chill-inducingly beautiful. Plus, as the album title suggests, the guy can yodel. He glides into falsetto and back out with grace and daring--one listen to "Chime Bells" will convince anyone that a yodel can be emotionally resonant.