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|Asleep at the Wheel|
Ride With Bob
Genres: Country, Pop
Ride with Bob is the new and improved sequel to Asleep at the Wheel's star-studded 1993 effort, Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys. The playing behind the high-profile guest vocalists is hotter and loos... more »
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Ride with Bob is the new and improved sequel to Asleep at the Wheel's star-studded 1993 effort, Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys. The playing behind the high-profile guest vocalists is hotter and looser this time, with plenty of solo space and the Wheel's Ray Benson assuming Wills's jovial ringleader role. Merle Haggard delivers a wild falsetto version of "St. Louis Blues" backed by the Squirrel Nut Zippers' horns, and Willie Nelson steps out with the Manhattan Transfer on "Going Away Party." Steve Wariner and Vince Gill trade fluid guitar licks on "Bob's Breakdown," Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin share a mic on "Faded Love," and the Dixie Chicks romp through "Roly Poly." All of Asleep at the Wheel's recordings have been tributes to Wills's Western-swing legacy in one way or another, but this is as close as they've come to distilling the timeless essence of the sound. --Rick Mitchell
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I loved it.
email@example.com | Washington, D.C. | 09/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First the cover caught my eye, then the list of all star guests from Shawn Colvin to Lyle Lovett to Reba McEntire. As an easterner who grew up on pop music, I didn't know a thing about Asleep at the Wheel or Bob Wills, I am embarrassed to say. But after listening to this CD many times, I want to know more. Every song is a gem. Some will break your heart; try "Faded Love" with Shawn Colvin and Lyle Lovett. Others will make you laugh; try "Roly Poly" with the Dixie Chicks. The whole thing is evocative of another time, from "San Antonio Rose" with Dwight Yoakum to and "St. Louis Blues" with Merle Haggard. If you've tired of pop music like I have and turned to other forms like jazz and swing for listening entertainment, you'll love this album. Plus the liner notes are so creative and fun to read (really)! Thanks to Roy Benson and Asleep at the Wheel for a real treat."
Jazz Takes a Ride that Swings
Tom Nichol | Neodesha, KS | 12/27/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just received "Ride with Bob" for the Christmas season. As a long time fan and as a Country Disc Jockey, I've heard many Bob Wills tribute albums and a substantial share of orgional Will's recordings. Likewise, Ray Benson and AATW have shared time on my home stereo as well as on my old radio programs. Both have made significant contributions toward the genre or Western music in general and for Western Swing in particular. "Ride With Bob" is simply the best of the bunch. From song selections, performances, production, and the CD liner package, it's a quality piece of work. The only improvment would be to add "Big Balls in Cowtown" and "Milk Cow Blues". Thanks, Ray, for pulling it all together. You should earn several awards for this supreme effort."
The best they've ever done !
Tom Nichol | 11/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the pinnacle of Texas Swing! They add variety by adding cameos by other artists, with the ATW band providing instrumentals to the visiting star's vocals, and it works sooo well! I never get tired of listening to this album because it's not one of those that just drones on with the same tempo and style in each track - it has tremendous variety. Asleep At The Wheel has produced some very good albums, but this is the best I've heard. Very glad I bought it."