Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Swing West! Vol. 2: Guitar Slingers
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
Here's where that vaunted Hollywood professionalism shines. The emphasis in West Coast country instrumentals is definitely on speed, but these pickers fly with precision and clarity. Jimmy Bryant's "Little Rock Getaway" is... more »
Here's where that vaunted Hollywood professionalism shines. The emphasis in West Coast country instrumentals is definitely on speed, but these pickers fly with precision and clarity. Jimmy Bryant's "Little Rock Getaway" is mind-boggling, but who'd have thought Joe Maphis could match him on "Fire on the Strings," which rolls and tumbles without ever forgetting melody? Les Paul's cleanness on "San Antonio Rose" is to be expected, but is that really Ferlin Husky leading a Nashville band through this flat-out amazing take on Duke Ellington's "Caravan"? Among other gems are the pure joy Merle Travis brings to "Merle's Boogie Woogie," Roy Clark's whacked-out humor on the rock-flavored "Dented Fender," and the casual complexity of Glen Campbell's "12-String Special" and the James Burton-Ralph Mooney duet "Corn Pickin'." Not to mention the deceptively relaxed gait guitarist Roy Nichols and steelman Norm Hamlet of Merle Haggard's Strangers supply on "Champagne" and "Swing High." --John Morthland
J. Nichols | New York, New York | 08/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"O.K. The reason this album garnered 5 stars is because I am a beginner to country music and was absolutely knocked flat by what I heard. If you are a seasoned western swing fan than you would probably want albums by the individual artists. I will want them too, but this cd is a wonderful place to start. I come from a jazz background so the title and the whole genre of "Western Swing" caught my ear. These guys could give any of our fine jazz guitarists a run for their money. Jimmy Bryant, Speedy West, it's all wonderful. It's just a different way to play jazz! There was a time not so long ago when jazz, blues, country, and pop were not such worlds apart. Listen to "Caravan" and feel the jazz sensibility. If only there were more finely skilled musicians making instrumental music in areas outside of jazz and classical today. Pick it up, it will broaden your horizons."