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Paradise
Wylie & Wild West
Paradise
Genres: Country, Pop
 
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For hardworking buckaroo and ranch owner Wylie Galt Gustafson, paradise sounds like galloping fiddle-backed swing, loping barroom waltzes, yodels floating down the canyon, and pedal-steel guitars leaping and flickering lik...  more »

     
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All Artists: Wylie & Wild West
Title: Paradise
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder / Umgd
Release Date: 10/16/2001
Genres: Country, Pop
Styles: Americana, Western Swing
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 682161317823, 082161317821

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For hardworking buckaroo and ranch owner Wylie Galt Gustafson, paradise sounds like galloping fiddle-backed swing, loping barroom waltzes, yodels floating down the canyon, and pedal-steel guitars leaping and flickering like a campfire. With his plangent, magnetic voice, Gustafson pulls familiar Western themes of horses, blue skies, and the romantic cowboy life into a timeless country sound, as at home in the honky-tonk as it is on the range. Though they focus on finely shaped new originals, Gustafson and his band--anchored in his touring group of Ray Doyle, Dave Reynolds, and Duane Becker--let the austere prairie heart of Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country" speak with an eloquence and soul rarely heard. Paradise is not only the best cowboy album of 2001; it's among the year's finest country efforts to boot. --Roy Kasten

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Greg Coles | Ellensburg, WA | 12/31/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Wylie and the Wild West's best effort to date. The guitar pickin' and vocals both have a more relaxed feel than earlier releases by the group. Buy the CD. You won't regret it."
On the Borderline
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 07/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Wylie Gustafson plays western music that would be at home on a Sons of the Pioneers set or Ian Tyson's post-Ian & Sylvia work. His songs are short, often clocking in under 3 minutes. This tall redhead from Montana has a voice that is melodic and often expressive. He writes some sweet melodies such as "Swinging On A Star" & the title track. Many of the tracks are fairly slow, but he can certainly set a toe to tapping as on "Whoop-Up Trail." While most of these songs are more western than country, the Wild West do have some pedal steel on "Without You" that sounds like a classic country weeper that probably sounds good on one of Wylie's Grand Ole Opry appearances. One of the liveliest tracks is "Hooked On Honky Tonk" about a girl who loves to "jump to the juke box all night long." "The Gal Who Invented Kissin'" is another lively track with a western tango beat. Wylie's version of Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country" is a showpiece for one of Dylan's lovely melodies. This is a nice set from an artist keeping our traditional western song alive. Enjoy!"