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Asleep at the Wheel: Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys [Digipak]

Audio Samples

  1. Still the King — Intro - Texas Playboy Theme (with Leon Rausch) $1.29 on iTunes
  2. Still the King — The Girl I Left Behind Me (with The Avett Brothers) $1.29 on iTunes
  3. Still the King — Trouble In Mind (with Lyle Lovett) $1.29 on iTunes
  4. Still the King — Keeper of My Heart (with Merle Haggard & Emily Gimble) $1.29 on iTunes
  5. Still the King — Tiger Rag (with Old Crow Medicine Show) $1.29 on iTunes
  6. Still the King — Navajo Trail (with Willie Nelson & The Quebe Sisters) $1.29 on iTunes
  7. Still the King — Silver Dew on the Bluegrass Tonight (with Del McCoury Band) $1.29 on iTunes
  8. Still the King — Faded Love (with The Time Jumpers) $1.29 on iTunes
  9. Still the King — South of the Border (Down Mexico Way) [with George Strait] $1.29 on iTunes
  10. Still the King — I Had Someone Else Before I Had You (with Elizabeth Cook) $1.29 on iTunes
  11. Still the King — My Window Faces the South (with Brad Paisley) $1.29 on iTunes
  12. Still the King — Time Changes Everything (with Buddy Miller) $1.29 on iTunes
  13. Still the King — A Good Man Is Hard To Find (with Carrie Rodriguez & Emily Gimble) $1.29 on iTunes
  14. Still the King — Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas (with Robert Earl Keen & Ray Benson) $1.29 on iTunes
  15. Still the King — Brain Cloudy Blues (with Jamey Johnson & Ray Benson) $1.29 on iTunes
  16. Still the King — Bubbles In My Beer (with The Devil Makes Three) $1.29 on iTunes
  17. Still the King — Twin Guitar Special (with Tommy Emmanuel, Brent Mason & Billy Briggs) $1.29 on iTunes
  18. Still the King — Bob Wills Is Still the King (with Shooter Jennings, Randy Rogers & Reckless Kelly) $1.29 on iTunes
  19. Still the King — Texas Playboy Theme (with Leon Rausch) $1.29 on iTunes

Track List

>Intro: Texas Playboys Theme
>I Hear Ya Talkin'
>Girl I Left Behind Me, The
>Trouble In Mind
>Keeper Of My Heart
>I Can't Give You Anything But Love
>Tiger Rag
>What's The Matter With The Mill
>Navajo Trail
>Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight
>Faded Love
>South of the Border (Down Mexico Way)
>I Had Someone Else Before I Had You
>My Window Faces the South
>Time Changes Everything
>Good Man is Hard To Find, A
>Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas
>Brain Cloudy Blues
>Bubbles In My Beer
>It's All Your Fault
>Twin Guitar Special
>Bob Wills is Still the King

Album Notes

Tributee: Bob Wills.

Tributee: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.

Audio Mixer: Sam Seifert.

Liner Note Author: Ray Benson.

Recording information: Ben's Studio; Bismeaux Studio, Austin, Texas; Cimmiron/Rainbird Recording; Fort Worth Sound; Gas Money Studio; HAG Studio; Larry's Studio; Quad Studio; Station House Studio; Vince's Studio; Wheelhouse.

Illustrators: John Wilson ; Shauna Dodds; Sarah Dodds; Nancy Bell.

Photographers: Lisa Pollard ; Wyatt McFadden.

Technically, it's been 16 years since Asleep at the Wheel last saluted Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys -- with 1999's Ride with Bob, recorded for the short-lived DreamWorks Records -- but it's never like Ray Benson's ensemble ever strayed far from Western Swing. Their first album in 1973 was chock-full of Wills standards and their last, 2010's It's a Good Day, showcased former Texas Playboy Leon Rausch, so Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys is squarely in the group's comfort zone. Fortunately, Asleep at the Wheel never sound too comfortable on this generous 22-track tribute. Part of that is down to the decision of Benson and company to construct Still the King as an outright party, inviting old and new friends to sit in and sing both classics and nuggets from the deep Wills songbook. Having star after star take the center stage keeps things lively, particularly because the guest list is sharply balanced between old friends like Merle Haggard, George Strait, and Lyle Lovett -- fellow disciples of Wills, one and all -- with newer roots acts like the Avett Brothers, the Old Crow Medicine Show, Kat Edmonson, the Time Jumpers, and Elizabeth Cook. Everybody is welcome, no matter if it's Jamey Johnson slurring his way through "Brain Cloudy Blues" or Brad Paisley running roughshod across "My Window Faces the South," or Carrie Rodriguez and Emily Gimble joshing through "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," and it's fun to hear Asleep at the Wheel accommodating each of their styles. This casual versatility points out who the real star of the show is, though: it remains Benson's group, whose way with Western Swing has only grown more soulful over the years. Clearly, Asleep at the Wheel draw sustenance from the music of the Texas Playboys, finding life within these old songs, and their love remains infectious and palpable after all these years. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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