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Options September 23, 2006: Rolling Stone from Texas: Don Walser Tribute

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Big Guitars from Texas  Guitar Army   Options Here we go again! 
Al Casey  Caravan   Options RIP, Surf Guitar Dude. Over the years, Casey worked closely with Lee Hazlewood and played on dozens of sessions. He did a version of the Hucklebuck in the early 60s 
Los Straitjackets  Hypno-Twist   Options New album on Yep Roc-- "Twist Party"-- includes a DVD with World Famous Pontani Sisters and Kaiser George 
Daddy-O-Grande en Mexico  Twist con Pollo   Options Danny Amis con Lost Acapulco has more Straitjackets guitar and Mexican wrestling 
Ocote Sol Sounds & Adrian Quesada  Ora Como Rey, Manana Como Guey   Options A fake soundtrack album-- "El Nino y El Sol"-- with a nice sound 
Tele Ranch  Speak No Evil   Options A twang one-man band; find out more at teleranch.com 
Ornette Coleman & Prime Time  Street Blues   Options Ornette's R&B roots show up on "Tone Dialing"-- a great album, with Kenny Wessel on guitar and Badal Roy on tablas 
The Alohas  Lunalguna   Options Off a nice compilation called "Shake It"-- an Australian collection on Off the Hip 
Al Casey  Guitars Guitars Guitars   Options This 60s surf guitarists died in fall 2006 
Jack McVea  Frantic Boogie   Options MacVouty-- of "Slim's Jam" fame-- was a solid hornman and West Coast bandleader In 1995, he recorded with Slim Gaillard and Charlie Parker. 
Porky Cohen w/ Michelle Willson  Trombone Porky   Options In the 40s, Porky played with Lucky Millender; in the 80s, with Roomful of Blues. This is from his one and only solo album: "Rhythm & Bones" 
Johnny Nicholas  Living with the Blues   Options Title cut to Johnny's CD, with some of Austin's best helping out. Nicholas runs a cool jointin the hill country west of Austin. Check out hilltopcafe.com 
The Kropotkins  Crow Jane   Options Dave Soldier, Lorette Velvette et al. Memphis blues of sorts 
Spencer Dickinson  Appalachia   Options A sweet instrumental, not like the rest of this wild album from the Dickinson brothers and Jon Spencer 
Spade Cooley & his orchestra  Swingin' the Devils Dream   Options This guy wanted to be the king of Western Swing in the 40s; he had the talent but he blew it. Thankfully, the music still works 
Spade Cooley & his orchestra  Crazy Cause I Love You   Options In 1994, Columbia released a 20-song CD of Spade's "essential" work called "Spadella" 
Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys  Osage Blues   Options From a new 4-CD box of Bob Wills stuff that just come out on Legacy 
Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys  Get with It   Options More Western Swing, as we get ready for our visit with the late Don Walser 
 
Don Walser, recorded live on WFMU, May 5, 1995 (Cinco de Mayo). Don-- who died on September 20 at the age of 72-- lived in Austin, Texas. He spent more than an hour at the station, singing, talking, yodeling and laughing. Don was in NYC for the Border Tour, on a bill with Butch Hancock, Tish Hinojosa, and Santiago Jimenez Jr
Don Walser  Waiting for a Train   Options This is Don, playing live on the radio, the Jimmie Rodgers classic 
Don Walser  Dixie Blues   Options Don's tribute to the black musicians who laid the foundation for country music 
 
Don talks about his influences, growing up in West Texas. One time his dad took him to see Lefty Frizell, but Lefty was in jail! He talks about how, for 30 years, he had a day job but at night played the honky tonks
Don Walser  Don't Worry About Me   Options Don was a big guy and when he sang this song, sitting across from me in the studio, the whole place swayed 
 
In the 1980s, Don moved to Austin; a few years later, he became a full-time musician. Here he talks about playing the clubs and dance halls-- the Broken Spoke in Austin, the Stampede in Big Springs and more
Don Walser  Take Me Back to Tulsa   Options Cover of the great Bob Wills tune 
 
Don talks about being on the road with Butch, Tish and Santiago
Don Walser  Cowpoke   Options This is Don's take on Elton Britt's 1949 yodeling classic 
 
Don tries to teach us how to yodel-- like they do out on the high plains of West Texas
Don Walser  Yodeling Polka   Options Don wrote this when he was in Switzerland years back 
 
Don talks about the influence of Mexican-- and German & Czech-- music on country music
Don Walser  Mexicali Rose   Options Don's arrangment of a country classic 
 
We wrap up our conversation with Don Walser, who was on the final leg of a tour-- and heading back to Austin
Don Walser  Rolling Stone from Texas   Options This one is not live; it's the title cut to his 1994 CD on Watermelon 
 
Thanks, Don. We'll see you again-- in that great honky tonk in the sky!
Don Walser  Long Black Veil   Options Lefty Frizell used to do this old murder ballad 
Don Walser  John Deere Tractor Song   Options Don says he gets lots of requests for this one 
Don Walser & the Pure Texas Band  Jersey Bounce   Options Nice instrumental to end our tribute: from "Archive Series, #1" on Watermelon Records 
Butch Hancock  Smokin' in the Rain   Options Lubbock, Austin, Terlingua. Butch writes songs wherever he goes; this tune from the 70s shows up on one of the Sugar Hill Records collection of Butch's early tunes 
Santiago Jimenez, Jr.  Nuestro Amors   Options Vals Bajito, from "Purely Instrumental" on Arhoolie, 1977 
Old Crow Medicine Show  Down Home Girl   Options Cool cover of an old southern soul classic; from "Big Iron World" (Nettwerk, 2006) 
Hacienda Brothers  Midnight Dream   Options These guys are getting attention lately for their mix of country and R&B; LA-based Chris Gaffney and Dave Gonzalez (of the Paladins) front the band 
Bobby Bare Jr.  I'll Be Around   Options Jr is an alt country success; check out Bobby Bare Jr.'s Young Criminals' Starvation League (Bloodshot, 2002) 
Carolyn Hester  Go Away From My Window   Options 60s folk cover of a John Jacob Niles tune 
Jack Scott  The Way I Walk   Options This rockabilly classic was a crossover hit in the 50s-- and still works today 
Johnny Webb  Cry Cry Cry   Options Cajuns sing country on "Swamp Gold Country, Vol. 1" on Jin 
Jim Lauderdale  Time's A Looking Glass   Options From Jim's 2006 "Bluegrass" album on Yep Roc 
Raul Malo  Beautiful Dreamer   Options Title cut to the Stephen Foster tribute album 
Henry Kaiser  Autumn Waltz   Options Instrumental Stephen Foster 
Kinky Friedman  Sold American   Options Kinky for Governor 

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