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Album: Dare to Dream: The Best of Don Walser
# Song Title   Time
1)    Rolling Stone from Texas
2)    John Deere Tractor Song, The
3)    Cowpoke
4)    Shotgun Boogie
5)    Whispering Pines
6)    Texas Top Hand
7)    Danny Boy
8)    Rose Marie
9)    Hot Rod Mercury
10)    Please Help Me I'm Falling
11)    Arkansas
12)    (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I
13)    We Could, You and I
14)    Big Ball's in Cowtown - (from "The Horse Whisperer")
15)    Legend in My Time - (outtake, from "Here's To Country Music")
16)    I Really Don't Want to Know - (outtake, from "Here's To Country Music")
17)    Truck Drivin' Man - (from "Rig Rock Deluxe")
18)    Love Song of the Waterfall - (from "Austin Country Nights")
19)    I Ain't Got Nobody/Asleep at the Wheel - (from "My Ride With Bob")
20)    Rolling Stone from Texas/The Texas Plainsmen - (live)
 

Album: Dare to Dream: The Best of Don Walser
# Song Title   Time
1)    Rolling Stone from Texas
2)    John Deere Tractor Song, The
3)    Cowpoke
4)    Shotgun Boogie
5)    Whispering Pines
6)    Texas Top Hand
7)    Danny Boy
8)    Rose Marie
9)    Hot Rod Mercury
10)    Please Help Me I'm Falling
11)    Arkansas
12)    (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I
13)    We Could, You and I
14)    Big Ball's in Cowtown - (from "The Horse Whisperer")
15)    Legend in My Time - (outtake, from "Here's To Country Music")
16)    I Really Don't Want to Know - (outtake, from "Here's To Country Music")
17)    Truck Drivin' Man - (from "Rig Rock Deluxe")
18)    Love Song of the Waterfall - (from "Austin Country Nights")
19)    I Ain't Got Nobody/Asleep at the Wheel - (from "My Ride With Bob")
20)    Rolling Stone from Texas/The Texas Plainsmen - (live)
 
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  • Personnel includes: Don Walser, Crystal Gayle (vocals); Ray Benson (acoustic & electric guitars, baritone guitar); Buddy Emmons (steel guitar, dobro); Scott Walls (pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar); Jimmy Day (pedal steel guitar); Cindy Cashdollar (lap steel guitar, dobro, Weissenborn); John Ely (lap steel guitar); Johnny Gimble, Howard Kalish, Jason Roberts (fiddle); Charlie McCoy (harmonica, vibraphone); Floyd Domino (piano); Larry Gatlin, Kelly Willis, Rosie Flores, The Delevantes (background vocals); Kronos Quartet; Asleep At The Wheel.
  • Producers include: Ray Benson, T.J. McFarland, Stuart Colman, Rob Patterson,
  • Judith Sherman.
  • Compilation producers: Heinz Geissler, Tristan Ader.
  • Includes liner notes by Rob Patterson.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • Personnel: Don Walser (vocals, guitar); Teddy Wilburn (vocals); Ray Benson (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, baritone guitar, background vocals); Rick McRae (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Andy Reiss (guitar, acoustic guitar); Casper Rawls (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Jason Roberts (acoustic guitar, fiddle, background vocals); Larry Seyer, Champ Hood (acoustic guitar); Bill Kirchen (electric guitar); Cindy Cashdollar (steel guitar, lap steel guitar, dobro); Scott Walls (steel guitar, lap steel guitar); Buddy Emmons (steel guitar, dobro); John Ely (lap steel guitar); David Earl Miller (guitarron, background vocals); David Harrington, John Sherba (violin); Chris Booher (fiddle, piano); Howard Kalish, Johnny Gimble, Buddy Spicher (fiddle); Hank Dutt (viola); Joan Jeanrenaud (cello); Charlie McCoy (harmonica, vibraphone); Tim Alexander (accordion, concertina, organ); Michael Francis (clarinet, saxophone); Dennis Wage, Floyd Domino (piano); Spencer Starnes (upright bass); Gurf Morlix (6-string bass); David Sanger , Phillip Fajardo, Gilbert de los Santos, Peter Young, Will Rigby (drums); Chris O'Connell, Kelly Willis, Mike Delevante, Rosie Flores, Bob Delevante (background vocals).
  • Audio Remasterers: Anthony Johnson; Stuart Colman.
  • Liner Note Author: Rob Patterson.
  • Photographer: Wyatt McSpadden.
  • Arrangers: Dana Brayton; Ray Benson.
  • Don Walser is Texas, it's really as simple as that. He epitomizes the state's music even more than the legendary Willie Nelson. For years he toiled the honky tonks and bars while holding down a day job, and didn't record his first album until 20 years after his first single in 1964. But since he began recording, he's unleashed a series of classic Texas country tunes, starting with his signature piece, "Rolling Stone From Texas," represented, as it should be, in two versions: one the polished album edition, the other a rawer live version from 1964, the year it appeared as a single. What they bookend is nothing less than a series of marvels, like "The John Deere Tractor Song," a wonderful ode to farmers; a glorious version of "Whispering Pines" that shimmers, with Walser's soft yodel bumping it along; his own "Hot Rod Mercury," car nostalgia in four honky tonk minutes; and a very strange version of "Rose Marie," performed with the Kronos Quartet. There are tracks collected from soundtracks, compilation albums, and a couple of unreleased pieces, and they're all sung with the same easy grace that's Walser's trademark. He has a big voice (he's been called the Pavarotti of the plains), and while relaxed, there's sometimes a formality about it that harks back to the '30s and '40s, which suits songs like Felice Bryant's "We Could You and I," as well as his own wonderful material, which has brought him deserved success. Walser deserves a greatest-hits set, and this collection serves him very well indeed. ~ Chris Nickson
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