Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

by Asleep at the WheelAsleep at the Wheel


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/03/2015
Label: Bismeaux
UPC: 0698268131415
catalogNumber: 1314
Rank: 84100

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Asleep at the Wheel   Primary Artist
Del McCoury   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Merle Haggard   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Willie Nelson   Vocals,Guest Appearance
George Strait   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Lyle Lovett   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Tommy Emmanuel   Acoustic Guitar,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Leon Rausch   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Dawn Sears   Vocals
Ray Benson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Billy Briggs   Saxophone,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Floyd Domino   Piano
Ranger Doug Green   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Electronic Mandolin
Paul Franklin   Steel Guitar
Vince Gill   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Robert Earl Keen   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Rob McCoury   Banjo
Ronnie McCoury   Mandolin,Vocals
Rick McRae   Electric Guitar
Buddy Miller   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Andy Reiss   Electric Guitar
David Sanger   Drums
Kenny Sears   Fiddle
Joe Spivey   Fiddle,Vocals
Jay Reynolds   Saxophone
Billy Thomas   Drums
Del McCoury Band   Guest Appearance
Mike Marsh   Drums
Tania Elizabeth   Fiddle
Randy Rogers   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Reckless Kelly   Guest Appearance
Brad Paisley   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Kevin Smith   Bass,Upright Bass
Pete Bernhard   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Cody Braun   Vocals
Willy Braun   Vocals
Renato Caranto   Saxophone
Elizabeth Cook   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Time Jumpers   Guest Appearance
Eddie Rivers   Lap Steel Guitar
Carrie Rodriguez   Fiddle,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Elizabeth McQueen   Vocals
Avett Brothers   Guest Appearance
Dennis Ludiker   Fiddle
Scott Avett   Banjo,Vocals
Seth Avett   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Old Crow Medicine Show   Guest Appearance
Critter Fuqua   Banjo,Vocals
Kevin Hayes   Guitjo
Morgan Jahnig   Upright Bass
Alan Bartram   Bass
Jonathan Doyle   Clarinet
Brad Albin   Upright Bass
Amos Lee   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Shooter Jennings   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Paul DeFiglia   Bass
Devil Makes Three   Guest Appearance
Jamey Johnson   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Sam Seifert   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Pokey LaFarge   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Quebe Sisters   Guest Appearance
Grace Quebe   Vocals
Sophia Quebe   Vocals
Hulda Quebe   Vocals
Cooper McBean   Vocals,Tenor Banjo
Lucia Turino   Vocals,Upright Bass
Joe Kwon   Cello,Vocals
Kat Edmonson   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Cory Younts   Piano
Jeff Taylor   Accordion
Jason Carter   Fiddle
Emily Gimble   Piano,Vocals,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
John Mills   Clarinet
Ketch Secor   Fiddle,Vocals
Ben Haggard   Electric Guitar
Dan Walton   Piano
Jason Roberts   Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocals,Electronic Mandolin
Chance McCoy   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Eddie Gimble   Vocal Harmony
Dave Miller   Bass,Upright Bass
Dave Alexander   Trumpet
Bob Crawford   Fiddle
Katie Shore   Fiddle,Vocals,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Waylon Jennings   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Leon McAuliffe   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Richard M. Jones   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Kim Person   Engineer
Ray Benson   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Larry Franklin   Engineer
Jerry Livingston   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Eldon Shamblin   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Herb Shucher   Engineer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
John Darcy   Composer
Steve Mazur   Engineer
Dick Charles   Composer
Dick Reeves   Art Direction
Abner Silver   Composer
Larry Markes   Composer
Phil Baxter   Composer
Ed Burt   Composer
Michael Carr   Composer
Luke Wooten   Engineer
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mark Rains   Engineer
John Wilson   Illustrations
Bart Rose   Engineer
Leslie Richter   Engineer
Sam Seifert   Producer,Engineer
Shauna Dodds   Art Direction,Illustrations
John Wills   Composer
Matt Hubbard   Engineer
Sarah Dodds   Art Direction,Illustrations
Harry Harris   Composer
Edgar Delange   Composer
Nancy Bell   Illustrations
Bryce Roberts   Engineer
Ace Otten   Engineer
James Irby   Composer

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