Ride With Bob

By | May 2, 2018
Ride With Bob

CDRide with Bob is the new and improved sequel to Asleep at the Wheel’s star-studded 1993 effort, Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys. The playing behind the high-profile guest vocalists is hotter and looser this time, with plenty of solo space and the Wheel’s Ray Benson assuming Wills’s jovial ringleader role. Merle Haggard delivers a wild falsetto version of “St. Louis Blues” backed by the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ horns, and Willie Nelson steps out with the Manhattan Transfer on “Going Away Party.” Steve Wariner and Vince Gill trade fluid guitar licks on “Bob’s Breakdown,” Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin share a mic on “Faded Love,” and the Dixie Chicks romp through “Roly Poly.” All of Asleep at the Wheel’s recordings have been tributes to Wills’s Western-swing legacy in one way or another, but this is as close as they’ve come to distilling the timeless essence of the sound. –Rick Mitchell

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2 thoughts on “Ride With Bob

  1. Kim Crosser
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Just a great overall album by Asleep at the Wheel – Texas Swing doesn’t get much better than this!, November 12, 2015
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    Kim Crosser (Rancho Santa Fe, CA USA) –
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    What a great album. I previously bought “Still the King” – a “best of” album, but “Ride With Bob” is actually a better, more consistent album.
    This album will reward you with some fine musical work, and the collaborations with many different Country stars feels seamless. It just works.
    I am not a huge Country music fan – I prefer Country Rock (Southern Rock, Poco, Byrds, etc.), but I absolutely love this album. Whether listening closely to enjoy the humor and pathos of the songs, or just kicking back and enjoying the melodic sound while I work, this is on my frequent rotation list.
    Unless you’re a tone-deaf Yankee that doesn’t like anything Country, you will be playing this one over and over.

    BTW – the album notes included in the jewel case are great. It is a multi-page booklet in the form of a magazine from the 1950’s, with ads, discussions of the songs, and more.

  2. Amazon Customer
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Created a new Dixie Chicks fan, August 5, 2001
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    Amazon Customer (Santa Maria, CA USA) –

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    This review is from: Ride With Bob (Audio CD)
    I was never a big CW fan although I bought one of the AATW LP’s back in the vinyl days and loved it. My current CD collection includes “Pasture Prime” and “The Best of Bob Wills” (and some Commander Cody), but they only get an occasional listen. Then I heard the Chicks’remake of “Roly Poly” on the car radio, and simply had to have it. Now, I can’t hear it without punching the replay button at least once. Three words: cheerful, bouncy, energetic.
    Oh, yes. The rest of the “Ride with Bob” is pretty darn good, too!

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