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Don Walser|Dare to Dream: The Best of Don Walser

Dare to Dream: The Best of Don Walser

Don Walser

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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 /TiVo

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1
Rolling Stone From Texas
00:02:43

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

2
The John Deer Tractor Song
00:03:09

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

3
Cowpoke
00:03:04

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

4
Shotgun Boogie
00:03:09

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

5
Whispering Pines
00:03:51

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

6
Texas Top Hand
00:02:55

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

7
Danny Boy
00:05:12

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

8
Rose Marie
00:04:19

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

9
Hot Rod Mercury
00:04:27

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

10
Please Help Me I'm Falling
00:03:04

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

11
Arkansas
00:02:31

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

12
Fool Such As I
00:03:20

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

13
We Could, You and I (feat. Crystal Gayle)
00:03:42

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

14
Big Ball's in Cowtown
00:03:09

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

15
Legend in My Time
00:03:10

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

16
I Really Don't Want to Know
00:04:06

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

17
Truck Drivin' Man
00:04:10

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

18
Love Song of the Waterfall
00:03:40

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

19
I Ain't Got Nobody (feat. Asleep at the Wheel)
00:03:35

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

20
Rolling Stone From Texas (feat. The Texas Plainsmen) [Live]
00:02:24

Don Walser, Composer, MainArtist - New West Records, LLC, MusicPublisher

2018 New West Records, LLC 2018 New West Records, LLC

Album Description

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 /TiVo

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