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Merle Haggard & The Strangers|A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World (Or My Salute To Bob Wills)

A Tribute To The Best Damn Fiddle Player In The World (Or My Salute To Bob Wills)

Merle Haggard & The Strangers

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After releasing his tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, Merle Haggard immediately set about working on a tribute to his other major musical idol, Bob Wills. Haggard learned how to play fiddle and, within a month, he recruited many of the original Playboys to augment the Strangers and began recording the album that became A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player (Or My Salute to Bob Wills). Where Same Train, Different Time was a measured, heartfelt tribute, Best Damn Fiddle Player is a ragged, enthusiastic good time. Haggard, the Strangers, and the Playboys play their hearts out, breathing life into Wills warhorses like "Right or Wrong," "Stay a Little Longer," "Time Changes Everything," and "San Antonio Rose," while bringing attention to lesser-known songs like "Brain Cloudy Blues," "I Knew the Moment I Lost You," and "Old-Fashioned Love." The fact that Western swing re-established itself as a viable country genre after the release of A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player is a testament to the power and charm of this record.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Brown Skin Gal (With Narration)
Merle Haggard
00:00:53

Merle Haggard, MainArtist - Bob Wills, Composer

(C) 2010 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1970 Capitol Records Nashville

2
Right Or Wrong
Merle Haggard
00:02:40

Haven Gillespie, ComposerLyricist - Merle Haggard, MainArtist - Arthur L. Sizemore, ComposerLyricist - Paul Biese, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2010 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1970 Capitol Records Nashville

3
Brain Cloudy Blues
Merle Haggard
00:03:41

T. Duncan, ComposerLyricist - Merle Haggard, MainArtist - Bob Willis, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2010 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1970 Capitol Records Nashville

4
Stay A Little Longer
Merle Haggard
00:02:51

Merle Haggard, MainArtist - Tommy Duncan, Composer - Earl Ball, Producer

(C) 2010 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1970 Capitol Records Nashville

5
Misery
Merle Haggard
00:03:22

Billy Moore, Composer - Merle Haggard, MainArtist - Bob Wills, Composer - Tommy Duncan, Composer

(C) 2010 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1970 Capitol Records Nashville

6
Time Changes Everything
Merle Haggard
00:02:41

Merle Haggard, MainArtist - Tommy Duncan, Composer

(C) 2010 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1970 Capitol Records Nashville

7
San Antonio Rose
Merle Haggard & The Strangers
00:02:41

Merle Haggard & The Strangers, MainArtist - Bob Wills, ComposerLyricist

(C) 2010 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1970 Capitol Records Nashville

8
I Knew The Moment I Lost You
Merle Haggard
00:03:03

T. Duncan, Composer - Merle Haggard, MainArtist - Bob Wills, Composer

(C) 2010 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1970 Capitol Records Nashville

9
Roly Poly
Merle Haggard
00:02:43

Merle Haggard, MainArtist - FRED ROSE, Composer

(C) 2010 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1970 Capitol Records Nashville

10
Old Fashioned Love
Merle Haggard
00:02:36

Cecil Mack, Composer - Merle Haggard, MainArtist - James P. Johnson, Composer

(C) 2010 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1970 Capitol Records Nashville

11
Corrine Corrina
Merle Haggard
00:02:18

Bo Chatman, Composer - Mitchell Parish, Composer - Merle Haggard, MainArtist - J. Mayo Williams, Composer

(C) 2010 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1970 Capitol Records Nashville

12
Take Me Back To Tulsa
Merle Haggard
00:02:41

Merle Haggard, MainArtist - Bob Wills, Composer - Tommy Duncan, Composer

(C) 2010 Capitol Records Nashville ℗ 1970 Capitol Records Nashville

Album Description

After releasing his tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, Merle Haggard immediately set about working on a tribute to his other major musical idol, Bob Wills. Haggard learned how to play fiddle and, within a month, he recruited many of the original Playboys to augment the Strangers and began recording the album that became A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player (Or My Salute to Bob Wills). Where Same Train, Different Time was a measured, heartfelt tribute, Best Damn Fiddle Player is a ragged, enthusiastic good time. Haggard, the Strangers, and the Playboys play their hearts out, breathing life into Wills warhorses like "Right or Wrong," "Stay a Little Longer," "Time Changes Everything," and "San Antonio Rose," while bringing attention to lesser-known songs like "Brain Cloudy Blues," "I Knew the Moment I Lost You," and "Old-Fashioned Love." The fact that Western swing re-established itself as a viable country genre after the release of A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player is a testament to the power and charm of this record.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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