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Don Walser

Here's To Country Music – 1999 (Sire)

Reviewed by Brian Steinberg

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Don Walser's got a good thing going. And he sure isn't about to mess it up with another rollicking album of the sweetest country swing this side of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. Walser doesn't veer much from his usual formula, but his modus operandi is so out of sync with modern standards that he doesn't need to stretch out on each outing. In fact, maybe he, Dale Watson and Wayne Hancock ought to consider forming their own supergroup of ultra-trad country crooners.

All the songs hail from the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's, but Walser puts an up-to-date sheen on the proceedings. In any case, a few listens to the half-sung-half-spoken title track, the sway-as-you-go "Arkansas,:" sung with Teddy Wilburn of The Wilburn Brothers, or the jukebox vibe of Red Foley's "Tennessee Saturday Night" ought to set toes tapping.