My ranking has almost nothing to do with the single
Rideing With PVT. Malone. Ball is back to his Texas roots.
My fave: Linger Awhile
2. Traveling Singing Man / Justin Trevino
Justin has got to be treditionel countrys Stevie Wonder
His 3rd album finds him at Lonestar Music Group
beside his idol Johnny Bush. Look for covers from Mel
Tillis to Faron Young to the title track from Justin Tubb.
If you ever get to ride with Justin during a country oldies
show on the radio he will keep you on your toes in trivia
3 Little Sparrow / Dolly Parton
While I had this album in mind for top 10 from the start,
there's a sad interesting side note.
My Cd's are right there beside my supplys. On
the morning of Feb 15 while I was cleaning bus interiors
I had this CD on and it seemed to grab me emotionaly. A
few hours later I found out my father had passed away in HI
around the same hour.
"In the sweet by and by we shall meet on that beautiful shore"
4 Del and the Boys / Del McCoury Band
I ordered "The Cold Hard Fact's" back in 1997 not knowing
it was bluegrass. I did a double take when I saw this album
includes Leaning the Blue's. What amazing vocals and pickers
5 The Earth Rolls On / Shaver
Who would know that Eddie would pass away just before this
album was released. Billy Joe's emotionel vocals just keep lingering on. 6 Roots Vol 1 / Merle Haggard featuring Norm Stephens
I added this one after the first listen. Haggard has always
known how to phrase Lefty including the 1950's feel of I've Got
A Tender Heart with help from Lefty's guitarest Norm Stephens and
Norm Hamlett on steel guitar
7 A Town Blues / Wayne Hancock
Wayne your in and out of the sudio approch will always impress me
as much as some of your company on stage
8. No Stranger To A Tele / Red Vockart
One of the more noted tours of 2001 were 4 acts from Hightone
called the Twangbangers. However my nod goes to the master
of the telecaster for some great arrangments and decent bass
vocals. Look for one of his shows if you ever get to Austin
9. Every Song I Write Is For You / Dale Watson
A true tearjerker and quite a contrast from Watson's honky
tonk material. This album was therapy for getting over Terry's
passing and grief that almost killed him too.
10 More Songs of Route 66 / various
Once again originals and covers blend to continue the story
of the Great American Highway. An interest note is I had as a child
an EP of Perry Como including Route 66 and You Came a Long Way From
St. Louis. The LeRoy brothers version of "Calafornia Sun" is a nice