Steel guitarist John Lang has just produced and played steel guitar on this fantastic new project. Besides playing top class steel guitar, John surrounded himself with some of Southern Michigan's top musicians and vocalists and this gem of 11 tunes is the end result.
In addition to John, these musicians are Chuck Anderson- bass and vocals, Drew DeFour and Jim King- piano, Todd Glass and Mark Sutton-drums, Mitch Manns and Jake Reichbart- guitars, Steven Mullan- accordion and the fiddles of Dave Mosher and Mary Seelhorst. Mary is also heard on vocal on Bobby Troup's Route 66.
The album opens with Bill Bynum on vocal from the Leon McAuliffe hit parade with Jimmy Hall's T-U-L-S-A Straight Ahead. Bill is also the vocalist on three Bob Wills classics, Fred Rose's Roly Poly, Bring it on Down to My House and Take Me Back to Tulsa. Bill also is heard on Tommy Camfield and Diane Johnston's Miles and Miles of Texas from Asleep at the Wheel. Also from Asleep at the Wheel Jill Jack is the vocalist on two Leroy Preston compositions, I Wonder and My Baby Thinks He's a Train. Carrie Shepard and John Holk are featured on vocal on the old pop standard that became Western Swing, Old Fashioned Love and Tosha Owens brings back the vocal on Denver Darling and Vaughn Horton's Choo Choo Ch' Boogie. The final item features Kin Curran on vocal on the pop standard Ain't Misbehavin.
This CD gem can be obtained from John Lang, 3523 Steeplechase Lane, Loveland, OH 45140. The cost is $15 plus shipping.
Mike Gross, KSEY-FM, Seymour, TX and www.swinginwest.com