We lost the legendary "ambassador", Nick DeMaio, in December 2015. Prior to his passing he travelled to Nashville and recorded this, his last album with legendary Nashville musicians and some members of Gunsmoke, the band that he has been an integral part of for years. The album includes ten tunes, all emanating from Texas dance hall music, Bob Wills or classic country. The Nashville legends are Buddy Spicher-fiddle, Lloyd Green- steel, Hargus "Pig" Robbins- piano, Pete Wade- electric and rhythm guitar, Gene Chrisman- drums and David Spicher- bass. One of Nick's sons and talented Gunsmoke steel guitarist, Jeff DeMaio is heard playing steel on Cindy Walker's Bubbles in My Beer from the Bob Wills library. Another Gunsmoke member and Nick's granddaughter, Christina Mae DeMaio is heard doing harmony vocals. Other harmony vocalists are Angelo Natalie and Larry Marrs.
The album opens in the Texas dance hall mood with Jim Kandy's One Too Many Memories. Others in this style are Word Games, Losing You Just Dawned on Me Today, Country Johnny Mathis' Please Talk to My Heart, Jim Kandy's Occasional Wife and Ray Pillow and Kent Westberry's, You're One Memory I'd Like to Make Again. Country classics that are beautifully remade are You're the Best Thing from the Ray Price library and Marty Robbins' The Same Two Lips. Another gem from Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys is Fred Rose's You Don't Care What Happens to Me.
This album can be obtained for $12.including shipping from Gunsmoke, 7 Red Cedar Dr., Darien, CT 06820. You can also check Gunsmokeband.com
Mike Gross, KSEY-FM, Seymour, TX & KTNK-AM, Lompoc, CA