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– September 30, 2013
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One Of a Kind Although he is revered and almost deified among European afficianados, The King of the Texas Yodellers, Don Walser still remains relatively unknown among US mainstream Country Music listeners. This is truly unfortunate, because there’s really never been anyone else quite like him. Along with Rolling Stone From Texas, Texas Legend (several songs occur in different takes on both CDs), is a superb overview of a unique down-to-earth song stylist who left us too early. Don’t be without it even if you think you don’t like “corny” Country music. It’s addicting and not at all harmful to your health; it may even prove to be an effective antidepressant. Like Bob Wills (several of whose band members played with Walser as well), who hailed from and is still revered in the same “Texahoma” region, Don Walser filled a singular niche in American music history. If you ask Dwight Yoakum, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, or Jerry Jeff Walker (among others), I’m certain they’ll agree. And, at Amazon.com prices you really have no excuse not to buy it.
Where has he been all my life? I was channel surfing one night and came across the movie “Hi Lo Country” with Woodie Harrelson (not a bad movie). In one of the bar scenes, there was Don Walser singing “I’ll hold you in my Heart”! My reaction was “where have you been all my life?”. I’d never heard of him before (I had to look him up online in the credits of the movie).My babysitter as a kid had yodelled for us. I had bought an album of “old country” yodellers. But, this guy was so great that I had to have an album or two of his.I bought “Texas Legend” and I love every song on it. I’m singing it in the shower! I roll down my windows and turn the volume up when I run across any young whippersnapper with a stereo with a heavy bass rap song hurting my ears!It is the best! If I had known of him earlier, I’d have made a special pilgrimmage to Austin to hear him in person.If you like country and especially if you like country yodelling, buy this album.
Would Liked To Have Seen Him In Concert Happened to hear one of Don’s songs on a late night Austin country radio station. Had never heard of him but after that one song had to hear more! A great voice and boy can he Yodel! There are 18 songs on the CD and everyone of them is good.
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