Asleep At The Wheel: Ray Benson (vocals, guitar); Cindy Cashdollar (steel guitar); Jason Roberts (mandolin, fiddle, background vocals); Michael Francis (clarinet, alto, tenor & baritone saxophones); Chris Booher (piano); David Miller (bass, background vocals); David Sanger (drums).
Additional personnel: Willie Nelson, The Manhattan Transfer, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, Merle Haggard, Lee Ann Womack, Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, Steve Wariner, Vince Gill, Dwight Yoakam, Don Walser, Ray Benson, Tracy Byrd, Clay Walker, Mark Chesnutt, Clint Black (vocals); Tommy Allsup (guitar); Herb Remington (steel guitar); Johnny Gimble (mandolin, fiddle); Floyd Domino, Curly Hollingsworth (piano); Viktor Kraus (bass); The Dixie Chicks, The Squirrel Nut Zippers.
Recorded in California, Tennessee and Texas in 1998 & 1999. Includes liner notes by Ray Benson.
RIDE WITH BOB won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Recording Package. "Bob's Breakdown" won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance. RIDE WITH BOB was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Country Album. "Going Away Party" and "Roly Poly" were nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals.
"Cherokee Maiden" won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo Or Group With Vocal.
Performers include: Tracy Byrd, Shawn Colvin, The Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, Manhattan Transfer, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, Clay Walke, Don Walser, Steve Wariner, Lee Ann Womack, Dwight Yoakam.
THE MAKING OF RIDE WITH BOB was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video.
Tributee: Bob Wills.
Recording information: Bismeaux Studio (06/08/1998-03/15/1999); Hum Depot (06/08/1998-03/15/1999); Loud Recording, Nashville, TN (06/08/1998-03/15/1999); Westwood Studio (06/08/1998-03/15/1999).
Arrangers: Ray Benson; Tim "Herb" Alexander ; Janis Seigel.
Ray Benson, the driving force behind the 1993 all-star CD A TRIBUTE TO BOB WILLS, continues his role as keeper of the Western Swing flame with RIDE WITH BOB. An all-star lineup gathers to salute music that's jazzy, bluesy, toe-tapping and just plain fun. AATW serves as the "house band," as each guest artist steps up to the mike to demonstrate how Wills' music lends itself to a variety of arrangements and any number of wildly disparate vocal styles.
The track featuring Willie Nelson and Manhattan Transfer is just as good a fit as the one featuring the Squirrel Nut Zippers, for example. Other highlights include Tim McGraw's bluesy take on "Milk Cow Blues," and longtime Wills booster Merle Haggard's terrific version of "St. Louis Blues." Dwight Yoakam was born to sing "New San Antonio Rose," while Reba McEntire, tearing into "Right or Wrong," sounds like she hasn't had so much fun in years. While these marquee names are the obvious draw on RIDE WITH BOB--other artists include the Dixie Chicks, Clint Black and Shawn Colvin--the quality of the music itself can't be denied. As Clint Black sings near the end of the CD, "Bob Wills Is Still the King."
Q (9/00, p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A rootin' tootin' treat..."
Dirty Linen (12/99-1/00, p.59) - "...the P.T.Barnum of western swing....an agreeably matched set of theater and arena-scaled collaborations..."
Mojo (Publisher) (12/00, p.132) - "...Arguably the band's most star-studded offering. A tribute to the music of the Texas Playboys..."