Flying J. Wranglers
Flying J co-founder James Hobbs says this release is the strongest project (musically speaking) on which he has ever worked. Upon listening, I find absolutely no reason to question his assessment!
From the standpoints of both the CD’s “comfort level” of audience favorites and the additional skills of musicianship provided by Tim McCasland (lead & rhythm guitars, pedal steel and banjo) and Corinna Ripple (fiddle & vocals), the recorded effect of the Flying Js has never been stronger. Of course on this latest release you will find certain elements that have always been part of this longstanding chuckwagon supper band’s top drawer presentation. Cindy Hobbs’ astonishing yodeling (“Give Me A Pinto Pal”) and their sweet vocal blend on Western classics (and album picks) like “There’s A Rainbow Over The Range,” “Someday Soon,” “The Line Rider,” “Ragtime Cowboy Joe” and Swing tracks like “Across The Alley From The Alamo” and “Fallin’ In Love.”
If you have not yet added an album of the Flying J Wranglers to your collection, I can highly recommend this one to be your first. I won’t even ask “WHAT KEPT YOU??!!” Seriously, it’s a wonderful release! Fourteen tracks.
CD: (available through www.flyingjranch.com or calling 577-336-4330)
Rick Huff’s “Best of the West Reviews”