This new CD is a wonderful combination of 15 songs where Tommy pays tribute to Western Swing legend Leon Rausch. The music opens from the Bob Wills songbook with the old pop standard brought back by Wills, Yearning and then from Pee Wee King Gad About. Also from Bob Wills are Lee Ross’ Heart to Heart Talk, O.W. Mayo’s Blues for Dixie, Cindy Walker’s Goin’ Away Party, End of the Line and the standard Sittin’ on Top of the World. Then from the Wills library there is Hang Your Head in Shame, I Laugh When I Think How I Cried Over You and Cindy Walker’s Baby That Sure Would Go Good. Also brought back are the Wills compositions and hits, My Confession, Goodby Liza Jane, Sooner or Later and Goodnight Little Sweetheart Goodnight. The album closes with the instrumental from the Wills book and the Andy Razaf pen, Silver Lake Blues.
Tommy is the lead vocalist with Albert Tally playing steel guitar, Brady Bowen- fiddle and vocal harmony and the fiddle, electric mandolin, vocals and steel guitar of Jason Roberts. Larry Reed plays sax, Tony Ramsey- drums and John Jones plays stand-up bass and does vocal harmonies. Wayne Glasson plays piano, Tom Jones standard guitar and clarinet and vocal harmonies by Gil Prather.
This CD can be obtained for $20.00 from Tommy Thomsen, 20570 Pueblo Rd, Sonoma, CA 95476.
Mike Gross, KSEY-FM, Seymour, TX and KTNK-AM, Lompoc CA
November 25, 2018