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Sunday, July 5, 2015

10 Favorite Johnny Gimble Recordings: Part 1

If you do not already know who Johnny Gimble was, a quick internet search will provide ample information about his life, awards, fiddling and more. The following is a short list of some of my favorite moments captured of his fiddling. Listen to them for yourself. What are your favorites?


#10:
  I Needed You (feat. Dale Watson) 
The moment I heard this tune, I had to learn it. The classic story and perfect swing tune, written by Johnny and sung by the inimitable Dale Watson. If this don't ring your bell, your clapper's broke!


#9:
  Cotton-Eyed Joe-Texas 
Johnny Gimble himself plays old Texas favorites. Great cruising music made even better by the master, Johnny Gimble.


#8:
  Under the "X" in Texas 
This is a must-have album. The title track is a classic Texas pride tune written by Johnny. Where else would anyone rather be?


#7:
  All Night Long 
Here's Johnny with Mr. Bob Wills in a classic recording. Gimble worked with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys for many years. What an honor it must have been when Bob decided to record one of Johnny's own songs!


#6:
  Fiddlin' Around 
One of the most virtuoustic violinists of all time recorded this Johnny Gimble tune on his album, Heroes. He even included Johnny on the recording and they won a Grammy! How cool is that?


To be continued...


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