"Rancho Rhythm Roundup"
Authentic Western Swing is still alive and well in Austin, Texas!
This 2002 release from Herb Steiner is packed full of classic C6th
stylings and perfect push-pull tone. True to the genre, there are
plenty of twin guitar and twin fiddle ensemble parts, but the steel
is the featured instrument on all of the tunes. The arrangements
and steel heads are like text-book lessons in Western Swing.
Herb's Retrobillies are among the best Western Swing players in
the world. They are: Rick McRae on guitar, Howard Kalish on fiddles,
Terry Hale on bass, Floyd Domino on piano and Lisa Pankratz on drums.
These players are note-perfect on the ensemble parts, but
also can come up with swinging solos on demand. Herb's playing is
up to the challenge of this first-rate band as he takes improvisational
rides of his own in many of the songs. His phrasing and touch demonstrate
a complete understanding and sensitivity to the western style of
playing. I think this is Herb Steiner's best effort to date.
- Rancho Boogie
- Coconut Grove
- Joaquin Special
- On The Alamo
- Little Coquette
- Blue Skirt Waltz
- Tennessee Stomp
- Steel Guitar Jubilee
- Pennies From Heaven
- Tuxedo Junction
- Steel Guitar Rag
Tab and Rhythm Tracks
for this album are also available.