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Various Artists - XIT (Ten in Texas)

(Ten In Texas)

Various Artists

Available from Ice House Music

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic (

Ten in Texas may not be an earth-shattering or even jalapeno shaking event (do we really need another version of ol' Willie singing Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys or Aaron Watson's formulaic take on Holly's True Love Ways?), but it sure as hell beats listening to Texan in the White House and his band of self-righteous avengers.

The highlight here is Joe Ely's soulful take on Kristofferson's classic Sunday Morning Coming Down, which had me scrambling through the vinyl for my old Kris records. Guy Clark's jumping Texas Cookin' gets a rousing and rigorous kick off by Ruthie Foster, whom I think we should all hear more from. This lady can sing! Long time Bob Wills torchbearers Asleep At The Wheel light up Don Rollins' The Other Woman.

A crackerjack band, including Dave Sarger, Lloyd Maines, James Polk, and Jason Roberts add the lone star punch.

Track List:

  • Texas Cookin' - Ruthie Foster
  • Honky Tonk Heroes - Carolyn Wonderland
  • True Love Ways - Aaron Watson
  • Sunday Morning Coming Down - Joe Ely
  • Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music - Gary P. Nunn
  • The Other Woman - Asleep At The Wheel
  • Cowboy - Terri Hendrix
  • The Grand Tour - Dale Watson
  • There's A Little Bit of Everything in Texas - Johnny Bush & Cornell Hurd
  • Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys - Willie Nelson
Produced by: Ray Benson

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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