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Country All-Stars

String Dustin' (vinyl EP)

Review by Gary Hill

Chet Atkins is a legend within and without country music. In 1952 he put together the Country All-Stars and recorded this set of instrumentals (one song has vocals).  The music here is all intriguing. While it's billed as country, and there is country at the core of a lot of it, it really transcends that label, wandering into jazz and more. This is quite an intriguing set of music. This new edition is a 10-inch record on orange vinyl. It's also all class.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2019  Volume 6 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Side 1
             
Marie

This has a bouncy old-school country sound at its heart. The twang guitar brings an intriguing musical texture to it.

In A Little Spanish Town (T'was On A Night Like This)
A mid-tempo number, this has a bit of a swing to it. It's a stylish piece with some killer picking and style.
When It's Darkness On The Delta
A slow moving number, the pedal steel and picked guitar work well together to create a real sense of magic.
Sweet Georgia Brown
This old chestnut gets a classy telling in this instrumental country treatment.
Song Of The Wanderer (Where Shall I Go)
I love the piano work on this smoking hot tune. It has plenty of blues and jazz built into it. It's a nice change of pace and one of the standout tunes here.
Side 2
 
The Lady In Red

A Spanish guitar vibe brings this into being, and the cut works out from there, reflecting that tone and style.

Stompin' At The Savoy
I dig the groove on this cut. It has a swinging, shuffling kind of element along with plenty of classy jamming.
Midnight Train
A classic blues mode brings this number into being. It has a tasty grind to it. There is a bit of a train sound built into the number, particularly from some of the slide guitar. The fiddle brings some magic to the table, too.
Indiana March
The guitar really sells this classy jam. It's another fun one. It has some jazz along with old school bluegrass and more.
Do Something
The closer is the only song with vocals, and it has some killer shuffling old-school country at its soul.
 
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