Celebrating with Friends

Celebrating with Friends

by Johnny Gimble


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Johnny Gimble is one of the most accomplished and beloved fiddlers in country music history, but he's released relatively few recordings under his own name considering that he's spent some seven decades in the business. The self-descriptive Celebrating with Friends may, however, go down as the definitive statement among his solo efforts; a tribute to both Gimble's songwriting and fiddling, its biggest selling point is undoubtedly the participation of marquee names like Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, and Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson, but the star of the album is undeniably Johnny Gimble. Gimble, despite being an octogenarian at the time of the album's release, has retained a youthful spring in his playing and his vocals as well. Regardless of who else appears on a given track (the last, incidentally, is a Garrison Keillor Prairie Home Companion tribute from 1994, "Owed to Johnny Gimble," with Gimble on fiddle), when Gimble's bow touches the strings, that track comes to life. Of course, it's enjoyable to listen to Nelson (on the Gershwins' "Lady Be Good"), Hag ("Sweet Georgia Brown"), and the others interacting with the leader, but overall the "friends" do what they're supposed to do: reaffirm that it was Johnny Gimble who contributed so much of the swing to Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys' Western swing and remind listeners that he's still at it.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/16/2010
Label: Cmh Records
UPC: 0027297909526
catalogNumber: 9095
Rank: 91142

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Gimble   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Vocals
Merle Haggard   Vocals
Willie Nelson   Vocals
Pat Donohue   Guitar
Garrison Keillor   Vocals
Ray Benson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Vince Gill   Vocals
Danny Levin   Piano
Rick McRae   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
David Sanger   Drums
Dale Watson   Vocals
Kenny Frazier   Electric Guitar
Dick Gimble   Bass
Jesse Dayton   Vocals
Rick McCrae   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Eddie Rivers   Steel Guitar
Emily Gimble   Vocals
Jason Roberts   Fiddle,Vocals,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Gimble   Composer
Pat Donohue   Composer
Garrison Keillor   Composer
Col. Jim Silvers   Executive Producer
Ray Benson   Producer
Lou Bradley   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jon Langford   Cover Painting
Larry Seyer   Engineer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Chet Flippo   Liner Notes
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Vance Powell   Engineer
Adam Odor   Engineer
Sam Seifert   Engineer
Peter Wolak   Executive Producer
Adam Abraham   Art Direction
J. Campbell   Composer
B. Bernie   Composer
T. Shapiro   Composer
Matt Hubbard   overdub engineer

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