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A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World (Or, My Salute to Bob Wills)

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After releasing his tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, Merle Haggard immediately set about working on a tribute to his other major musical idol, Bob Wills. Haggard learned how to play fiddle and, within a month, he recruited many of the original Playboys to augment the Strangers and began recording the album that became A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player (Or My Salute to Bob Wills). Where Same Train, Different Time was a measured, heartfelt tribute, Best Damn Fiddle Player is a ragged, enthusiastic good time. Haggard, the Strangers, and the Playboys play their hearts out, breathing life into Wills warhorses like "Right or Wrong," "Stay a Little Longer," "Time Changes Everything," and "San Antonio Rose," while bringing attention to lesser-known songs like "Brain Cloudy Blues," "I Knew the Moment I Lost You," and "Old-Fashioned Love." The fact that Western swing re-established itself as a viable country genre after the release of A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player is a testament to the power and charm of this record. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Brown Skin Gal (With Narration) Merle Haggard 0:49
  3. 2 Right or Wrong Merle Haggard 2:35
  4. 3 Brain Cloudy Blues Merle Haggard 3:37
  5. 4 Stay a Little Longer Merle Haggard 2:47
  6. 5 Misery Merle Haggard 3:18
  7. 6 Time Changes Everything Merle Haggard 2:37
  8. 7 San Antonio Rose Merle Haggard 2:39
  9. 8 I Knew the Moment I Lost You Merle Haggard 2:59
  10. 9 Roly Poly Merle Haggard 2:38
  11. 10 Old Fashioned Love Merle Haggard 2:32
  12. 11 Corrine Corrina Merle Haggard 2:14
  13. 12 Take Me Back to Tulsa Merle Haggard 2:37

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