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Peter Ward — blues and swing: Press

    • “The CD captures not only the spirit of Bob Wills; it also captures the great musicianship he demanded. Herb Remington and all the other musicians on this album more than demonstrate that" — Dr. Charles R. Townsend, author of "San Antonio Rose: The Life and Music of Bob Wills." 


•  "I have listened to regional bands play Bob Wills music for years: Texas, Oklahoma, California, Arizona, Tennessee, etc. But this is a delightful first — New England Bob Wills. This CD deserves a big Bob Wills AAAHHHAA."   


• The Lone Pine Western Swing Band has “not compromised Bob Wills Style one iota in order to appeal to a modern age. Bob would never compromise either."

Dr. Charles R. Townsend, author of "San Antonio Rose: The Life and Music of Bob Wills." - letter (Apr 16, 2010)

Howdy Peter,

     I received your great CD, “GOODBYE LIZA JANE” with 19 very fine tracks, and all have Bob Wills' soul weaving over the tracks; nobody can be in doubt about where your inspiration comes from.  

    Now I won’t pick out one song for another, but will rather say, you have done a masterpiece that Bob Wills would have appreciated as well as me.  I love them old songs like Deep Water / Ida Red / Get Along Home Cindy /Little Joe The Wrangler just to mention few, but also have to say there ain’t a track I don’t like, not one single one. 

    When I saw the art work on the cover, I knew exactly what I could expect to hear. The recording quality is just superb, nothing to blame, all is in the best quality as maybe annoy me a little bit, because I’m known as a hard judge in my reviews, but here I’m speechless. 

     The great warm sound in both music and lyric impress me, as absolutely not sound as Digital recording, but as the same warm sound filled with space as them old LP albums from back then. It was a compliment because CD and digital sound don’t impress me, and in my ears feels sterile and cold, but absolutely not in this case.  The sound is clear like a Church bell, and your voice is well sounding as Analogy treatment, something hard to find nowadays.

     Your CD will receive airplay in my shows, where I proud will present you and the fine backing, and be sure I won’t forget to praise GANDY DANCER RECORDS, for this heavenly sound.

    

Dann Hansen, dee-jay Radio CMR 105,5 in Sweden and A&R Director at Hanging Tree Records in Denmark - letter, Nov. 17, 2010 (Nov 17, 2010)

The following was translated from French

 

Peter comes from New England, an area not really under a western swing trend, but after his discovery of Bob, he headed for Texas to enjoy the music played by "the last Playboys" in the original place, as he reports nicely in the booklet.

First of all, his friends and him are blues musicians, this gives a special colour to their versions (among them "Milk Cow Blues" from Duke Robillard is a piece of anthology). If these musicians — except Herb, a former member to whom a good part is reserved — had been auditioned to get into "the Playboys,"no doubt the super violinist Rick Dubois and the others would have been hired.

The choice of the numbers is intelligent, it reflects the many trends of the « Western Swing » : blues, cowboys songs, swing, folk songs. A lot of fun in the listening. Good job !

Bernard Boyat - Cri du Coyote (Cry of the Coyote — French music magazine) (Jul 18, 2010)

   "This is a wonderful new CD by a really super Western Swing band from Massachusetts. There is also a very special guest that joins them on all 19 cuts of the album, both Western Swing and Steel Guitar Hall of Fame icon, Herb Remington. The material is mostly from Bob Wills, Tommy Duncan and Johnnie Lee Wills." 

Mike Gross of WVOF-FM, Fairfield CT and www.Swingin' West.com - Western Swing Monthly

"When I rated your CD, I rated it between 1 + 4 and gave it a 3 1/2. That's almost perfect" — Glenn P. White, Oklahoma

Glenn P. White, respected Bob Wills historian - personal letter (Apr 28, 2010)