Album: Leanin' On The Legends
Artist: Jimmy Burson

A few seasons back Jimmy Burson had a terrific album out called Texas In The Swing. Now Jimmy is back with another killer of a CD. In this new CD produced by Jimmy and the very talented former Asleep At The Wheel member Chris Booher, we find 13 standards borrowed from both the Western Swing and popular music fields. Each tune is given a new and exciting touch with Jimmy's beautiful voice and some of the hottest picking that human hands are capable of producing.

The band features Chris Booher playing piano and members of his very talented family, Ben Booher doing bass and Brendan Booher playing the hot fiddle. Ronnie Shultz also plays bass and Brent Dacus is behind the drums. A real highlight is two incredible musicians showing off their stuff. Tommy Nash is heard doing some wicked guitar licks and Gary Carpenter sends you into space with his steel guitar magic. Jimmy Burson handles all of the vocals and John Sharp is the harmony vocalist.

The album opens with Don't Get Around Much Anymore from the big band and the pen of Duke Ellington. Another tune from the big band era is There I Said It Again. Jimmy goes to the Bob Wills collection for Rusty McDonald's I Didn't Realize, Cindy Walker's Blue Bonnet Lane, Herb Henson and Jelly Sanders' Waltzing In Old San Antone, Keeper Of My Heart and My Window Faces The South. Jimmy also goes south of the border for a couple, the Bert Kaemfert composition and Al Martino hit Spanish Eyes and Adobe Hacienda from the pen and hit parade of Louise Massey and her Westerners. Other popular music standards brought back are the Mills Brothers memory You Always Hurt The One You Love and the beautiful My Mother's Eyes. Gene Autry wrote and originally scored with You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven which Bob Wills brought back in the 1960s with Leon Rausch on vocal. The final tune Slowpoke was written by and recorded for a million seller by Pee Wee King and his legendary vocalist Redd Stewart.

The album can be obtained from Jimmy Burson, Box 195, Silverton, TX 79257 for $15 plus $1 for shipping. It can also be ordered by e-mailing Jimmy at jbtxintheswing@odsy.net

Mike Gross, WVOF-FM, Fairfield, CT
March 29, 2004