Album: Brothers, Legends and Friends
Ronnie Miller is a fantastic steel guitar player whose Western Swing background goes back to being a part of the early 1970's band of the late Billy Thompson. Today, Ronnie can be found playing steel in Charley Pride's wonderful Pridesmen band. Charley and this band is only one part of the guest list on this new CD of 12 classics dedicated to the late steel guitar legend John Hughey with liner notes by another steel icon, Lloyd Green. In addition to Charley other guest vocalists are Vince Gill, Daryle Singletary, Laney Hicks and Billy Martin.
Ronnie is joined by Billy and his other Pridesmen band mates, Reggie Reuffer the album's awesome fiddler, Danny Hutchins, Derek Spigener and Ron Jones. Other guest musicians are Kenny Vaughan, Terry Downs, Scott Moody, Jerry Massey and Steve Howard. The background voices are those of Dawn Sears, La Donna Brewer-Capps and Danny Hutchins. The album opens in a Western Swing mood with Rocky Caple's Sawed Off Shotgun.
Other pure instrumentals are a Western Swing item borrowed from Merle Haggard's Strangers, Steelin' Corn, Blood Sweat & Tears' Spinning Wheel, What a Fool Believes from the Doobie Brothers and I Can See Clearly Now, originally from pop music's Johnny Nash and later brought back as a steel instrumental by Lloyd Green. This album is also a true John Hughey dedication, with his widow Jean's blessing, with guest Vince Gill's vocal on Look at Us and Daryle Singletary's vocals on, both a six plus minute Conway Twitty-John Hughey Medley and Lost in the Feeling. The Texas dance hall sound is present with Billy Martin's vocal on What a Way to Live, from the great Johnny Bush, Daryle bringing back the late Johnny Paycheck's A-11 and Laney Hicks reprising the Connie Smith hit Cry, Cry, Cry. The album closes with Ronnie and The Pridesmen with Charley on vocal doing a ten minute Charley Pride Medley.
This CD can be obtained for $15 plus shipping at www.ronniemillermusic.com
Mike Gross, KSEY-FM, Seymour, TX