Album: Roll On
Artist: The Tumbleweeds

Here is a very enjoyable new CD by The Tumbleweeds, a recent addition to Albuquerque's class Western Swing scene. They are joined on this CD of 11 tunes by some members of The Curio Cowboys, a name synonymous with Albuquerque Western Swing.

The Tumbleweeds are Joe Carter, fiddle and vocals, Byron Ripley, guitar and vocals and Jordan Ripley, banjo and vocals. They are joined by Curio Cowboys leader John Feldman playing steel guitar, electric mandolin and vocals, Jay Rosenblum, bass and Tom Walker, drums. Art Maya plays steel guitar on two classics, Haven Gillespie's Right or Wrong and Louise Massey and the Westerners, My Adobe Hacienda.

The album opens with an intro and then from Leon McAuliffe and the Cimarron Boys, Panhandle Rag. The group then goes to the country world to borrow Hey Good Lookin' from Hank Williams. The album also includes a swinging and enjoyable Roadrunner Ramble, the exciting train tune, California Zephyr and the instrumental Rubber Dolly. Others from the Bob Wills library are Fred Rose's Home on San Antone and the classic A Maiden's Prayer. The two final tunes are a south of the border treatment to the instrumental standard Sobre Las Olas (Over the Waves) and a fantastic version of the Johnny Bond masterpiece, Cimarron.

The CD can be purchased at this link: http://tumbleweedsmusic.bandcamp.com/ It can also be obtained by mail at Byron Ripley, 515 7th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 or e-mail: TumbleweedsMusic@gmail.com

Mike Gross, KSEY-FM, Seymour, TX
May 12, 2013