Picks and Pans Review: The Texas Balladeer
While it may not be quite true, as the jacket blurb says, that the roly-poly Tex-Mex troubadour "wails the mudflaps off" the tunes on this LP, he does do his usual amiable job with a nice selection of old and new material. His version of the old standard Yours lends itself nicely to a verse in Spanish and has been a big single. Gotta Travel On, He's Got Nothing on Me but You and Rock Down in My Shoe all suit Fender well too, thanks partly to happy fiddling by Jimmy Belkin and arrangements by keyboardist Leo O'Neil. They make the most of the Mex side of the Tex-Mex blend. The album also includes one of the novelty highlights of the country year, Carol Perry and Bob Buelow's Walk under a Snake, which includes the line, "I could walk under a snake/And he wouldn't know I'm there/And that's just about as low as you can go."
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