Johnny Gimble, Celebrating With Friends [CMH]

Texas swing has never swung harder than it does on Celebrating With Friends, where celebrated fiddler Johnny Gimble pairs up with pals Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and others. Johnny’s band is seriously smokin’, fanned into a fury by Johnny’s son Dick Gimble on bass. Dick’s doghouse solo on “Sweet Georgia Brown” is sweet as a peach, Johnny’s fiddle and mandolin work is delish, and the album’s electric and steel guitar playing is stellar. The album’s deep swing just goes to show that headbanging isn’t just for the edgy set—crank up the Gimble and you’ll be wobbling your noggin like a dashboard bobblehead on a country road.
By Brian Fox ,

Texas swing has never swung harder than it does on Celebrating With Friends, where celebrated fiddler Johnny Gimble pairs up with pals Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and others. Johnny’s band is seriously smokin’, fanned into a fury by Johnny’s son Dick Gimble on bass. Dick’s doghouse solo on “Sweet Georgia Brown” is sweet as a peach, Johnny’s fiddle and mandolin work is delish, and the album’s electric and steel guitar playing is stellar. The album’s deep swing just goes to show that headbanging isn’t just for the edgy set—crank up the Gimble and you’ll be wobbling your noggin like a dashboard bobblehead on a country road.