Sweethearts of the Rodeo

Rodeo Waltz

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When a record starts off with a classic Johnny Cash tune like "Get Rhythm," you know you're on the right foot. When it also includes Tex Ritter's "Long Time Gone," Jesse Winchester's "Brand New Tennessee Waltz," and Gordon Lightfoot's "Steel Rail Blues," you know, at the very least, the artist has good taste in songs. And when that artist is Sweethearts of the Rodeo, you know the voices will sure be pretty and the harmonies aplenty. You could just about consider these two ladies, Janis Gill and Kristine Arnold, to be the Everly sisters. They are sisters, after all, who have been singing together since the early '60s and they cover a lot of the same musical ground that Phil and Don Everly covered. And it never hurts to have Roy Huskey, Jr. on bass and Vince Gill on guitar for you, even if you're married to one of them. In an age when country and pop are almost indistinguishable, it's nice to have a few artists dusting off some good, old tunes and offering them up to a new generation of fans.

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