Pee Wee King

Tennessee Waltz & Slowpoke

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A number of veteran (or, less charitably speaking, over-the-hill) artists made the King and Starday labels their home in the '60s. Western swing star Pee Wee King, whose commercial peak occurred in the late '40s and early '50s, was one such artist. Tennessee Waltz & Slowpoke appeared on the Nashville label, a budget subsidiary of Starday, and features 1967 re-recordings of King's two biggest hits. King's band during his heyday was the called Golden West Cowboys, but this album is credited to the New Golden West Cowboys, an ad hoc studio creation that includes King's longtime associate Redd Stewart and well-known session players such as Jerry Smith and Pete Drake. The album includes a pair of Stewart's fiddle instrumentals, "Twin Fiddle Polka" and "New Westphalia Waltz," along with several newer songs. Most of the new compositions are the work of Lee Emerson, the one-time manager of Marty Robbins and composer of "Devil Woman" who was later shot and killed by SSgt. Barry Sadler. None of these songs is anything to write home about, with the possible exception of the uptempo "Goodbye, New Orleans." Producer Tommy Hill managed to squeeze in one of his own songs, too -- "When the Lights Go Dim Downtown." The main thrust of the album seems to be to target the oldies audience with re-recordings of King's best-known hits, and as such, is not a particularly inspiring or inspired effort.