T. Texas Tyler

The Best of T. Texas Tyler

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Tyler's growled vocals were his trademark, but otherwise he trod similar ground as Ernest Tubb. This CD collects 18 recordings made for the 4 Star label between 1945 and 1954, including seven Top Ten C&W hits, two of which are recitations (the oft-covered Deck of Cards and the groan-inducing Dad Gave My Dog Away). It's too bad Collectors' Choice didn't cross-license Bumming Around, his one Top 40 C&W entry for the Decca label, but otherwise this disc is a perfect collection of Tyler's most important recordings. The sound quality is sometimes rough, but The Best of T. Texas Tyler is a welcome anthology of this nearly forgotten artist.

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