Ernest Tubb

The Importance of Being Ernest

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Ernest Tubb's fourth LP release and second album of new recordings was a sort of concept album, with side one consisting of numbers new to his repertory, including Cindy Walker's "I Wonder Why I Worry Over You," the rollicking "Educated Mama" (with its "Folsom Prison Blues" beat), and Justin Tubb's "That, My Darlin', Is Me," and older songs, among them Hank Williams' "I'm a Long Gone Daddy" and "Your Cheatin' Heart," and the old Bob Wills standard "San Antonio Rose." These were also Tubb's first stereo releases, and he took well to the new configuration. His voice had softened and mellowed somewhat by this time and, if anything, had a more attractive quality for this material. "Your Cheatin' Heart" doesn't come off as well as "I'm a Long Gone Daddy," although Tubb sings it very smoothly and sweetly. The Texas Troubadours backing him up now included steel player Buddy Emmons and Johnny Johnson on rhythm guitar.

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