If you would think about what are my most popular posts, they are not the big names or the popular records. In contrast, they are the local and regional artists. The smaller a footprint one has on the web, the more hits my blog gets. So among the top 5 posts was an album I had posted from this artist, Mr Cotton Eyed Joe himself, Al Dean. This was $4, by the way.
I was saddened to hear that Dean had passed away from cancer in October of 2016 at the age of 85. It was happy to hear though, that he was posthumously(just last month) inducted into the South Texas Music Hall of Fame. There is an excellent story about Dean and this event from this blog below.
As Dean’s bands have been family affairs, at times including his brothers, this album features his sons, and his wife Maxine. This record , released by Kik-R Records from Houston, was obviously a marketing attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the movie, Urban Cowboy. It is also my belief (which the blog above somewhat confirms), that Dean is responsible for the version of the song that most of us who grew up in this state remember. This is no small accomplishment and I can state without any sign of hyperbole, that this puts him in a signifcant place among Texas musicians. They don’t play it anymore, but it was common place at sporting events, along with the crowd hollering “Bull Shit”.
Pretty good record. All instrumentals though. If I knew this, I would have posted a few of the singing songs he did on the first record I posted, (Hell, if I knew he past, I would have posted “Roughneck Paycheck”, which was one of my favorites. Anyway, this is a collection of popular country instrumentals. I will have to note, however, that the hole on my copy is off center and as a result, the record’s sound is a tad off. Other than that, great little album.
For a sample, I went with “Release Me”. I did not go with the namesake song (which is among one of my favorites) as I posted it from the last album.
Good little album. Satisfactory. My respects to Mr Dean and his family.