Sweethearts Of The Rodeo – Rodeo Waltz
1. Get Rhythm - 3:25 2. Long Time Gone - 2:57 3. Things Will Grow - 3:29 4. Hoping That You're Hoping - 2:27 5. Jenny Dreamed Of Trains - 4:19 6. Brand New Tennessee Waltz - 4:26 7. Bluegrass Boy - 2:57 8. Please Help Me I'm Falling - 3:02 9. Deep River Blues - 2:59 10. There One Morning - 3:30 11. Steel Rail Blues - 3:24 12. Broken Arrow - 5:52
Janis Gill (vocals, guitar) , Kristine Arnold (vocals) , Stuart Duncan (fiddle) , Bobby Clark / Sam Bush (mandolin) , Vince Gill (guitar) , Roy Huskey, Jr. (acoustic bass) , Kenny Malone (drums, percussion) , Pete Wasner (keyboards) , Terry McMillan (harmonica) , Joey Miscullin (accordion)
Recorded at Music Row Audio, Nashville, Tennessee.
1. AllMusic - Kelly McCartney
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.
2. Geoffrey Himes
For most folks in Nashville, the fall from a mega-company like Columbia Records to a small outfit like Sugar Hill would be a tragic blow, but it may be the best thing that ever happened to the Sweethearts of the Rodeo. On their first album for Sugar Hill, Rodeo Waltz, Janis Gill and Kristine Arnold (who grew up in Southern California as the Oliver sisters) have traded in the electrified country-pop sound of their CBS albums for acoustic country-bluegrass arrangements, which suit them far better. The country-folk approach really clicks for the Sweethearts of the Rodeo, perhaps because their voices and sensibilities are so intimate and delicate to begin with. The wooden echo of the picking by mandolinist Sam Bush, fiddler Stuart Duncan, and others has a gentle quality that fits the sisterly harmonies just right. --