Lake Travis Fiddlers | I Hear You Talkin'

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I Hear You Talkin'

by Lake Travis Fiddlers

This Fiddlers album features 15 classic tunes from loosely related genres. The album is a cornucopia of favorites including several jazz and Western swing standards, a not-so-famous rock and roll ditty, a mariachi melody, and a popular Stevie Wonder song.
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1. Blue Skies
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2. Exactly Like You
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3. It's a Good Day
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4. I Hear You Talkin'
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5. Ida Red
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6. Yearning (Just for You)
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7. Cajun Fiddle
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8. My Confession
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9. Crazy Man, Crazy (feat. Ray Benson)
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10. I Wonder
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11. Along the Navajo Trail
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12. Roly Poly
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13. Take Me Back to Tulsa
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14. Los Laureles
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15. Sir Duke
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Lake Travis Fiddlers are proud to ring in 2017 with the release of their sophomore album, I HEAR YOU TALKIN’. The album, recorded in the spring and summer of 2016, is a musical cornucopia of favorites including several jazz and Western swing standards, a not-so-famous rock and roll ditty, a beautiful mariachi melody, and a popular song by Stevie Wonder. "Some of the songs we play don't fall into the fiddle or Western swing category but what they all have in common is that they lend themselves to a strong fiddle-based approach," said Anna Macias, director of the group. “We decided to record at Bismeaux Studio again because, well, it’s a no-brainer,” said Macias. “It’s where Ray and his band record their albums and we figure if it is good enough for Asleep at the Wheel it’s probably good enough for us! Seriously, they know how to record fiddles.”

Macias said that some band members were disappointed that they didn’t see studio owner, Ray Benson, during recording. “They were pleasantly surprised when they discovered that he had taken the time to come in and sing the lead vocals for ‘Crazy Man, Crazy’ on the album,” said Macias. “Ray is beyond generous. I mean, who does that? With his schedule? Ray will always hold a special place in the heart of this band!”

The Lake Travis Fiddlers, founded in 2000 by Orchestra director Anna Macias, is a group of talented Lake Travis middle and high school students who meet before, after, and sometimes during school to learn and play Western swing music. As the primary fundraising performance group for the LTHS Orchestras, they play around the Texas hill country at public events such as festivals and grand openings. The Fiddlers also perform at private events such as birthday parties, banquets, and weddings.

This album, featuring 15 classic tunes from loosely related genres, is a good representation of the kind of music the group performs on stages in and around Austin, Texas. The first three songs, “Blue Skies,” “Exactly Like You” and “It’s a Good Day” are popular standards from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, respectively. “I Hear You Talkin,” the namesake of the album, was penned by Cindy Walker, one of the greatest country music songwriters of all time. “Ida Red” is an old folk tune that was made famous in the 1930s by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. You’ll find this barnburner song in the repertoire of most Western swing bands. “Yearning (Just For You)” is a popular tune written in the 1920s by Benny Davis and Joe Burke. It was sung by Gene Austin, who is considered to have been the first “crooner.” The song has been recorded by many artists, including Bob Wills, who of course took the song and made it swing. JD Pendey’s arrangement of this song harkens back and pays homage to the songwriters. “Cajun Fiddle’’ is a popular fiddle tune that was written by Buck Owen’s band leader, Don Rich. “My Confession,” a classic Bob Wills tune, was arranged for the fiddle group by Erik Hokkanen. “Crazy Man, Crazy” is an early rock and roll song written by, and first recorded by Bill Haley and His Comets in 1953. This somewhat rowdy, upbeat tune is followed by a more subdued tune called “I Wonder” which was written in the 1970s by Leroy Preston, an early member of Asleep at the Wheel. “Along the Navajo Trail” is a classic country western song that has been recorded by many artists. Lest our fans forget that we are indeed a Western swing band at heart, two more Western swing standards are thrown into the mix. We tried to keep “Roly Poly” simple and play it pretty much like everyone else does. On the other hand, our arrangement of “Take Me Back to Tulsa” is much tighter than most covers of this song. Similar to our version of “Ida Red,” the instrumental solos are shorter than you usually hear. Two “oddball” selections round out the musical offering. A beautiful mariachi melody called “Los Laureles” is the Fiddlers' nod to our neighbors south of the border. And “Sir Duke,” by Stevie Wonder, is our acknowledgement that good music is good music regardless of the year it was written or the musical genre in which it resides. As the song begins, “Music is a world within itself with a language we all understand.”

“I hope someone who listens to this CD can tell the difference between what we are doing now and what we were doing three years ago when we recorded our debut album,” said Macias. “Our first album was sort of an introduction to the group and the kinds of songs we like to perform. I hope this album shows that the group has become a more sophisticated band. For example, most of our new songs are specifically arranged with three-part harmonies for the fiddles and some songs have twin-guitar parts.”

So, where do the Fiddlers go from here? Ms. Macias said, “As a performance group, we just have to keep getting better. We may be near the limit of how many songs we can realistically have in our band repertoire. At this time, a student has to learn more than thirty songs to be able to perform with the group. And they are with us for only a few years, then they graduate! So, I would like to take what we have now and work more on our act — the live performance.”

For more information or to book the Fiddlers, please contact Ms. Anna Macias at 512-533-6161 or send an email to maciasa@ltisdschools.org.

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