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Album Review

Like all of the entries in the Live at Billy Bob's Texas series, this does not divulge the date of recording, but one can reasonably assume it's from a show not long before the CD's mid-2000 release. Clark is still an excellent, fast-as-anyone guitar picker, as heard on this set's instrumentals. Those instrumentals cover a lot of ground, too: the jazz standard "Caravan," "Riders in the Sky," the bluegrass perennials "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and "Dueling Banjos," "Malaguena," "El Cumbanchero," and (least successfully) "Lara's Theme." He still sings, too — unfortunately, one could say, given both the lesser material he applies his vocals to and the good-natured but limited, gruff tone of his voice. The overall effect is a bit schizophrenic, if fairly typical of all-around shows that some country stars like to give. Pretty hillbilly-sounding instrumentals are interspersed with sentimental, drippy MOR country ballads like "Love Takes Two" and "Yesterday When I Was Young," though the corny, satirical "Thank God and Greyhound" breaks up that mood a bit. The audience eats it up, though, and also responds favorably to his mildly amusing stage announcements. Too bad the band, which plays pretty well, includes an ill-chosen synthesizer (though that instrument isn't extremely prominent).

Customer Reviews

Who writes the album reviews??

One would think, that in the age of digital mastery, Apple could have someone who actually knows music write the album review. It's not my favorite. Yet, I know enough to know that "hillbilly sounding" is not the correct term for bluegrass or country music. Itunes dissappoints again... All in all, if you like Roy Clark and his humor from back-in-the-day, you'll enjoy his endless wit and the banter between him and the band. Even if you don't like "hillbilly" music.

Underrated Master

I doubt I could disagree more with most of the "official" iTunes review for this collection. This is beautiful music by a grandmaster of several instruments. Roy Clark has been dazzling people for decades and this showcase album is a rare treat for those who've never had a chance to see him in person. He'd be the first to say his voice isn't what it used to be but boy do his fingers more than make up for that. I, for one, still love his voice and the nuance he can put into songs with it, perhaps in ways he wasn't able to do before. If you like acoustic guitar, fiddle, banjo or the like, you cannot go wrong with this.

Roy Clark is the Best Entertainer

I love this Cd it is my favorite cd of all that i have. Roy Clark is the best singer and guitar player ever . Listen to Ghost Riders in the Sky i believe that you will agree with me. Nobody can pick like Roy.

I would give this cd a 10 rating it is great.

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Biography

Born: April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, VA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the '70s, Roy Clark symbolized country music in the U.S. and abroad. Between guest-hosting for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show and performing to packed houses in the Soviet Union on a tour that sold out all 18 concerts, he used his musical talent and his entertaining personality to bring country music into homes across the world. As one of the hosts of TV's Hee Haw (Buck Owens was the other) for more than 20 years, Clark picked and sang and offered country corn to 30 million people weekly. He...
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