“Your’re from Texas”
Reissue Production: Jeff Alexson & Tom Diamant
Graphic Design: Elizabeth Weil
Cover photo hand tinting: Elizabeth Weil
Cover photographer Robert Stinnett at a live performance in 1948 at Maple Hall in San Pablo, California
Musician’s notes by Herb Remington
Additional notes by Tom Diamant & Jeff Alexson
LP originally released in 1985
Catalog Number: LP: F-21, Cassette: C-21, CD: K-21
Side One: Texas Playboy Theme, You’re From Texas, Beaumont Rag, Lum & Abner Special (San Antonio Rose), Texarkana Baby, Little Joe The Wrangler, New Spanish Two-Step, Texas Plains
Side Two: Home In San Antone, Blue Bonnet Lane, Across The Alley From The Alamo, Along The Navajo Trail, Spanish Fandango, My Brown Eyed Texas Rose, Red River Valley, Texas Playboy Theme
Bob Wills may have lived in California during the time of these recordings, and he may have established his position in the music world while in Tulsa Oklahoma, but they were the Texas Playboys and they always had Texas in their souls. You’re From Texas a concept album featuring the intro theme which was played at the beginning of each Tiffany Transcription show and the outro theme with songs and tunes about Texas sandwiched between.
One of the songs Little Joe The Wrangler was from a poem written by Howard “Jack” Thorp and published in his book Songs Of The Cowboys. The melody was taken from Little Log Cabin in the Lane (a minstrel song written by Will S. Hays in 1871). It was immensely popular and was recorded by at least nine different artists in the 1920’s and 30’s. Thorpe was born into East Coast wealth and went to privileged schools, but went West and became a cowboy, working and collecting songs and poetry for 50 years. He preserved many traditional songs learned on the range, but this one he wrote. It is one of the few “story” songs the Playboys recorded and Tommy Duncan does a great job with the vocal. Junior thinks the song is ending after the second to the last verse and plays his outro tag, but Tommy keeps singing one more verse, then Junior and the rest of the ensemble play the outro.
Who’s the kid on the album cover photo? What a photo, thanks Bob Stinnett.