In this week's episode we're featuring an irresistible live album from Hank Thompson & The Brazos Valley Boys: "At The Golden Nugget" (1961). Recorded over two nights in March of '61 during a six-week, six-night-per-week stint at Vegas' famous Golden Nugget Gambling Hall & Casino, Thompson & band are at the top of their game. Steel Guitar Hall Of Famer Bobby Garrett once said that his three years with Hank Thompson & The Brazos Valley Boys (1960-1963) was the highlight of his illustrious career. On "At The Golden Nugget" we are treated to a prime example of the musical innovation, tight musicianship and infectious brand of western swing and honky tonk that made Thompson so popular during his 50s and 60s heyday. The set list incorporates incendiary instrumental breaks and solos from the accomplished band, delightful casino ambience and Thompson's friendly disposition during and between songs. A glittering example of Billboard magazine's "Top Country & Western Touring Band" at their very peak.
- If That Ain't Country
- Hank Thompson & The Brazos Valley Boys - At The Golden Nugget
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