After decades of playing Texas dancehalls, Don Walser
enjoyed his first national recognition in 1994, thanks to the gleeful celebration of his unmistakable vocal talent in Rolling Stone from Texas
. Texas Top Hand
finds him enjoying the fruits of his success by taking a few songs uptown. Working again with producer Ray Benson
of Asleep at the Wheel
again yodels with unabashed acrobatic delight and soars with nimble, full-throated joy through country classics and old-sounding new tunes. He sings with a robustly happy spirit, as his sky-high trills convey, and this time he occasionally leads a brassy big band with the same homespun clarity that he lends to steel-driven, peanut-shell dancehall tunes.