The year 2014 would be Ernest Tubb's 100th birthday, so it seems especially appropriate to release a tribute album to remind people of the Texan's considerable contributions to country. As it is, there are a couple of generations who primarily know him as a guy who owned a few record stores around Nashville. This compilation from Heart of Texas Records brings together a collection of Tubb's fans and friends for an enjoyable run through some of his greatest hits.
With veterans such as Johnny Bush, Norma Jean, Dolly Parton and George Jones lending their vocal talents, and musicians that include Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Johnny Gimble and Hoot Hester, "Thanks a Lot" oozes classic country. Tony Booth more than does justice to one of Tubb's biggest hits, "Walking the Floor Over You," and Jones sounds great on "Drivin' Nails in My Coffin." His daughter, Georgette, provides one of the standout performances on "Thanks a Lot". The late George Hamilton IV closes the disc on the gospel number "May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You," which could be a fitting epitaph for his own career as well.
Most of the singers knew Tubb personally and share some of their recollections in the liner notes. Justin Trevino, who co-produced, shares "Mr. and Mrs. Used to Be" with frequent duet partner Amber Digby. They represent the generation of artists who were influenced by Tubb through his records. This tribute is a fine tip of the cowboy hat to a Texas legend.