With "A Salute to Ray Price and the Cherokee Cowboys" Justin Trevino pays tribute not only to the '50s era the title suggests but to the countrypolitan phase of Price's legendary career as well. Of the early honky tonk hits most notable are "I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)" and "I've Got a New Heartache." Amongst Trevino's most impressive vocals are his takes on the 1957 Danny Dill/Donald D. Davis ballad "Let Me Talk to You" and Charlie Rich's early '60s composition "Sittin' and Thinkin'."
One of Price's signature tunes "Heartaches By the Number" is nicely done with harmony vocals by Myra Rolen. Other highlights are Conway Twitty's "Walk Me To the Door," Willie Nelson's "You Took My Happy Away" and Mel Tillis' "One More Time," one of many tracks that feature Trevino supplying his own harmony vocals. Price's cosmopolitan era is nicely represented with effective renditions of Kris Kristofferson's "For the Good Times" and Cam Mullins/Carolyn Jean Yates' "I Won't Mention it Again."
Perhaps the strongest track on the album is Floyd Tillman's "I Gotta Have My Baby Back" featuring a duet with the late Price himself on the relatively obscure tune from the late '50s. Even with the twenty songs chosen here there are several Price classics that didn't make the cut, notably "Crazy Arms," "Night Life," "Release Me" and "Make the World Go Away."
Trevino's vocals are nicely supported throughout by Jake Hooker (upright bass), Levi Mullen (acoustic guitar), T Bonta, Debra Mueller Hurd, Floyd Domino (piano), John Smiley Reynolds (drums), Dicky Overbey, Randy Reinhard (steel guitar), Bobby Flores, Reggie Rueffer, Johnny Gimble, Ernie Reed (fiddle), Dave Biller, Dave Kirby, Duane Boman, Charlie Walton (lead guitar) with Trevino contributing on electric bass and acoustic guitar. With Trevino's impressive vocals this nice selection of songs should appeal to fans of Ray Price and devotees of classic country music.