Bandit Records released today an all-star compilation CD singing the praises for the sport of fishing. The CD features contributions from a cross-section of generational country stars as well as a bluesman and folkie or two.
Contributions from the country music world include GEORGE JONES, LITTLE JIMMY DICKENS, MERLE HAGGARD, LORRIE MORGAN, PORTER WAGONER, BOBBY BARE, JERRY REED, BRYAN WHITE, RACHEL PROCTOR, TANYA TUCKER, MEL TILLIS, PATTY LOVELESS and BOBBY BARE. Also featured on the album is GARY SHIEBLER (who usually fronts the album’s main band, “World’s Greatest Fishing Band,”) ARLO GUTHRIE (who sings his father, Woody Guthrie’s classic “Talking Fishing Blues”) and bluesman DANNY GILLEY.
Most of the songs are self-penned by the artists and include a hilarious take from Jerry Reed on “Front of the Boat” featuring Steve Wariner and Gordon and Bryan Kennedy as well as Little Jimmy Dicken’s exaggerated tale about the size of the catch on “The Picture,” which features his pal, Brad Paisley on guitar.
Bandit Records is opting not to go through normal record retail in the belief that the CD will be lost if filed under “F” for fishing. Instead it will be offered on Amazon.com, CD Baby.com, the artists’ websites as well as the Bandit website. In addition, Turner’s Outdoorsman and other sporting goods stores will stock the CD as well as specialty stores such as the gift shop at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The label has also tied in “Sponsors and Supporters” who have active websites and include Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits and Yamabeef; GLoomis, Shimano, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses “takemefising, McCoy Fishing Lines, Garrison Guitar and The Intellitouch Tuner.
Gary Shiebler and Jimmy Johnson produced the project with Connie Nelson acting as Executive Producer. Shiebler has a long history in the fishing community, having fronted and produced his own records as the “World’s Greatest Fishing Band” that caters to America’s favorite pastime and appearing at the numerous tournaments and events that are held for the 60 million fishing enthusiasts.