Song Review:

Ride In My Little Red Wagon

Overall Impression:

Nolan Bruce Allen and the gang bring their signature musical wit to fruition with a recording of their original nostalgia-borne tune, Ride In My Little Red Wagon!  True to the Western Swing style, a mesmerizing blend of Jazz and Country Western instrumental deliveries saunter onto the scene and take turns pulling the listeners along for a joyous Ride In My Little Red Wagon!

Strongest Point(s):

Wonderful sounds, as always!  The introduction is strong, with the strings giving an overture of the coming melodic theme - expertly handing it off from instrument to instrument before NBA comes along with the lyrics.  Then, each player takes turns delivering a lovely instrumental counterpoint to the lyrical melody before the first solo break. Excellent work from the guitarist, and a strong hand off to the piano and slide with the fiddle catching just a tail end before the next lyrical moment.  Seriously stunning performances from each player, and a very concise, entertaining structure to the tune.  This is marvelous work and a sound that never gets old!

Target Audience Appeal:

Listeners familiar with the Western Swing Genre will become enamored with the precision and clarity of Nolan Bruce Allen's sound - and for the unfamiliar, Ride In My Little Red Wagon offers a rose-tinted gateway into the field with pristine playing and lyrics that conjure simpler, sweeter times. - Jon W.

Artist target suggestions:

Space Cooley & The Western Swing Dance Gang, Tex Williams & His Western Caravan, The Maddox Brothers & Rose, Carolina Cotton Pickers, Red Foley, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, The Oklahoma Melody Boys, Al Dexter & His Troopers, Jerry Irby and His Texas Ranchers, Eddie Noack, T. Texas Tyler, Charlie Aldrich, Craig Duncan

About the Reviewer:

Jon Wright is a trained multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and music educator with nearly twenty years of experience in the field. Working with musicians and their individual sounds is his passion and profession, and he strives to interact with and understand every aspect of the production process - from theory and songwriting to recording and mastering. He continues to teach students of all ages and is currently collaborating with artists in a wide variety of genres.


Vocals: Strength
Lyrics: Strength
Instrumental Performance/Execution: Strength
Melody/Rhythm: Strength
Arrangement/Flow: Strength
Recording Quality/Overall Mix: Strength