Bob Wills combined Texas hoe down fiddling with Dixieland’s 4/4/ beat to create a new style, western swing. Like jazz bands, Will’s Texas Playboys featured hot solos, but instead of clarinets and trombones, his band featured fiddles and the new-fangled electric steel guitar. In the 40’s his bands went to Hollywood and appeared in Western movies. The following clip shows their jazzier side. You can stream his music on Hoopla
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