Your morning music minute: western swing!

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 Westerns. The following clip shows their jazzier side. You can stream his music on Hoopla

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