I Can't Get Enough of That Ah-Ha
When I first heard the music of Bob Wills playing on my grandmother’s big old Magnavox Hi-Fi cabinet, I couldn’t help but add a little bounce to my walk.
Western swing came into being during the 1920s and ‘30s as the string bands of the Southwest blended a bit of cowboy, polka, pop, and jazz with their regular repertoire of old-time dance music. The string bands of Texas and Oklahoma added pianos, saxophones, drums, and most importantly, the steel guitar to get that full, rich sound popular with the Big Bands of the late ‘30s and pre-war ‘40s.
The popularity of western swing started to wane following the war, but its influence could still be heard in the country music of performers such as Moon Mullican, the bebop of Hank Penny, and the early rock-n-roll of Bill Haley. Asleep at the Wheel and Commander Cody’s Lost Planet Airmen revived the style in the 1970s.
The latest stack of old 78s from our friend Walt’s Cousin Wes was just jam-packed with some great swinging tunes. Giving them a spin of my turntable had me recalling those days of my youth and dancing with my grandmother across the living room floor.
Everyone up on your feet! Let’s get the Bus rockin’.
Thanks go out once again to Walt’s Cousin Wes for sharing his wonderful collection.