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Tag: Bob Wills

"Twin Guitar Polka"
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“Twin Guitar Polka”: Western Swing on King – The Early Years

King Records’ first year of existence – 1943 – produced exactly one recording session that yielded two singles recorded by Grandpa Jones and Merle Travis using aliases, since they were under contract to WLW.  King’s inaugural recording session took place, according to Merle Travis biographer, Deke Dickerson, “in a room

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"Hoopaw Rag"
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“Hoopaw Rag”: Mid-Century Modern Western Swing

Steel guitar prodigy, Vance Terry, gets co-songwriting credit on “Hoopaw Rag,” an adaptation of a fiddle tune – “Bob Wills Stomp” – that was recorded January 25, 1955 in Los Angeles at the beginning of a three-year association with the Decca label for Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys: “Hoopaw

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"Rockin' Red Wing"
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“Rockin’ Red Wing”: New Spin on an Old Tune

I first learned of the song “Red Wing” from Asleep at the Wheel‘s 1993 tribute album to Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys that features two original members of the Texas Playboys, Eldon Shamblin and Johnny Gimble, as well as Chet Atkins, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, and Reuben “Lucky Oceans”

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