Pioneers Of Honky-Tonk, Western Swing, And Country Jazz
Paperback. 304pp. b&w illustrations
While Nashville has long been considered the epicentre of country music,
Southwest Shuffle documents the important
influence of country music styles of the region stretching from Texas
In this book you will read about
- Spade Cooley, the western swing fiddler and bandleader whose career
was cut short by his imprisonment for murdering his wife in 1961.
- Hank Thompson, a Texan whose durable meld of ballroom music and western
swing anticipated George Strait.
- Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West, legendary pickers whose incendiary instrumental
records earned them the nickname "The Flaming Guitars" .
- Tennesee Ernie Ford, who went from a local Los Angeles TV star to a
household word in the 1950s.
- Willie Nelson, who struggled for years in the Nashville wilderness,
convinced that someday his Texas-style eclecticism would prevail.
RICH KIENZLE's vibrant writing, based on original interviews and archival
digging, reflects his long-time love for these musical styles. Southwest
Shuffle will enthral everyone from the new-country to alt-country
fan to the hardcore traditionalist.
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