Organizations and Publications
- 3 Trails West
A Kansas City western styled western swing band that really swing and carry on the tradition.
- A Bar Bunkhouse Band
A fine young western swing band from Oklahoma that is carrying on the tradition into another generation.
- Dave Alexander & The Legends Of Western Swing
A Big western swing band with former Texas Playboys and entertainer of the year as a leader.
- Shelly Lee Alley
A Website created with love by the family of Western Swing Pioneer, Shelly Lee Alley.
- Garry Ash
A fine singer with a wonderful CD.
- Asleep At The Wheel
The premier contemporary western swing band.
- The Ball Family
Gary & Sue Ball, the ranch and the music.
- Beats Walkin'
Philadelphia's premier Texas swing band with Jim Cohen's steel.
- Brain Cloud
A very enjoyable Western Swing band from New York City.
- Brazos Valley Boys
Hank Thompson's great band under the direction of Morey Sullivan
- Johnny Bush
A truly great voice and a Texas Dance Hall Vocal Legend
- Jody Carver
A Steel Guitar Legend & The Hot Club Of America
- Cindy Cashdollar
Steel Guitar Magic From Asleep At The Wheel To Steel and Dobro Variety.
- Craig Chambers
Terrific Cowboy Swing singer.
- Judy Coder
Fine Western & Western Swing Vocalist From Kansas
- Carolina Cotton
Western Swing and Western Music's Yodeling Legend
- Country Night Live
An award winning band of Ft. Worth music legends specializing in Texas dance hall music.
- Chuck Cusimano
A wonderful songwriter, lead guitarist and singer of Western Swing, Western and country music.
- Stephanie Davis
A top class songwriter and singer of Western Swing, Western and pop music with super albums to her credit.
- Dixie Doughboys
Classic Western Swing during the 1980s & 90s.
- Don Edwards
Possibly the world's greatest Western singer.
- Buddy Emmons
The Steel guitar legend.
- John England & The Western Swingers
These Nashville pickers do dynamite Western Swing.
- Bobby Flores
An incredibly talented singer and multi-instrumentalist.
- Genuine Cowgirls
Their CD Songs From the Saddle Shop includes the fantastic Blue Roan Horse.
- Les Gilliam
The Oklahoma Balladeer.
- Johnny Gimble
A True Western Swing Icon.
- Kelli Grant
The Queen Of Swing.
- Great Recession Orchestra
The 21st Century Sound of Milton Brown, the Forties in Fort Worth and the Mississippi Sheiks.
- Kerry Grombacher
A contemporary Western Balladeer and Songwriter.
All types of country with a strong emphasis on western swing.
- Greg Hager
A fine Western singer from North Dakota with nice recordings.
- The Hanson Family
Western Music from this wonderful family band in Oregon.
- Tony Harrison
A very talented Austin based Western Swing vocalist with a great voice and wonderful CDs.
- Hot Texas Swing Band
Some very hot Western Swing from some very famous and talented names in this music.
- John Hughey
From out of the Steel Guitar Hall Of Fame, one of the greatest.
- Dottie Jack
A voice that can sing both fantastic Western Swing and Texas dance hall music.
- The Jangles
A wonderful new string western swing band from the Northwest USA.
- Gene Jones
Merl Lindsey's great steel guitarist.
- Sharyn Lee & The Sundowners
Western Swing from the great Northwest.
- Chuck Lettes
A wonderful long time Steel great from Colorado.
- Light Crust Doughboys
Longest running western swing band.
- Lone Pine Western Swing Band
A swinging new Western Swing Band From New England.
- Lost Weekend
A Fantastic Western Swing Band From The San Francisco Bay Area.
- Suze Spencer Marshall & Tall Boots
The Home For That Wonderful Tall Boots Music.
- Liz Masterson
Dynamite cowboy swing.
- Billy Mata
Very Talented Western Swing Singer and Bandleader from San Antonio, Texas.
- Janet McBride
The Yodel Queen and A Living Legend.
- Hermann Lammers Meyer
Europe's King Of Texas Dance Hall Music.
- Ronnie Miller
A tremendous steel guitarist with strong roots in Western Swing.
- Paul Moore
A Hot Jazzy Western Swing Mandolinist with a great band and a hot CD.
- Tom Morrell & The Time-Warp Tophands
How the west was swung! A steel guitar icon.
- Jody Nix
A Second Generation Legendary Name in Western Swing.
- Oklahoma Twisters
Our Nation's District Premier Western Swing Band.
- Open Range
Fantastic Western Swing Band With In A Western Mood.
- Patty Parker
A beautiful voice from Arizona with some wonderful songs.
- Johnny Patterson
Legendary Western Swing Guitarist.
- Karen Pendley
Great vocalist and fiddle player.
- Rooster Quantrell
Great new western swinger.
- Leon Rausch
The World's premier western swing vocal stylist.
- Buck Reid
A fantastic young steel guitarist.
- Herb Remington
The Master of the Western Swing Steel Guitar.
- Rick and the Ramblers
Great Western Swing From Burlington, VT.
- Riders In The Sky
They could be credited for the Western Music revival.
- The River Road Boys
The national band of Texas and then some.
- Jason Roberts
Western Swing's Very Talented Young Man.
- The Saddle Cats
An awesome group playing some hot and jazzy Western Swing.
- Saddle Strings
An enjoyable Western Band from Utah.
- Sal Sage
He created lots of great Western Swing & Western Music as a single or as a band.
- Curt Shoemaker
An awesome Steel Guitarist from Kansas.
- Hank Singer
A long time Texas fiddle favorite.
- Sons of the Pioneers
The legendary Western group.
- Jim Stahlhut
A Wonderful Colorado Guitarist with some fine albums.
- Herb Steiner
A Gifted Western Swing Steel Guitarist based in Austin, Texas.
- Redd Stewart
An incredible, voice, songwriter and musician from Western Swing history.
- Don Sulesky
A smooth steel guitarist that also writes and sings. Check out his CDs and Tabs.
- Mike Sweeney
A very smooth Steel Guitarist based in Nashville.
- Swing Commanders
Europe's No.1 Western Swing band.
- Will Taylor & Strings Attached
A wonderful amalgamation of Bob Wills & Willie Nelson.
- The Texas Trailhands
Cowboy Swing from the cradle of Western Swing.
- Nancy Thorwardson
Great songwriter and singer of Western songs with a Swing touch.
- The Time Jumpers
Real and wonderful Western Swing from the country music capital, Nashville Tennessee.
- Calvin Vollrath
An awesome Canadian fiddle player with lots of wonderful CDs with guest stars.
- Herby Wallace
He was an incredible steel guitarist and is a member of the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.
- West Coast Ramblers
Some hot Contemporary Western Swing from the West Coast.
- Western Caravan
Contemporary Western Swing in New York City.
- Western Lights
Bluegrass and Beyond including lots of Western Swing.
- Western Swing Authority
A fantastic Western Swing band from Ontario, Canada.
- Wild River Band
A very hot young Houston, TX band.
- Dayna Wills
The talented niece of the great Bob Wills.
- John T. Wills
Great singer, great band, wonderful album and the son of Western Swing icon Johnnie Lee Wills.
- Trey Wilson
A fine young talent with a nice voice and style and a really super CD.
The program showcases Western Swing music, an American
music form born in Texas and Oklahoma in the 1930's. It's an amalgamation of
Scotch/Irish fiddle music, New Orleans jazz and Black blues, and it evolved in
the 1940's parallel to Big Band Swing. It uses fiddles, mandolins, guitars and
steel guitars, in lieu of or along with trumpets, reeds and trombones. The words
and vocals tend toward the light, happy side.
Over the years, there have been many different groups
with varied and different styles playing what can be considered Western Swing
music. In addition, many artists in other fields of music have recorded Western
Swing songs and used Western Swing style musicians and sounds.
In the 1930's Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Bill Boyd and
other Texas and Oklahoma bands were the nuclei of the music. In the 1940's and
the effects of World War II on the American population, Western Swing bands also
began to become very popular in California. Some of these bands were the same
Texas bands transplanting. Others, were new groups with fresh sounds all theirs.
One of these new bands belonged to Spade Cooley. Others also emanated from
Cooley alumnus such as Tex Williams and Smokey Rogers. The 1950's added the
Honky Tonk element to many of the Western Swing bands such as that of Hank
Thompson and his Brazos Valley Boys. However, because of both television and the
popularity of Rock 'n Roll this music declined for almost two decades. The birth
of contemporary groups such as Asleep At The Wheel and the emphasis on Western
Swing by popular Country Music artists such as Merle Haggard and later George
Strait led to today's renaissance.