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ReviewShine Wednesday: Swing Time with Hot Club of Cowtown and The Great Recession Orchestra

Posted in Hot Club of Cowtown, The Great Recession Orchestra on February 9, 2011 by AmericanaPulse

Every Wednesday, I feature a brief review of at least one album that has been submitted to me through the ReviewShine website. I have cleverly titled this recurring segment “ReviewShine Wednesday.” Today we’re going to focus on Texas Swing music and two bands from the Lone Star State that are keeping the genre alive by honoring two of its pioneers.

First up is The Hot Club of Cowtown and their new CD, What Makes Bob Holler.  The Hot Club has been one of the most well known and respected swing bands in the game for over a decade now.  On their new album, they pay tribute to the genre’s biggest name, the legendary Bob Wills.

Wills was known as the King of Western Swing, and this record assembles 14 tracks originally made famous by Wills and his Texas Playboys during his long and storied career.  The Hot Club bring the spirit of Wills’ music to life whether tacking relatively obscure songs like “Osage Stomp” or standards such as “Big Balls in Cowtown” and “Stay a Little Longer.”  The Austin based trio traveled to London to record this project, but the sound and the spirit of it is pure Texas.

Hot Club of Cowtown: Big Balls in Cowtown (Buy Album)

While the Hot Club pays tribute to Wills, Fort Worth’s Great Recession Orchestra remembers one of his lesser known contemporaries on their new release Have You Ever Heard of Milton Brown?  Brown played with Wills in 1931 in a band called The Light Crust Doughboys.  In 1932, Brown left the group and founded Milton Brown and The Brownies, the first true Western Swing Band.

Brown passed away in 1936 due to complications from a car accident and pneumonia.  Before he did, however, Brown and his Brownies recorded over 100 sides for Victor and Decca Records before Wills and his Playboys had released one.  Many of those songs are collected here including all-time classics such as “Corinne Corinna” and “Sitting on Top of the World.”

Put these two records together, and you’ll get a fairly complete picture of the origins of Western Swing and the music of two of its most influential figures.

The Great Recession Orchestra: Somebody’s Been Using That Thing (Buy Album)