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Lone Star Swing: On the Trail of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

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Using the prize money from his Somerset Maugham Award, Duncan McLean traveled from Orkney, Scotland, to Texas in search of the extraordinary mix of jazz, blues, country, and mariachi that is Western Swing.

This account of his travels takes in barbed-wire museums, onion festivals, hoe-downs, ghost-towns, dead dogs, and ten thousand miles of driving through the Lone Star State. A constant soundtrack of vintage music from bands like the Texas Top Hands, The Lightcrust Doughboys, and the Modern Mountaineers cheers McLean as he tries, with great difficulty, to track down any trace of his greatest heroes: Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.

Both a quest for a musical grail and a wildly funny travelogue, Lone Star Swing captures the singular wonders of Texas and its maverick inhabitants, its staggering 100-in-the-shade heat, its mouth-blistering chilies. . . . Above all it captures the spirit of the glorious mongrel music-once incredibly popular, now all but forgotten-that he crossed the world to hear.

Synopsis:

High Fidelity meets Blue Highways in this gloriously offbeat quest for the true roots of Texas Swing.

Synopsis:

Both a quest for a musical grail and a wildly funny travelogue, "Lone Star Swing" captures the singular wonders of Texas and its maverick inhabitants, its staggering 100-in-the-shade heat and its mouth-blistering chiles. Above all, it captures the spirit of the glorious mongrel music--once incredibly popular, now all but forgotten--the music of Western Swing.

About the Author

Duncan McLean is the author of Bucket of Tongues, Bunker Man, and Lone Star Swing. He lives on the island of Orkney.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393317565
Author:
McLean, Duncan
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Author:
McLean, Duncan
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Folk & Traditional
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
United States - South - Texas
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
Texas
Subject:
Texas Description and travel.
Subject:
Western swing (Music) -- Texas -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Western swing
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Folk & Traditional
Subject:
Western swing (Music)
Subject:
Wills, Bob
Subject:
Texas Playboys
Subject:
Country
Subject:
Music-Folk and Ethnic
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.22x5.49x.80 in. .67 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393317565 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , High Fidelity meets Blue Highways in this gloriously offbeat quest for the true roots of Texas Swing.
"Synopsis" by , Both a quest for a musical grail and a wildly funny travelogue, "Lone Star Swing" captures the singular wonders of Texas and its maverick inhabitants, its staggering 100-in-the-shade heat and its mouth-blistering chiles. Above all, it captures the spirit of the glorious mongrel music--once incredibly popular, now all but forgotten--the music of Western Swing.
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