Billy Jack Wills & His Western Swing Band

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
One of the most underrated and generally overlooked Western swing bands ever was the outfit that Billy Jack Wills younger brother of Bob Wills led in the early to mid-'50s. A favorite in Northern California at the time but largely forgotten since then, the band is heard performing 16 selections on this album that were recorded at a radio station in Sacramento. In addition to Wills who takes just one vocal and is primarily in a supportive role, the group consists of the great electric mandolin player Tiny Moore who also has six vocals, steel guitarist Vance Terry, trumpeter Dick McComb, guitarist Kenny Lowery and bassist Cotton Roberts who occasionally switches to fiddle. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
One of the most underrated and generally overlooked Western swing bands ever was the outfit that Billy Jack Wills younger brother of Bob Wills led in the early to mid-'50s. A favorite in Northern California at the time but largely forgotten since then, the band is heard performing 16 selections on this album that were recorded at a radio station in Sacramento. In addition to Wills who takes just one vocal and is primarily in a supportive role, the group consists of the great electric mandolin player Tiny Moore who also has six vocals, steel guitarist Vance Terry, trumpeter Dick McComb, guitarist Kenny Lowery and bassist Cotton Roberts who occasionally switches to fiddle. The swinging material which is highlighted by "Johnson Rag," "Air Mail Special," "Tuxedo Junction," "Twin Guitar Special" and "Summit Ridge Drive" is consistently memorable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/12/1996
  • Label: Joaquin Records
  • UPC: 714288250322
  • Catalog Number: 2503

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Jack Wills Primary Artist, Bass, Drums, Vocals
Tiny Moore Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
Cotton Roberts Bass, Fiddle
Vance Terry Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Moon Mullican Composer
Erskine Hawkins Composer
Woody Herman Composer
Artie Shaw Composer
Julian Dash Composer
Buddy Johnson Composer
Irving Mills Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Leon McAuliffe Composer
Anita Kerr Composer
Jerry Allison Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Eldon Shamblin Composer
Juan Tizol Composer
Rudy Toombs Composer
Bob Wills Composer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Joe Bishop Composer
Amina Figarova Composer
Buddy Feyne Composer
Lou Wayne Composer
George Morrow Mastering
Guy Hall Composer
Henry Kleinkauf Composer
Jeff Richardson Producer
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