Seven Miles out of Town

Seven Miles out of Town

by Bob Wills
     
 
A true American maverick, Texas fiddler Bob Wills blended the big band freedom of jazz with the melodic sense of pop and country in the various incarnations of his Texas Playboys, and while he wasn't alone in working this hybrid genre that came to be known as Western swing, he came to personify it like no one before or since. The 15 tracks collected here were recorded

Overview

A true American maverick, Texas fiddler Bob Wills blended the big band freedom of jazz with the melodic sense of pop and country in the various incarnations of his Texas Playboys, and while he wasn't alone in working this hybrid genre that came to be known as Western swing, he came to personify it like no one before or since. The 15 tracks collected here were recorded in the late 1930s and early to mid-'40s, and most of them feature the lead vocals of Tommy Duncan, whose natural tenor meshed seamlessly with Wills' country hollers, and the two of them had a long and fruitful musical partnership between 1932 and 1948, and then again from 1959 to 1962. He may have worn a cowboy hat on-stage, but Duncan was in his heart a true pop crooner whose jazz-inflected phrasing brought an uptown veneer to the Playboys' repertoire, allowing the band to play to audiences across the board, from pop and country to jazz and swing, and once Wills figured out how to make a country string section stand in for a bank of horns, the Playboys hit their natural stride playing easy rolling uptown jazz music with a country heart. These sides originally appeared some years back as an LP from Longhorn Records and this is their first appearance in a domestic CD format. From a jazzy version of "31st Street Blues" to the marvelous and topical "G.I. Blues," these rare recordings are in the vintage Texas Playboys style, wonderfully punctuated by Wills' trademark "ah-hah" holler, which just might be the most joyous and soothing syllables ever committed to wax.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2007
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206684520
catalogNumber:
066845

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Primary Artist,Fiddle,Vocals,Group Member
Jimmy Wyble   Guitar,Group Member
Noel Boggs   Steel Guitar,Group Member
Ted Adams   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Lester Barnard   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Alex Brashear   Trumpet,Group Member
Johnny Cuviello   Drums,Group Member
Tommy Duncan   Vocals,Group Member
Cameron Hill   Guitar,Group Member
Millard Kelso   Banjo,Piano,Group Member
Tiny Mott   Saxophone,Group Member
Monte Mountjoy   Drums,Group Member
Billy Jack Wills   Bass,Drums,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Luke Wills   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Anderson   Steel Guitar,Group Member
Vic Davis   Piano,Group Member
Lewis E. "Louie" Tierney   Fiddle,Group Member
Cameron Hill   Guitar
Jessie Ashlock   Fiddle
Tiny Mott   Saxophone
Louie Tierney   Fiddle
Joe Holly   Fiddle
Chuck Mackey   Trumpet
Junior Barnard   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Wayne King   Composer
Milton Brown   Composer
Cliff Bruner   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Paul Biese   Composer
Bob Shelton   Composer
Arthur Sizemore   Composer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Larry Zwisohn   Cover Photo
Emil Flindt   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Floyd Jenkins   Composer

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