Southwest Shuffle: Pioneers of Honky-Tonk, Western Swing, and Country Jazz

Overview

Southwest Shuffle documents an important period in country music history. During the '30s and early '40s, hundreds of thousands of "Okies," "Arkies," and other rural folks from around the Southwest resettled in California, in search of work. A country music scene quickly blossomed there, with performers playing Western Swing, Cowboy, and Honky Tonk country. After World War II, these styles rocked country music, leading to the innovations of '60s performers like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in creating the ...

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Overview

Southwest Shuffle documents an important period in country music history. During the '30s and early '40s, hundreds of thousands of "Okies," "Arkies," and other rural folks from around the Southwest resettled in California, in search of work. A country music scene quickly blossomed there, with performers playing Western Swing, Cowboy, and Honky Tonk country. After World War II, these styles rocked country music, leading to the innovations of '60s performers like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in creating the so-called "Bakersfield Sound." These stories are based on original interviews and archival research by one of the most respected writers on this period of country history. Kienzle writes in a vibrant style, reflecting his long-time love for these musical styles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415941037
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rich Kienzle is a well-known writer on country music. He served as contributing editor to Country Music Magazine, has contributed to dozens of journals, and served as researcher, editor and principal writer for The Comprehensive Country Music Encyclopedia (Times Books, 1994). He has annotated over 200 albums, and has been an historical commentator on several Nashville Network documentaries. He lives in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Jekyll and Hyde 3
Insurgency in Ascendance 27
Walk Softly 55
Wrong Road Home 61
The Rhythm Buster 72
The Kid from Chicago 80
"Fate Just Puts Everything Together" 85
"The One We Have Been Looking For": "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)" 97
A Happy Hello 101
Pea-Pickin' 109
Hey, Mister Bartender 129
Adultery Goes Mainstream: "Slipping Around" 152
I Can't Run Away from Myself 157
Sears' Jubileers to Ocean's Eleven 183
Flippin' the Lid 193
Neither Fish nor Fowl 221
"One of These Days That'll Change" 233
"Move Those Things Out": Bob Wills Invades the Grand Ole Opry: 1944 254
Interviews 259
Bibliography 263
Discography 265
Index 273
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