Texas-Czech, Bohemian-Moravian Bands: Historic Recordings,1929-1959

Texas-Czech, Bohemian-Moravian Bands: Historic Recordings,1929-1959


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Texas-Czech, Bohemian-Moravian Bands: Historic Recordings,1929-1959

Although Denton, TX, pranksters Brave Combo have their tongues planted firmly in their collective cheek, the postmodern polka collective actually springs from a rich cultural tradition. Central and southern Texas, particularly the Hill Country towns north of San Antonio, were largely settled by German and Czech immigrants in the 1800s. Besides heavily influencing Mexican music (ever wonder how norteño got its polka beats and accordions?), the middle-European sound still holds sway in central Texas. This 1993 compilation, lovingly assembled by Arhoolie head Chris Strachwitz from his own collection of rare 78s, is a chronological look at the heyday of Texas polka music. What's most interesting about these recordings, from the likes of Baca's Czech Orchestra and Joe Patek's Orchestra (two of the biggest names in Texas polka music), is that this is not the staid oompah music the uninitiated might expect; in the dancehalls and town squares of central Texas at this time, polka was dance music to be enjoyed on weekend respites from hardscrabble lives, and there is an undeniable vigor and strength to this music that reflects its origins. Danceable, joyous, and immensely fun to listen to, Texas-Czech, Bohemian-Moravian Bands: Historic Recordings, 1929-1959 is a fascinating musical portrait of an under-represented piece of Texas musical history.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/02/1993
Label: Arhoolie Records
UPC: 0096297702628
catalogNumber: 7026
Rank: 301935

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Patek   Track Performer
Adolph Hofner   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Benny Brosh & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Dave Frazier   Electric Guitar
Bill Mraz Orchestra   Track Performer
Adolph Pavlas & His Bohemians   Track Performer
Charlie Poss   Piano
Eddie Duncan   Bass
Charlie Gregg   Fiddle
Joe Patek Orchestra   Track Performer
Bash Hofner   Pedal Steel Guitar
Jimmy Blankenship   Drums
Ronald "Slim" Wallace   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Joe Patek   Contributor
Adolph Hofner   Contributor
John R. Baca Orchestra   Contributor
Benny Brosh & His Orchestra   Contributor
Julius Band Dietert   Contributor
Frank Band Hermanek   Contributor
Bill Mraz Orchestra   Contributor
Adolph Pavlas & His Bohemians   Contributor
Chris Strachwitz   Producer,Liner Notes
Joe Patek Orchestra   Contributor
Wayne Pope   Cover Design
George Morrow   Contributor

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