western swing

The Return of Dallas’ Legendary Longhorn Ballroom

March 23, 2023 | By Michael Corcoran

Asleep at the Wheel was getting ready to play the Longhorn Ballroom in Dallas on May 13, 1975, when a reporter knocked on the bus door to tell them that their hero, Bob Wills, had just passed away.

Texas State Music: Western Swing

March 20, 2023 | By John O. Lumpkin

A Guide to the State Symbols of Texas

November 9, 2022 | By John O. Lumpkin

Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel Puts Texas Music History Up for Auction

October 13, 2022 | By Joe Gross

There comes a time in every person’s life when they must look around at their many possessions and declare: This all needs to live somewhere else.

Emily Gimble, 2020’s Texas State Musician, Grew Up On Western Swing

July 13, 2020 | By Joe Nick Patoski

Making a name for yourself when you’re the granddaughter of a genuine Texas legend would be hard for anyone, but Emily Gimble has nimbly managed to stand out on her own.

Milton Brown, Bob Wills, and the Fort Worth Origins of One of Texas’ Most Beloved Musical Styles

August 29, 2019 | By Michael Corcoran

Western swing was born about 4 miles southwest of downtown Fort Worth at the Crystal Springs Dance Pavilion, although you wouldn’t know it when driving past the now-empty lot near the West Fork of the Trinity River. In the early 1930s, the cavernous pavilion drew hundreds for the “hillbilly jazz” of Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies. While the venue burned down in 1966, Western swing is still going strong—a style that’s among the most recognizable roots of Texas music.

Death of Singer Leon Rausch Marks the End of an Era in Western Swing

May 15, 2019 | By Michael Corcoran

Hired by Bob Wills in 1958, Leon Rausch was the voice of the Texas Playboys for six decades, so his death Tuesday in Fort Worth at age 91 marks the end of an era.

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