Western Swingin’: 85 Tracks From Three Golden Decades Of Western Swing

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 14 Mar 2011

"Terrific three-disc sampler of Western Swing."   4/5 UNCUT

"A Great, Nostalgic Sound Spread over 85 Tracks."   WORD MAGAZINE

"Fantastic Voyage have done a great job compiling all the major contributors to the genre over 30 years...Western Swingin' offers a great opportunity to pick up some new favourites."   4/5 RECORD COLLECTOR


CAT No: FVTD096UPC TEXT: 5055311000961

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Fantastic Voyage’s third set in an ongoing survey of the sounds which shaped country music and rock ’n’ roll concentrates on the golden age of western swing, from the thirties through to the fifties. The infectious sound of western swing, which brought string-band instrumentation to jazz- and blues-based repertoire, had its origins in Texas. In 1931 a trio of musicians were renamed the Light Crust Doughboys by a canny mill owner and sponsor of a local radio show. The Doughboys in turn spawned massively successful spin-off bands led by Milton Brown and Bob Wills respectively. The popularity of western swing spread throughout the south-western states and on to the fertile music scene in California, encouraging bands to expand their line-ups, some reaching the proportions of a small orchestra. Among the most successful outfits were those led by Spade Cooley, T Texas Tyler, Tex Williams and Hank Thompson.

All these artists, and many more are represented across the generous 85 tracks, which include the seminal western swing instrumental, “Taking Off” (Milton Brown’s band, featuring the lap-steel guitar of Bob Dunn), and Bob Wills evergreens like “Steel Guitar Rag”, “San Antonio Rose”, “Take Me Back To Tulsa” and “Faded Love”. The set is divided into three themes, disc one covering the aforementioned hits and evergreens, disc two exploring jazz-derived repertoire, and disc three doing the same for the blues, a genre which increasingly attracted the western swing bands. Titles like “Good Rockin’ Tonight” would enjoy renewed popularity when covered by Elvis Presley and other rockabilly cats. Western Swing enjoyed a revival – and some crossover to rock audiences – in the seventies at the hands of Asleep At The Wheel and Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen. In 2010 Willie Nelson collaborated on an album with Asleep At The Wheel, while contemporary band The Hot Club Of Cowtown brings its blend of hot jazz and western swing to enthusiastic audiences worldwide.



  1. Steel Guitar Rag (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
  2. Shame On You (Spade Cooley & His Orchestra)
  3. Pistol-Packin' Mama (Al Dexter & His Troopers)
  4. Take Me Back To Tulsa (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
  5. Big Beaver (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
  6. Drivin' Nails In My Coffin (Floyd Tillman)
  7. Stay A Little Longer (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
  8. Never Trust A Woman (Tex Williams & His Western Caravan)
  9. Tennessee Waltz (Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys)
  10. Roly Poly (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
  11. Faded Love (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
  12. Panhandle Rag (Leon McAuliffe & His Western Swing Band)
  13. Crazy ‘Cause I Love You (Spade Cooley & His Orchestra)
  14. Taking Off (Milton Brown & His Brownies)
  15. Rag Mop (Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys)
  16. Sugar Moon (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
  17. New Spanish Two-Step (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
  18. The Lonesome Hearted Blues (Moon Mullican & The Showboys)
  19. Get Along, Cindy (Milton Brown & His Brownies)
  20. Divorce Me C.O.D. (Merle Travis)
  21. Steel Guitar Stomp (Hank Penny)
  22. New San Antonio Rose (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
  23. Detour (Spade Cooley & His Orchestra)
  24. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) (Tex Williams & His Western Caravan)
  25. Cherokee Maiden (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
  26. A Big Ball’s In Cowtown (Hoyle Nix)
  27. Rootie Tootie (Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys)
  28. Take It Away, Leon (Leon McAuliffe)


  1. St Louis Blues (Milton Brown & His Brownies)
  2. There’ll Be Some Changes Made (W Lee O’Daniel & His Lightcrust Dough Boys)
  3. White Heat (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
  4. Sugar (Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers)
  5. She’s Sweet (Ain't She Sweet) (The Tune Wranglers)
  6. Everybody’s Truckin’ (Modern Mountaineers)
  7. Sally’s Got A Wooden Leg (Sons Of The West)
  8. Rubber Dolly (Bob Skyles & His Skyrockets)
  9. Jeep’s Blues (Port Arthur Jubileers)
  10. The Hesitation Blues (Milton Brown & His Brownies)
  11. You Gotta Ho-De-Ho (To Get Along With Me) (Swift Jewel Cowboys)
  12. Rosetta (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
  13. Too Long (Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys)
  14. Watcha Gonna Do? (The Hi-Flyers)
  15. It’s A Long, Long Way To Tipperary (Jimmie Revard & His Oklahoma Playboys)
  16. Down By The O-H-I-O (Milton Brown & His Brownies)
  17. One Sweet Letter From You (Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers)
  18. Bass Man Jive (Ocie Stockard & The Wanderers)
  19. Pussy, Pussy, Pussy (The Light Crust Dough Boys)
  20. Some Of These Days (Milton Brown & His Brownies)
  21. It’s All Your Fault (Wade Ray & Noel Boggs)
  22. Slow Poke (Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys)
  23. Twin Guitar Special (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
  24. I've Found A New Baby (Bill Mounce & The Sons Of The South)
  25. Stompin’ At The Honky Tonk (Bob Dunn & His Vagabonds)
  26. Keep On Truckin’ (Smoky Wood & His Wood Chips)
  27. In The Mood (Ole Rasmussen & His Nebraska Cornhuskers)
  28. Whatcha Know, Joe? (Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys)
  29. Artistry In Western Swing (Tex Williams & His Western Caravan)


  1. Louise, Louise Blues (Brown's Musical Brownies)
  2. Corrine Corrina (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
  3. Feels Good (Hartman's Heart Breakers)
  4. My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It (T Texas Tyler & His Oklahoma Melody Boys)
  5. Never No Mo' Blues (Tommy Duncan & His Western All Stars)
  6. Sittin’ On Top Of The World (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
  7. She’s A Hum-Dum Dinger (Buddy Jones)
  8. Milk Cow Blues (Johnnie Lee Wills & His Boys)
  9. Fan It! (Swift Jewel Cowboys)
  10. Let Me Play With Your Poodle (Hank Penny)
  11. Joe Turner Blues (Adolph Hofner & His Texans)
  12. Kangaroo Blues (Cliff Bruner's Texas Wanderers)
  13. Woodchip Blues (Smoky Wood & The Woodchips)
  14. Cocaine Blues (Roy Hogsed & His Rainbow Riders)
  15. Pipe Liner's Blues (Modern Mountaineers)
  16. Mama Don’t Like No Music (Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers)
  17. The Right String But The Wrong Yo-Yo (The Jubileers)
  18. Mean Mistreater Blues (Bob Dunn's Vagabonds)
  19. Brain Cloudy Blues (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys)
  20. My Bank Account Is Gone (Jesse Ashlock)
  21. You Played On My Piano (Hank Penny & Jaye P Morgan)
  22. I Don’t Know (Billy Jack Wills & His Western Swing Band)
  23. Knockin' Blues (Ann Jones & Her Western Sweethearts)
  24. Good Rockin' Tonight (Hank Thompson & His Brazos Valley Boys)
  25. And I Shook (Les "Carrot Top"Anderson & Redd Harper)
  26. Hound Dog (Tommy Duncan & The Miller Brothers)
  27. Hey, Miss Fannie (Bennie Leaders)
  28. Rock And Roll Fever (Cecil Campbell & His Tennessee Ramblers)