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Southwest shuffle : pioneers of honky tonk, Western swing, and country jazz
Kienzle, Richard.
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New York : Routledge, 2003.
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xv, 288 pages : illustrations, ; 24 cm
Western swingers -- Capitol chronicles -- Honky tonkers -- Flaming guitars -- Against the grain.

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ML395 .K53 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Author Notes

Rich Kienzle served as contributing editor to Country Music Magazine from 1975 to 1999. He has also served as researcher, editor, and principal writer for The Comprehensive Country Music Encyclopedia, and as a contributing author to the Encyclopedia of Country Music

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Choice Review

In a series of vignettes of musicians and groups and in six shorter pieces--much of it taken from interviews made between 1976 and 2000--Kienzle traces three of the main movements in US popular music in the Southwest. Included in the dozen vignettes is an essay on the eclectic Willie Nelson, whose music transcends the limitations of any single stylistic category. The book is more a series of anecdotes, many of them quite interesting, than a scholarly treatment of these movements. The author does not explore the connections between and among the various styles. Such an investigation might have strengthened the book. Kienzle's breezy writing style and the book's lack of notes add to the overall impression of a work of light, although entertaining, reading. Those interested in a comprehensive history of these movements will have to read and listen well beyond the short and incomplete bibliography and the selective discography. ^BSumming Up: Not recommended. C. W. Henderson Saint Mary's College (IN)

Table of Contents

Spade CooleyHank PennyWade RayTommy DuncanLuke WillsLee GilletteKen NelsonCliffie StoneTennessee Ernie FordHank ThompsonRay PriceJimmy WybleSpeedy West and Jimmy BryantRoy Lanham and the WhippoorwillsWillie Nelson
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
I Western Swingers
1 Jekyll and Hydep. 3
2 Insurgency in Ascendancep. 27
Walk Softlyp. 55
3 Wrong Road Homep. 61
The Rhythm Busterp. 72
II Capitol Chronicles
The Kid from Chicagop. 80
4 "Fate Just Puts Everything Together"p. 85
"The One We Have Been Looking For" "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)"p. 97
5 A Happy Hellop. 101
6 Pea-Pickin'p. 109
III Honky-Tonkers
7 Hey, Mister Bartenderp. 129
Adultery Goes Mainstream: "Slipping Around"p. 152
8 I Can't Run Away from Myselfp. 157
IV Flaming Guitars
9 Sears' Jubileers to Ocean's Elevenp. 183
10 Flippin' the Lidp. 193
11 Neither Fish nor Fowlp. 221
V Against the Grain
12 "One of These Days That'll Change"p. 233
"Move Those Things Out" Bob Wills Invades the Grand Ole Opry: 1944p. 254
Interviewsp. 259
Bibliographyp. 263
Discographyp. 265
Indexp. 273