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As a long-time fan of Bob Wills, I'm glad to see his musical legacy being celebrated. And I was happy to see the mention of Asleep At The Wheel -- Ray and the guys have kept the tradition of Western Swing alive.
I recently attended the annual Cowboy Symposium in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Interesting arts & crafts, poetry, folk lore, good food, and great music! Had the unbelievable pleasure of attending a concert of the Texas Playboys. There were five 'originals', i.e., musicians that had been members while Bob was still leading the outfit: Leon Rausch on vocal duties, Tommy Allsup playing phenomenal guitar, Bob Koefer on steel, and a couple of the old fiddle players whose names I do not recall. Floyd Domino, long time Asleep at the Wheel pianist, was held down the keyboard bench. There were two young fiddle players: one was 14, the other 18. There was a brass section of sax, trombone, and trumpet. There was a tight rhythm section of stand-up bass and drums being supported by the piano. Words cannot quite describe the extent of wonderment I experienced that evening due to the emotional intensity emitted forth by this group of musicians, but rest assured that this outfit is anything but a nostalgia show. It is serious music, the likes of which I've never heard produced by any other aggregation of this sort. Count Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestras got nothing on these guys. Blues, jazz, swing, honky tonk, rock and roll, pure country...these guys can do it all!!!