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Alan John Britton | Uncle Art

An online tribute to Art Satherley, the native of Bristol, England, who became the A&R man to discover and produce the music of Bob Wills, Gene Autry, Bill Monroe, Roy Acuff, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Big Bill Broonzy, among many others in his lengthy career. Alan John Britton has written a biography of Art Satherley.

The Capital Of Western Swing - Oklahoma Magazine

John Wooley tells the story of how Tulsa became the capital of western swing, as told to him by O. W. Mayo, business manager for Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys and Johnnie Lee Wills and His Boys. Mayo got involved with Bob Wills and his band in Waco and was with them for their search for a new home base, out of reach of the influence of Pappy O'Daniel. The magic combination was the band, a big ballroom (Cain's), and a broadcasting blowtorch (KVOO).

The Traditional Tune Archive

"The Semantic Index of North American, British and Irish traditional instrumental music with annotation, formerly known as The Fiddler's Companion"

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Tulsa musician Scott Pendleton, who plays rhythm guitar for Pendleton Family Fiddlers and at many area fiddle contests, has developed an iPhone app called Tune Chords with chords for hundreds of the most popular fiddle tunes (click for the list, with key and category for each one).

And the Tennessee Old-Time Fiddlers' Championship web page has clear definitions of the three types of songs required in fiddle contests: breakdown, waltz, and tune of choice.

Texas Bar Journal - March 2012 : Mclennan County District Court, Burrus Mill & Elevator Co. V. Jim Rob Wills (1933)

When Bob Wills quit his job as a Light Crust Doughboy and started his own band, the Playboys, in Waco, he advertised his group as "Formerly the Light Crust Doughboys." W. Lee "Pass the Biscuits, Pappy" O'Daniel sued to stop him from performing. "Wills' victory in court over a future Texas governor proves that 'It Don't Matter Who's in Austin, Bob Wills Is Still the King.' And may he reign forever." The case was nominated by the McLennan County District Court Clerk to the Texas Court Records Preservation Task Force as one of Texas' most significant court proceedings.

Mariposa was home to a famous cowboy singer | Mariposa Gazette

Tommy Duncan, lead singer for Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys through their peak years, bought a ranch near Mariposa, California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Relatives and neighbors remember his love of ranch life and his friendliness.

Language Log » Singular y'all: a "devious Yankee rumor"?

An exchange between Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan at the beginning of "Oozlin' Daddy Blues" is evidence in a discussion about the use of "y'all" to refer to a single person. (Via Ace of Spades HQ.)

Lone Star Stories - Can't Buy Me Faded Love by Josh Rountree

Alt-history brings together Bob Wills and John Lennon. Now available in book form.

Men My Mother Dated (and Other Mostly True Tales) by Brett Leveridge: Bob Wills

Funny, plausible anecdote: "It wasn't long before Dad felt a tap-tap-tap upon his shoulder, signifying that someone was seeking to cut in, to take a turn around the floor with Mom. By now you must surely have guessed that it was Wills. Dad graciously stepped aside and Mom found herself firmly in Wills' clutches.

"Mom felt there was little she could do but make the best of the situation, grit her teeth, and behave in gracious fashion until song's end...."

Village Voice: New York Music - The Playboy Mansion

"Western-swing hype man-icon invents, uh, everything." From Anthony Mariani's review of the 2006 box set: "A four-disc box set of 105 remastered tracks, Legends of Country Music: Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, casts doubt on the notion that several allegedly original pop music developments emerged only in the past 50 years; Bob was an early originator in disciplines including but not limited to hollering, waxing ironic, and rocking out. As a fiddler, he leaves the singing to pros, but he verbally encourages his orchestra almost to a compulsive degree."

Roy Thackerson, the Fingerless Fiddler

We saw Roy play at the Texas Cowboy Reunion a couple of years ago. Amazing. (Via Deke Dickerson's Wonderful World of Weirdness.)