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Obscure, underrated and random music curated by @cwbowron

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    Rufus Wainwright featuring Choir! Choir! Choir!
  2. Apache

    Incredible Bongo Band

#46 - Ida Red - Hot Club of Cowtown

I first heard Hot Club of Cowtown when they opened for Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan at their concert in Fifth Third ballpark in Grand Rapids. I don’t listen to much Western Swing, but I thought they were outstanding. I saw them a second time for a few songs at the East Lansing Folk Festival, back when that was a thing.

Hot Club of Cowtown took a brief hiatus around 2004 when violinist Elana James joined Bob Dylan’s touring band. Hot Club of Cowtown reformed in 2008.

“Ida Red” is a traditional song made famous by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. You may hear a similiarity to Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene”, as Berry used “Ida Red” as its backbone.

Tags: western swing