Hot Texas Swing Band (from the album Off the Beaten Trail)
On album number four, Off the Beaten Trail, Hot Texas Swing Band continue to curate and ride range over the vast expanse of western swing music as they keep a flame burning for traditions heard in the music of torchbearers Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, and Asleep at the Wheel. Off the Beaten Trail leads its tunes outside the borders of the sound of western swing as the album takes a trip into New Orleans with “Baton Rouge Waltz”, uses a honky tonk rhythm to heat up “Snow in Amarillo”, brings tits own style of Jazz back to the big band beat for “I Hear You Talkin’”, and turns the lights low for the after-hours Blues of “Cry Me a River”.
As the musical changes merge seamlessly on Off the Beaten Trail, the guiding tones of Hot Texas Swing Band stay true to the mix of Cowboy music and Swing. The band picks up the pace as it heads for open range with “Texas Plains”, lets the players take center stage for the instrumental whimsy of “Bull Whip”, slows to a trot for “My Blue Guitar”, and shimmies on a Latin groove for “This Time”. Off the Beaten Trail steps to a Waltz rhythm for “Headed Back to the Barn” as Hot Texas Swing Band light a fire to toast “White Lightnin’” and take a hit of loco weed to bounce into “Cow Cow Boogie”.
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