The Texas Toasters play a variety of traditional western swing tunes by the likes of Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Spade Cooley, with some swing-style originals in the mix.
"Western swing is nothing more than a group of talented country boys, unschooled in music, but playing the music they feel, beating a solid two-four rhythm to the harmonies that buzz around their brains. When it escapes in all its musical glory, my friend, you have Western swing."
— Merle Travis
Western swing music is a subgenre of American country music that originated in the late 1920s in the West and South among the region's Western string bands. Dance music, often with an up-tempo beat, attracted huge crowds to clubs and dance halls in Texas, Oklahoma and California during the 1930s and 40s.
The music is an amalgamation of rural, cowboy, polka, folk, Dixieland jazz and blues blended with swing; and played by a hot string band often augmented with the steel guitar. The electrically amplified stringed instruments, especially the steel guitar, give the music a distinctive sound.
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