Bob Wills

bob-wills 3Bob Wills was able to combine a variety of styles in the mid-1930s to bring about an infectious style called Texas swing. He combined hillbilly, bluegrass, Mexican music, the blues and big band swing. He also featured a number of important guitarists that must have influenced a young Charlie Christian. His band, The Playboys, was unusual because of the inclusion of a drummer and a horn section. This combination of musicians and the energy they brought to their music made it infectious.

Bob Wills - Episode 1

CompositonArtistYear
You're OkayBob Wills and His Texas Playboys1938
Get With ItBob Wills and His Texas Playboys1935
Who Walks in When I Walk Out?Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys1935
Osage StompBob Wills and His Texas Playboys1935
Steel Guitar RagBob Wills and His Texas Playboys1936
White HeatBob Wills and His Texas Playboys1937
Whoa BabyBob Wills and His Texas Playboys1938
Liza, Pull Down the ShadesBob Wills and His Texas Playboys1938

Bob Wills - Episode 2

Wills often used 3 guitars like a sax section in a big band--sometimes using a violin section also. By the early 1940’s Bob Wills and his Playboys had relocated to California. You can hear a boogie woogie influence mixed with Kansas Riff style in his music. By the late 1940’s he led one of the busiest and most financially successful bands on the west coast.
CompositionArtistYear
Ida Red Likes to BoogieBob Wills and His Texas Playboys1949
Twin Guitar SpecialBob Wills and His Texas Playboys1941
Takin' It HomeBob Wills and His Texas Playboys1941
Roly PolyBob Wills and His Texas Playboys1945
Stay a Little LongerBob Wills and His Texas Playboys1945
Fat Boy RagBob Wills and His Texas Playboys1946
Boot Heel DragBob Wills and His Texas Playboys1949