"If you like good Texas music, you're gonna love The Western Swingers."
Rodney Crowell, songwriting great, Sony recording artist
John England & the Western Swingers is a six piece band based in Nashville, TN, which plays the lively, happy music called Western Swing. Western Swing originally developed in Texas and Oklahoma during the 1930's. With fiddle, steel guitar, piano, electric guitar, bass, and drums, it's music for dancing and listening, and combines the down-home quality of country music with the sophistication and improvisation of hot jazz.
For this 2013 release, we took a Western Swing-flavored bite out of Americana with 10 really old songs,and 3 originals that fit in. Garrett Rittenberry (Guerilla Design) took some nice pics & made everything look pretty, and we got even further away from plastic by putting the disc in a 4-panel "eco-pack". DIYwas the order of the day --- John did most of the recording, David and John mixed it, and David mastered it, though we had help from Paul Gannon, Jerry Gowen, Mark Howard, and Dave Martin.
Though we titled the album, Songs Older than Pappy, there are 3 originals on it, and "Pecos Bill" dates from the 40s, so those 4 are actually younger than Pappy!
Every Monday at Robert's Western World (416 Broadway, Nashville, TN, 244-9552) there's no cover, no minimum, food, a dance floor, and Good Music! Minors are welcome if accompanied by their parents to listen or dance to John England & the Western Swingers. IF YOU’RE PLANNING TO COME DOWN, BE SURE TO CALL ROBERT’S TO CONFIRM OUR BOOKING. ONCE IN A VERY GREAT WHILE, WE MAY BE OUT FOR ANOTHER GIG, OR PLAY A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT TIME.
According to Esquire Magazine, Robert's is one of the 50 Best Bars in America.
Our updated performance schedule is posted at www.myspace.com/westernswingers.
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