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For the Love of Western Swing
  • For the Love of Western Swing



    Album features The Academy of Western Artist Awards Song of the Year, "For the Love of Western Swing." Recorded in Austin, Texas at Jumping Dog Studio, mixed by Rex Schnelle in Nashville, TN, and mastered by Jerry Tubb at Terra Nova Mastering. While the recording features his bandmates and regular touring musicians on every track there are cameos by Walt Wilkins of the Mystiqueros, Max Baca and Josh Baca of Grammy-winning Los Texmaniacs, Ernie Durawa of The Texas Tornados, Floyd Domino, formerly of Asleep at the Wheel and George Strait recordings, Pauline Reese, Mike Blakely, Rojas El Guitarrista, Tina Wilkins and Bobby Flores. Here's JAM's own description of the content: 
    "The title track, "For the Love of Western Swing," is about the journey we took to see Bob Wills Museum of Western Swing in Turkey Texas)
    "Cherry Springs Swing" about the legendary Texas dance hall near Fredericksburg, music by Ron Knuth)
    "Roly Poly" (the Bob Wills standard I performed with a bilingual twist on Nashville Star)
    "You Bring Out the Best In Me" (the modern swing number I co-wrote with Jerry Harkins that may remind you of a George Strait contemporary tune)
    "Who's On Your Mind" (the song that helped me reach the True Value Country Showdown State Finals)
    "Take Me Back To Texas" (our cumbia and swing track--according to Rick Kienzle, noted country historian ,this title preceded Wills's "Take Me Back to Tulsa" 
    "Canta Papa" (a song I wrote for my dad the drummer and former marine who years ago performed with Freddie Fender)
    "Seguro Que Hell Yes" (the song I co-wrote with Alex Harvey and Mike Blakely that landed on a Grammy-winning album by Flaco Jimenez and a compilation by Alan Jackson!)
    "Gentle On My Mind" (written by John Hartford, our tribute to the late Glenn Cambell)
    "Part Of the Solution" (a song of healing for the children who were part of the package when I married my wife. Song cowritten with Keith MacDonnel)
    "I Could Live Without You" (A song the Texas dancers have always loved that I co-wrote with Mike Blakely and Jerry Harkins)
    "The Beginning of the End of the Day" (which I co-wrote with Rick Bussey, a Kerrville New Folk winner, about what inspires a man during the 9 to 5 work day)
    "Old Songs" (a song about the Joy we feel when we hear one of our favorite old songs, also co-written by MacDonnell. "Old Songs" & "Part of the Solution" were both part of a previous crowd funding campaign!)
    "Faded Love" features three part harmonies by Tina Wilkins and John M. Greenberg, formerly of The Mystiqueros." --jam

    JAM's band not only performs the live shows but does the bulk of the studio work too: Kurt Baumer on fiddle, Chris Reeves on guitars and fiddle, B.B. Morse and Mark Epstein on bass, Walter Cross and Kevin Hall on drums, and Luiz Coutinho de Souza on percussion.

    SKU: JAM-14
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