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For the Love of Western Swing

In high school a friend lent me an album called Mel Tillis and Bob Wills In Person. It was my first serious introduction to the joy of Western swing. Later as a teenager I would sneak into Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin Texas to hear the music of Asleep at the Wheel and Commander Cody. I have loved their free wheeling styles of improvisational music since and I'm enjoying the experience of recording my 14th album, For the Love of Western Swing, as a tribute to the musical genre. During my college years at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor my buddy John Spaar and I hiked several miles toting three ice chests of Coors (the entrepreneur Spaar thought we could sell most of them to pay

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