Bob Wills Steel Guitar Rag


Bob Wills - Steel Guitar Rag 1936

December 3, 2016

Bob Wills was born in Kosse, Texas in 1905. In 1929 he started the Wills Fiddle Boys in Ft. Worth, then came to the attention of perennial Texas Gubernatorial ...

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both black and white musical circles before his death in 1931; the western-swing standard 'Steel Guitar Rag,' popularized by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, was originally recorded as 'Guitar Rag' by another black Kentuckian, guitarist Sylvester ... November 3, 2016

Pedal to the Metal: A Short History of the Pedal Steel Guitar

Another early multi-neck user was Leon McAuliffe, composer of the classic “Steel Guitar Rag.” During his tenure with Bob Wills, the bandleader's cry of “Take it away, Leon!” was often heard. The non-pedal steel had perhaps its most populist moment when ... February 17, 2015

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Know also as “King of Western Swing,” Bob Wills carved out a legacy and influenced everyone that followed. Along with his band, the Texas Playboys, Bob recorded several hits including “Steel Guitar Rag,” “Smoke on the Water” and “New Spanish Two Step.”.... April 10, 2016

Jug Band Cohorts Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur Reunite on a Collection of American Roots Classics

Other members would include Fritz Richmond (jug); Bob Siggins, Mel Lyman, and Bill Keith (banjo); Bruno Wolf (harmonica); Maria D'Amato (later Maria Muldaur, vocals), and Richard Greene (fiddle). Before the '60s ran their course, the Jug They ... September 20, 2016

A Melody Within His Heart

DeAngelis put his guitar and mic stand into the Jeep, alongside MacLeay's equipment — the steel guitar, the stack of music books that MacLeay didn't need because he knew all the songs by heart anyhow, the big Fender amplifier, and the briefcase that ... February 29, 2016

Leon Rausch on the End of Western Swing

By the time Leon Rausch joined Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys as featured vocalist, in 1958, the group's popularity had waned, thanks to the rise of a new style of music that Mr. Wills, who is enshrined in both the Country Music and Rock and Roll ... February 26, 2015

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Wills sold millions of records during the '40s, '50s and '60s and traveled the world with the Band of Texas Playboys. His hits include 'Steel Guitar Rag' and 'New San Antonio Rose.' The peak of his career came during his time in Fresno, but he only ... May 29, 2013

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After several years of appearing on radio shows while traveling throughout the southwestern states, he formed Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys in 1934. The band went on to national recognition with such hits as "Steel Guitar Rag" and the often covered ... November 13, 2016

Barbara Mandrell’s Steel Guitar Skills Are Unmatched!

“Steel Guitar Rag” was originally composed in 1936 by Leon McAuliffe, and was first recorded by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Since then, dozens of musicians have since recorded their own version of the upbeat instrumental. October 28, 2016

Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys - Lone Star Rag CBS A21B 8-track tape

Bob Wills ... enough that Wills could demand that steel guitarist Leon McAuliffe -- who wasn't on the first sessions due to ARC's abundance of steel players under contract -- was featured on the Playboys' next record, 1936's "Steel Guitar Rag." November 28, 2016

Country Music History – Essential Releases of 1961, Part I

Of course, Bob Wills is addressing McAuliffe when he says, “Kick it off, Leon” on the beginning of the Western swing standard “Steel Guitar Rag.” McAuliffe settled in Rogers, Arkansas in the 1950s, owning a radio station and performing local gigs. September 29, 2016

Milton Brown and the Founding of Western Swing.

A recording of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys playing Jesse ... The group also featured instrumental breaks on twin fiddles, tenor banjo, guitar, the first electric steel guitar, and piano, and were improvisations or takeoffs. Until this time ... September 6, 2016

Dancing music in the C20: western swing (1931-36)

Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys – Steel Guitar Rag O’Daniel, meanwhile, would go on to find fame in unsubtly fictionalised form, as ‘Governor Pappy O’Daniel’ in O Brother, Where Art Thou! Western swing bands would perform swing-esque rhythms ... May 4, 2016

Sylvester Weaver

Sylvester Weaver was a versatile guitarist of Louisville ... received and would prove massively influential in the country market. "Guitar Rag" was later re-invented by Bob Wills into "Steel Guitar Rag" and became a country standard. Through the end ... November 4, 2015


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Pedal to the Metal: A Short History of the Pedal Steel Guitar January 1, 1970

Modern pedal steels typically have 10 or 12 strings and come in single- and double-neck models. Photo by Andy Ellis For many, pedal steel guitar is synonymous with country music. The instrument’s sinuous string bending and crying sound has long distinguished the songs coming out of Nashville and Bakersfield from pop, rockabilly, and blues. Recently it’s become rare to hear pedal steel on mainstream country radio, though there are signs of a slight return. Meanwhile, pop, rock, and even...

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