Playing tracks by
Waylon Jennings, Jimmie Davis, Gid Tanner & The Skillet Lickers, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Bob Wills (1) and more.
Although he may not have invented the genre he was certainly responsible for popularizing it and would single-handedly change its rules and, in the process, reinvented the rules of popular music. Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys were a dance band with a country string section that played pop songs as if they were jazz numbers. Their music expanded and erased boundaries between genres. It was also some of the most popular music of its era. Throughout the '40s, the band was one of the most popular groups in the country and the musicians in the Playboys were among the finest of their era. As the popularity of Western swing declined, so did Wills' popularity, but his influence is immeasurable and he would find a resurgence in the recognition as a foundation of country and rock in later years..