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Friday, March 6, 2015

Cotton Eyed Joe - a Texas fiddle anthem

Bob Wills would be 110 today. Born on March 6, 1905 in Kosse, TX, the Kin of Western Swing still lives in the hearts and ears of many. In fact, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel just released their millionth tribute to Bob Wills album, Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. It is currently being featured as the Texas Style Guitar Backup Blog Featured Album above. Check it out if you haven't already!

In honor of Bob's birthday, we take a look at what is considered by many, a true Texas anthem. That's right, Cotton Eyed Joe! This tune is played by many across the US and in different ways, naturally. You may be familiar with the pop-country mega hit, 
"Where Did You Come From 
Cotton Eyed Joe"... Listen to how Bob Wills plays the tune. Bob was an old time fiddler who grew up about an hour and 45 minutes south of Dallas, TX. Here, his band, the Texas Playboys back him on the tune. The backup is simple, yet driving and played on electric guitar. But don't let that fool you. The groove is excellent, danceable, with appropriate runs pleasing to the ear. Not too much, but not too little... Enjoy this Texas anthem and Happy Birthday, Bob! May you forever rest in peace.

Thanks to the following sources:
Wikipedia -

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