The History of Western Swing - Fort Worth Public Library

Hello and WElcome!


Welcome to a March full of Western Swing! I am thrilled to teach this lecture series - thank you for joining me! 

This music has been a part of my life since I was a young girl. It inspired, delighted, and fascinated me. Growing up, I studied Classical Music, but when I first heard the sounds of Western Swing, I knew I found my home. And lo and behold, my hometown - our lovely Fort Worth - is the birthplace of this wonderful music!

Whether you are a fan, an expert, a newbie, a musician or non-musician, I hope everyone (including me!) can walk away from this shared experience with newfound knowledge and appreciation for Western Swing.


Here is our series landing page. I will keep links to any materials, as well as any other fun and fascinating Western Swing stuff.

Please feel free to contact me at any time if there is something you would like to see on here. Thank you!


March 8, 2022

Power Point Slides:


Songs we heard:

Easy Ridin Papa - Milton Brown & The Musical Brownies

St.Louis Blues - Milton Brown & The Musical Brownies

Avalon - Milton Brown & The Musical Brownies

Taking Off - Milton Brown & The Musical Brownies

Stay All Night, Stay a Little Longer - Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys

I Can't Go On This Way - Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys

Oklahoma Stomp - Spade Cooley

Crazy Cause I Love You - Spade Cooley

A live western swing guitar demonstration by local musician and youth music camp director, Glenn McLaughlin, and a duo performance by Glenn and Ginny Mac

  • Songs: Trouble In Mind (Bob Wills), You Can't Break My Heart (Spade Cooley)



March 15, 2022

Power Point Slides:


Songs we heard:

Short docu on Marvin "Smokey" Montgomery

Bud n Gin - Buddy Brady & Ginny Mac

An excerpt from The Last Original Texas Playboys Concert - Will Rogers Coliseum, 1986

Fool, Fool, Fool - Louise Rowe w/ The Texas Playboys

Cheek To Cheek - Leon Rausch & Ginny Mac

Maggie - Bob Boatright

Stompin at the Savoy - Tom Morrell & The Timewarp Tophands

A short video of Cleo Raymond performing with her accordion

Ginny Mac performing Happy Trails (Dale Evans & Roy Rogers)



March 22, 2022

Power Point Slides:


Songs we heard:

Columbus Stockade Blues - Willie Nelson & Shirley Collie

Ida Red - Willie Nelson, Marty Stuart, and Travis Tritt live with Asleep At The Wheel

Misery - Merle Haggard live on "Live in ATX"

Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen

My Old Timey Baby - Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks

Better Times - Asleep At The Wheel

Roly Poly - Dixie Chicks w/ Asleep At The Wheel

A short trailer for the "Birth and History of Western Swing" documentary by Mike Markwardt

A Western Swing personal history and performance by local cowgirl musician, youth mentor, and clinician, Devon Dawson, and collaborator Jesse Robertson

  • Songs: Jessie The Yodeling Cowgirl (Devon Dawson w/ Riders In The Sky), Happy Trails (Dale Evans & Roy Rogers)



March 29, 2022

Power Point Slides:


Songs we heard:

Excerpts from Asleep At The Wheel's musical "A Ride With Bob"

"On the Outskirts of Town" - The Time Jumpers feat. Vince Gill

"Exactly Like You" - Hot Club of Cowtown

"My Love, My Life, My Friend" - The Quebe Sisters

"Sugar Moon" - Kristyn Harris

Live band performance by Ginny Mac (vocals, accordion), Glenn McLaughlin (vocals, guitar), Nathan Phelps (vocals, bass), and Jess Meador (violin)

***SET LIST: Texas Blues, Right or Wrong, Baby You'll Think of Me, Take Me Back to Tulsa, Old Fashioned Love, Snowflake Reel, I Didn't Realize