Bob Wills

Known as the King of Western Swing (ever since the death of Spade Cooley), perhaps an even better nickname for Wills would be the Johnny Appleseed of Western Swing. He was, indeed, part of the group who literally created the genre. However, it was Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys’ live broadcasts from a 50,000 watt station in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the early 1930s that pushed the new sound into the mainstream of the entire nation.

Some say, in Texas, Bob Wills is still the King. Hear more about Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys in the episodes below.

Spade Cooley

CR003 The Murder Ballad of Spade Cooley

1200 630 Cocaine & Rhinestones

Spade Cooley came to California in the early 1930s, as poor as everyone else who did the exact same thing at the exact same time. Only, Spade became a millionaire. And all he needed to accomplish that was a fiddle, a smile and a strong work ethic. If it sounds like the American Dream, stick around to hear how it became an American nightmare of substance abuse, mental illness and, eventually, sadistic torture and murder.

If this episode doesn’t screw you up, you’re already screwed up.

Recommended if you like: Western Swing, murder ballads, My Favorite Murder, True Crime Garage (or any other “true crime” or “murder” podcasts, really), Tex Williams, Bob Wills, fiddles and having nightmares.

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