The Tune Wranglers

1936-1938

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One of the earliest and most entertaining Western swing groups, the Tune Wranglers specialized in both cowboy music and raucous, 1920s-style jazz and blues. Concerning the latter, they were among the greatest groups of their day, turning out exciting, swinging material that was the equal of Bob Wills in daring if not quality. The group's rowdy banter and call-and-response harmonizing are immensely entertaining, reminiscent of the Maddox Brothers & Rose and early Bill Monroe. This is especially true of the sides featuring pianist Eddie Whitley, a master of barrelhouse jazz who could turn any old song into a hard-swinging good time. All told, this is a fairly astonishing listen featuring the group's only hit, "Texas Sand," and other splendid moments such as "El Rancho Grande," "Red's Tight Like That," and the twisted novelty "Sarah Jane."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:48 Amazon
2 02:41 Amazon
3 02:57 Amazon
4 02:34 Amazon
5 02:38 Amazon
6 02:42 Amazon
7 02:55 Amazon
8 02:21 Amazon
9 02:18 Amazon
10 02:52 Amazon
11 02:41 Amazon
12 02:54 Amazon
13 02:36 Amazon
14 03:12 Amazon
15 03:03 Amazon
16
02:57 Amazon
17 02:58 Amazon
18 03:17 Amazon
19
02:21 Amazon
20
02:43 Amazon
21 02:24 Amazon
22
02:53 Amazon
23 02:36 Amazon
24 02:53 Amazon
25 02:26 Amazon
26
03:00 Amazon
27 02:52 Amazon
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