By Ruth Sheldon
Unavailable for many years, this pioneering biography of the King of Western Swing returns to print in a good-looking re-creation with images, index, and a brand new serious introduction.Few figures in state music's historical past have left as specified and lasting an effect as Bob Wills (1905-1975). a professional fiddler and a magnetic showman, Wills popularized a method of Southwestern dance song referred to as western swing, a rhythmic hybrid of Texas mess around song, blues, and large band swing that set dance halls alight around the Southwest within the thirties and forties. regardless of his passing, his legacy has been carried ahead within the song of such smooth stars as Merle Haggard and George Strait.In 1938, whilst Wills used to be thirty-three and nearing the peak of his reputation, journalist Ruth Sheldon chronicled the rags-to-riches upward push of this gifted musician, exhibiting awesome foresight in her selection of topic. operating with the entire cooperation of Wills, Sheldon produced a biography that totally captures the ebullient character of Wills and displays the bandleader's imaginative and prescient of himself.Noted state track historian invoice C. Malone has praised Hubbin' It as a "pioneering biography," a landmark within the recording of nation song background. Now restored to print for the 1st time for the reason that its preliminary 1938 book, Hubbin' It offers a desirable window into the everyday life of a operating musician through the melancholy. it's a wealthy resource of historic element at the lifetime of one in all America's nice musical innovators.Distributed for the rustic tune starting place Press
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Yore young. Yore smart, Jim Rob. You go do sumpin else. Don't you tell yore pappy I'm tellin' you this. " Bob was sixteen now. He felt that he was a man. Old Man Bridges' advice burned in his thoughts. He made his decision. Without a word to Johnnie and Emma, he slipped away one day to the railroad and hopped a freight train. It was going east and as it rattled along uneasiness overcame him. He had never been away from home before. He had no money in his pockets. He had no idea where he was going or what he would do.
I thank the Foundation, mainly, because this new edition affords me the opportunity to mention how Ms. Sheldon's book influenced my own life. The story is remarkable but a bit eerie. If there is such a thing as destiny, then I was destined to read her biography of Bob Wills. You might say the first book I ever read was Sheldon's life of Wills. By the age of eight I had read Dick, Jane and Spot, and I had given a cursory reading to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. I just did not like to read. In 1938, Hubbin' It was advertised on Wills's noon radio broadcasts over KVOO in Tulsa.
A few of the men who had been drinking freely were surly. There was sure to be trouble. Bob tugged at the angry ranch owner's sleeve. "I know a few tunes on the fiddle," he said. " The ranch owner was dubious, but something had to be done. He brought a little box for Bob to pat his foot on and waited for him to begin. The crowd was amused as the youngster put his bow to the fiddle, but as the tune poured out their feet began to tap. Soon everyone was dancing. Bob only knew six tunes, so he played them over and over.