western swing

(Left to right) Upright bass player Gavin Kelso, fiddle player and vocalist Katie Glassman, and lead singer and rhythm guitarist Joey McKenzie.
Ben Bohorquez

In the tradition of music pioneers like Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Tex Williams and Spade Cooley, Joey McKenzie's band The Western Flyers are proudly carrying the western swing torch into a new era.

Shoot Low Sheriff performing at Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas.
Courtesy of Shoot Low Sheriff Facebook

The 7-piece Dallas outfit have dedicated themselves to upholding the traditions of their musical influences, such as Bob Wills and Milton Brown. Their renditions of classics by their idols flow together perfectly with the band's originals on their sophomore release "Wanted In Texas."

Larry Franklin was brought up in a family of champion fiddle players in Texas, and quickly picked up the family trade - later becoming a World Champion Fiddler himself at just 16 years old.

Founding member and vocalist/violinist of The Hot Club of Cowtown, Elana James, joined Matt Meinke for a chat during Notably Texan.