Album: Hot Club of Cowtown, What Makes Bob Holler (Proper)

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The Bob of the title is Bob Wills, one of the daddies of western swing, that jovial place where jazz and country convened to slap their thighs in merriment in the middle of the last century.

The Hot Club are an American trio – fiddle, guitar, bass – but they were recorded live in a London studio, doing the songs the "King of Western Swing" did, and with joyous authenticity. It's all very gladsome, technically fine and will lift your day. But, as with all such heritaged musics, it won't make your day over. Pleasant though.