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Bob Wills and the Texas Tradition

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Bob Wills and the Texas Tradition

Bob Wills and the Texas Tradition

Bob Wills and the Texas Tradition

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In Part 10 of our series on the roots of American country music, NPR's Paul Brown tells the story of Bob Wills. The fiddler grew up in a family of fiddlers in the cultural mixing bowl of the American southwest. He went on to lead a band that mixed breakdowns, big band swing, blues and square dance music — a style that came to be called Western swing.

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