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If you want to hear Los Yobos at their swinging best, catch them live onstage! Check the gigs page for a list of upcoming appearances.

If you can't wait that long, you can download the demo or listen to six complete songs on MySpace.

About Western Swing

Western Swing is good-time drinking and dancing music which evolved in the honky tonks of Texas and Oklahoma on either side of the second world war. The sound combines elements of country music, blues, big band swing, tex-mex, fiddle tunes, popular hits and traditional folk and dance music from the British Isles and central and eastern Europe.

Western Swing bands toured hard and played long sets, all-night dances and live radio performances, often travelling great distances between engagements. They played anything and everything, their job was to entertain. Los Yobos aim to keep that tradition alive.

Anyone seeking a good introduction to western swing could do a lot worse than Proper Music's comprehensive (and very cheap) box set, Doughboys, Playboys and Cowboys. Also worth a look is Duncan McLean's excellent book Lone Star Swing.

The first western swing band was probably the Light Crust Doughboys, the flour-mill sponsored outfit that first brought together the big men of western swing, Milton Brown and Bob Wills. In the four years before Milton's tragic death in 1936, he and his Musical Brownies laid down a small but tasty recorded legacy. few would argue that the best known exponents of this style are Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. As well as defining the style now known as western swing, Bob Wills brought to prominence some of the finest musicians in any genre. These players include legendary guitarists like Eldon Shamblin and Junior Barnard, great steel guitar players like Herb Remington and Leon McAuliffe, and fiddlers like Joe Holley and the God-like Johnny Gimble. Bob Wills was also responsible for the discovery of one of the greatest and most influential singers ever to come out of the USA, the peerless Tommy Duncan.

In the 1960s and 70s, the western swing mantle was taken up by bands such as Asleep at the Wheel and Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. More recently, there have been contributions by Lyle Lovett and the sublime Hot Club of Cowtown.