The Curio Cowboys
Room in Your Heart
Historically “deep emotional involvement” in selling the words of Western Swing has never been a particular priority with its most noted practitioners. The genre’s music comes with lyrics that basically shore up any excuse to have a dance. In other words, it’s all for fun. And in keeping with the historical effect…more than any swing organization I am aware of…the Curio Cowboys are a living full-fidelity 78 RPM record. Who better, as part of their Western Swing Songbook series, to resurrect “The Songs Of Wiley (Williams) and Gene (Sullivan)?!” Picks include “Kansas City Blues,” “Live & Let Live,” “Make Room In Your Heart For Friend,” “Variations On ‘Rubber Dolly’” and a cover of Henry Clay Work’s “Grandfather’s Clock,” a piece closely associated with the duo.
Arrangements include all the seminal-style riffs you could ask for, particularly evident in the interweaving complexities of the instrumental bridges, with multiple players going for the gold, as it were! Give ‘er a try!
CD: (available through googling Curio Cowboys or Ruido Records). There is more info and notes on Wiley & Gene on the Curio Cowboys’ Facebook page.
I Want to Live and Love Always
Live and Let Live
Wednesday Night Waltz
Kansas City Blues
When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again
I Might Have Known
Don’t You Dare
Love Ain’t Worrying Me
Make Room in Your Heart for a Friend
Variations on Rubber Dolly