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Western Swing

Western swing has become the traditional music of Oklahoma. While it was "born in Texas," it was Tulsa where it matured, and one of the major figures in its development- Johnnie Lee Wills- still lives in Tulsa and continues to play dances there. And the man who took western swing from the Southwest to the nation and to international audiences_- Hank Thompson - lives near and works out of Tulsa.

A cultural blend of musical styles, western swing has one primary characteristic- a danceable beat. While country and bluegrass music primarily emerged as listening traditions, the principal audience for western swing is a dancing crowd. If the ...

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