Friday, May 27, 2011

Texas Makes It Official

From Bloomberg News yesterday: "Western Swing, an amalgam of country fiddle tunes and jazz, now shares its official Texas status with the Mexican free-tailed bat, the state flying mammal since 1995; tortilla chips and salsa, the official snack since 2003; and the cast-iron Dutch oven, which became the state cooking implement in 2005.  Senator Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio, who introduced the Texas bill in March, chose Western Swing for what his resolution called the “foot-tapping tempo” heard “all across our state, with countless Texans repeating the time-honored steps that have been kicking up sawdust on Texas dance floors for generations.”  The music was popularized by groups such as "Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys".  And - we might add - Big Ray and Asleep At The Wheel!  Brings back memories of a night at The Longhorn on Macleod Trail ...