Guitar Rag – Sylvester Weaver

The History of Guitar in America 1922-1962: Widespread Amplification

Episode 6

Episode date - March 2, 2024

How Music Changed

    After Bob Dunn had been recorded playing an amplified slide guitar (called ‘the Frying Pan’ due its unusual shape – see last week’s show), it was only a matter of time before the electric guitar caught on, and it happened rather quickly.

    The steel guitar was first to see amplification, but players from all fields took an interest in the obvious advantages presented by the radically updated instrument. Here we cover early Western Swing and we also touch on some jazz blues. Unfortunately, this show also highlights the rampant racism that existed at this time.

    Featured tracks include:

    Guitar Rag – Sylvester Weaver

    Steel Guitar Rag – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (w/ Leon Mcauliffe)

    Liza Pull Down the Shades – Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys (w/ Herman Arnspiger and L Mcauliffe)

    My Window Faces South – Bob Will & His Texas Playboys w/ Eddie Shamblin and L Mcauliffe

    Panhandle Rag – Hank Thompson w/ L. Mcauliffe

    Ida Sweet as Apple Cider – Pappy O’Daniel and his Hillbilly Boys w/ Wilson “Lefty” Perkins

    Rose Room – Derwood Brown and his Musical Brownies w/ Lefty Perkins

    Hittin’ the Bottle – Jimmie Lunceford w/ Eddie Durham

    Laughing at Life - The Kansas City Five (w/ Eddie Durham)

    Countess Blues – Lester Young w/ Eddie Durham

    Love Me or Leave Me – Eddie Durham and Freddie Green

    Channel 30 - The History of Guitar in America 1922-1962