Ben Garnett

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Turkey, TX (46th Annual Bob Wills Day)


So a few weeks ago, my dear friend and musical collaborator, Ginny Mac, invited me to attend the annual Bob Wills Day music festival in Turkey, TX – a gorgeous little town known for being the birth place of the legendary Bob Wills, who if you don't know, is considered the father and co-founder of Western Swing music.  Western Swing, to me, is this amazing and inspiring melting pot of swing music (1920s-40s popular music), traditional country, cowboy-folk music, blues, and lots of other styles.  It reminds me a lot of Django Reinhardt's music in regard to its origin (with combining regional folk music with the popular music of his time).  While I was there, I performed at The Church of Western Swing (with Ginny and her brother Glenn McLaughlin), picked some tunes at various jam sessions (many I didn't know–a good thing!), made some new friends, explored the town, and had many laughs in-between!  I absolutely loved getting to know the Western Swing community and family.  What a beautiful music built by beautiful people – I hope to return in years to come!

Listen below to selected tracks from various gigs!!