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The Marshall Ford Swing Band Brings Old-Time Western Swing to Susanna's Kitchen in Wimberley, Texas
The Marshall Ford Swing Band

Delighting fans with upbeat swing, guitar magic, and Emily Gimble's effortless singing style on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at Susanna's Kitchen.
Marshall Ford Swing Band songwriter-guitarist Greg Harkins and his band mates have been evoking the past since 2008. They pride themselves on playing Western swing music the way the legendary Johnny Gimble, the band's singer-pianist Emily Gimble’s grandfather, plays. And the way Bob Wills and Hank Thompson did when they ruled the Texas scene. They’re unique in their modern execution of the antiquated art.

Named for the predecessor of Lake Travis’ Mansfield Dam, the band’s roots were planted in 2003 by Harkins. Raised on Willie Nelson’s "Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and Bob Wills’ "For the Last Time," the band’s interest in swing music took them to Johnny Gimble’s swing camp in Taos, N.M., where they met Emily and knew they had to start playing with her regularly.

They persuaded Emily to move from Waco to Austin and brought in bassist Kristopher Wade and drummer James Gwyn to complete the quartet. Since then, the band has been delighting fans with upbeat swing and guitar magic in Austin and beyond. The band often plays with different pairings, depending on the gig.

Fans of the Marshall Ford Swing Band will get a heavy dose of Emily’s sultry vocals, Greg’s playful guitar phrasings, and Kris and James’ tight rhythm section on this year’s "It's about Dam Time," the band’s first full-length studio album. Recorded at Austin’s famed Tequila Mockingbird Studios and produced by Danny Levin, the album showcases the band’s healthy dose of original tracks — each member contributed at least one song — along with some of Western swing’s most beloved standards.

Rosa Reyes of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau says, "Everyone loves the Marshall Ford Swing Band. They are the perfect Austin, Texas, musical experience. They are sophisticated and professional musically; they represent regional genres with style and excellence; and they are so darn much fun."

The performance is at the Wimberley United Methodist Church, RR 12 and CR 1492. Tickets are available at the door, $15 for adults, $5 for children, childcare is available from 7:00 to 9:00. Pie, tamales, and organic coffee are available. Doors open at 7, with music starting at 7:30. This is a smoke-free, alcohol-free venue.

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