By Paul Collins
Bumper Jacksons, a Northern Virginia based young Western Swing band, will perform in Celebration on January 20th at 7:30pm at Community Presbyterian Church.
One of the earliest forms of traditional American music was a genre that is now almost forgotten-Western Swing. Western Swing originated in Texas when a band called Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys combined Ranch dance music, fiddle and guitar, with brassy swing music. In the 20’s and 30’s it was hugely popular from Texas to California. In the 50’s it began to lose steam as it evolved into Rockabilly and eventually Rock n Roll.
Young musicians are rediscovering many forms of early American music with our guests, Bumper Jacksons, breathing new life into Western Swing. They began as a city meets country duo of songstress Jess Eliot Myhre and banjo player Chris Ousley and have evolved into a brassy 7-piece with horns and pedal steel guitar. Honored as Mid-Atlantic’s “Artist of the Year” and “Best Traditional Band”, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone is invited, and the dance floor never sleeps.