western swing


Definition of western swing

: swing music played typically on country-music instruments (such as guitar, fiddle, or steel guitar)

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The weekly event will host Lightning Train, a western swing band from Carlsbad, on Friday, Aug. 30. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Elvis in El Cajon," 26 Aug. 2019 LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the second night of a back-to-back, at the end of a three-game western swing. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Winderman: Unique challenges already in place for Heat | Commentary," 18 Aug. 2019 Their tweaks to the blues ultimately gave rise to bluegrass and western swing, which became country-and-western. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Lil Nas X isn’t an anomaly — black people have always been a part of country music," 5 June 2019 Goran Dragic decided the Miami Heat's three-game western swing was one of those times. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Goran Dragic steps forward when needed most by Heat," 17 Mar. 2018 The last time the Miami Heat headed out on the road, the question was whether Dwyane Wade and Hassan Whiteside would play during last week's western swing. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hassan Whiteside, Dwyane Wade remain sidelined for Heat; Walton recalled," 21 Mar. 2018 At the time, drummers were a luxury that only successful western swing bands could afford. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "Elvis Presley's drummer D.J. Fontana set the beat for rock 'n' roll's future," 15 June 2018 Mike Compton, Chicago Blues Hall of Famer Mary Lane, Cajun singer and accordionist Sheryl Cormier and Chicago western swing band The Western Elstons. Gwendolyn Purdom, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago date idea: The University of Chicago Folk Festival then pizza at Medici on 57th," 9 Feb. 2018 The game concluded a two-game homestand for the Pacers, with a challenging four-game western swing to follow. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Pacers add to road woes as Heat fall 113-107 in OT," 25 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of western swing

1940, in the meaning defined above

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