Have You Ever Even Heard of Milton Brown
THE NEW RECESSION ORCHESTRA is a jazz-based musical ensemble from Fort Worth, Texas, that practices the fine art of Western Swing. They are also on a mission to popularize modern arrangements of some traditional songs that were recorded by Milton Brown from 1931-1936. Milton Brown was the Founding Father of Western Swing. ============================================== OUT ON THE JACKSBORO HIGHWAY in 1936, singer Milton Brown fell asleep at the wheel of his hot black Pontiac and soon died of his injuries and pneumonia. In the five years before his death, Milton was the leader of his Musical Brownies, a jazzy, shirt-and-tie Texas ensemble that did not wear cowboy hats. The group was the most popular regional dance band of that era, and their Fort Worth radio show, which aired every day at noon, was a huge hit, too. But most importantly, Milton was the man who, from 1932 until 1936, hired very skilled musicians "to be" the Brownies. He encouraged his players to blend regional hillbilly music with the era's hi-octane jazz and pop styles. Together they created the blend that became Western Swing. Their sound was infused with the spirit and styles of Louis Armstrong and Stephane Grappelli. While Milton was very successful during these early Depression years, his close friend Bob Wills was struggling to make a living in Waco and Tyler. Milton and Bob had been founding members of THE LIGHTCRUST DOUGHBOYS; however, it was not until after Milton's death that Bob followed Milton's lead and incorporated a good shot of jazz into the music of his TEXAS PLAYBOYS. Then, after 1940, Bob's career took off, and he went on to become the King of Western Swing. But Milton got there first. Milton Brown invented Western Swing. PLEASE VISIT: newtexasswing.com.