Tune Wranglers

Decades: 1980s 2000s


This western swing band was formed in San Antonio, Texas, USA, in 1935 by Buster Coward (guitar), Tom Dickey (violin), Charlie Gregg (bass) and Eddie Fielding (banjo). Not long after the band was formed, Fielding quit and was replaced by virtuoso banjo player Joe ‘Red Brown’ Barnes. Early the following year, pianist Eddie Whitley came into the band just in time for their debut recording session. During the rest of the Tune Wranglers’ short existence, Whitley frequently interchanged with George Timberlake. Another who played with the band and contributed to its sound was steel guitarist Eddie Duncan. Coward was an accomplished songwriter, with his ‘Texas Sand’ being particularly popular with other bands. Several members of the group sang, notably Coward and Duncan, and some of their songs had a blues slant while others had Spanish lyrics. Among those who joined the line-up were banjo players Bill Dickey and Neal Ruff, the latter’s twin,...

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