Personnel: Speedy West (pedal steel guitar); Jimmy Bryant, Billy Strange, Jimmy Widener, Eddie Kirk (guitar); Billy Liebert (accordion, piano, organ); Merrill Moore, Les Taylor (piano); Cliffie Stone, Al Williams, Deuce Spriggens, George Bruns (bass); Roy Harte, Pee Wee Adams, Muddy Berry (drums).
Producer: Ken Nelson.
Compilation producer: Mike Ragogna.
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, California Between February 8, 1951 and October 9, 1956. Includes liner notes by Rich Kienzle.
Personnel: Jimmy Bryant (guitar); Billy Liebert (accordion, piano, organ); Les Taylor, Merrill Moore (piano); Marion Z. "Pee Wee" Adams, Muddy Berry, Roy Harte (drums).
Liner Note Author: Rich Kienzle.
Recording information: Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA.
This second volume celebrating the music of guitarist Jimmy Bryant and pedal steel guitarist Speedy West is as essential as the first (STRATOSPHERE BOOGIE). The instrumental duo worked together for five years in the '50s. The union of their two instruments was unlike anything before or since. They functioned almost as one, weaving in and out of each other's lines with a singular sense of purpose and musical excitement. West's playing was ferociously inventive in a manner that makes him a western swing counterpart to Jimi Hendrix. The set is comprised primarily of originals (that they both wrote, though not together), along with a couple of covers, including Rodgers & Hart's "Lover." SWINGIN' ON THE STRINGS reminds us of the hot bed of innovation western swing was in its heyday.