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South Texas Swing
Adolph Hofner
South Texas Swing
Genres: Country, World Music, Latin Music
 
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Hofner is an only-from-Texas kind of Western swinger, hailing from the state's wide Czech belt, claiming Czech as his first language, and often singing his polkas, waltzes, and traditional tunes in that language. He also h...  more »

      
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All Artists: Adolph Hofner
Title: South Texas Swing
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Arhoolie Records
Original Release Date: 9/14/1994
Re-Release Date: 9/1/1994
Genres: Country, World Music, Latin Music
Styles: Classic Country, Western Swing, Mexico, Regional Mexican, Tejano
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 096297702925, 096297502013

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Hofner is an only-from-Texas kind of Western swinger, hailing from the state's wide Czech belt, claiming Czech as his first language, and often singing his polkas, waltzes, and traditional tunes in that language. He also had the hit version of the traditional fiddle tune "Cotton-Eyed Joe," which has since become a must-play for any band on the Texas dance hall circuit, and turned in credible Bing Crosby-derived vocals on pop standards. And his bands, which included his brother Bash on steel and often the great hot fiddler J.R. Chatwell, swung with the best of 'em. --John Morthland

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A Slice of Texas
Richard R. Johnson | Houston, TX United States | 10/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Texas is home to many different musical styles, and Adolph Hofner is one of those artists who seems to capture nearly every one of them in his recordings. What strikes me is that while many would label his music as "diverse," Hofner would probably have just called it "music." The fact that Hofner is not well known and celebrated nationally puzzles me, for I believe he is one of the great Texas recording artists of all time, which puts him in grand company."
Solid Texas swing
David Bennett | Austin, TX USA | 04/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is actually better than I expected it to be. The Czech-language tunes don't resonate with me, I'm afraid, but the western swing tunes are very well done, with a solid sense of swing, perfect tempos, and fine soloing throughout. Nothing against the other players, but for my money, the fiddlers are the real standouts, especially Leonard Seago, who plays on most of the tracks, but also J.R. Chatwell. You can hear that the 78s these tracks were taken from were not exactly pristine, but the remastering, with the NoNoise system, leaves them sounding pretty doggone clean, and although it does leave them a little flat on the top end, they still sound good. The final track, a radio transcription complete with chatter and a beer advertisement, was a great inclusion. If you're building a western swing collection, this would certainly be a good addition."
A Glimpse Into a Great Regional Culture: Czech Texas
Michael Konvicka | Sealy, Texas USA | 07/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Czech recordings on this album provide a look back on a regional culture which is rapidly disappearing in Texas, that of Bohemian and Moravian Texas. While listening to these recordings, you may find your mind drifting back 50 years to a rural Texas dance hall. The smell of cotton fields mixes with the smell of cold beer and kolaches, while happy people dance to a beautiful Adolf Hofner waltz. You can feel the history in these recordings."