Johnny Gimble is regarded as “the best American fiddle player, period.” On May 28, he will be the honoree at the Texas Swing Festival in Athens.
Five bands that personify Texas Swing will play during the event. Music starts at noon. It culminates with “a Case of the Gimbles”: Johnny Gimble, his son Dick on bass, and his granddaughter, Emily, on piano and vocals.
Last year saw the first Texas Swing Festival. It was an outgrowth of the Old Fiddler’s Reunion in Athens, which Johnny Gimble attended many times. This year’s Texas Swing Festival features acts that express themselves in the genre that mixes country and jazz.
Following is the complete music schedule:
Noon-1:15 p.m. — Marshall Ford Band featuring Danny Levin
1:15-2 p.m. — CD signing and workshop/seminar
2-3:15 p.m. — Lost and Nameless Orchestra
3:15-4 p.m. — CD signing and workshop/seminar
4-5:15 p.m. — Warren Hood and the Goods
5:15-6 p.m. — CD signing and wokshop/seminar
6-7:15 p.m. — Slim Richey and The Jitterbug Vipers with special guest Ruby Jane
7-8 p.m. — CD signing and workshop/seminar
8-10 p.m. (Closing the evening) — Johnny Gimble’s A Case of the Gimbles featuring Marshall Ford Band members Emily and Dick Gimble
For more Festival information, call 903.677.4247 or visit www.athenstexasswingfestival.com.
Posted by: Sam Moore