Way Back in 1946, Bill Boyd and His Cowboy Ramblers Had Themselves a "Palace in Dallas"
Boyd was a local -- born in Ladonia in Fannin County in 1910, but moved to Dallas in '29, where three years later, he debuted the first iteration of the Cowboy Ramblers on WRR before going on to record hundreds of titles for a handful of labels. Boyd, who died in Dallas in '77, remains a beloved figure among your more hardcore Western swing afficianados -- you know, those who'll spend hours arguing whether Milton Brown and the Musical Brownies were better than Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. If "Palace in Dallas" does it for you, take heart: Archive.org has some 90 downloadable Cowboy Ramblers MP3s (scroll down) for your listening pleasure, and the Western Swing on 78 blog offered more than 100 tunes back in '07 that appear to be accessible to this day.
In coming weeks, I'll share these bits of local history here and over on DC9 at Night. Assuming, of course, they don't snap in half for no good reason before then.
Bonus MP3: Bill Boyd and His Cowboy Ramblers, "Palace in Dallas"