About Chuck Beggs
(A Tribute to Bob Wills)
It was a time for country music, and Texas to collide
It happened in late September, 19 hundred and 35
A couple a "Singin' Cowboys" they were alreadya round
But what he brought to music, was a whole different sound
Either his way, or no way, that made producers hot at the collar
Cause as the band played, well, he'd talk and holler
Twin fiddles, twin guitars, man it made that music ring
Mr. Bob Wills was the man, and his style was "Western Swing"
A hardwood floor and cold beer, well it stood a honky tonk tall
But this man's sound, he brought straight from a Texas dance hall
A tune called "Time Changes Everything" was a sweepin' through the land
Known as the "Texas Playboys" that's what he called the band
He headed north to Oklahoma, then out west to the coast
A playing that "Texas fiddle" was what he loved the most
He's remembered every Spring, on Bob Wills Day
Out there in Turkey Texas, and it's his songs the bands play
Your talking Country Music Hall of Fame, Western Swing is there
Ol' Tommy Duncan helped out, a singin' "A Maiden's Prayer"
It's been over sixty years and country music still knows
Tip a hat to Bob Wills, and that "San Antonio Rose"
There's "Big Balls in Cowtown" cause she's a pretty big state
San Antonion, Austin, Jody Nix and George Strait
A keeping "Western Swing" a swingin', with Asleep at the Wheel
'Cause it's Bob Wills, it's Texas, it's tradition and its real.
© Chuck Beggs, from Under That Resistol and included in Walk Out a Cowboy
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About Chuck Beggs:
I been wear'n wranglers since I was seven years old. Not only did I grow up on a farm, but I visited my Grandma's farm every summer. It was this style of livin' that taught me all about every day common, simple Cowboy life...no runnin' water, good cold well water and an old outhouse.
Following my heroes footsteps--John Wayne, Larry Mahan and Chief Crazy Horse-- with love for America, to fight when needed and the attitude to never quit, the Cowboy way of life came easy to this native Texas boy. A true cowboy at heart, I traveled up and down many roads while working the rodeo circuit. My interest in writing, and ability to pursue that interest, became clear after an injury sustained in 1996 while working a PRCA rodeo in Kansas City. While recuperating I began to put my thoughts, feelings, and experiences into words. Since 1996 I have written many poems about the things most important in my life...Rodeo, Cowboys, women, and my Indian heritage, which was handed down by my Grandma...a full blood Choctaw.
Contact Chuck for more information about his book and CD: 800-961-1854
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