Song Review:

Big Balls In Cowtown

Overall Impression:

A bright and bouncing feel underscores stellar instrumental features and delightfully demure vocal inflections as Nolan Bruce Allen and company give their own creative interpretation of the Western Swing staple, "Big Balls In Cowtown"!  Referring to a large social gathering and subsequent dance in cowboy country, "Big Balls In Cowtown" pairs blistering instrumentals with upbeat rhythmic motion for a playfully motivating listening experience!

Strongest Point(s):

With every melodic note and rhythmic beat firmly in place, "Big Balls In Cowtown" is an impressive collaborative work from Nolan Bruce Allen and friends, showcasing each instrumentalist and vocalist's skill and stylistic expertise!  Ferocious fiddle work plays alongside what seems to be nearly Ragtime piano passages and guitar licks with rich Jazz vocabulary to showcase the broad range of styles encompassed by Western Swing, while NBA's smoothly understated vocals are supported by vivacious harmonies to give the song a clear sense of character and lyrical direction!

Target Audience Appeal:

Fans of Western Swing and its adjacent stylistic genres will find that Nolan Bruce Allen and his band have perfected the form, delivering the tried and true classics of the scene with vitality and clarion quality!  "Big Balls In Cowtown" is the rule rather than the exception where the group is concerned, promising to draw listeners from nearly any background into the ongoing party! 

Artist target suggestions:

Spade Cooley & The Western Swing Dance Gang, The Sunshine Boys, Hank Penny and His Radio Cowboys, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Billy Jack Wills & His Western Swing Band, Red Foley, Porky Freeman Trio, Jimmy Revard & His Oklahoma Playboys, Washboard Wonders, Jimmie Ballard, Homer Zeke Clemons

About The Reviewer:

Jon Wright is a trained multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and music educator with nearly twenty years of experience in the field. Working with musicians and their individual sounds is his passion and profession, and he strives to interact with and understand every aspect of the production process - from theory and songwriting to recording and mastering. He continues to teach students of all ages and is currently collaborating with artists across a wide range of genres.


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