The Black Mountain Ramblers
Black Mountain

The Black Mountain Ramblers were founded in early 2011 by singer/guitarist Chuck O’Connor and singer/bassist Al Hospers. Both grew up listening to country and swing music, but played in every genera throughout their long and varied musical careers. Chuck hails from Massachusetts, lived in Austin Texas for many years and was a first-call studio guitarist. He had his own groups but also worked with legendary Texas swing group, Asleep At The Wheel. Al lived and played in Georgia, New York City and Boston. He played with many groups including Blood Sweat & Tears and Buddy Rich. The boys are backed up by some of the best pickers in New England and they love to swing. If you’re looking for a good time, you won’t go wrong if ya’ get out to see these boys play.

Texas Swing, a.k.a. Western swing music is a subgenre of American country music that originated in the late 1920s in the West and South among the region’s Western string bands. It is dance music, often with an up-tempo beat, which attracted huge crowds to dance halls and clubs in Texas, Oklahoma and California during the 1930s and 40s until a federal war-time nightclub tax in 1944 led to its decline. Prominent groups during the peak of Western swing’s popularity included The Light Crust Doughboys, Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies, and Spade Cooley and His Orchestra. Contemporary groups include Asleep at the Wheel and The Hot Club of Cowtown.

According to legendary guitarist Merle Travis, “Western swing is nothing more than a group of talented country boys, unschooled in music, but playing the music they feel, beating a solid two-four rhythm to the harmonies that buzz around their brains. When it escapes in all its musical glory, my friend, you have Western swing.”