Church of Western Swing
“The Church of Western Swing” was started in
2000. It really began 20 years before that, when Gene Crownover
started working with Henry Baker’s Band, out of Bartlesville, OK.
Soon, Glen (Blub) Rhees, Clarence Cagle, & Curly Lewis, were also
playing in the band. Gene asked Henry to go to Turkey in 1982 to play bass
on the Sat. afternoon show, because Leon Rausch had to leave for another
job. He said, “If you ever go once, you’ll never miss a year”.
About Turkey, Texas
Turkey is best known as the home of Bob
Wills, the King of Western Swing.
100 miles SE of Amarillo
100 miles NE of Lubbock
250 miles NW of Dallas
Wills was a barber in Turkey during the 1920's. In his biography “Hubbin’
It”, Wills said that the lotions and soft-work of barbering kept his
fingers pliable for playing the fiddle. It was a trade that many musicians
shared, since the day work of barbering never interfered with dances and