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Rewind 001: Hillbillies & Singing Cowboys

A Jimmy Wakely comic book (left), Big Henry's Indian String Band (top right) and Otto Gray and His Oklahoma Cowboys (bottom right).

Oklahoma Rock Show: Rewind is your home for the music of Oklahoma’s past.

On this episode, we're exploring Oklahoma's impact on hillbilly music and singing cowboys. Hillbilly music was a label used from the 1920s to the 1950s, and placed on what is now known as country music. Meanwhile, Singing Cowboys was a term used to describe actors and singers that appeared, usually as the role of hero, in early Western B-movies in the 1930s and 1940s.

Check out the tracklisting below.

Henry C. Gilliland and Eck Robertson - Turkey In The Straw
McGinty's Oklahoma Cowboy Band - Cowboy's Dream
Dave Cutrell - Pistol Pete's Midnight Special
Otto Gray and His Oklahoma Cowboys - 4,000 Years Ago
Big Chief Henry's Indian String Band - The Indian Tom Tom
Big Chief Henry's Indian String Band - On the Banks of the Kaney
Sons of the Pioneers - Cool Water
Gene Autry - Back in the Saddle Again
Jimmy Wakely - I Wish I Had a Nickel
Spade Cooley and His Fiddlin’ Friends - Chew Tobacco Rag
Jack Guthrie and his Oklahomans - Oakie Boogie
Billy Hughes - Cocaine Blues
Merl Lindsay and his Oklahoma Nite Riders - Gotta Little Red Wagon
Merl Lindsay and his Oklahoma Nite Riders - All Over Nothing
Johnny Bond - Alabama Boogie Boy

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