Heck, it's Tex-Czech!
December 31, 2013 7:33 AM Subscribe
posted by flapjax at midnite (20 comments total)
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If you're going to listen to a brass band play a waltz, it might as well be a joyously exuberant one, with a unabashed sense of humor and a firm conviction that notes were made to be bent. Right? Oh, and it might as well be played, by, say, a Texas Czech (yes, a Texas Czech) band. Right? OK then, here's Circling Pigeons Waltz
by the Joe Patek Band
of Shiner, Texas
The Patek Band's Circling Pigeons Waltz
is but one of the many little Tex-Czech musical jewels recorded from 1929 to 1959 and compiled on the Arhoolie Records release Texas-Czech: Bohemian - Moravian Bands - Various Artists
Hey! Here's another tune from the Joe Patek band
, a rousing, bouncy and ebullient polka.
Want to read about Czech music in Texas? Here's something for you at Google Books
You might want to pay a visit to Texas Czechs.com
("the place where Texas Czechs hang out!") where you can compare song verses from the old country with their counterparts in the New World. (Sadly, the audio links there seem to be kaput...)
See also: Jimmy Brosch Remembers Twenty Legendary Texas Czech Polka Bands