Western Swing

Combine big band dance rhythms with traditional country instrumentation with Western plains lyrical themes, put it in a dance hall and swing the night away. Fundamentally an outgrowth of jazz, this upbeat dance music with an up-tempo beat consists of an eclectic combination of rural, cowboy, polka, and folk music played by a string band often augmented with drums, saxophones, pianos and, notably, the steel guitar.