Marshall Ford Swing Band - "National Poetry Gathering" | Music 2014 | SXSW

February 27, 2014
The living room clock of Marshall Ford Swing Band songwriter-guitarist Greg Harkins has the 3 and 9 switched. The clock runs counter-clockwise, but Harkins sees no problem with it. In fact, the clock's irregularity perfectly fits into the makeup of the Austin swing band's aesthetic. "We're heading into the past, man," Harkins says with a smirk. Harkins and his band mates have been evoking that past since 2008. They pride themselves on playing Western swing music the way the legendary Johnny Gimble — MFSB singer-pianist Emily Gimble's grandfather — plays, the way Bob Wills and Hank Thompson used to when they ruled the Texas scene. They're unique in their modern execution of the antiquated art. "It's fun to play," Harkins says of Texas swing music. "It's got hip changes. You can't help but tap your feet and snap your fingers to it."
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