Tag Archives: Smokey Dacus

Smokey Dacus – Studio Drum Recording with Bob Wills

SKF NOTE: Smokey Dacus said he is the first drumset player to play with a country band. The full transcript of our interview is available on my blog here. The start of this tape is clipped because I had switched … Continue reading

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Smokey Dacus: When I Started Playing Professionally

SKF NOTE: This is the first audio excerpt of my phone interview with William “Smokey” Dacus over 35 years ago. Smokey Dacus was the first drummer to play in a country band. Legendary bandleader Bob Wills had the idea, in … Continue reading

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Smokey Dacus: Pioneer of Western Swing Drumming: Pt 2

Smokey Dacus: Pioneer of Western Swing Drumming: Pt. 2 by Scott K Fish [SKF NOTE: The back story to this Smokey Dacus interview is in Part 1.] SKF: The playing was different then also. You didn’t have ride cymbals. You … Continue reading

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Smokey Dacus: Pioneer of Western Swing Drumming: Pt. 1

Smokey Dacus: Pioneer of Western Swing Drumming: Part 1 by Scott K Fish Introduction This unpublished phone interview with William Smokey Dacus has been on my mind for 35 years. In my view, it deserves publishing. It should be available … Continue reading

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Smokey Dacus: Pioneer of Western Swing Drumming: Pt. 3

Smokey Dacus: Pioneer of Western Swing Drumming: Pt. 3 by Scott K Fish [SKF NOTE: The back story to this interview is in Part 1. Part 2 is here.] SKF: When you say you are the first drummer in country … Continue reading

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Stand By: I Found My Lost Smokey Dacus Interview Transcript

SKF NOTE: Last week, after years and years of searching, I found the full transcript of my interview with drummer Smokey Dacus. I wrote here about Smokey and the lost transcript in April 2014. I said in part: Smokey Dacus, … Continue reading

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Innovator: Country Music’s First Drummer: Smokey Dacus

Smokey Dacus, original drummer with Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys, is credited as the first to play drumset in a country band. Modern Drummer founder/publisher Ron Spagnardi chose to not publish my interview with Smokey Dacus as a feature. … Continue reading

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