Bob Wills

Hubbin' It
Author: Ruth Sheldon
Introduction by Charles R. Townsend
An eyewitness account of the artist who, then and now, is still the king
Paper – $19.95
Publication Date
Paperback: 10/24/2023
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About the Book

An expert fiddler and a magnetic showman, Bob Wills (1905–1975) popularized a style of Southwestern dance music known as western swing, a rhythmic hybrid of fiddle music, blues, and big band swing. In 1938, when Wills was thirty-three and nearing the height of his fame, journalist Ruth Sheldon chronicled Wills’s rags-to riches rise. She produced a biography that captures the ebullient personality of Wills and reflects the bandleader’s vision of himself. Bob Wills: Hubbin’ It provides a window into the daily life of a working musician during the Depression and a rich source of historical detail on one of America’s great musical innovators.

About the Author

Ruth Sheldon was a reporter for the Tulsa Tribune. As Ruth Sheldon Knowles, she has written several books. Charles R. Townsend is the author of San Antonio Rose: The Life and Music of Bob Wills.


“Chatty, intimate, compulsively readable”--Washington Post

“Definitive . . . reads as her life was lived, like the melodramatic but hopelessly ‘true’ lyrics of a Nashville ballad.”--Los Angeles Times

“Essential reading for anyone seriously involved in a romance with country music.”--LA Weekly