Texas Artist Series: Marshall Ford Swing Band



Experience the rich diversity of Texas's cultural heritage. From world-renowned concert pianists to award-winning authors, cutting-edge filmmakers to dance troupes, this series explores the arts.

Experience an evening celebrating the history of western swing with a modern twist through performance and conversation with the Marshall Ford Swing Band. This lineup of musicians from the Texas Hill Country combine traditional western swing with jazz and Texas blues. The band will share cuts from their new forthcoming album along with some of Western swing’s most beloved standards.

This concert is FREE and open to the public. Please note: RSVPs to this Texas Artist Series event are currently at capacity. There will be a standby line at the door and if space becomes available, guests in standby will be seated on a first come first served basis.

About the Band

The Marshall Ford Swing Band have been evoking the memory of a bygone era since 2008. Even though members have been working in other bands like Asleep at the Wheel, Wayne Hancock, Whiskey Shivers and Guy Forsythe recently, they love playing Western swing together whenever they have the chance. They pride themselves on playing music the way the legendary Johnny Gimble —singer-pianist Emily Gimble’s grandfather — plays, the way Bob Wills and Hank Thompson used to when they ruled the Texas scene. Along with Gimble, guitarist Greg Harkins, bassist Kristopher Wade and drummer James Gwyn delight fans with upbeat swing, a tight rhythm section and guitar magic. Fiddle player, Danny Levin has been a huge inspiration and acts as patriarch of the Band. Together they’re unique in their modern execution of the old-fashioned art.


Ted Branson is an award- winning DJ at  91.7 KOOP where his all Texas roots music program, Under the X in Texas air's weekly throughout Austin and central Texas. The program features interviews and live performances from Texas musicians, authors, biographers, artists and filmmakers who are influenced by the state's musical legacy. Over the years, Ted has won major honors from the Academy of Western Artists, Ameripolitan Music  Awards, Cowtown Society of Western Swing Music and in 2016 he was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame.  

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Support for the Bullock Museum's exhibitions and education programs provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.