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JWW & the Prospectors are the most exciting, most authentic western swing band around today. True to the spirit of Texas, they are known both for raucous live shows and a reverence for the traditions of their musical ancestors.
Top-notch professionals, members of the Prospectors have toured all over the United States and Europe, with acts including Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, Deke Dickerson, Kim Lenz, the Racketeers, and Wanda Jackson.
The band was brought together by a shared passion for the great honky-tonk and western swing music of the mid-20th century, including artists such as Milton Brown, Ernest Tubb, and, of course, Bob Wills.
While some of their peers dabble in music from this period, the Prospectors uniquely capture the unbridled energy of the great bands of the past, bands that had to keep field hands and roughnecks happy and dancing till the cows came home. While they have received accolades from fellow musicians for their instrumental virtuosity, entrancing vocal harmonies, and the caliber of their songwriting, it is their sheer joy of entertaining an audience that makes JWW & the Prospectors a band not to be missed.
Over the last three years, the Prospectors have gigged throughout Central Texas. Their versatility is such that they are equally at home playing smoke-filled honky-tonks, elegant hotels, and events ranging from corporate parties to bar mitzvahs. In Austin, they have regular gigs at Ginny’s Little Longhorn, the Driskill Hotel, the Broken Spoke, and the Continental Club.
In 2009, JWW & the Prospectors released a well-received EP of western swing and hillbilly standards. In 2011, the Prospectors released It’s High Past Time, their first full-length CD. It’s High Past Time primarily features material written by the band and demonstrates the authenticity of their sound, ranging from honky tonk tearjerkers to Tejano waltzes to impeccably arranged swing.