The State of Swing

from The State of Swing by Jack's Cats



North Dakota, South Dakota, Washington or Idaho.
Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Delaware? Gee, I don’t know!

If you’re from that Show Me state or,
getting’ tired of your Bluegrass state,
follow me to the latest thing:
I just moved up to the State of Swing.

Red states, blue states, in between! That Tar Heel state just ain’t your scene?
Even Lone Stars go real far, when they move to the State of Swing!

The State of the Union’s gotten confusin’,
‘least that’s what I heard in The Man’s address.
I packed my grip; I found a new home;
now every night I dance away that stress!

Think that Empire State’s so great?
The Land of Enchantment might hold your fate?
You’ll learn, Gates! That news is fake!
When you move to the State of Swing.


from The State of Swing, released March 29, 2019
The Musicians
Jack Malmstrom: bandleader, clarinet, producer, composer
Phil Small: piano, assistant producer
Gretje (Kitten) Angell: vocal
Blake Handler: vibraphone, auxiliary percussion
Mark San Filippo: percussion
Bryan Dedlow: guitar
Marcus Buser: bass

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Rich Wenzel at Ardent Audio Productions in Torrance, California in March 2019.
Sleeve design and printing by letterpress artist Gloria Kondrup.
Music and lyrics copyright 2019 Jack Malmstrom

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Swing clarinetist and saxman Jack Malmstrom and his Cats recently stepped out of the 1940s into present day Los Angeles to the delight and occasional bewilderment of vintage jazz fans and swing dancers. The Cats maintain an active live schedule holding forth for audiences with hand-picked standards, forgotten gems and original tunes. Their 2019 release "The State of Swing" features 14 originals. ... more

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