During the 1930s and early 1940s, hundreds of thousands of Okies, Arkies, and other rural folks from around the Southwest resettled in California, in search of work. A country music scene quickly blossomed there. Southwest Shuffle documents this important period in country music history.
Rich Kienzle is a well-known writer on country music. He served as contributing editor to Country Music Magazine, has contributed to dozens of journals, and served as researcher, editor and principal writer for The Comprehensive Country Music Encyclopedia (Times Books, 1994). He has annotated over 200 albums, and has been an historical commentator on several Nashville Network documentaries. He lives in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.