During the 1930's "western groups" and themes became popular. With national stars as the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry, Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys it became apparent that Roanoke needed a western band. Thus was formed the Texas Troubadours. The Troubadours were Ed Newman - fiddle, Lawrence Sink - guitar and banjo, Glenwood Howell - guitar and bass, and Paul Byrd - tenor banjo. The Texas Troubadours dressed in western garb, including cowboy boots, hats and shirts, and made hundreds of appearances at community centers, civic clubs and school houses within one hundred miles of Roanoke. They could be heard on WDBJ and WRBX.