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    April 21st, 2011 at 12:06am

    Hot Club Of Cowtown
    What Makes Bob Holler
    Proper Records

    Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys
    and Django Reinhardt and Stephane
    Grapelli’s Hot Club both blended early
    20th century blues and jazz with the folk
    music of their culture. Both featured
    hot-shot fiddlers and guitarists, and both
    operated in their classic form from 1934
    to 1948-’49, so they may have been aware
    of (and influenced by) each other, as well.
    The Hot Club Of Cowtown pays
    tribute to both bands by its name and
    with a disc of Bob Wills songs played as
    if members of each band showed up for
    the same gig. The album was done live
    in-studio, without overdubs, and the
    musicianship is worthy of either Wills’
    or Reinhardt’s group.

    “It’s All Your Fault” shows clearly
    how the two bands occupied adjoining
    branches on the same musical tree, as
    Elana James’ vocal and fiddle come from
    the Hot Club side to meet Whit Smith’s
    swing-style guitar… then things take
    on a subtle European flavor on “Time
    Changes Everything.”

    The band is enthusiastic, not snobbish;
    there’s no surreptitious wink that says
    they’re just playing dress-up, trying to
    be cooler than the crowd. The music Hot
    Club plays is of a certain time, sure, but
    it’s not outdated. And it’s going create a
    lot of new fans for this band and their
    musical predecessors. – Rick Allen

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12/20 6:30 - 9 PM FREE
Hot Club of Cowtown The Continental Club Austin, TX
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Hot Club of Cowtown PRIVATE Big Sky, MT
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Hot Club of Cowtown Kenneth E. Cowan Civic Center Lebanon, MO
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