• Associated Press

    March 20th, 2007 at 7:23pm

    March 2007

    By Scott Bauer
    ELANA JAMES Elana James, Snarf Records
    Sun Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5
    Elana James, formerly the fiddle player with the Hot Club of Cowtown and Bob Dylan’s band, strikes out on her own in her self-titled release. James, who sings as well, performs a mixture of originals and cover songs. The sound is part western-swing, which was the forte of the disbanded Cowtown band, with a little jazz, folk and bluegrass thrown in.
    She gives a nod to Bob, by covering one of Dylan’s lesser known songs, One More Night.
    James has a distinctive, often sultry voice, but she doesn’t show much range. The playing is top-notch throughout, however, and should be more than enough to pique the interest of music listeners looking for something new.

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