Hot Club of Cowtown regroups
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
– Jazzy/cowboy swing trio Hot Club of Cowtown are officially back together after a two-year semi-hiatus. Look for a new CD from the group next year.
The group consists of Elana James, Whit Smith and Jake Erwin. James released her own album and toured behind it. Smith toured as well with Erwin in his band. Hot Club never really broke up as they did perform dates that they had agreed to perform.
"The Best of Hot Club of Cowtown" was recently put out by Shout! Factory, which bought the HighTone Records catalogue.
Upcoming dates include:
Saturday, Oct. 18: Live Broadcast from Abilene, Texas - Elana James on A Prairie Home Companion with Cindy Cashdollar
Saturday, Oct. 25: Live Broadcast from Tulsa, Okla. - Hot Club of Cowtown on A Prairie Home Companion
In honor of Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, James is releasing Hey Beautiful. The song is from a letters that ran in the New York Times in March by Army Staff Sergeant Juan Campos. James found them powerful-gripping, and was moved to put music to them.
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Hot Club of Cowtown abandon their usual mix of western swing and jazz to deliver a full out jazz album on "Rendezvous in Rhythm." There are plenty of instantly recognizable standards, such as I'm in the Mood for Love, Sweet Sue, Just You and If I Had You.
The band's instrumental virtuosity is on display throughout, particularly on Minor Swing on which guitarist Whit Smith and violinist Elana James do their best Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, with Jake Erwin ...
On early Hot Club of Cowtown releases, fiddler Elena James had to share the "stage" with - or defer to, really - elder statesmen like Johnny Gimble. On this long overdue tribute to one of the group's primary inspirations, Bob Wills, it's just James, guitarist/vocalist Whit Smith and bassist/backup singer Jake Erwin, and James' fiddle subtly dominates.
It's a curious anointment, fiddle as frontman. It occurs primarily on the Wills classics Faded Love and Maiden's Prayer. ...
Though comparatively small, the trio Hot Club Of Cowtown produces a large sound. Recorded mostly live at the Continental Club in Austin, this is the first live disc to be released by the band that formed in 1996. Hot Club also revisits classics, though with a stronger emphasis on jazz.
Standards such as "Pennies From Heaven," "After You've Gone" and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," as well as the studio cut "I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me, Baby," are straight ahead jazz. ...